How to Live A Happy And Healthy 2021

How to Live A Happy And Healthy 2021

2021 is just beginning and it’s safe to say many of us are excited about a New Year. And while the pandemic will continue to affect and challenge us for a while, we at The Leaf NY would like to suggest some things you can easily incorporate into your daily routine that will help improve your overall health and quality of life. If you’re interested in learning more, keep reading!

Make Positive Health Choices

Making positive health choices not only boosts your longevity but can also increase your overall confidence, health and energy.

  • Take care of your mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health, so consider what helps you feel your best whether that’s calling a friend or speaking with a counselor, playing with your pet or de-stressing in a hot bath. Additionally, many individuals find CBD calming and mood enhancing, so adding it as an adjunctive step can be beneficial to your overall wellbeing and state of mind.
  • Set aside time for self-care. Self-care can look different for everyone, so find what comforts you and add it to your everyday life.
  • Exercise. Exercising is an important facet of physical health, so whether that’s going on a walk or lifting weights, find whatever makes you feel good!
  • Eat nutritious food and maintain a healthy weight. Maintaining a healthy weight can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancers.

Do Something Meaningful Each Day
Think of something that you enjoy doing. Getting stuck in the same routine can lead to burnout and frustration so break the mundane routine and take part in an activity meaningful to you!  Whether that’s painting, cooking or going to the gym, doing something you enjoy each day can leave you feeling refreshed.

Think Good Thoughts of Others
Maintaining a positive and compassionate mindset can improve your wellness and overall happiness. An article published by Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) states, “A study conducted by scientists at King’s College London found that a habit of prolonged negative thinking diminishes your brain's ability to think, reason, and form memories- essentially draining your brain's resources. Another study reported in the journal American Academy of Neurology found that cynical thinking also produces a greater dementia risk.” So, whether you give a stranger a compliment or hold the door open for the person behind you, one of the best ways to feel good about yourself is to do good deeds for others. 

Set Aside Time to Relax
We all face stressful situations throughout our lives, ranging from minor annoyances like traffic jams to more serious worries like a loved one’s illness. Regardless of the cause, stress floods your body with hormones. Your heart pounds, your breathing speeds up and your muscles tense. So, set aside time each day to relax (even if it’s just a few minutes) to allow your body to unwind. 

Relaxation techniques:

  • Yoga or meditation
  • Deep breathing
  • Music and art therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Massage

Spend Some Time Outside
Spending time outside has a broad range of benefits including lowering blood pressure, improving mood, reducing stress and improving focus. An article published by Sharp states, “According to a study in the Journal of Aging and Health, adults of 70 who spent time outdoors experienced fewer sleep difficulties, complained less about aches and pains, and enjoyed improved mobility and ability to perform daily activities.” 

Read A Book
Reading improves brain connectivity, increases your vocabulary and comprehension. In addition, reading provides an escape from day-to-day distractions, allowing you to sink into your happy place and for a period of time.