When we think about improving our health, we often think big, assuming we need to overhaul our diet or start exercising every day. But the truth is that these extreme changes are hardly ever necessary—in fact, making minor tweaks to your daily habits can go far when improving your overall health. Here are three aspects of your overall health that can be enhanced by making small healthy choices one day at a time.
When most people think about sleep, they focus on the number of hours of sleep per night. And while it is crucial to get enough sleep each night, the quality of that sleep you get is also essential. In fact, fewer hours of deep, restful sleep may be more beneficial for your health than more hours of light, interrupted sleep. That being said, there are small tweaks you can make that will improve the quality of your sleep. These include:
- Not eating too close to bedtime.
- Not looking at screens too close to bedtime.
- Keeping your bedroom dark and cool—even just one of these can help you sleep better.
It seems like new research is coming out all the time on the importance of moving your body throughout the day. The good news: This doesn’t mean you need to be hitting the gym for an hour every night to get the health benefits. While lifting weights or attending a group fitness class a few times a week will certainly do you good, simply getting up from your computer for a few minutes each hour will help keep your metabolism humming, your joints strong, and your heart healthy.
Over the last few years, one thing that has become clear is that strong, positive relationships with family members and friends are significant to our mental health. But fostering these relationships doesn’t require a standing FaceTime date or daily emails that may be difficult to fit into your schedule. Every relationship is different, and all you need to do is figure out what works best for you—which could be as simple as playing a game together on your phones or sending funny memes back and forth. Tiny steps like this can help foster strong and meaningful relationships that make you feel happy and surrounded by loved ones.
On February 4th, we celebrated World Cancer Day, which raises awareness of cancer and encourages its prevention, detection, and treatment. In 2020, there were an estimated 18.1 million cancer cases worldwide, which means we must take care of ourselves, both mind and body. That said, we invite you to leave us a comment on our heart health post to tell us how you plan to improve your health this month.