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Don’t Let The Wellness Monster Scare You

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the notion of "wellness"? 

If you follow many of the wellness influencers online, you may think you need to make drastic changes to live a healthier, happier life. This industry that makes money off making wellness confusing is what is the real monster here, because most of the time, it's the small, everyday habits that make the biggest difference.

Here are three simple yet powerful habits you can incorporate into your daily routine to improve your overall well-being.

1. Add Movement to Your Day

One of the easiest ways to boost your wellness is by incorporating more movement into your daily routine. You don’t need to commit to a strenuous workout regimen; even small changes can have a big impact. Try taking a 10-minute walk during your lunch break, stretching for a few minutes every hour, or dancing around the house to your favourite song. Movement helps to release endorphins, improve circulation, and elevate your mood. It's all about finding what works for you and making it a joyful part of your day.

2. Cut Down on Screen Time Before and After Sleep

Our screens have become an integral part of our lives, but they can also disrupt our natural rhythms and overall wellness. Reducing screen time, especially before bed and right after waking up, can significantly improve your sleep quality and help regulate dopamine levels in your brain.

Consider setting a "digital curfew" an hour before bedtime. During this time, engage in activities that promote relaxation, such as reading a book, practising gentle yoga, or enjoying a warm bath. Similarly, start your morning without immediately reaching for your phone. Instead, spend a few moments stretching, meditating, or savouring a quiet cup of tea or coffee. These small changes can lead to more restful sleep and a calmer, more focused start to your day.

3. Embrace Mindfulness with Meditation

Meditation is a powerful tool for improving mental and emotional well-being. It helps to calm the mind, reduce stress, and foster a sense of inner peace. If you're new to meditation, don't worry—you don't need to spend hours sitting in silence to reap the benefits.

I recommend starting with a simple, 6-minute mindfulness meditation. This short practice can easily fit into your busy schedule and can make a world of difference in how you feel. You can find guided meditations online, or you can try my 6-minute mindfulness meditation to help you get started. This practice involves focusing on your breath, being present in the moment, and gently acknowledging any thoughts or feelings that arise without judgement.

Remember, wellness is not about perfection or making drastic changes overnight. It's about embracing small, meaningful habits that enhance your quality of life. 

By adding movement to your day, cutting down on screen time before and after sleep, and incorporating mindfulness meditation, you can create a foundation for a healthier, happier you.

These little moments of self-care can have a profound impact on your overall well-being. So, take it one step at a time, be kind to yourself, and remember that every positive change, no matter how small, is a step towards living and feeling more well.

If you have any other wellness tips or practices that have worked for you, I’d love for you to share them in the comments.

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