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Friday, May 29, 2020

9 Ways to Improve Your Full-Body Health

 When it comes to our overall well-being, it takes attentive care and dedication to meet all of our needs. In order to keep all the systems in our body working harmoniously, you need to devote time and effort to maintaining both your mental and physical health. For some, the work that goes into caring for full-body health can seem overwhelming and difficult to navigate and that is understandable. However, there are many simple changes you can make in your daily routine to improve your overall well-being. Being over 50, I have tried my fair share of best practices, products, and trends to have a fairly good idea of what works for me—and maybe they will even work for you, too.

Whether you are experiencing health problems or simply want to find ways to optimize your health so you can age as gracefully as possible, the following tips can help you on your path to improved total wellness.

 Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and plays a key role in protecting us from external elements. As such, it is essential that we do what we can to keep it strong, healthy, and beautiful. Over the course of our lives, our skin goes through so much, from sunburns that last days upon days to injuries that leave us scarred. But on the same token, many of our wrinkles are the result of years of laughter and smiles. What’s important is that we take the right steps to care for our skin by using products that nourish it instead of dry it out, protect it instead of exposing it to harmful chemicals, and restore it instead of aging it further.

 When it comes to caring for my skin, I search for products that are going to do more harm than good. When it comes to your skin’s well-being, these are a few rules to live by:

Use an all-natural mineral sunscreen
Drink plenty of water to keep it well-hydrated (time-marked water bottles from HydroMATE are great for getting started)
Only apply products with gentle, natural ingredients

Physical Fitness & Agility
Our physical fitness is a critical part of our overall health. Keeping yourself active is good for your heart, bones, muscles, and more. Whether you find yourself facing exercise burnout that has kept you from exercising recently or have never had a regular workout routine, now is as good a time as any to find a physical activity you enjoy and stick to it. Even if you are restricted by your mobility or fitness level, there are still plenty of ways to work exercise into your routine.

Here are a few ways to stay physically fit no matter your age:

Try low-impact workouts like yoga, walking, or water aerobics
Create your own “home gym” with workout equipment you like to use
Join a fitness group or create your own where you can bike or run with friends

Exercise should be enjoyable, not a punishment, at least I like to think of it that way to stay motivated. Find ways to make keeping your body physically healthy fun and manageable. And if you do find yourself experiencing aches and pains, the CBD muscle and joint cream by CBDfx is easy to apply and provides natural relief from discomfort.

Mental Health
I understand that as a mom it can be difficult to carve out time to take care of your mental health—between spending time with your children, working, and sustaining a relationship with your partner, it might seem like there is no time to be found. However, your emotional well-being is essential to being the best that you can be for both yourself and your family, because it means you will be better equipped to manage all that life throws at you. Some ways that you can prioritize your mental health include:

Reserving 30 minutes to an hour of your day to focus solely on yourself (this can include reading, taking a candlelit bath, watching your favorite show, etc.)
Taking time out of your day to reflect (journaling is a great way to analyze your emotions, express gratitude, and learn how to make positive changes)
Seeking help when and if you need it (lean on your partner or find external sources of support such as therapy)

You can even do things as a family to make sure you all have better mental health, like escaping into nature and completely disconnecting for a weekend.

Keep in mind that everyone’s needs are different, so if some of these tips don’t work for you or suit your lifestyle, that’s okay. The important thing is that you’re trying to find ways to maintain your all-around health and will enjoy the benefits of your efforts.

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