National Wellness Month: A to Zzz's of Wellness and Self Care

Denise Austin
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Nutrition
August is National Wellness Month! Generally, wellness means you're in good health or actively working toward it as a goal by practicing healthy habits on a daily basis. Wellness is more than just exercise or simply eating healthy. More importantly, wellness is a lifestyle, not a short-term phase! Being well is about taking care of yourself completely - physically, mentally and emotionally!!

Physical Wellness: This dimension of wellness is what most people think about first and foremost. Physical wellness is about being and staying active. A combination of cardio and strength training exercises are best. Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of movement per day, at least 4 or 5 days a week. Being consistent is key! If you find an exercise you love - don't be afraid to stick to it!! If you find yourself bored of typical exercises, try new workouts like yoga or kickboxing. You might just fall in love with something you've never attempted before!!

Mental Wellness: There are several things you can do to keep yourself mentally well. Start with getting enough quality sleep. Sleep is so important for many reasons. You will feel more alert and ready to tackle the day. Sleeping close to eight hours each night might even help to improve your memory! Learning a new skill or hobby can help keep your brain healthy and active also. Give your brain a workout by playing a game with family or friends - Scrabble is one of my favorites!

Emotional Wellness: Being emotionally well means that you are able to feel and express the different emotions you have - such as happiness, sadness or anger. Being able to tune in and differentiate these emotions helps you to process them in a healthy way. Feeling sad, but learning to seek comfort; getting upset and working through the anger; these are healthy ways to work through your emotions without letting them control you.

In honor of National Wellness Month, I have found a topic that touches on wellness from A to Z. From Age Defying Skincare Tips to How to Fall Asleep Fast. I hope that you enjoy reading through these posts and more importantly that some of them help you on your journey to becoming your best self! Whether you've been striving for wellness already or are ready to make wellness a priority!

A is for Age: Age Defying Skincare Tips

B is for Brain: Keep Your Brain Healthy

C is for Cardio: Cardio Kickboxing - Sweat Your Way to Fit!

D is for DIY: DIY Hair Masks

E is for Energy: Boost Your Energy Everyday!

F is for Fit: Fit, Firm And Fabulous!

G is for Glowing: Get Glowing With These Foods For Healthy Skin!

H is for Hormones: 7 Ways To Balance Our Hormones

I is for Inspiration: Inspiration To Get Off The Couch!

J is for {no more} Jiggle: Lose That Arm Jiggle!

K is for Knees: Keep Your Knees Healthy

L is for Legs: Legs Legs Legs! No More Cellulite!

M is for Manage: Manage Your Stress

N is for No-Impact: No-Impact Workout Is Here - EVER BETTERâ„¢ Air Walker

O is for Oatmeal: Oatmeal - My Favorite Energy Boosting Foods!

P is for Positive: Practice Positive Self-Talk

Q is for Quick: 5 Quick And Healthy Breakfast Suggestions

R is for Rejuvenate: Rejuvenate To Maintain Muscle Health

S is for {less} Stress: Simple Ways to Stress Less

T is for Tips: Tips for Self-Care

U is for Upper Body: 6-Minute Upper Body Workout

V is for Vacation: How To Eat Healthy On Vacation

W is for Wellness: Walk Your Way to Wellness!

X is for eXtra: Stay Healthy with Extra Fiber

Y is for Younger: Younger Looking Skin After 40

Z is for Zzzz's: Zzzz's - How to Fall Asleep Fast

If you're ready to take your wellness a step further - join me at DeniseAustin.com. You will have access to all of my workouts, nutrition advice, and tips on how to be well and stay well!!

Let's get fitter, together - inside and out,

Denise