Ten Simple Health Hacks That Will Help You Feel Better Every Day

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

This week I'm all about working efficiently, since every day I have found myself needing more time on the tail end to make it farther down my "to do" list. I'm constantly striving to get more done in less time without compromising the quality of my work. It's about working smarter and being creative, not always working myself into the ground- sometimes I get out of balance with this!


You will never hear me say there is a magic pill or an easy road to health and wellness. You have to commit to your health and fitness goals, then do the work. However, as you work towards your goals, there are certain behaviors you can implement to help you feel stronger and improve your overall well being faster. I refer to these behaviors as "health hacks," and the ones I am going to share with you have boosted my physical, emotional, and psychological wellbeing through the years, and continue to on a daily basis.


You can incorporate these hacks TODAY and you will notice a difference in your health and mental state in a short amount of time. In some cases, within a day or two! If you can't incorporate all of them at the same time (that may be overwhelming), pick a few. And if all goes well, slowly incorporate more hacks as you adjust.

To honor my motto of efficiency I am going to be (somewhat) short and sweet discussing each hack. These topics are (individually) loaded for me, so in the weeks to come, I will go down the list and talk about each subject. I will educate you more on the topics and delve into the science supporting what I am saying. So, although some of this blog may read off the cuff, I assure you it's not!


Let's get into it!


Get your sleep

I can't stress this enough. Sleep is essential for physical and mental health. During sleep, our minds and bodies repair. When we sleep, our systems are busy flushing out toxins, replacing cells, repairing damaged tissues, and restoring our energy supply. Sleep deprivation can lead to long term health problems, such as heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, depression, high blood pressure, obesity, cognitive decline, a dampened immune system, and type 2 diabetes.


I realize now is an exceptionally stressful time for so many. There is SO much going on in the home and outside the home. I get it. I have days that I feel the stress hovering like a weighted blanket. Stress can make sleep seem impossible!

If you're not getting enough sleep, try and make it a priority. Turn the devices off, meditate, make a warm beverage, read a book; do whatever you can do to calm your nervous system and relax. A good night sleep makes everything feel better and allows your mind and body to repair, making you overall stronger the next day.


Sleep will always remain at the top of my health hack list!


Get outside

In elementary school, we learned that trees use photosynthesis to turn carbon dioxide into the oxygen we need to breath. According to research published in the journal Environmental Pollution, in just one year, the presence of trees had a national reduction of more than 850 incidences of mortality. Other substantial health benefits include the reduction of more than 670,000 cases of acute respiratory symptoms, 430,000 incidences of asthma exacerbation, and 200,000 school loss days.


Trees remove pollution form the air, making it healthier for us to take it into our lungs. Fresh air does the mind and body good in other ways too. A blast of fresh air can give you more energy, boost mood, and even boost the immune system. And if you're outside, there's a greater chance that you're moving around and you know how I feel about incorporating physical activity through your day!


Which brings me to hack #3.


Exercise

You ARE going to get tired of hearing me say this, but get MOVING! If you think it has to be a grueling process, go back and read last week's blog on exercise "snacks."


Exercise has so many benefits for your mind, body, and spirit. Exercise reduces your risk of a variety of chronic diseases, improves memory and brain function, lowers blood pressure, aids in weight management, improves joint pain and stiffness, improves sleep (remember my first hack!?!), helps manage blood sugar, boosts mood, and slashes stress, anxiety, and depression. Last but not least, exercise enhances components of fitness such as muscular strength, muscular endurance, and cardiorespiratory fitness, which solely is associated with a reduction in all cause mortality.


Pack your lunch

Brown bagging it to work or school has positive effects on your wallet and your health.