31 wellness tips for a healthy and happy life
1 Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning
Coffee is great too, but it’s best to start your day with rehydration with a full glass of water. Moisturizing in the morning aids in digestion, promotes healthy skin, and increases energy.
2. Go up the stairs
Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a simple way to get more physical activity in your everyday life. It also strengthens and strengthens your legs and torso while you are at it!
3. Make half of your plate of vegetables
One simple way to eat healthy (and control portions) is to make half a plate of vegetables for each meal. Vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals and other phytonutrients that are important for health and longevity. And because they are rich in fiber, they aid digestion (aka keeping you regular!) And make you feel full for longer.
4. Get a fitness tracker and track your steps
Using a fitness tracker (such as Fitbit, Apple Watch, or similar) to track your steps is an easy way to make sure that you get enough physical activity every day. We aim for 10,000 steps per day, which have significant physical and mental health benefits. Fitbit will also remind you to get 250 steps every hour (another important health metric – see tip # 9!).
5. Switch to non-toxic household cleaning products
Traditional household cleaning products are full of harmful chemical ingredients that do not harm our health (or the health of our children or our pets!). Switching to healthier alternatives is a simple way to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins in your home. See our hygienic cleaning guide for a full list of recommendations, and what to look for when choosing the safest home cleaning products.
6. Use non-toxic skin care and personal care products
Similar to cleaning products, traditional skin care and personal care products are formulated with toxic ingredients that we must not allow regular absorption into the largest organ in the body. Reduce the toxic burden on your body by switching to non-toxic personal care and beauty products (see our special recommendations on deodorant, sunscreen, and green beauty products).
7. Eat probiotics daily
Maintaining a healthy gut has major impacts on digestion, skin health, immunity, mental health, and more. Taking a daily probiotic with a glass of water every morning is one of the simplest things you can do to boost your gut health (which, in turn, boosts overall health in a number of ways, too). Learn more about the health benefits of probiotics (and all ways to get them in your diet), and shop our favorite probiotic supplements here.
8. Eat real food
Try to eat real food made with whole food ingredients that you may have in your kitchen cupboard or your grandmother knows. (Yes, that rules out most packaged foods, sorry!) This differs slightly from suggesting to only eat “healthy foods” (many of them are increasingly processed!). “Real food” includes unprocessed foods such as apples, cucumbers, soybeans, or steak, as well as foods that have been loosely processed from an ingredient in real food (or little of it), such as butter, olive oil, yogurt, tofu, etc. Words, aim for foods that can reasonably be made in your kitchen and avoid foods that can only be made in a laboratory.
9. Stand every 30 minutes while working
Reduce the harmful effects of sitting (such as your desk job) by standing and moving for a minute or two very half hour.
10. Get sunlight every day
Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for overall health, and sunlight is one of the best sources. Aim for at least 30 minutes of sunlight each day – preferably in the afternoon, and without sunscreen (read more about that here). There is not much sunlight in the winter where you live? It may be beneficial to take a vitamin D supplement and / or other food sources of this essential nutrient.
11. Fill your home with houseplants
Houseplants help clear indoor air (unfortunately, you probably need it!), They’re beautiful, and research shows they improve mood, creativity, and problem-solving!
12. Sweat every day
Try to perspire in some way every day – whether it’s by running, cycling, dancing, hot yoga, or any other physical activity that you enjoy. Check out our fitness guide for more workout ideas, plus tips and tricks for building regular physical activity in your everyday life and a downloadable fitness plan that you can use to define your personalized fitness plan to stay on track.
13. Eat green juice daily
Green smoothies as a snack or simple on-the-go breakfast is an easy way to get your veggies every day. Check out our curated list of healthy (packed with veggies!) Smoothie recipes for our favorite green smoothie recipe ideas.
14. Work hard and be nice
He said enough!
15. Cultivate a positive mindset
“The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your behavior.” That’s right – mindset is everything! Develop a positive mindset by recognizing negative thought patterns and countering them with positive thoughts or affirmations. Here are more mental resources for positive thinking.
16. Get enough sleep
Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. But in addition to the quantity, sleep quality matters, too! Follow our advice on getting a good sleep – things like keeping your bedroom cool at night, avoiding blue light after dark, and more.
17. Start your day with a healthy morning routine
Start each day with fulfilling activities that set the tone for what you want to feel – whether that be inspiring, relaxing, productive, or anything else. 😄 Check out our list of ideas for starting a healthy morning routine to start your day right!
18. Eat a rainbow
Try to eat all the colors of the rainbow every day. (Natural colors only, no Skittles!) Download the FREE Eat the Rainbow tracker daily and weekly to help with tracking.
19. Floss your teeth
Floss your teeth daily for good dental and overall health. Not only does flossing protect your teeth and gums, but good dental health is also important for immunity and heart health.
20. Spending time alone
Spending regular time alone helps you get to know and stay in touch with yourself (we all grow and change constantly!). Solo time is an opportunity to check out what you do and what you desire, so that you can live your most purposeful life. Some people enjoy hiking, walking, jogging, meditation, or even sunbathing as a healthy way to spend time alone. ☀️
21. Do things you enjoy
This is often overlooked as an essential component of healthy living – doing the things every day that you enjoy! Whether it’s exercise, baking, crafting, reading a book or watching TV, make time each day to spend doing activities that you personally enjoy.
22. Choose organic foods when possible
There are gazillion health, environmental and social reasons for choosing organic foods, so we’ll leave this more detailed post related to the conversation and just remind you to choose organic foods whenever possible. They are better for your health, the environment, and the farm workers who grow your food.
23. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar keeps the doctor away
Apple cider vinegar cures everything (well … just about everything!). A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water helps with digestion, relieve bloating, boost immunity, regulate blood sugar levels and more. We recommend organic, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
24. He smiled a lot
Smiling enhances your physical and mental health (it’s true!), So find ways to smile as often as you can throughout the day.
25. Work to overcome your fears
Fears hold us back from living our best. Acknowledge your concerns and take steps to overcome them. (One example is overcoming your fear of public speaking to open new doors in your professional and personal life.)
26. Use the yoga ball as an office chair
Save your back / shoulders / neck and strengthen your core with this yoga ball as an office chair.
27. Manage stress with self-care activities
Chronic stress is harmful to your physical and mental health. Learn your triggers (things that cause you stress, either quickly or in the long term) as well as de-stress (things that can help calm you when you are tense) so you can proactively deal with stress and maintain healthy levels.
28. Intermittent fasting can promote weight loss
We don’t really diet (restrictions aren’t fun!), But intermittent fasting is more of an eating pattern than a diet. It has many observed health benefits of reducing inflammation and contributing to extended life, and it can help speed up the metabolism to promote weight loss.
29- Drink a glass of water after every alcoholic drink
Nope, we won’t tell you to abstain from alcohol (although you can definitely do so if you like!). Drinking alcohol in moderation can be part of a “healthy” lifestyle if done responsibly. A glass of water after every alcoholic drink helps detoxify the alcohol from the body, as well as slow down your alcohol consumption and keep you hydrated (a major factor in preventing a hangover!)
30. Practice gratitude
Practice gratitude every day – this can be when you wake up, before bed, or during your lunch break at work. Here are our favorite tips for finding more gratitude in your everyday life, along with a summary of the physical and mental health benefits of regularly practicing gratitude.
31. Walking around the block is better than not walking at all
When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, doing less is better than doing nothing at all. If you like to walk but don’t have time for the usual hour-long walks, take a short walk around the building. Walking for 5 minutes is better than not walking at all!