“Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.” ~Anne Wilson Schaef
Wise words indeed. Inspired by that wisdom, Wellness Month was created “to inspire consumers to focus on wellbeing.” The August observance promotes the process of assessing and potentially improving emotional and physical health. Few would argue the value of investing in improving self-health. For the record, I would also argue daily consumption of bacon.
In honor of Wellness Month, we suggest you take the following 5 steps to improve your health:
- Do what you love. Love what you do.
Confucius is credited with saying, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” If you’re passionate about what you do, you’re one of the lucky few. If you aren’t, then maybe it’s time to consider changing gears. After all, the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over the course of a lifetime. That is a long time to be miserable. On the plus side, it’s a lot of time to be happy if you like what you do!
- Get away.
Even if you love your job, take regular breaks. This means you should spend time away from your desk – even if you work from home. One of the side effects of now popular nontraditional workdays is the associated difficulty of finding an acceptable work/life balance. Fight that by setting firm but flexible work/life boundaries. You’ll be glad you did. And so will your family!
- Eat right.
The human (and canine) brains, and the rest of the body, are sensitive to the food we eat. Thus, nutrition plays as important a role to our mental health as it does for us physically. So, eat well for optimal health. While the jury is still out on what makes for the ideal eating plan, you can’t go wrong with fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy grains, and lean proteins. And bacon. Okay, maybe not for health but definitely for a happy life! Avoid processed food and sugar. And wash it all down with plenty of fresh, cool, clear water.
No matter how vehemently couch-potatoes argue the point, everyone needs exercise. In fact, regardless of your age, sex, or physical ability, your body will reward you if you move it. Regular physical activity combats health conditions, reduces body weight, improves mood, boosts energy, and promotes restorative sleep. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. I recommend walking your dog!
- Be safe.
Near and dear to our hearts, safety is foundational to wellbeing. Volumes of books have been written about how to be safe. In fact, I’ve written dozens of blog posts on the subject. Below are a few of our favorite ways to improve personal safety:
- Take responsibility for your own safety.
- If you see something, say something.
- Guard your online data.
- Discourage criminals from approaching by walking with confidence.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- If you go somewhere alone, let family and friends know where you’ll be and when you expect to return.
- Memorize emergency numbers.
- Lock windows and doors and don’t open them to strangers.
- Never enter a home that looks as if it has been burglarized.
- Don’t flaunt valuables while traveling.
- Assemble an emergency supply kit so you will be prepared if a disaster occurs.
- Subscribe to the Allied Universal Fire Life Safety Training System.
- Keep a guard dog on the payroll. (I’ll admit; I added this last bullet point.)
About the Allied Universal Fire Life Safety Training System
We are committed to your safety and wellbeing every month of the year. Our training helps with compliance to fire life safety codes and instantly issues a certificate to building occupants who complete the course! It’s a convenient and affordable solution designed to fit the training needs of your facility. Training is available for tenants of high-rise residential, commercial and multi-use properties. Click here for more information or to subscribe.