It’s no secret that many of us are feeling the effects of stress and burnout right now. With the COVID-19 pandemic carrying us into the new year, it can feel like a struggle to focus on improving your health and wellbeing. The good news is that you don’t need to do anything wild to put yourself on the right path toward improving your wellness in 2021.
If you’ve been looking to boost your health, here are a few simple tips you can use (alongside wearing a mask and social distancing) to take care of your body a little more.
Lift your head up from your phone
When you’re using your smartphone, it’s a good idea to pause and look at how you’re using your phone. According to U.S. chiropractor Dr. DL Fishman, many people today are suffering from a repetitive stress injury in the neck that’s been dubbed “text neck.” Text neck is when the muscles in your neck become strained from keeping your head down for a long period of time due to texting, scrolling through social media, or watching videos on your phone. To keep your neck muscles from straining, make sure to use your phone while supporting your arms and bringing your phone up towards your face.
Check your form while you work out
It’s no secret that exercising regularly is one of the best ways to improve your health and wellbeing. However, it’s even more important to exercise correctly. When you’re using proper form, not only are you reducing your risk of injury while you work out, but you also work out more efficiently. Improper form can lead to wasted movements that impact muscle groups you don’t need to target. Proper form allows you to lift more weight, strengthen your muscles, and improve your cardio.
Wear the right workout clothes
It’s also a good idea to make sure you’re wearing the correct clothes and equipment while you’re exercising. The market for compression wear is expected to reach over $5 million in revenue by 2022, and for good reason. Compression wear can actually help you become a better runner because it minimizes the damage and inflammation your muscles experience after a hard workout.
Set up a whole-home water purifier
Clean water is essential to your health, and your home’s water system can impact your wellbeing whether or not you’re drinking it. While a water filter hooked up to your faucet can remove bacteria and chemicals from your drinking water, you’re still introducing those contaminants into your body through your skin while you shower. A whole-home ultrapure water system uses continuous electrodeionization to remove contaminants from your home’s water both at your sink and in your shower.
Maintain a healthy sleep schedule
Approximately 70% of American adults report insufficient sleep at least one once a month. To help get your sleep schedule on track, consider putting your technology away at least an hour before your planned bedtime. If you need to set any alarms on your phone or set up sleep apps, do so ahead of time to limit the amount of blue light your eyes come in contact with before you go to sleep. While some apps have faced recent bans from app stores, others like Headspace and Calm can help lull you to sleep. Make sure to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every day whether it’s a weekday or the weekend to help keep your sleep schedule on track.
It can be challenging to maintain our health and wellbeing, especially during times of high stress like the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, you don’t need to do anything wild to help improve your wellness. By following the simple tips above, you can help to make yourself feel just a little bit better in the new year.