Moderation can be a kinder approach to wellness
The new year often starts with resolutions and rigid goals that, even more often, leave us feeling wilted with defeat. With spring in the near distance, what better time to shift our mindset toward a kinder, more intuitive approach to wellness that allows room for flexibility, growth, and evolution—and maybe a little more fun. We live in a world full of options that encompass just about every aspect of our lives. There’s a certain irony in the fact that we’re also assailed by a world full of advice that, in many ways, can hem us into the most inflexible of lifestyle choices. But advice dating back to ancient Greece and the poet Hesiod, “… moderation in all things …” can offer a more flexible—and much kinder—path toward wellness. So, congratulations on making a commitment to live your best life! Here’s a little support (and maybe some permission) for those days when you’re just not feeling the motivation to go all in.
There’s plenty of scientific evidence that links the way we eat to not only our own health but also to environmental sustainability. Try being a “flexitarian” with your diet if going all in (plant-based) isn’t for you.
Tip: Keep a jar of your favourite nuts or seeds on the kitchen counter; chances are this will become your go-to snack option.
Supplemental support: Because there’ll always be times when you’re just flat out of time or opportunity to get all the nutrition you need from your diet, daily multivitamin/mineral supplements can provide a great backstop.
Water’s crucial to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood. Make your (filled) water bottle your new bestie.
Tip: Coffee and tea and many plant-based foods we eat (think cantaloupe and watermelon, strawberries and grapes, lettuce and spinach, cabbage and squash, apples and oranges, carrots and broccoli, pears and pineapple) add to our daily water intake.
You may be busy, but staying physically active is one of the best things you can do to stay fit and healthy—both physically and mentally—and it’s also a great solution to sleep issues. There are a ton of fun ways to stay fit—find your favourites.
Tip: Making fun a goal can actually lead to sustained benefits. Research has found that activity-related, enjoyable goals maintain well-being and happiness, because people continue to engage in things they enjoy.
Supplemental support: Athletes and those looking to ensure enough protein in their diets can turn to protein powders, available in many options for every kind of diet.
Getting enough quality sleep plays a crucial role in maintaining good health and well-being; it’s as essential to survival as water, food, and shelter. Giving yourself a good night’s sleep isn’t a luxury.
Tip: Healthy adults take 10 to 20 minutes to fall asleep on average, and many enjoy consistent sleep: they go to bed at regular times, fall asleep quickly, and experience little wakefulness.
Supplemental support: When a good night’s sleep is alluding you, camomile, magnesium, valerian, and melatonin are go-to aids that may help you solve occasional interruptions in restful sleep.
Living flexibly can also include living sustainably. A kinder, more thoughtful approach to your own lifestyle (think more plants, less meat, for one) may, as a result, bring benefits to the planet’s health. Here are a few other ways to throw the planet some love.