Even with all of the modern technological advances available at our fingertips these days, it still seems like we’re busier than ever. With all of the everyday stresses that we juggle on our plates, it’s no wonder that Americans are sicker and dying younger in life than people in other developed nations.
As grim as that may sound, there are many ways you can help reverse this scary trend by taking your health into your own hands. By implementing healthy habits and all-natural remedies, you can save yourself time and money on doctors visits and copays. You’ll feel empowered, knowing you are reducing your worries – and possibly even adding years to your life – by taking your health into your own hands.
Here are some all-natural ways to improve your health and wellness:
- Meditation and Solitude
There’s a good reason why you crave a few minutes of alone time after a long, stressful day. As it turns out, solitude can actually be good for your brain by helping boost creativity while reducing feelings of self-consciousness.
Consider taking a walk in nature, sitting by yourself and breathing deeply, or meditating. Meditation helps reset your mind by mindfully refocusing your thoughts on the present moment. If you’re new to meditation, you might consider joining a local class for beginners or watching a guided meditation video on YouTube. You might find that meditation boosts your happiness and eases your worries.
- Massage & Bodywork
Several forms of bodywork, such as massage, have been shown to assist with pain management and muscle relaxation. If you suffer from migraines, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain conditions, you might consider getting a massage. For an even lighter and gentler pressure, you could also consider craniosacral sessions or myofascial release therapy.
- Positive Thinking
It turns out there might be some truth behind “the power of positive thinking.” Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to reduce levels of pain in fibromyalgia patients. Of course, even if you aren’t living with chronic pain, CBT can be an excellent way to improve your mental and emotional health by reducing anxiety, depression, and even the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Far Infrared Sauna
You might also consider spending time in a far infrared sauna. Different from traditional steam saunas, far infrared saunas use light, rather than steam, to heat the body. Having remained popular in Europe and Asia for years, far infrared saunas are now gaining popularity in other parts of the world where they are used to treat a variety of conditions, from chronic pain to inflammation.
We all know that diet and exercise are important but many people don’t realize just how important they are to our health. For instance, common dietary ingredients such as gluten, dairy, and soy have been linked to a range of conditions from inflammation to hormonal imbalance and weakened immune system. By modifying your diet to replace these potentially problematic foods with healthier ones, you can help your body heal itself.
Whether you’ve been living with a chronic condition or simply want to become more involved in your own healthcare, you might consider trying one (or more) of the modalities listed above. Although there are certainly some conditions that will still need to be medicated or monitored by a doctor, you might find that these simple, natural health and wellness tips provide you with some much-needed relief.
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