Lifestyle | Unconventional Ways to Boost Health + Happiness

When people talk about getting more healthy, they usually mention the same things. Drink more water. Eat more fruit. Drink less soda. Yes, you should be doing all of these things. But why don’t we look at some less conventional measures?

Yoga and meditation

Let’s face it: yoga and meditation probably aren’t that surprising a set of items to find on a list like this, right? It’s almost impossible to think of the word “wellness” without thinking of these calm-inducing, thoughtful activities. If you do meditation correctly, you can find that it helps you with long-term your long-term thought process and sense of calm. Some will find that it doesn’t really work for them. But you’ll never know unless you try, right? Give it a go. As for yoga, it’s much better at increasing strength than you may think.

Get a new mattress

A lot of health and mood problems really can be boiled down to the amount of sleep you’re getting, as well as the quality of that sleep. And the reason that a lot of people don’t get good sleep is because they’re using a cheap mattress. Consider replacing yours with something a bit more luxurious. Aside from that, you can improve your sleep with dimmer lighting in the evening and reduced smartphone use.

Do some tai chi

You may have heard of tai chi before – you may even know that it’s a type of martial art – but chances are you’ve never done it before. Tai chi is what we call an ‘internal’ martial art, meaning that the focus is more of spiritual and mental alongside physical wellness. (‘External’ martial arts are the ones you see in fighting films!) This is certainly something you should consider giving a go, especially if you can find a program or style that’s accessible and dedicated to wellness, such as Dr Paul Lam Tai Chi.

Use less antibacterial soap

The whole ‘antibacterial’ thing? It’s actually not much more than a buzzword. The idea behind them is that they keep more bacteria, and thus makes it easier to prevent illness. But the FDA recently concluded that antibacterial soap doesn’t do anything that regular soap that isn’t advertised as such can’t do. (And, to be honest, the FDA had merely been dragging their feet when it came to confirming something that noncommercial scientists proved years ago!) In fact, antibacterial soap can actually do more damage to your skin than good, as it tends to contain more chemicals that kill off helpful bacteria.

Learn to breathe

Okay, so I’m assuming you already know how to breathe. You’re probably a pretty good breather. You’ve been doing it your whole life, right? But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a few more things about breathing. When you’re dealing with stress – and yes, stress is very hazardous to your health! – one of the best things you can do is stop and pay attention to your breathing. Do some really deep breathing, holding breath in for a few seconds then exhaling slowly, for a minute or two. Do this a few times a day. You’ll be surprised at the long-term effects this has.

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