Simple Health Habits you can adopt right now

Many health goals and resolutions require us to overhaul our regular routine completely, but this might be exactly why they fail. Changing too many things in your life at once is a great way to get overwhelmed and abandon the healthy habits you’ve set your mind on. Instead, start by making small tweaks to various areas of your life and building on these. The following health strategies are a great place to start, since they can be easily incorporated into your life.

Keep Your Air Clean

Your health efforts may go unnoticed if indoor air pollution is causing you fatigue, headaches, memory problems, and difficulty concentrating. Consider getting an air purifier to keep the air in your home free from harmful chemicals, smoke, mold spores, bacteria, and dust mite allergens. Air purifiers are especially important if you have pets, since these beloved animals introduce dander and outdoor allergens into our homes, triggering allergic reactions.

Read through online guides, like those on HowToHome, to find the top air purifiers for your specific needs. Though air purifiers cannot remove 100 percent of all pollutants in your air, they can have an extremely positive impact on your health. Plus, cleaning up your air can relieve respiratory problems and make it easier for you to exercise!

Walk Everywhere You Can

Walking is one of the easiest exercises to adopt into everyday life, and it has several head-to-toe health benefits. Walking just 30 minutes every day can improve your mood, cut down on body fat, lower blood sugar, and boost your digestive system. Aim to walk—instead of drive or take public transportation—when you just have a short distance to go, or schedule a half-an-hour walk into your day whenever it makes the most sense to you. If you have trouble sleeping, consider walking just a couple of hours before bed, since exercise in the early evenings can help combat insomnia. Take a walk along the shoreline after visiting Creative Chakra Spa

Go to Bed Earlier

Let’s face it: most of us can use a little extra sleep. According to research reported by Entrepreneur, going to bed just 30 minutes earlier every night can make a huge difference in your levels of daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and tension. If you need some help finding the motivation to jump into bed a little earlier, then avoid snacking, watching TV, and scrolling on your phone—these activities are much more stimulating to the body and mind than you may realize. Shirodhara can help put the constitution in balance by calming the vata elements of restlessness, anxiety and insomnia. There are also gentle herbs to help you sleep better such as a 5mg dose of melatonin, along with magnesium, valerian root, hops extract, and 5-HTP (Griffonia Simplicifolia) and you can buy patches t app

Put Down Your Phone

Smartphones give us instant access to our social media accounts all day, every day. Though social media connects us with others, it can actually contribute to mental health issues and make us feel lonely. Social media also takes a hit on our self-esteem as we’re bombarded by the achievements and good fortune of those around us. A recent study revealed that people who reduced their social media usage reported improved well-being as well as lower levels of depression and loneliness. If you must be a techie then download a meditation app or buy a fibit that schedules relaxation time better still schedule a yoga or meditation session at Creative Chakra Spa and turn your phone off!

Eat for Your Brain

The Harvard Medical School stresses that certain diets, especially those high in refined sugars, can disrupt our normal brain functions and contribute to mood disorders like depression. People who consume diets high in vegetables, fish, and unprocessed grains have a reduced risk of depression than those who consume a Western diet that’s high in processed foods. Since it’s a lot of work to change your eating habits completely, just try to be aware of the food you’re eating and how it makes you feel. Try slowly replacing certain staples in your diet, such as swapping white pasta for quinoa or vegetable oil for coconut oil. Remember, building healthy habits into your routine is not an all-or-nothing process. It doesn’t matter if you indulge your sweet tooth or stay up super late every once in a while—in fact, this does not affect the process of habit-formation. Allow yourself to make mistakes and get back on track as quickly as possible. In the end, being forgiving is much more motivating than falling into a cycle of discouraging self-criticism. Creative Chakra can help you identify diets for your Ayurvedic constitution when you are ready to go the next step further in balancing hormones and detoxing.

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3 Steps to Winter Wellness

3 Steps to Winter Wellness

Paige A. Mitchell

Winter is a wonderful season in many parts of the world—snowflakes, hot chocolate, getting cozy in front of a roaring fire, taking lots of naps. Here in Southern California though, we have it easy. The temperature rarely drops to uncomfortable levels and all you usually need is a light jacket to enjoy the crisp air.

But winter can also take a toll on everyone’s mental wellness, no matter your locale. In terms of wellness, there are family dynamics are tested during the holidays, it can be easy to lose energy as we have a tendency to lounge more in winter, and we all set New Year goals that aren’t attainable or sustainable. If this sounds like you, here are some ways to stay healthy and be well this winter.

1. Keep moving

It’s tempting to stay in pajamas all weekend, to plan brunch with friends instead of attending your morning yoga session, and to feel tired with the lack of daylight in winter. However, keeping up with a workout routine if you have one, or establishing one if you don’t, is a great way to reduce stress, increase energy, and ensure a healthy winter season. By all means, go to brunch, we’re not about to keep you away from your eggs benedict, but perhaps consider going for a hike first, or playing some frisbee at the park with your dog.

2. Balance social events with “me” time

If you’re an introvert, you may be completely fine with spending day after day by yourself after work. But after a while, we all need to get out of the house and socialize with other people. Plan to spend at least one night a week in a social setting. If you don’t feel like going out, you could even have some people over to watch a favorite TV show or play games. It can be as low key as you want and could even prove to be a relaxing part of your week.

On the other hand, if you’re an extrovert and usually thrive on being around lots of other people, schedule at least one night a week alone to recharge. Draw a hot bath (use a luxurious bath bomb or face mask if you’d like), play some soothing music, journal, or watch a movie. It may seem boring at first, but after a few weeks you may come to enjoy the ritual. Booking a chakra session or a reiki facial at Creative Chakra Spa will rejuvenate your soul as a special retreat and walk on the quiet beach or lagoon after.

3. Take special care of your body

Germs abound in the winter when it seems like everyone around you is coughing and sneezing or sniffling to some degree. Go back to the basics of washing your hands frequently, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and avoiding work and public places when you yourself are sick. Book a lymphatic massage and private infra-red sauna at Creative Chakra Spa which helps cleanse the whole body and pull the toxins out of the fat cells. The infra-red sauna is comfortable and heart healthy, as well as purifying the lungs. You only a sweat 20 mins into the session and it is quite a sweat! You may also want to take a multivitamin, supplemented with a big dose of vitamin C and D, and perhaps try some elderberry to buffer your immune system. If you feel the flu coming on, be gentle with yourself and work in some extra self-care to your routine. Take a good look around your house for culprits of sickness too. Dirty HVAC filters could be affecting the air quality at home while hard water could lead to dry skin and breakouts. Try the vitamin C showers after your session at Creative Chakra Spa, the skin is the largest organ on your body and vitamin C promotes collagen growth and healthy hair.

With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to staying well during the winter and blossoming in the spring.