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Wellness Wednesday: Unplug

With current-day technology, it has become a little difficult to fully disconnect from that additional appendage we carry around now called cellphone. It provides the answer to almost everything in a matter of seconds and in a world where instant gratification is what we strive for, it is hard to let go and simply be ourselves without electronic devices. Social media keeps bombarding us with information either about what is going on in the other end of the world or about your friend’s last trip to Cancun…

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So as part of our Wellness Wednesday series, today’s tip is to

Just. Let. Go.

Don’t be afraid to put down the phone during dinner, actually embrace it. Take advantage of the time to catch up with friends who may have taken up time from a busy schedule to go out with you for drinks. Step away from the temptation of reaching out for your phone first thing in the morning and enjoy your coffee distraction-free!

These might seem obvious tips for you, but they are rarely done, yet they can make such a big diffrence in your day to day. I confess, that I have fallen prey to my iphone and it is the first thing I grab when I wake up (after my glasses haha) but sometimes, just unplugging from social media and electronic deviced is the BEST thing you can do to maintain your mental sanity. It allows you to fully enjoy life without comparing yourself to others or struggling to keep up.

In a world where technology is KEY, don’t be afraid to cut the cut cord every once in a while and just be by yourself. Learn to enjoy the company of your own thoughts!

N

 

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness

The state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.

And that’s what we hope to achieve with our  WELLNESS WEDNESDAY TIPS.

Today we focus on HYDRATION.

We’ve all heard it before, 8 glasses of water a day can do wonders…Water accounts for 60% of your body and is essential for the proper functioning of every cell and organ. But what do we really get from hydration other than many trips to the bathroom? Water has many benefits:

CLEANSE | Water is essential for your kidneys! Which means by drinking more water you will be able to filter out waste in your blood and get rid of it in your urine. Also, drinking water can help prevent urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Water also helps maintain regularity so you don’t get bouts of constipation.

CLEAR SKIN | When you are hydrated you get that je ne sais quoi…you get that GLOW. It’s no coincidence Jennifer Aniston is the face of smartwater LOL. In all seriousness, when you are properly hydrated you get rid of toxins, which means all the impurities in your face that may be causing acne are being flushed out. Also, when you drink enough water your skin is supple, taut, its a win-win for everyone!

LOSE WEIGHT | One very important thing, you can control your appetite by having adequate water intake. Drinking water before a meal can actually decrease the amount of food you have and prevent overeating.

These are just some of the benefits of H2O. So go ahead and get yourself a cute bottle, add fruits if you like having flavored water, and carry a bottle everywhere you go; it’s one of the simplest ways of actually making sure you stay hydrated during the day.

N

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness

The state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.

And that’s what we hope to achieve with our weekly WELLNESS WEDNESDAY tips.

Today we focus on SLEEP. Don’t deny it you probably have been skimping on it too. It’s easy to lose sleep…you get distracted with more stuff during the day, add more tasks than you should, drink coffee a little too late, or stay worried about things you really have no control over. It happens to all of us but there are ways we can avoid it. Make sleep a PRIORITY in your life and do a couple of tweaks during the day to improve sleep hygiene. This way you can reach those 8 full hours of restful sleep everybody talks about.

Bedtime Alarm | We all set up that dreaded wake-up alarm for the 9-5 grind…or more…Remind yourself to actually go to sleep. One of the things that can improve your sleep hygiene is waking up and going to bed at a similar time, even in the weekends when all you want to do is sleep-in.

Coffee, coffee, coffee | Avoid having too much caffeine during the day, specially in the late afternoon. Leave the coffee fix for the early AM giving your body time to metabolize that stuff out of your system so that you can get a restful sleep at night.

Turn off the lights | Keep electronics away from the bedroom. If you must read something, read from an actual book as the light that is emitted by electronic devices and TV’s can actually keep you up at night. Also no TV’s in the bedroom.

Work-it out | Aim to exercise at least 30 minutes almost every day. It will help you feel more relaxed at night and less wound-up, ready for bedtime.

Cozy it up | Make your room a relaxing place. A quiet, dark room invites you to sleep. Soft sheets and comfortable pillows also help you feel more relax and ready for bed. You might want to keep a few candles if aromatherapy helps you relax, or if you don’t want to worry about leave a candle on throughout the night, consider getting an oil diffuser and use lavender oils before to bed.

EAT | Don’t go to bed hungry but also don’t go to bed on a full stomach. Aim to have your last mean of the day 2-3 hours before going to sleep.

 

Have a restful sleep,

N <3