When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, it’s all a matter of priorities. For almost everyone, good sleep and daily exercise are of grave importance. Others place more of an emphasis on diet or spiritual wellness. I’ve also met a handful of people who work weekly massages into their budgets to alleviate stress and anxiety. Regardless of where sleep, diet, or massage land on your preferential totem pole, there’s no right or wrong way to care for yourself. However, in order to optimize and simplify self-care, it’s crucial that you identify what your priorities are. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a laundry list of lifestyle changes all at once. One of the most effective self-care strategies I’ve ever learned is to identify three key self-care priorities and integrate them realistically into an everyday routine.
For example, exercise, mental health, and physical wellness are top priorities of mine. If I don’t make these things priorities, I suffer. After all, our bodies are temples. When we don’t treat them as such, we suffer. Our minds are hazy, and our hearts are less generous. Physically, we’re more likely to feel overworked and ineffective. Spiritually, we may feel jaded or empty. The situation just isn’t ideal. So, I’m sharing my top three healthy lifestyle tips with y’all today!
Tip #1: Endorphins Make You Happy
First and foremost, Elle Woods is a genius who put an important principle into layman’s terms. “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” Moving our bodies, specifically getting outside, is vital to our overall happiness. Not only can it increase serotinin, which is the “happy chemical” in our brains, it has also been shown to help ease symptoms of depression. It also helps us sleep better, think more effectively, boost our creativity, and stay hydrated. Oh, and exercise helps us increase our lifespans. Wins all around.
I’ve also learned over the years that I’ll never be a gym rat. Outdoor physical activities, like morning hikes or bike rides, work best for me– and they may work best for you, too. Plus, spending time in nature is known to reduce stress levels and improve mental health, among dozens of other benefits.
Tip #2: Simplify Self-Care with Virtual Doctor Visits
Exercise isn’t the only component of physical wellness, by the way. I suffered from an eating disorder over a five-year period, so checking in with my doctor when concerns arise gives me invaluable peace of mind. Realistically, adulting is hard, though, and I work 50-60 hours a week on my business to support myself. I can’t afford to take an entire day of work to sit in a waiting room for five hours. UnitedHealthcare Virtual Visits have enabled me to see a doctor– whenever, wherever– on my cell phone or computer. They handle minor medical issues without the hassle– from allergies to the flu, migraines to sinus infections, and other issues in-between. I pay $40 (at most) with my United Healthcare plan, and I can get a prescription, if needed, in twenty minutes or less.
Signing up for a Virtual Visit with a doctor is quick and easy. There are two mobile apps available to provide a Virtual Visit– Dr. On Demand (what I use) and Amwell. Once you’ve downloaded your app of choice, the registration process is similar to creating a new email account. Entering your insurance information is super quick, as in 5 minutes or less, and you can see a doctor immediately. You can also schedule an appointment for a later time, as well. Even if you don’t anticipate needing to see a doctor in the immediate future, register ASAP, so you’re ready to tackle your medical concerns as soon as they surface.
Signing up for a Virtual Visit with a doctor is so much easier than I ever could’ve imagined. Entering your insurance information is super quick (as in 5 minutes or less), and you can see a doctor immediately. You can also schedule an appointment for a later time, as well. Even if you don’t anticipate needing to see a doctor in the immediate future, register ASAP, so you’re ready to tackle your medical concerns as soon as they surface. Once you’re registered, you can use either your computer or any mobile device to facilitate your virtual doctor visits.
Tip #3: Mental Health Matters
I have severe anxiety, so self-care means making my mental health a priority. Hence, I’ve worked weekly session with my counselor into my budget. Now that I use the Dr. On Demand app, it’s incredibly easy to schedule appointments. Plus, I can also research network professionals and find out exactly how much a session will cost beforehand.
In addition to therapy, I also make a point to show myself an act of self-love once a day. I pick one item off this list of 25 simple ways to practice self-love every morning. Although booking special trips and buying yourself fresh flowers is on the list, most acts of self-love are completely cost-free. Even if my daily act is as simple as repeating positive affirmations in the mirror or sending a text to an old friend, I feel so much more happy and healthy afterwards. You will, too.
What are your top healthy lifestyle tips? I’d love to hear how you stay proactive about your health and wellness!