The challenge of living in rapidly changing times requires a strong, resilient foundation of good health and vitality. To handle life's demands in a constructive way, you need a large well of physical, mental, and emotional resources to draw upon, no matter what challenges you face. Also, you're better able to enjoy everyday pleasures when healthy and energetic. Luckily, there's a lot you can do to boost your level of health; several key factors are within your sphere of influence. Here are some important areas to focus on as you take a look at your lifestyle and habits.

1. Eat Healthy Foods

Eating healthy means preparing a wide variety of nutrient-dense meals. Assess your current diet, and gradually adjust it in the direction of consuming a greater amount of unprocessed, whole foods. Most diets are deficient in vegetables and phytonutrients; make it a high priority to increase your intake. It doesn't have to be too complicated to eat well; online resources can help you with shopping tips and preparation. Seeking out improved nutrition opens up a world of supportive community resources — including farmer's markets, co-ops, and workshops. You may need a health practitioner to address food sensitivities or allergies. Also, body mass index (BMI) is an important indicator of health and longevity. Find out your optimal BMI, and move toward it at a sustainable pace. 

2. De-stress 

It's practically impossible to avoid stress in your daily life, but there's much you can do to make yourself less susceptible to it, and let go of it when it occurs. Stress includes both life circumstances and internal perceptions. It's important that you address both components. Take a look at the interpersonal/environmental stress you may be experiencing and your responses to it. Making concrete changes externally makes physiological changes internally, affecting every system of the body for the better. Additionally, you might seek out a counselor, change your schedule, or learn assertiveness skills. Stress-relieving mind-body routines like mindful breathing, yoga, and meditation can make a big difference; combined with addressing environmental and psychological factors, they work synergistically. You might also benefit from nutritional supports like CBD gummies to help balance your mental and emotional state. 

3. Exercise 

Whatever your age, weight, or current fitness level, find a way to move that benefits you — getting the right kind of exercise is a vitally important basis for health. Even though the use of screens and smartphones has skyrocketed in recent years (along with sedentary lifestyles), the human need for activity hasn't changed. Get a checkup and clearance from your health practitioner, then design a sustainable program of cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching. Working with a certified trainer or physical therapist is a great way to kickstart your program and provide accountability. Be sure the exercises you choose are ones you enjoy; you're much more likely to stay with it!

4. Sleep Well

It's almost impossible to maintain your health without getting enough restorative sleep. The process of restoration and repair your body experiences during sleep can't be gotten any other way. Improved immunity, a healthier heart, sharper mind, better mood, and weight control are some of the benefits of getting sufficient shut-eye. Try to aim for 7-8 hours a night; this seems to be the optimal amount. Keeping a cool, quiet bedroom free of illuminated screens will help you cultivate better sleep.  

5. Connect With Others

Whether you're an introvert, an extrovert, or somewhere in between, caring and healthy community and family connections are vitally important for good health. Many of the effects of stress can be mitigated by the positive effects of authentic connections with others. Find what works for you; one size doesn't necessarily fit everyone in every season. Connecting with others positively requires self-awareness and a willingness to move out of your comfort zone.  

Improving your health involves paying attention to several key factors. Try these tips to increase your well-being!