Sometimes our days get so packed with “to'-do’s” that self-care and health habits can be pushed to the wayside. However, if we choose to start our day with a 30 minute health supporting routine, we can at least be happy we did that, as a bare minimum, on the days that other things (exercise, eating ALL the veggies, getting out in nature, etc) get neglected. So, instead of spending 30 minutes pressing the snooze button, use that time to get a head start on supporting your health for the day.
How is your sleep? Are you sleeping enough? Are you sleeping well? Do you have a hard time falling or staying asleep? Do you wake refreshed? If not, maybe this month you try to improve your zzz’s with some of the tips included in this month’s health challenge. After, all sleep is one of the foundations of health. It’s not something any of us can do without!
This month I encourage you to consciously practice gratitude. It’s not always easy, but ultimately choosing to focus on gratitude, rather than self-pity, is so important for mental and physical health. People who have a generally more grateful disposition report higher levels of physical health, and taking note of what you are grateful for on a regular basis improves sense of well-being and mood. So, this month, I encourage you to practice gratitude every day.
The average adult uses about 9 personal care products a day, and many of them contain toxic chemicals. Our skin is not an impermeable barrier. Many of the chemicals we put on our skin are absorbed into our bodies and can have a whole host of health effects. This month I challenge you to detox your cosmetics. Our monthly challenges are about making small, manageable changes to support our health and wellbeing. Choosing safer, non-toxic cosmetics can have huge impacts in your long term health.
For the past 8 months, each Roots Monthly Health Challenge has been pretty focused. If you participated in any of the health challenges, have you continued on with any of the health habits? If not, I invite you to think about picking up some of those health habits again. This is a great month to do it, as this month's health challenge is 30 Days of Self-Care.