Welcome back to the Blackwell Chiropractic blog! In part one, we offered some tips for making small changes in your daily habits to improve and maintain your overall health and wellness this spring. Our tips included getting active, substituting healthy foods in place boxed and bagged foods, giving yourself “me time” to decompress, and scheduling regular chiropractic care with us here at Blackwell Chiropractic. Here are a few more healthy habits to incorporate into your daily routine to boost your wellness.
Spend time Outdoors
Getting outdoors can improve your physical, as well as mental and emotional health. Whether you spend the day at the Dallas Zoo with your family, visit the Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve, adventure down the Trinity River, or splash around at White Rock Lake Park, a little fresh air and sunshine will do a lot for your health and wellness. Just make sure to pack plenty of water, slather on the sunscreen, and stretch before performing physical activity. If you haven’t been active for a while, try not to overexert yourself to avoid an injury.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleep does wonders for your health. Getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep strengthens your immune system, improves your memory, reduces inflammation, and sparks creativity. So this spring, hit the hay early so you get a deep, restful sleep. Have trouble falling asleep? Try effective breathing techniques. Let the air out of your lungs and slowly inhale through your nose to the count of four, hold your breath to the count of seven, and slowly exhale through your mouth to the count of eight. Repeat until you fall asleep. Taking an evening walk or stretching before bed can improve your sleep patterns. You might even try adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to a cloth and placing it under your pillow at night, which can help you relax and drift off to sleep.
Drink This, Not That
Like foods, what you drink affects your health. A good rule of thumb is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to stay hydrated. For those who find water to be boring and flavorless, add some lemon, lime, and orange slices to your water for a crisp beverage packed with nutrients. Want something sweeter? Add some cubed pineapple and sliced strawberries to your water. Drinking hot or cold tea is also a great way to stay hydrated while replenishing your body with antioxidants. Drink these healthy and flavorful beverages in place of sugary sodas and sports drinks.
Get Regular Massages
Receiving regular massage treatments is a wonderful way to relax, de-stress, and calm your mind. Massage therapy is also an effective treatment for reducing pain, improving mobility, stimulating circulation, and restoring function. At Blackwell Chiropractic, we offer massage therapy treatments for the whole family to rejuvenate and maintain your wellness. Call us today to schedule a restorative massage. If you’d like to receive a chiropractic adjustment after your massage, our Top Rated Local® chiropractor is here for you.