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Good Health From Head to Toe

During the course of a busy week, it’s easy to overlook good health practices you know are
important. For example, you might skip a meal or two to keep pace at the office, or maybe
sacrifice a few hours of sleep to get ready for that big staff meeting. It’s not such a big deal if it’s
just once in a while, but neglecting essential health practices can easily become a habit, and
that’s definitely a big deal. If you’re under the constraints of a busy schedule, the best strategy is
to build healthy habits into your daily routine (whether you’re at home or in the office) so they’re
not so easy to overlook.
Clear the clutter
Stress is the great epidemic of modern life. It’s with us every day, at work and in our family
lives, which is why it’s so important to preserve a stress-free home environment. Everyone needs
a haven they can retreat to, a place where they can shut out the frustrations of the day and
indulge in pleasurable and distracting activities. However, it’s difficult to create such an
environment in a house full of clutter, a major stress-inducing factor. If you approach the task
systematically, decluttering becomes much more manageable.
To make this an even more hassle-free endeavor, consider hiring a maid service to give your
home a good, deep clean. You’ll have peace of mind knowing the job’s been done
professionally, and you’ll only have maintenance cleaning in the meantime. It’s a way to

maintain order where you need it most; homeowners in Austin typically spend between $117 and
$218 to have their homes cleaned.
Get outside
At some point in the day, you’ll find yourself outside, whether it’s to grab a sandwich for lunch,
walk to the parking garage after work, or bring the garbage cans in from the street. As long as
you’re outside, you may as well work in a few minutes of brisk exercise. It doesn’t have to be a
long-distance run or involve heavy lifting - you need just enough activity to elevate your heart
rate. Take a couple laps around the block at lunchtime or around the neighborhood as soon as
you get home before getting settled in for the evening. Fifteen to 30 minutes of exercise each day
can make a marked difference in how you feel and in your mental acuity.
Hydrate the right way
If, like many people, you drink your fair share of coffee or soda during the day, you should
consider switching to water instead of loading up your system with caffeine and chemicals. If
you find it difficult to drink the recommended 64 ounces of water each day, try adding some
natural flavoring, such as lemon or mint, to make it more palatable. The key is to get plenty of
water, because it helps strengthen bones, skin and teeth and keeps your organs functioning at
peak efficiency. Matcha green tea is a healthful complement to water (organic tea can be
purchased for under $10). It’s 10 times more potent than regular green tea because it has a high
concentration of L-theanine, an amino acid that aids cognition, elevates mood and alleviates
stress (green tea also detoxifies your system).
Take a break
Although you might not think so, everyone deserves a break every now and then. So, if it’s been
a while since you’ve had a vacation, perhaps it’s time to set aside some time to get away for a
little while. Fortunately, you don’t have to head out of state — or even out of town — to enjoy
your much-needed and well-deserved break. For example, if you decide to take a staycation here
in Austin, you have an abundance of attractions and destinations to keep you busy. As Turnkey
points out, if you’re an avid boater or swimmer, you can rent a vacation property near popular
areas such as Lake Austin or Lake Travis. Not only will renting a property near a lake allow you
to swim whenever you want for a little exercise, the home’s kitchen will allow you to prepare
healthy meals on the fly.
Self-care
There’s no great mystery to self-care, although some people struggle to work it into their lives.
Boiled down to essentials, self-care means incorporating good sleeping, eating and exercise
habits into your daily regimen. Don’t take a good night’s sleep for granted. Everyone needs
seven to nine hours of sleep each night to function properly, to keep the immune system strong
and the brain in peak condition. Stay away from empty calories, and substitute plenty of
vegetables and fruit, protein, whole grains and healthy fats (nuts, olive oil, etc.). Sometimes, it’s
easier to shift gradually to more wholesome foods instead of all at once.

It’s also a good idea to add supplements to your diet to get the right nutrients and help your body
function properly. For the latter, CBD can come in handy, especially if you suffer from
symptoms such as headaches, nausea, or anxiety. CBD can help your body achieve inner balance
by sending cannabinoids to receptors in the organs. The effects of CBD don’t include
intoxication. You might want to try CBD gummies before taking other forms like oils, as they
can be easier to tolerate. Check with your doctor before researching the best gummies online.
There are always opportunities to get exercise, to eat better and get more sleep - you just need to
make a consistent, concerted effort to do so. The benefits are worth it - an elevated sense of well-
being, a more active life, and the sense of balance that comes from managing stress through self-
care.

Author
Jennifer McGregor Jennifer is a freelance writer who plans to go to medical school

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