Simplifying your life can be extremely rewarding. It doesn’t necessarily mean getting rid of all your possessions and living in a tent, it’s more of assessing what you have and making sure that you aren’t hanging onto to excess. This could mean going through your closet and getting rid of items that you haven’t worn in years or making sure that your pantry isn’t filled with expired food. Having more usually just means that there is more to clean around and more things in your life that are taking up valuable space in your mind. Simplifying can help you see what’s really important.

Get More Vitamin D

Getting more vitamin D into your system can bolster your immune system, and also contributes to bone health. To get more vitamin D you can take a supplement or you can add more vitamin D rich foods into your diet such as salmon, milk, orange juice and yoghurt. Vitamin D has also been known to help with depression and weight loss. Getting more vitamin D will make sure that you are in good health to tackle your everyday tasks.

Get More Sleep

Sleep is such an important activity but not many people give it the attention that it really deserves. Sleep deprivation can lead to obesity, depression, high blood pressure, an inability to focus and has also been known to lower your immune response. Health professionals recommend 7-9 hours of sleep for adults between the ages of 18-64 with adults over the age of 65 needing between 7 and 8 hours. If you have a hard time getting enough sleep consider implementing a nightly routine and staying away from caffeinated beverages as much as possible.

Disconnect From Your Devices

Put down your phone, tablet and computer and try to reconnect in a different way. Did you know that researchers have found that using light emitting devices before bed can actually harm our sleep patterns or that there are new psychological diseases such as “fear of missing out” that starting to arise from the use of technology? Unplugging for at least an hour a day can benefit your health and help you have healthier connections to friends and family.

Use Social Media For Good

There’s a lot of negativity on social media platforms but there are also positive messages being sent out. Instead of sharing violent, hurtful and negative messages on your Facebook feed try instead to send out something positive. Whether it be a funny meme or sharing a post on companies that are cleaning up the oceans or even sending a friendly encouraging message to friend or family member. Sending out positivity through social media makes the world a better place, improves relationships and gives everyone a sense of hope which results in higher energy and lower stress levels. It’s a great way to improve your own well being as well as those around you.

Get Moving

This tip is an oldy but a goody. Get out more and try to implement more physical activity into your life. It can be something as simple as going for a walk or maybe a more challenging task like training for a marathon. Increasing your physical activity is a sure way to a healthier life. Physical activity can help you avoid obesity, diabetes,  heart disease, high blood pressure and the list goes on. It has been proven over and over that getting more exercise is a great way to a healthier you.

Be More Mindful of Your Food

This doesn’t mean getting on board with the newest diet craze but more of a reminder to take stock of what you are eating so that you can evaluate whether you are doing a good job of getting the nutrition you need. Making sure you follow government food pyramids is great way to start. Knowing what you need and making sure you get it can help you ward off disease, be less tired during the day and allow you to have a longer, healthier life.

Practice Meditation

Finding the time to relax is a rarity in today’s world so try taking some time for yourself. Meditation can help you focus, relax and be more present in your life. Just making the effort the meditate for 5 minutes during the day can help refocus you and help you find clarity. It doesn’t mean you have to put on your stretchy clothing and find a meditation room, it can be done at your desk or in bed. Simply try to relax and clear your mind, you’ll be surprised at the effects of such a simple exercise.

Challenge Yourself

Whether it be a mental challenge or a physical challenge, having something to stimulate us can have a great effect on our health. It allows us to see past the frustration of the problem and engage us in the solutions. Having challenges is what motivates us to create and do better. Challenge yourself to learn something new, do something different or just read that book you’ve been wanting to.

Get a Buddy

Nothing is more motivational than a buddy system. Setting up a buddy system can help motivate you to get to the gym or get more work done and creates a system of accountability. It’s a lot harder to say no to someone else than it is to say no to yourself. We are all social creatures so using this basic instinct to reach our goals is a great way to motivate you to be your healthiest self.

Implementing even just a couple of these tips will help you feel a sense of well-being and get you started on the right track.