May Wellness: Five New Habits for a Healthier, Happier You

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Ah, May! The month when flowers bloom, allergies make their grand entrance (achoo!), and we all start to panic that the year is almost halfway over. In honor of the fifth month of the year, let’s talk about five new healthy habits to enhance your health and happiness.

Five Habits to Boost Your Health

1. Hydration Helpers

Hydration is a foundation of health, influencing everything from optimal organ function to maintaining high energy levels and enhancing our ability to concentrate. Beyond its physical advantages, proper hydration is an act of self-care — a straightforward yet significant gesture of looking after your well-being.

Sometimes, though, plain water doesn’t sound too exciting, making it feel like a chore rather than a pleasure. Here’s where you can get creative! Add slices of fruits like lemon, lime or cucumber, or infuse your water with herbs like mint or basil to transform it into a refreshing, flavorful experience with zero added calories.

2. Take Your Meetings on the Go

Who said meetings have to be a sit-down affair? Propose a walking meeting instead. You’ll not only rack up those steps but also breathe in some fresh air, clearing that work fog. Plus, physical movement has been linked to increased creativity and productivity.

Choose a walking route that’s inspiring yet not too distracting. A park or a quiet neighborhood area can offer the serene backdrop necessary for a productive conversation without the interruptions of busy city streets. If you’re planning to make it a regular thing, vary your routes to keep the scenery interesting and your mind stimulated. Remember, the goal is to combine the benefits of casual exercise with the productivity of a meeting. With a little planning and openness to adapt, walking meetings can become a cherished part of your work culture that fosters creativity, wellness and a deeper connection with your team.

3. Plant-based Mondays (or any day, really)

Embracing plant-based meals even just one day a week can have profound benefits for your health and the planet. Plant-based foods are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, contributing to improved digestion, a lower risk of chronic diseases, and overall vitality.

Starting with Plant-based Mondays can help you gradually transform your relationship with food. Think of it as an exploration rather than a restriction. Adventure into the colorful world of fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. Experiment with new recipes or plant-based alternatives to your favorite dishes.

4. Digital Detox Evenings

In an era where screens are an extension of ourselves, dedicating evenings to digital detox can seem like a monumental challenge. Yet, it’s a deeply rewarding practice that can help you reclaim your time, peace and presence. The glow from our devices often intrudes on the serenity of our evenings, disrupting sleep patterns and diluting face-to-face connections.

Starting a digital detox can be as simple as setting a specific time when electronics are turned off, such as an hour before bedtime. Use this time for activities that nourish your soul and calm your mind. You might pick up a book you’ve been meaning to read, journal your thoughts and reflections from the day, or do some gentle stretching or meditation to signal to your body it’s time to unwind.

5. Gratitude Journaling

End your day by jotting down three things you’re grateful for in a journal or on the notes app in your phone. It could be as simple as “I’m grateful for coffee” or as profound as “I’m grateful for my health.” Practicing gratitude shifts our focus from what we lack to what we have, nurturing a more positive and content outlook on life. It’s also a reminder to appreciate the little things that often go unnoticed in the midst of busyness.


Remember, these habits are just suggestions. You should find what works for you and your lifestyle. Take this month as an opportunity to try new things and see what makes you feel good, both physically and mentally. And don’t forget to give yourself some grace if things don’t go perfectly — the journey towards a healthier and happier life is all about progress, not perfection.

So cheers to May, a month of growth, gratitude, and giving yourself the care you deserve!

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