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Enjoy Better Overall Wellness with These Budget-Friendly Treats

Learn how probiotics, live plants, aromatherapy and pets can reduce your stress and help you feel great all year round.

This is a guest article courtesy of Gabriel Patel from Healthwellwise.com

During the holidays, we often seek indulgences that make us feel good. However, we tend to overlook some of the simplest things we can add to our lives to improve wellness throughout the year. Here are some budget-friendly treats to give yourself so you can feel great all year round.

Focus on Flora

You might be surprised to learn that your outlook on life and how good you feel can boil down to gut health. In fact, your mental health and gut health are so closely intertwined that some experts refer to the digestive tract as your body’s second brain. Since your mind and body rely on food for energy, when your digestive tract gets out of balance your mind is negatively affected, and when your mental state is upset, your gut responds. This might explain feeling off-kilter following the holidays, especially if you found the season stressful.

One way to put things back into equilibrium is to consume probiotics, which are healthy microorganisms found in your gut that make up your gut flora. There are a number of fermented foods that can support your digestive tract, such as aged cheeses, yogurt, kefir, and miso. A simple and inexpensive solution is to take a probiotic supplement. Whatever method you choose, you can feel better both mentally and physically by simply restoring your gut flora.

Plant Positivity

The air around you can have a big influence on your outlook on life. Many homes harbor unseen pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene, seeping into the air from paint, flooring, and upholstery. As This Old House explains, you can clean up your air with a few well-chosen houseplants, such as peace lilies, snake plants, and English ivy. Some studies indicate having houseplants around can also improve your mental health. Having a plant close by appears to enhance productivity, lower anxiety levels, boost reaction time, and promote the ability to focus.

Add to Your Atmosphere

Scents can be powerful; sometimes, simply taking in an odor can make us relive memories or evoke various emotions. You can harness that power and include it in your everyday life by adding essential oils to your home. Commonly called aromatherapy, the use of scent to alter how you feel is an ancient practice that is receiving increased attention due to its healthful benefits. You can use scent to help manage pain, improve circulation, and even regulate hormone levels. Some common choices are lavender, geranium, or thyme for stress relief and relaxation; lemon, basil, or jasmine to feel more lively and boost your mood; and black pepper, ginger, or yarrow for inflammation, aches, and pain. Diffusers work nicely in living environments.  To take your scent with you through the day, there are roll-on oils you can apply to your skin.

Furry Friendship

Spending time with a companion animal offers tremendous health benefits. In fact, according to HuffPost, pets can help lower stress levels, boost immune function, reduce feelings of loneliness, and help keep you in the moment. Pets tend to keep us more active, encouraging better fitness levels and improved circulation.

Rather than purchasing a purebred animal, consider adopting a furry friend from a rescue or shelter. You get bonus feel-goods from saving your new friend’s life and making room for the organization to help another animal in need. The cost of adoption is typically far less than purchasing from a breeder or pet store. On top of that, if you add an adult pet to your household, there is usually training on board, and medical needs like vaccination are normally addressed before the animal is made available for adoption.

There are gifts that go above and beyond the initial joy of receiving them. Consider treating yourself to something that will improve your wellness and enhance your health, regardless of the season. You don’t need to spend a lot, and it’s a great way to feel better all year round!

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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