Life is a balancing act. Juggling a career, family, stress and never-ending responsibilities tend to push our focus on personal well being to the bottom of the priority list. It’s important that in balancing the chaos, we find the time to focus on our own longevity.
Saturday, June 9 is Global Wellness Day, a day dedicated to encouraging healthier, happier and more sustainable lifestyles across the globe. This year on Global Wellness Day, we challenge you to take a moment to pause, make peace with yourself and give conscious thought to how you can personally improve your overall wellness and your daily impact on this earth. Whether your focus is on physical, spiritual or environmental health, everyone can participate by incorporating small changes into daily routines. We’ve come up with a few ideas to help you celebrate the occasion and to promote wellness worldwide.
Drink more water. Water is a natural remedy for many of life’s daily grievances and has tremendous benefits to our overall health when we consume the daily recommended amount. Water is proven to increase energy, relieve fatigue, promote weight loss, flush out toxins (therefore improve skin complexion), maintain regularity, boost immune system, prevent cramps and sprains and also serves as a natural headache remedy. In honor of Global Wellness Day, challenge yourself to drink only water for a day. Make your Global Wellness Day impact even stronger by also cutting out consumption of water from plastic bottles.
Walk at least 30 minutes. Walking just 30 minutes a day has incredible health benefits. Besides the obvious boost in metabolism, walking will elevate your mood, alleviate stress, improve quality of sleep, decrease sensitivity to certain allergies and even enhance creativity. Walking has even proven to prevent various illnesses and ailments including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and much more. If walking is already a part of your daily routine, in honor of Global Wellness Day, try walking barefoot! Walking barefoot, also known as “earthing,” means walking barefoot in soil, grass, sand or any natural surface. It has been scientifically proven that earthing regulates both the endocrine and nervous systems, leading to increased antioxidants, reduced inflammation, improved sleep, and much more, all based on the relationship between our bodies and the electrons in the earth.
Sleep by 10 p.m. Getting to bed by 10 p.m. increases the likelihood that you will get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep a night, and still wake up by 5 or 6 a.m. By practicing a consistent and healthy bedtime, you’re energizing your mind and preparing yourself for a more productive and successful day. Additionally, going to bed by 10 p.m. still allows enough time in the evening to enjoy life’s simple pleasures, such as spending time with family, watching your favorite show or cooking a nice meal. If getting to bed early isn’t an issue in your routine, challenge yourself to schedule at least a 30-minute workout in the morning before starting your day.
Do a good deed. Doing a good deed not only spreads positive energy, but also has proven health benefits, similar to those of walking 30 minutes a day! Beyond the incredible physical benefits of engaging in acts of kindness, such as improved mental health and increased life expectancy, it leads to your increased overall happiness. With each act of kindness we engage in, the more motivated we are to continue engaging in acts of kindness, which ultimately makes the world a better place! In honor of Global Wellness Day, challenge yourself to volunteer for a new charity or donate to a cause you are compassionate about.
With the slogan “One day can change your whole life,” we celebrate Global Wellness Day on the second Saturday of June every year as an international day.
Global Wellness Day is an entirely not-for-profit day, a social project dedicated to living well. The purpose of Global Wellness Day is to ask the question, even if for just one day, “How can I live a healthier and better life?”, to direct the thoughts of both individuals and society towards “living well” and to raise awareness.
The main aims of the day are:
- To recognize the value of our lives
- To pause and think, even if for just one day of the year
- To be free from the stress of everyday city life and bad habits
- To make peace with ourselves
- To raise awareness about living well and increase motivation, not just for today, but for the remaining 364 days of the year
First celebrated in 2012, Global Wellness Day was established in Turkey as the “first” day dedicated to living well, and has now been accepted worldwide. Global Wellness Day has been officially celebrated in 100 countries at 4000 different locations in 2017, reflecting its success.
Global Wellness Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 in more than 100 countries at 5000 different locations.