Every Day Health Hacks

Despite having Chronic Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Hypogammaglobulinemia, and Dementia, I’ve been relatively healthy for the past six months. I count my blessings and chalk it up to some big lifestyle changes.  

I believe self-care is the things we do every day to stay healthy, not just the special moments we spend taking care of ourselves. I’m learning more every day about the importance mental health plays on physical health, they are intertwined.

Below are the simple but important steps I work to accomplish every day, there may be a day or two where I don’t get outside or go to Starbucks but as a general rule the outline is my daily schedule.

 

We go to the Starbucks drive-thru for a coffee. We have a huge container of Clorox wipes and have a routine we go thru before leaving the drive-thru to ensure we don’t get the virus.

Taking all of my medications is critical to my physical and mental health.

Women’s over 50 Multi-Vitamin with Calcium.

Biotin for healthy hair.

Calcium 1200mg. 

Vitamin D with K-5000 IU of D3 and 180 Mcg of K2 MK7 

Probiotics 100 Billion CFU

Nicotinamide 300mg-Recommended by my Lyme doctor to help improve the immune system at the cellular level.

Manuka Honey, Certified UMF 20+ (MGO 850+) 

Use Clean CBD products.

Eat fresh fruit and yogurt for lunch.

Reduce stress by meditating several times a day for at least 5 minutes.

Only watch one hour of news, 30 minutes local, and 30 minutes national. 

Light an aromatherapy candle, placed somewhere I won’t forget it’s burning.

In spite of COVID, I still schedule critical doctor’s appointments and lab work.

Getting outside for fresh air even for 10 minutes. Just hearing a bird call can change the outlook on my day.

There are several bird feeders and a birdbath at my kitchen window that my husband takes care of for me. I can not tell you the enjoyment I get out of seeing the birds, woodpeckers, and squirrels every day.

Spend multiple times a day with my dogs, one on one attention and training. it’s rewarding to watch them grow and learn. The love I get is unconditional.

Bedtime Routine:

Go to bed 2 hours before bedtime. In those 2 hours, there is no sound, no computer, no phone, nothing. I lather up with my CBD creams and favorite hand lotion and a touch of aromatherapy oil. Sometimes I’ll turn on the diffuser.  

Those 2 hours give my mind time to wind down, get all the ramblings out, and let my mind completely calm down. At bedtime, I take my sleeping meds and another round of CBD cream. I’m now ready. Rarely do I have trouble going to sleep. 

There’s no one size fits all to have the best healthy life but we all can take steps every day to push ourselves forward. What small steps have you taken each day to improve your physical and mental health?

In Health,

Melinda

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