woman practicing yoga on the beachAs Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” If we learned anything from the global pandemic, it’s that life will always present us with new challenges. What’s most important is how you handle and learn from these curveballs.

Many of us tried to see the bright side of a difficult situation by putting a positive spin on more time spent at home with loved ones. Yet it’s not always easy to keep an optimistic outlook when we feel anxious or depressed.

To get started on the right path, here are 7 simple steps to start improving your happiness today!

1. Take Back Control

When the circumstances of your life seem beyond your control, it’s important to maintain a sense of structure. Simple daily tasks like waking up at the same time, making your bed and meditating can help you stay calm and in charge of your own life.

Specifically, mindful meditation can reduce mental exhaustion and help you focus on inner peace. Mind and body training, including guided visualization and breathing exercises, works to redirect your thoughts to the present moment and let go of what you cannot control.

2. Adopt Healthy Habits

An unhealthy lifestyle can negatively affect you both physically and mentally. Wellness is a lifelong pursuit but small changes can make a big difference. Start by drinking plenty of water – ideally, half your body weight in ounces each day. Dehydration not only impedes the performance of your vital systems and organs, but lack of water can impact your ability to think clearly.

Daily exercise is also important to improve muscle strength, endurance, cardiovascular and lung health. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week.

Exercise releases endorphins that can improve mood. Working out in the morning can give you more energy to take on the day ahead! Physical activity can also help you maintain a healthy weight, which puts less strain on your body and keeps the spine properly aligned.

3. Get Enough Sleep

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. A good night’s sleep is essential to help the brain, immune system and entire body function properly.

Disruptions in sleep could be caused by stress or compressed spinal nerves. A chiropractor can address your sleeping posture and release any tension to help improve your sleep patterns and overall wellbeing.

4. Do Away With Negativity

If there are people in your life who cause drama, it’s time to sever ties. While negativity breeds more negativity, positivity breeds good outcomes! You may not be able to change past decisions but moving forward, make better choices to help you maintain a happy life.

Social-media induced stress can also impact emotional wellness, physical and mental health. Deactivate your accounts or turn off notifications for a break from social media.

5. Learn to Manage Stress

Common sources of stress include work, personal relationships and finances. These triggers can impede your ability to progress forward in your life. Although you may not be able to change your circumstances, it’s important to find a healthy outlet to relieve stress.

Journaling, listening to music and counseling can help you manage feelings of anxiety. Physical tension from emotional stress can be relieved with regular chiropractic care!

6. Be More Productive

A constantly busy schedule does not mean you’re being productive! You may be moving all the time but not making any forward progress in your life. Taking on less responsibility can actually make you more productive. When you have time to focus on what is most important, the tasks you do complete are often more successful.

7. Avoid Falling Into Old Habits

When you’ve made the commitment to improve your life, remember why you left bad habits and situations behind. While your comfort zone may be a nice place to visit, nothing grows there! Start practicing positive self-talk and optimism to overcome your negative thoughts.
 
Ready to improve your overall health and wellness? Contact the Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury today!

"I have been a patient for over a year and have seen terrific results from my plan of care. I was introduced to the office by a friend after I told him I was having back pain. The staff and doctors have been outstanding. They took some x-rays and ruled out certain things and put me on a plan of care that helped get me straight and pain free. I can't thank them enough."
Matt Udal
"Such a great experience in understanding and learning how to treat my chronic pain! The office staff is wonderful, informative and empathetic! Dr. D is also invested in making you to your best self! They found a convert here!"
Debby DeMartino
When I first came, I was out of alignment and had joint soreness but through my continual sessions, my overall health has improved 100%. I want to thank all the staff for their support and education."
Benjamin Israel
"Dr. Wade has been wonderful! I never thought spinal care was a preventative health measure until I started here. The entire staff are very accommodating and friendly! My back has never felt better! I plan to continue to come for maintenance."
Amanda Smith
"I started adjustments for neck, back, and tailbone pain and at the end of the 10 weeks the pain was completely gone. Dr. Wade is kind, funny, and very good at what he does. He brings positive energy into the office every single day and is in a good mood 100% of the time."
Cassandra Kolstad
"Been going to The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury for over 5 years and it is always been a great, safe and welcoming experience! Cannot recommend it enough."
Olivia Mott
"Been going to The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury for over 5 years and it is always been a great, safe and welcoming experience! Cannot recommend it enough."
Olivia Mott
"Such a great experience in understanding and learning how to treat my chronic pain! The office staff is wonderful, informative and empathetic! Dr. D is also invested in making you to your best self! They found a convert here!"
Debby DeMartino
"I have been a patient for over a year and have seen terrific results from my plan of care. I was introduced to the office by a friend after I told him I was having back pain. The staff and doctors have been outstanding. They took some x-rays and ruled out certain things and put me on a plan of care that helped get me straight and pain free. I can't thank them enough."
Matt Udal
"From the moment you walk into the office, you are welcomed with a smile and they even manage to remember every single patient's name. They treat you like family and put a lot of emphasis on your care. I started coming to this office when my son was about 4 months old and now at 11 months old, I have seen SO much progress with his neck that I myself started to see Dr D. and I am very grateful to have found such a wonderful place."
Nichole Currie
"I absolutely love the care I receive here. I have been coming for the last 3 going on 4 years and my migraines and back pain are gone."
Renee Danielle
"Such a great experience in understanding and learning how to treat my chronic pain! The office staff is wonderful, informative and empathetic! Dr. D is also invested in making you to your best self! They found a convert here!"
Debby DeMartino
"I started adjustments for neck, back, and tailbone pain and at the end of the 10 weeks the pain was completely gone. Dr. Wade is kind, funny, and very good at what he does. He brings positive energy into the office every single day and is in a good mood 100% of the time."
Cassandra Kolstad
"I started going to Dr. D when my orthopedic doctor recommended him for whiplash. I had always been skeptical of chiro services, but Dr. D and his associates are wonderful. They've kept me pain free for years now, as I have monthly adjustments to ensure good health now and in the future. I highly recommend Dr. D."
Maureen Willcox
"Been going to The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury for over 5 years and it is always been a great, safe and welcoming experience! Cannot recommend it enough."
Olivia Mott
"I started going to Dr. D when my orthopedic doctor recommended him for whiplash. I had always been skeptical of chiro services, but Dr. D and his associates are wonderful. They've kept me pain free for years now, as I have monthly adjustments to ensure good health now and in the future. I highly recommend Dr. D."
Maureen Willcox
"I just finished my 30 session program and went over my x-rays with Dr. Wade. The improvement in my scoliosis shown in the x-rays was remarkable and corresponded with the greater mobility and wellbeing I have been experiencing. Dr. Wade is very professional and always willing to answer questions and address specific concerns. I highly recommend him."
Austin Lyons
"I'm a very active individual and lower back pain was getting in the way of activities I love. While my back is still a work in progress, the time spent with Dr. D has been well worth it. I just ran 2 marathons in 2 weeks and these sessions helped me run these races with no back pain."
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"They are not only extremely professional and helpful but genuinely care about your well being! In addition, the group is very supportive of the community. I love that they partnered with We Are the Children to donate thousands of dollars worth of toys.
Jocelyn DeMaio
"My whole family goes to Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury. My other half has been getting adjustments for years and he has been the driving force for the family to get checked out. He says since he has been coming here, if his back has any issues or is out, it seems to get better much faster than ever before. If you've had any problems with your back, you'll know that speaks volumes. We trust this group!"
Maggie P.
When I first came, I was out of alignment and had joint soreness but through my continual sessions, my overall health has improved 100%. I want to thank all the staff for their support and education."
Benjamin Israel
"There is no better place than Chiropractic Health Center, from the moment you step into the office, you are welcomed with a smile and they even manage to remember every patients name. They put a lot of emphasis on your care, you start feeling better with every visit. I would recommend this practice over any other possible treatment/office in the state."
Carlos Vivar-Zuniga
"They are not only extremely professional and helpful but genuinely care about your well being! In addition, the group is very supportive of the community. I love that they partnered with We Are the Children to donate thousands of dollars worth of toys.
Jocelyn DeMaio
"Such a great experience in understanding and learning how to treat my chronic pain! The office staff is wonderful, informative and empathetic! Dr. D is also invested in making you to your best self! They found a convert here!"
Debby DeMartino
"Dr Francesco and the staff are outstanding. I am so glad I found out about this chiropractic practice and am forever grateful for how much better I am feeling since getting treatments there."
Jody Lefkowitz
"I love Dr. D and his great staff. I have been going to him for about 16 years and I would gladly recommend him to anyone looking for a chiropractor. He has helped me immeasurably."
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