By Julia

Everyone wants to live a healthy life. Because of this, we often implement diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes to achieve this goal. However, setbacks and stumbling blocks tend to cause us to get discouraged. As a result, many health and wellness goals are often abandoned before encouraging progress is made.

There are specific attributes which should be kept in mind while setting realistic health and wellness goals. Make sure they’re:

Rational – Your approach should be realistic rather than idealistic. It’s important to always keep the objectives by thinking rationally and logically.
Achievable – Your goal should be such that you can achieve that in a specific time-frame without jeopardizing another required task.
Appropriate – The target should be accustomed to your desires, not to someone else’s wants.
Quantifiable – Measurable goals will inspire you to go a long way in obtaining the pre-defined goal.

Here are few things to help you set, keep and reach your health and wellness goals.

Eat Better

In the minds of some people, eating better means dieting or depriving oneself. That shouldn’t be the case. It is the quality of your diet, and not necessarily the amount consumed, that determines its impact on your health. Better nutrition means making better choices.

For example, consuming more fruits, vegetables, fish and high-fiber foods is a simple and effective strategy. Limiting your intake of alcohol, salt, high-calorie foods and high-fat or high-sugar foods will also help you clean up your diet. Aim for the long term to reap the full benefits of your approach. Have more home-cooked meals. It always feels better when you eat at home. You tend to spend less money and eat healthier. Grabbing a few new cookbooks can help refresh your inspiration to cook.

Try To Be More Present

Life is so busy and loud with numerous distractions. Endeavor to be more present. That means taking a chance to savor each moment. It can be at home when you’re with your family. Try to be there physically and mentally. This implies knowing when to put your phone down and give them your complete attention. Or, maybe you don’t know when to disconnect from work. Make an effort to unplug daily after a certain time, or try to avoid working on the weekends. It’s important to take time out to recharge and get centered.

Get out more

The more you spend more time in your room, the lower your spirits will sink. Form it as a habit to go on a nearby hour-long walk in natural settings. This can have a significant uptick in your overall mood and wellness. Something as simple as a brisk daily walk can help improve your health and wellness. For instance, brisk walking can help you: improve your balance and coordination as well as help improve your mood. The farther and more often you walk, the greater the benefit(s). Also, this can have a positive impact on people who’ve endured recent stressful experiences.

Make time for quiet time or “me time”

Daily life can be so loud. It’s vital to your mental health to sneak away for at least 20 free minutes to enjoy some “me time.” It can be stealing away for a few minutes to read, take an uninterrupted bath, or paint your nails. To get in the habit of taking a little “me time” daily, try taking yours at the same time every day.

Get some rest and manage your stress

For you to stay active and at the top of your health, your body needs rest. Stress can cause sleep disturbances and, conversely, lack of sleep can contribute to stress. Good sleep hygiene is therefore essential to physical and mental health, as well as good stress management.

How many hours a day do you sleep on average? It may be time to work on getting more if you’re not getting six to eight hours a night. When it comes to stress, it is challenging to quantify or eliminate it, but it can be better managed. Recognized stress management techniques such as breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, and massage therapy can be beneficial.

Conclusion
Experts say that if you want to achieve any goal, it is necessary to remind yourself every day about it. Health and wellness goals are an ongoing process. Therefore, there is a need to maintain it further to remain healthy. So, changing the way you carry out daily activities will encourage and inspire you to perform better. Therefore, setting goals can help you develop inner strength and the endurance to fulfill your aspirations.


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From a customer e-mail:

Over the weekend I ordered both the RW Upstage and the RW Crowd Pleaser in a color which I have never seen in a wig before – RL30/27 Rusty Auburn.

Here is where I would really appreciate your advice:  Does Rusty Auburn have any brunette tones or have I made a huge mistake and need to exchange colors?

I think you might be okay.  The True2Life #30 (the darker color in the Rusty Auburn) is kind of like a reddish brown blended up with a medium auburn, so it isn’t a straight #30.  It’s a little more dynamic than that.  I wouldn’t necessarily consider this a brunette shade, but it definitely has some brunette elements in the mix, kind of like the hint of auburn brown hiding in the #29 in that’s in the Golden Russet.  It’s subtle, but it’s in there.  🙂

And are there other colors that blend with brunette that you might suggest, whether or not they are heat-friendly?  You definitely know and appreciate reds, and your color advice has been perfect for me so far!

All of the True2Life reds are amazing.  I love the Deepest Ruby, for example, and the Cinnabar is also very pretty.  I recommend giving those a thought for autumn.  They look amazing that time of year, and they also have that hint of auburn brown mixed in.  (I think they all do in the T2L fiber.)

In the non-T2L fiber it is a different ballgame.  Those colors tend to be a little less dynamic. 

SS30/28 Shadow Shade Spice has a lot of colors going on, including two shades of medium auburn and a soft brunette.

SS29 Shadow Shades Glazed Strawberry is very pretty, very dynamic, and has subtle hints of brown thrown into the mix.

SS11/29 Shadow Shades Nutmeg is an underrated treasure of a color!  I LOVE this color!  It’s got a little something for everyone while still looking very natural, and it has a little brunette with the copper!

R6/28H Coppery Mink is surprisingly RED for a brunette shade.  Unlike the Chocolate Copper (R6/30H), this one has an intense true red (not copper or auburn) highlight.

R3329S Glazed Auburn is a lovely, highly dynamic auburn with quite a bit of dark auburn brown mixed in for flavor. 

I hope that helps a bit!  🙂

By CysterWigs’ Contributor

If self-care isn’t a regular part of your routine, it should be. What is it? It’s the act of simply taking care of yourself. It could involve a grand gesture like spending a day at the spa, or it could be as simple as taking 10 minutes out of your day to meditate in a quiet space. Self-care time allows us to temporarily set aside our worries, stressors and attachments so we can put ourselves first.

Sometimes, it might feel like we’re way too busy to step away from our jobs or home situations. And some people might even feel guilty or feel like they’re being selfish if they took some time out for themselves. If you’re in that camp, please leave it right now. Believe it or not, the world will not fall apart because you’ve taken a moment or a whole day to tend to yourself. So don’t feel guilty about trying to preserve your mental, physical and emotional well-being.

Self-care helps ensure that we stay fulfilled, refreshed and recharged. It helps combat the effects of stress. Stress can leave you feeling run down and helpless. And if you continue to keep running on that hamster wheel of anxiety, tension or aggravation, it’ll eventually take a toll on your health overall. Acts of self-care can help offset this. So if it helps, put some time on the calendar to do something that relaxes you or improves the quality of your life.

When you’re on the job, you can do the same thing. Set a time during the day for you to leave your desk. You can go for a walk, take a quiet break in your car or go to lunch with a friend. Simple acts like these can help head off complete burnout on the job.

And don’t forget that along with nurturing your mind and spirit, you’ll need to nourish your body as well. This involves eating right and enjoying the foods that love your body right back. No one is saying to deny yourself those special treats. Do what makes you happy. But when you feed your body right, you’ll feel better and probably have more energy.

Never feel bad about putting yourself first. There’s only one you, and you have the right to live your best life. So if you’ve been leaving yourself on the back burner while taking care of everyone else, it’s time to make a change. If you go through life exhausted, stressed and overwhelmed, you won’t be helping anyone–especially yourself.