March Is National Living Well Month
The National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Science has declared March as Living Well Month. Living well is more than just being illness-free; it’s about all the different ways we can increase our overall quality of health from our physical state to our mental wellbeing. This year’s theme “raising kids, eating right, spending smart, living well” was created to provide people with the education and information they need to “live well.” Here are five tips around living well to consider:
- Find balance—whether it’s in work or in your finances, find a happy balance. Rather than finding perfection, seek to find a happy balance between your family, your job, and yourself. Remember that you can’t take care of others until you take care of yourself first. If you’re overly worried about your finances, keep track of them by balancing your budget every month.
- Eat well—Eating well doesn’t have to be perfect but it is important to eat a variety of healthy food full of colorful fruits and vegetables. Remember that part of eating is enjoying the process, from cooking to tasting the food. Try to eat slowly without distraction from your phone or TV. Remember to keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water and limit your amount of sugary drinks
- Exercise well—remember that exercising doesn’t have to involve going to the gym. It can be something as simple as starting a garden or taking a walk or bike ride in your neighborhood. Be creative by assembling an obstacle course or using hula-hoops. Besides participating in sporting activities, turn on some music and dance. Engage children in at least 60 minutes of physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week. Adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity.
- Sleeping well—Sleep is an important part of our overall health because this process helps restore our body and mind for the next it. It’s one thing that we often overlook and struggle the most with doing because of our busy schedules. Remember that the total hour of sleep can vary between individuals.
- Build healthy relationships—A large part of our life includes those around us from our children to our coworkers. Living well means having the social support systems in place for us to have different connections and with the advance, in technology, our social support system can extend beyond our local community. One important relationship is between you and your children. Start by setting some time to the side especially to play with your child. Help them burn some energy by playing pretend or soothe them down by reading a book to them at night.
There are so many ways you can live well. Make it a goal to practice living well once a day and start with one of these steps. For a calendar of ways to live well in March, check out the calendar at. Also, check out our Facebook page for all the different activities and research-based information around living well.