Do you wish for a more positive outlook, a spring in your step, and a longer life expectancy? If so, the month of September hosts National Wellness Week, so here are three ways to find wellness within yourself:

1. Maintain a healthy diet

If you strip away all the charge behind the word "diet," and remember that it can be a way to talk about what types of energy sources people habitually put into their bodies to make them feel good, then a constructive conversation can be started. Beginning with making a concerted effort only to eat real foods is a significant step, including introducing more plant-based foods into your diet. This will give you more energy and a general feeling of wellness to power you through your day.

2. Make time to sleep

Adults should get seven-to-eight hours of sleep a night. To help you get a better night's sleep, try to go to bed at the same time each night. Set the tone for success by reserving your bed for sleeping only -- that means no eating, watching TV or working in bed. Finally, set the mood by blocking out light and noise either through blackout curtains, closed doors, earplugs, sleep masks, or sleep machines. Don't forget to turn off your phone.

3. Unplug each day

Turn off your phone. Research shows that adults spend an average of 11 hours per day, staring at a screen. Looking at these screens, especially your cell phone decreases your attention span, creates anxiety, and damages the regions of your brain responsible for emotions, decision-making, and cognitive control. Commit to setting down your phone during meals, and switching your phone on Do Not Disturb after 9 pm to help your body and brain achieve some peace and wellness.

Be more mindful

The key to reaching a more profound sense of peace and wellness is to be more conscious about what you put into your body and how you let your body and brain recharge. Remember that it takes 30 days to form new habits, so stick with it!

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