Going out of one’s comfort zone to try something new can be difficult. While change can be difficult, trying something new can be a good thing – that’s how we learn, adapt, and grow. If you follow our office on social media, you may already know that we have made a change: for the month of July, our office is following a new schedule. It is amazing how even such a small change like this one can take some getting used to. So, as we here at the office experience something new, we want you to try something new, too. To get the ball rolling, here’s a list of ideas.
1. Make New Habits, Improve Your Dental Health
This is a dental blog, so we have to encourage you to take care of those pearly whites…even if you’ve heard “brush and floss” a thousand times :). If you don’t already, make an effort to brush twice daily and floss once a day. You’ll likely see improvements in the health of your teeth and gums.
Tip: If you think you’ll forget to brush/floss, set a reminder on your phone!
2. Healthy Eating Doesn’t Have to Feel Like a Chore
Trading a piece of fried chicken for a spinach and arugula salad can feel like more of a punishment than a healthy choice. While we are not nutritionists, here are a few practices that have made eating healthier a little easier for those of us here at the office:
- Add a little natural flavor to your water. Putting pieces of fruit (lemons, strawberries, kiwi, etc.) in your water can give it more flavor and make it more tolerable.
- Choose a water bottle that you find visually appealing. While it may sound silly, several of us have cute water bottles and tumblers that we drink out of, and having them with us has made us more willing to drink water!
- Out of sight, out of mind. We are thinking of starting a rule where we don’t bring sweets into the office kitchen. If it’s not there, you won’t be tempted to eat it!
3. Want to be stress-free?
Spend less time stressing and more time enjoying your day with these tips from HelpGuide.org.
Tip: Did you know that stress is believed to be linked to bruxism (teeth grinding)?
Exercise is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. If you have a busy schedule, finding the time to exercise may be a problem. Try slowly integrating exercise into your routine by going for a walk with a coworker during your lunch break or walking with family or friends after dinner. Set goals for yourself and take part in fun exercise challenges to keep yourself motivated.
5. Take Up a Hobby That You’ve Always Wanted to Try
Wheter its fishing, making jewelry, or painting, try a new hobby – you might just find something you’re passionate about.
6. Give Back
Charity and community service work can be incredibly rewarding. Find an organization that you can relate to, then find out how you can help. If you have trouble finding opportunities, visit VolunteerMatch.
Whatever you decide to try next, we wish you the best! If you have tried something new recently, tell us about in the comments below!
Take Care of Your Smile!