Invest in your personal well-being

What is your quality of life? How would you rate it on a scale of 1-10?

Not an easy question, right? The factors that go into your happiness and personal well-being range from your financial health to what you eat and how you stay active, to ways you can challenge your mind and nurture your soul.

Choosing healthy foods is, quite possibly, one of the most dramatic ways you can look and feel better. It can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other diseases, in addition to helping you maintain a healthy weight. The keys to a healthy, balanced diet include eating the right amount of food for how active you are—and eating a range of foods—including plenty of fruits and veggies. Don’t eliminate carbs completely, just eat smaller portions and choose the right types. Cut back on processed, sugary carbs such as sweets, fizzy drinks, and white pasta and bread. Choose fiber-rich carbs such as brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and whole grain cereals. You can find a variety of whole, fresh foods—especially natural and organic options—at Valley Natural Foods in Burnsville, a community-owned cooperative. Check out a variety of field-fresh and gluten-free recipes at valleynaturalfoods.com.  

Another way you can improve your self-esteem (and thus your personal well-being) is by taking care of your skin, the largest organ in your body. Removing unwanted hair and dead skin cells is as simple as visiting your local European Wax Center once a month for facial and body waxing. The results of smooth, silky, beautiful skin will go much further than you could imagine. Visit one of their five Minnesota locations for a body wax service, consisting of a non-strip wax formula applied at bath water temperature.  waxcenter.com  

The next time you’re feeling physically, mentally, or spiritually exhausted, visit MNMO.com/WellStockMN for stories, tips, and recommendations.