Have you ever really thought about the term “lifestyle”? It’s a word that defines how we live. It’s made up of how we make our homes, raise our kids, earn a living, and manage our health. As you can imagine, each element of our lifestyles can influence our overall well-being. So if you want to feel great, it’s important to create a happy and healthy lifestyle that supports that. Here are some tips on how to make it happen:
No matter your age or background, exploring nature is pleasing. Nature relaxes the mind and reduces stress and anxiety. Living near or having easy access to beautiful natural environments is a key to better well-being. It improves mental health and reduces the risk of depression. In fact, according to a recent Stanford study, “...city dwellers have a 20 percent higher risk of anxiety disorders and a 40 percent higher risk of mood disorders as compared to people in rural areas.”
Harbor Club remedies: Walk through our hiking trails, go for a boat ride on Lake Oconee, go bird-watching, or play a round of golf.
Getting enough exercise is a critical aspect of well-being. Aside from the obvious physical benefits, it also helps improve mental clarity, sleep behaviors, self-esteem, memory, and immunity against illnesses. Getting enough moderate cardio and strength-training exercise is a powerful tool for feeling great. Moderate does not mean you have to experience pain and suffering. It means that you breathe a little heavier than normal and that you’re warm but not overly sweaty. If you make exercise fun, you’ll enjoy it more and will certainly reap its many benefits.
Harbor Club remedies: Utilize the strength and cardio equipment at the new gym in The Grove, play pickleball, take a yoga class, take a Zumba class, play golf, jog on our new quarter-mile track, or go through our new Fit-Trail® with 10 fitness stations for stretching, bending and strength training.
Isolation can put a significant strain on emotional well-being. To be happy and healthy, it is important to have positive social relationships with friends, family, and neighbors. Engaging in social interaction improves confidence and provides people with a sense of belonging. These factors can add years to your lifespan, so avoid dismissing opportunities to engage with others. Whether it’s sharing a meal or dancing the night away, you’ll be glad you went out and had fun with others.
Harbor Club remedies: Dinners, dances, and parties at the Clubhouse and Boathouse, Girls Night Out, Men’s Coffee and Conversation, Meet & Greet events, Trivia nights, live concerts at the Boathouse and Clubhouse and hanging out at the new dog parks at The Grove.
Enjoying hobbies can have a major impact on improving your physical and psychological well-being. It’s especially true for those hobbies that require rhythmic or repetitive activities since they induce a relaxation response in your brain. Hobbies keep your brain engaged and are an excellent creativity outlet, not to mention a stress reliever. No wonder adult coloring books are so popular!
Harbor Club remedies: Gardening at the new Victory Garden; fishing on Lake Oconee, the new Sanctuary Pond or various other stocked fishing ponds on our grounds; playing a round of golf, kayaking or paddle boarding on Lake Oconee; painting at a “Sips & Strokes” event; or biking on the 27 miles of well-maintained roads within our secure community.
Experiencing resort-style living gives families a better way to balance both work and play. That balance leads to a healthy and rewarding lifestyle that’s tough to beat. Make plans to visit Harbor Club on Lake Oconee to learn how living the Harbor Club Life can boost your well-being today!