Habits rule our lives and shape our days. Whether you are aware of it or not everything from your emotional response to stress to how you get dressed in the morning is a habit. We all have good ones and we all have bad ones. Some are more known to us than others and we all have a desire to develop new healthy habits from time to time.
It all starts with a goal. A goal to improve a certain aspect of your life. Maybe you want to lose weight, eat healthier, make new friends, get more fresh air. Having a goal of wellbeing is often the first step we take before creating new healthy habits. Try these 7 Tips to help you achieve your goals.
For example, if you have a goal to lose 10 lbs then you better believe you’re going to have to create some healthy daily habits to help you get to that goal. Of course, it is not all work, work, work. Creating healthy habits can be fun. Healthy habits can improve our lives and make us happier people.
If you have been looking for some new healthy habits to incorporate into your life then this post is for you. Creating healthy habits is a wonderful way to improve your health, your happiness, and your whole life. Carving a little time for yourself out of your busy calendar to incorporate a healthy habit is the ultimate in self-care.
So what are you waiting for? Are you ready to make the most of your time and incorporate some new healthy habits into your life? Let’s do this!
Drink a Glass of Water First Thing in the Morning
This was a habit that I managed to ingrained into my daily routine this year and I am so happy that I did. Often we feel hungry or crave caffeine first thing in the morning, but in reality, we are just dehydrated. Drinking water takes care of that issue and after my body gets its dose of H2O I can have my coffee and breakfast and often don’t desire a second cup of caffeine.
My digestion has improved, my dependence on caffeine has decreased and I am able to drink more water during the day. It’s a triple win really.
It seems so odd that eating breakfast every morning can help you be healthier, but it is true. By eating a healthy breakfast your body has more energy all day long helping you burn more calories. Not to mention it sets the tone for the day ahead. Prepare yourself a simple breakfast meal, like cereal or a smoothie and after a few weeks see the changes that begin to take place.
Connect with Nature
Ahh, the great outdoors. Did you know that being in nature helps normalize our sleep patterns, increases vitamin d in our bodies and helps lower our stress hormones? Just to name a few. Being in nature for just 10 minutes a day can drastically improve our overall health. I get it, not everyone lives in the country or has easy access to nature. However creating healthy habits such as gardening, or a weekly walk in the park with friends may be just what the doctor ordered.
Start a Gratitude Practice
Write down a few things you are grateful for each day and watch as your inner talk and perspectives on the world change to be more gracious and positive. Incorporating a gratitude practice into my life has changed my attitude for the better. Helping me to see the good in every day which is sometimes harder to do then you may realize. The negativity of news and social media can take its toll. But don’t forget there is a lot of good in your life and the world too.
Stand up Regularly
This is one of those healthy habits that I have been trying to incorporate into my life lately. If you are someone who sits for the majority of your day then taking regular standing breaks, at least once an hour can dramatically improve your health. Taking standing breaks helps decrease your chance of weight gain, decreases back pain, can lower your chance at heart decease and even improve your mood.
Being a healthy well rounded and happy human is all about balance. So try to make a habit of standing during your dominantly sitting day.
Go to Bed at the Same Time Each Night
Going to bed at the same time each night regardless of the day of the week is a wonderful way to ensure regular sleep habits. What you may start to notice is it takes you less time to fall asleep at night, you get a more solid sleep and other habits during your waking life are easier to develop also.
Take Regular Phone Breaks
Many of us are in the terrible habit of checking our phones all the time. We check them in the middle of conversations, while out to dinner, or when we are about to go to sleep. For no reason other than to check them. Giving yourself designated times to check your phone is a great way to break this bad habit. But it is also a wonderful way to get into the habit of living in the moment without your phone.
Incorporate Seeds into your Diet
This is such a simple healthy habit that you can begin to incorporate into your diet right away. Healthy seeds such as flax, chia, and hemp seeds are so easy to incorporate into the meals you already eat. Throw some in your morning yogurt, your smoothies or salads. These seeds help reduce blood sugar, are an excellent source of protein and may even be able to reduce your risk of cancer.
Cook Meals Regularly
This has become one of my favorite healthy habits and has so many health benefits for us. Some of those being portion control, controlling diet and helping you save money. A great habit to get into is cooking a few staple meals for yourself during the week. At the very least try and cook the majority of your meals at home to ensure a healthy diet.
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Doctors and scientists agree that learning new things and keeping your mind sharp is key to healthier brains in old age. The benefits of reading are numerous, and if you wish to stretch your brain muscles and learn something new making a habit of this simple hobby is a great way to do just that. Set a goal for each day or year and see if you can reach it. With the use of Goodreads, you can track what your reading and stay motivated by setting yearly goals.
Reading can also be a wonderful way to help you reach other goals in your life, by helping you learn the skills you need to get there.
Take your Vitamins
I know there is a lot of conflicting information about vitamins out there but this is a habit that I follow myself. Keep in mind I am no doctor. However, I will say this, taking vitamins is a great way to prevent a problem before it starts. Wouldn’t you rather take care of your body rather than trying to fix it once it is ill? Vitamins are not the only answer but taking a multivitamin daily regardless of your age is a wonderful way to optimize your health.
Do your own research or chat with your doctor or nutritionist to see if taking vitamins is something that would work well for you.
Take Micro Vacations
Planning large adventurous trips is something I love to do. However, I can often only afford to do this once every 2 or 3 years. The problem with that is you need breaks more often than that. That is where micro vacations come in. Taking a long weekend regularly can drastically improve your overall mood, your relationships with others and your health. So many people struggle to make time for self-care, family and themselves so making micro vacations one of your regular healthy habits is a wonderful way to free up some of your valuable time.
Make Self Care a Priority
It can be easy to get into the bad habit of putting yourself last. When you don’t make yourself a priority you become drained, stressed and altogether empty. This makes being there for the ones you love difficult. Starting some self-care habits is a wonderful way to feel relaxed, unwind and be the best version of you.
Something as simple a taking a class you love, going to the spa or getting a relaxing bath is a wonderful way to show yourself the self-care you deserve. The reward is a radiant, vibrant and happier you! What more could you want?
Practice Simplifying in Some Way
Minimalism and simple living have been taking the interwebs by storm lately. It seems like so many people are yearning for a less materialistic lifestyle and are craving alternatives to clutter and materialism. This is truly amazing and the benefits of owning less impact on our environment and our lives in so many positive ways.
To begin a more minimal lifestyle start with small habits, like buying less clothing, or using recyclable bags when getting groceries. But don’t stop there, continue to push your boundaries until minimizing is more of a healthy habit than materialism currently is.
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Exercise the Same Time Every day
People who work out the same time every day are far more likely to stick to the habit of working out. It may be difficult to build that habit in the beginning, however, if you stick to it, working out the same time every day or week will eventually become second nature. Find what time works best for you and try to optimize that.
10 Minutes of Meditation per Day
I have been raving about the benefits of meditation ever since I began meditating myself 3 years ago. This simple healthy habit and practice have transformed everything about my life in the most amazing ways. I am more mindful, content, aware, calm and have less anxiety than premeditation me. If there is one habit that you should incorporate into your daily routine it is meditation.
A common myth is that you need to meditate for hours to see results, but that is simply not true. Consistent short periods of meditation will show you wonderful results in building your mindfulness and improving your wellbeing.