Many of us know that the key to a long and fulfilling life is living an overall healthy one. What many of us don’t know is just how to go about doing that.
Lifestyle changes, whether small or major, can be tough. The secret? Establishing small, and easier to maintain, healthy habits into our daily lives.
There are so many healthy habits you can add to your life to dramatically improve it, here are 7 of the easiest, and most important, healthy habits that could change your life.
Healthy Habits That Will Change Your Life
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Would you really expect a list of healthy habits to not start with healthier eating? Eating good, nutritious food is a major key to living a healthier life.
You are what you eat, and what you put into your body definitely has an impact on how you feel both mentally and physically. A diet of foods filled with essential nutrients, plenty of protein, healthy carbs, and healthy fats, (contrary to popular belief, carbs and fats are not “the enemy”, as long as they’re coming from a healthy source), and lots of water throughout the day is ideal.
Try to limit salt and sugar intake, especially from unnatural sources, and try to swap unhealthy snacks for healthier alternatives when you can.
Oh, and remember, healthier eating is not an all or nothing thing. You don’t have to torture yourself, cancel out all of a specific food, or only eat healthy foods. You can enjoy whatever you want, as long as it’s in moderation.
Get enough sleep
Why has functioning on little to no sleep become something of a bragging right? Not only is sleep truly magical, it’s essential as well, and we can’t actually fully function without it.
Lack of sleep can cause a lack of focus, making it harder to actually get things done, and it can mess with your energy levels, making you not want to do anything at all. Not getting enough sleep can also negatively impact your health and cause all sorts of complications like weakening your immune system and messing with your mental health.
The general rule is 8 hours of sleep a night, but can vary depending on the person. Figure out how much sleep you need every night, whether it’s 8 hours, or 10, or 6, and work on getting that. And don’t forget to get some extra rest when needed, like when you’re burnt out or when you’re sick.
Some people see the words “exercise” or “working out” and immediately say nope! But regular exercise is one of the most life changing healthy habits you can adopt, and for a few good reasons.
Exercise obviously has a lot of benefits for your physical health. It can make you stronger, it can help prevent a load of diseases, can help with weight loss, and so much more!
But exercise is also good for the mind. Regular exercise can help boost your mood, give you energy, can help you get better sleep, and more.
And get this. You don’t need a gym membership or a full workout routine to get regular exercise. So many fun activities can be considered exercising like hiking, swimming, kayaking, dancing, walking, and more. Any type of physical activity can count towards your daily exercise, which is pretty sweet if you ask me.
Do some yoga
Bust out your yoga mat, or invest in one asap. Yoga isn’t just a fad, it’s an amazing healthy habit to add to your life.
Yoga can help boost metabolism, improve your energy, and even help relax you. Not to mention, it makes you more flexible, which can help make working out easier.
Whatever your reasons may be for doing yoga, it’s a great healthy habit to add to your lifestyle!
And if you’re worried about not being able to actually do yoga, don’t sweat, everyone has to start somewhere! There’s tons of “beginners yoga” content out there for you to try, (just simply search for it on Youtube or Pinterest, or you can even find a local beginner’s yoga class to try out), and then you can build yourself up to the more difficult poses. Just take it easy, go at your own pace, and remember you’re doing it for your own health.
Not exactly a healthy habit, but a good habit to adopt otherwise, staying organized has a lot of really important benefits.
When you’re more organized, it’s easier to find the things you need without having to look everywhere for them, which means less time spent searching. Being organized also makes it easier to get the important things done. When you’re all over the place, it’s easy to forget to do something. When you’re organized, you’ll have a more clear idea of what has to get done, and when it has to get done by.
Plus, a more organized life could help you feel less stressed when it comes to your busy schedule. Think of how much easier life would be if you had everything written down telling you when it had to get done or all of your supplies were organized? The dream.
Invest in a good planner, or spend a weekend deep cleaning and organizing your workspace, room, or whole house. You’ll find it’s easier to find things, you might feel less stressed, and having a more organized space may even make you feel better overall. (I know it makes me feel better!)
Some people absolutely adore reading, even calling it their favorite pastime. Others avoid reading at all costs, unless absolutely necessary. Either way, reading is important, and good for your health.
Reading every day can help stimulate your mind, improve your memory, expand your vocabulary, and improve your writing skills. It can also help reduce stress and promote positive thinking and empathy.
Reading can also help you relax and get ready to sleep. Swap out mindlessly scrolling through your phone, for reading a chapter or two of a good book, right before bed for improved sleep.
If you’re one of those people who hates reading, try reading something you’re actually interested in. Graphic novels or comic books, non fiction, history, science, articles, the list of things to read is endless. You don’t have to read the latest best-seller if it’s not something you’re into, and reading what you actually do like can change your entire attitude about reading for the better.
Last but most certainly not least, one of the most important healthy habits to add to your life, practicing gratitude.
When you first wake up in the morning, before you do anything else, think about a few of the things you’re grateful for in your life. They don’t have to be big things, they can be small, sweet or simple. Just take a couple of minutes to think about these things, how appreciative you are of them, and how they make you feel. (Oh and if you’re not really a morning person, this isn’t exclusive to the mornings, you can practice gratitude any time of the day).
When you think about all that you’re grateful for you can really start to appreciate the things you have in your life, which can help shift your perspective on a lot of things. It can also boost your mood, because you’re actively choosing to focus on the positive things, instead of the negative.