Everyone wants to be healthy (or at least I hope so!) but many people think they “don’t have time” to keep up with healthy habits. Because we’re all “just too busy.” Sound familiar?
A lot of people fail, give up, or simply don’t try to stick to healthy habits. I think that a reason for this is because they try to make huge changes all at once instead of starting small with habits that they’re more likely to stick to.
Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to turn your entire life around. A few simple habits added to your daily routine is all it takes to make yourself so much more healthy. I’m not going to talk all about a healthy diet and regular exercise either because I know you’ve heard all that before!A few simple healthy habits is all that it takes to make yourself so much more healthy. Click To Tweet
And you don’t have to do all of these things, especially not all at once. If some of these things just aren’t for you, ignore them. Just pick 1 or 2 and stick with them – you can always add more habits later.
Here are 11 healthy habits to choose from, and I’m sure at least one or two of these things will work for you! 😉
1.) Drink a lot of water!
I know, I know, you’ve heard this one before. But it’s probably the most important habit of all of these. Humans need water! I used to have a problem with drinking enough water, but now it’s what I drink the most of. Keeping a cute measured or time-tracked water bottle nearby helps. And infusing your water with fruit makes it a lot yummier, and adds extra nutrients. You probably don’t need me to list all of the reasons that you should drink water, so I’ll just leave it at this: when you start drinking more water, you’ll immediately notice a difference in the way your body feels and it’s amazing.
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2.) Start a “meatless Monday” routine.
This was a pretty easy one for me because I don’t care for meat too much anyway (unless it’s chicken!) You might have heard of “meatless Mondays” before – I’ve seen them talked about a lot on other blogs. But did you know studies show that cutting out meat once a week can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease? I’m not saying to go Vegan if you don’t want to; some meat is actually healthy for you. But even if you’re a meat-lover, eating one meatless meal a week shouldn’t be too hard, and it’ll drastically improve your heart health. Keep a meatless cookbook around to make it even easier.
3.) Start with affirmations and/or gratitude.
This is one of my favorite daily healthy habits. I talk about happy mornings a lot because I truly believe that mornings are super important. They set the stage for your whole day! One easy and fun way to start your days off right is to say positive affirmations or think of 3 things you’re grateful for right when you wake up! You can say any affirmations that you’d like! Some examples:
- “I’m beautiful and I deserve love and kindness.”
- “I’m positive and excited about today.”
- “Today I will be happy and productive.”
4.) Have a nightly glass of red wine.
Contrary to popular belief, not all alcohol is bad for you! I’ve mentioned this before, but resveratrol (a substance found in red grapes) is a seriously badass thing. It’s been shown to lengthen lifespans, reduce the risk of diabetes, and combat obesity-related deaths, among other things. You’d have to drink 180 bottles of wine to get the full benefits of resveratrol; I don’t love wine that much! So researchers are trying to develop a pill that will give you the full benefits. But a glass of red wine a day will help.
5.) Be mindful of your snacks.
You’re super busy, right? You have no time to make food every time you’re hungry, right? You’ve just got to snack on pretzels, popcorn, or potato chips? That’s how I used to think too, but it’s so wrong. There are plenty of things that you can do to stop snacking on junk food. Like prepping healthy snacks, prepping smoothie bags, and/or prepping all kinds of healthy meals. You probably have time to do quick meal prep once a week (for about 30 minutes, tops) so that you don’t have to do it the other 6 days a week. And emergency healthy snack stashes are great, too!
6.) Take regular breaks.
Whether you commute to work or work from home, give yourself regular breaks. I get that you might have a lot of work to do – I’m sure everyone does – but there’s no reason to risk your health for it. Being a workaholic for too long will affect not only your health but the quality of your work as well. I know this from experience. So when you feel like you need to take a step back from your work, get up and walk around the room for a few minutes, head outside for a little bit, read a chapter of a book. Or do whatever you want to do for about 15 minutes, then you can get right back to your job. I pinky-promise you that taking breaks is okay.
7.) Go easy on yourself.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we’re all human and we all make mistakes. Nobody is perfect, no matter how much they make it seem like they are. We all screw up, we all get things wrong, and we all have bad habits. But don’t beat yourself up over things. Don’t live with regret, because that can tear you apart. If you’re always insulting yourself and holding things against yourself, you’re only adding totally unnecessary stress and anxiety to your life, which can take a major toll on your health. Plus, you’re harming your self-worth, confidence, and mental well-being. So try to go easy on yourself and embrace the fact that you’re only human.
8.) Protect yourself from the sun.
You probably don’t need to hear all of the damaging effects of the sun on your skin (or if you do, click here) so I’ll keep this one short and sweet. Try to always wear a daily moisturizer with SPF protection to keep your face from getting burned. Also, if your body is going to be exposed to the sun for a long period of time, consider wearing stronger sunscreen, plus after sun lotion to soothe and cool your skin. Oh, and sunglasses to protect your eyes. 😛 This all might seem a no-brainer to you, but a lot of people don’t think about these things (myself included sometimes) even though it’s actually pretty important.
9.) Get some (brain) exercise.
There have been numerous studies proving that exercising your brain has many positive effects your cognitive health. Regular mental training can strengthen your mind and prevent mental decline. It can also improve memory and literally rewire your brain. Some ways that you can exercise your mind are by doing crossword puzzles, word searches, Sudoku, or by downloading the (free!) Lumosity phone app which provides you with daily brain training (Android | Apple). You can do these puzzles or use the app when you’re eating breakfast, on your morning commute to work, during your lunch break, or any other spare time you may have.
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10.) Take care of your gut health.
This isn’t the sexiest topic, but gut health is super important! This topic is actually getting more and more popular lately as people realize what a big deal it is. If your gut isn’t healthy, you’re not healthy. Here are just some of the negative effects of poor gut health:
- Severe fatigue
- Food allergies
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Skin conditions
And the list goes on and on! Not good, right?! Two healthy habits that you can start to seriously improve your gut health is to take a good probiotic supplement and up your intake of probiotic-rich foods.
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11.) Don’t turn to Dr. Google when something’s wrong.
Google is so helpful and I love it, but… Raise your hand if you’re always turning to Google when you think something’s wrong with you! *Waves both hands in the air* I can’t lie to you guys: I have a real problem with this one, and my anxiety doesn’t help matters. I’m not alone, am I?! Google may have answers to most questions, but it’s not by any means a substitute for a physician! Most of the time, it doesn’t even give you a correct diagnosis. All Googling your symptoms does is waste your time and stress you out – which isn’t healthy. If you think something is really wrong with you, you’re way better off going to your doctor rather than freaking yourself out over something you found on Google! I tell myself all of this, but I still find myself doing it. 😀