Humanity has come a long way. Primitive people were focused on food and shelter. Hunting and gathering food to provide for their family, avoiding being eaten by wild animals, and surviving the changing of seasons.
Fast forward to a now–a very different time. Our food and shelter are really a no brainer, and that freed up time in our life is full of other things such as school, work, and play. This has made things much easier in many ways of course, but our new found full lives bring busyness, stress, and complexities that can wreak havoc on our overall health.
Here we’ve laid out 15 Healthy Habits That Can Change Your Life. The simple changes or additions below will improve your mental and physical well being. Here we go…You can do this!
Healthy Habits for Mental Health
Being still is becoming a lost art. Spend time every day, even five minutes, being mindful, and you’ll improve your ability to concentrate, lower your stress levels, and probably be less of a jerk.
2. Keep a Journal
Keeping a journal may seem so 1800s, but setting aside a little time each day or week to record your thoughts or just what’s happening in your life will serve as a healthy release for whatever is filling up your mind and spirit.
3. Be Grateful
Things can seem to pile up. And somehow we notice the negative things waaaaay more than the positive. Find one thing every day that you can be grateful for, and do it on purpose. Write it down or find a friend who will ask you every day, “What are you grateful for today?” This will make you more optimistic and give you a more healthy outlook on life.
4. Go Minimal
Don’t worry. We’re not saying to sell all your stuff and move into a tiny house in the middle of Montana (nothing against Montana). But reducing your amount of stuff and focusing on what you really actually need will not just clear the clutter in your closets. It will also clear clutter in your head.
5. Turn off Screens before Bed
Studies have shown that the light of devices can suppress your body’s release of melatonin, a hormone that’s production is key to helping you fall asleep and your body’s clock or circadian rhythm. Try reading a book a drinking a yummy cup of our sleep-aid tea Relax instead!
Take joy in your life. Do things that make you laugh. Spend time with a friend and have fun reliving good times. Buy tickets to your favorite comedian. Laughing is a healthy and productive release in life.
Healthy Habits For Your Diet
7. Drink More Water
It should go without saying that water is good for you. The message is everywhere. If you’ve already made drinking plenty of water a part of your daily life, you know how much better it makes you feel. You can carry a tumbler with you at all times, and try fruit infused water or make fruit or herb infused ice cubes to change things up.
8. Meal Planning
Making a meal plan for the week and doing as much preparation ahead of time as possible will help you keep to a healthy diet. If you acquire the tools, set aside the time, and shop for your meals ahead of time, you won’t regret it. Eating healthy begins with good planning. Poor planning will lead to poor choices.
9. Drink Green Tea
Green tea has been called the world’s most popular tea. It is full of antioxidants that are good for your memory, heart, and skin. It lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke and may help prevent cancer and lower blood pressure.
Matcha is a powdered green tea. It boasts all the benefits of green tea, and even higher levels of L-Theanine, which is an amino acid that has a calming effect which can help reduce stress. Make matcha a new healthy habit and reap the benefits immediately.
10. Don’t Skip Breakfast
It really is the most important meal of the day. Starting your day with a good breakfast increases your energy for the whole day and helps boost your metabolism. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast have a better diet overall than those who skip.
11. Food Journal or App
Several studies have shown that keeping a food journal can help you make healthier choices and increases your chances of losing weight. Writing down what you eat can reveal patterns of overeating, show triggers that may cause unhealthy choices, and help you gain general insight into your diet that you may remain unaware of otherwise.
Healthy Habits for Fitness
Making exercise a habit in your life can be tricky. Life constantly gets in the way of our ability to stick to an exercise routine. Try getting up early so that unexpected daily obligations don’t get in the way. Ask a friend to keep you accountable. Start small, with only a short time a few times a week and build up to a larger commitment.
13. Count Your Steps
One way to help you keep moving is to use your smartphone and an app or a tracking device to count your steps taken each day. Get a group of people from work or some willing family members and have a little friendly competition through a virtual leaderboard. This positive peer pressure can make it fun and motivating!
14. Set a Physical Challenge for Yourself
Getting up at 5 a.m. to run on a treadmill can get, well, BORING. Make it a goal for yourself to have one day of exercise a week that is a physical challenge. Bike a local trail, walk to your favorite coffee shop and back, or hike up and down a mountain. It’s rewarding and motivating to have accomplished something instead of just measuring a distance on your treadmill or riding the exercise bike at the gym for a certain amount of time.
Yoga could fall into every category listed here. It can improve your focus, help aid in digestion, and reduce your stress. One of the greatest things about yoga is that anyone can do it- you just start small and slowly increase your level of ability. Add yoga to your routine and it’s a habit you won’t want to break!
Hopefully, you’ve identified quite a few things above that you feel you can implement into your daily life. Everyone can agree that making a change and beginning some healthy habits is a great idea. However, having a desire to do it and actually carrying it out are two entirely different things. To set yourself up for success, try these things when attempting to change your habits:
- Only try one new thing at a time
- Don’t set a deadline
- If possible, do it gradually (Ex: establishing your wake up time a little earlier every day instead of changing it all at once)
- If you make a mistake, don’t be hard on yourself
- Reward yourself if you meet a goal or reach a milestone
- GO ALL IN and be fully committed
Here’s to healthy habits that can change your life!