Everyone wants to improve their health, yet many of us find it challenging to eat healthily or live a healthy lifestyle. I believe the main reason for this is that we are often too scared to take huge steps, or we don’t have time to try something new in our busy schedule.
Making healthful choices is much easier when there’s a meaningful connection between your mind and body. It allows you to understand your own unique life’s needs and wants. And more importantly why you need and want those things. Mindset, habits, and routine are the building blocks for success in your wellness goals
Do not try to be perfect. Do what you can. No matter how big your goal is, every single step toward it counts.
So, here are some healthy habits to improve your life
- EXERCISE IN THE MORNING
Practicing movement, especially if done early in the morning, has many benefits.If you rest well, the morning is when you have the most energy and it’s also a great way to wake up the body and recharge it for the day.
Regular exercise proves to improve your health significantly. It has also been shown to improve your mood and reduce stress and improve symptoms of anxiety.
The effects of exercise are so powerful that choosing to exercise makes a difference over a short duration. Exercise offers incredible benefits that can improve nearly every aspect of your health in every way.
- DECLUTTER ON A DAILY BASIS
One of the daily habits that will improve your life is to maintain order in the environment where you live.
This doesn’t mean doing a big cleaning every day, which is very time-consuming, but tidying up where you can, putting an object back, changing the sheets when dirty, or mopping once a week.
Declutter on a daily basis allows you to always be organized and tidy with your things. In addition, a clean environment improves concentration and therefore you will be inclined to be more productive and to complete your tasks more easily.
- 8 MINUTES OF READING
What’s great about daily reading is that it doesn’t take a huge time commitment to make a big impact. If you’re one of the countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out.
Reading benefits both your physical and mental health, and those benefits can last a lifetime. It is observed that 8 minutes of reading helps your body just as yoga does to your body.
- START JOURNALING
Journaling is a good way to capture everything you think, tell about your day, understand what went well and what you would like to improve, write about episodes that will end up in your best memories, and much more.
If you want to know yourself, journaling is the perfect way to let your thoughts and emotions flow.
It allows you to track your personal growth, understand your emotions better, and even boost your memory.
Additionally, it also helps in enhancing self-discipline and communication skills
- YOUR BODY THRIVES ON A HEALTHY GUT
It is a basic fact of life that humans need food to survive. Most of us, however, don’t realize just how big a role our food choices play in our overall wellness.
It is all too easy to indulge in bad eating habits and forgo the good ones that are supposed to be a part of your eating routine.
But here’s another life-changing fact worth keeping in mind. Your body is a representation of your gut health.
A person who eats well and healthy glows on the outside. Their emotions are detached from their food, so they adopt better methods to cope with stress.
- MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
I won’t get tired of saying it, but if you want to live happily with yourself and with others, then you have to give yourself the same priority you give to the people you love.
If you’re always busy with others, you can’t focus on yourself, and slowly you’ll realize that you’ll always be nervous and tired.
Pause and take some time for yourself and dedicate yourself to the things you love.
- FOCUS ON YOUR OWN GOALS
Reading lists like this, following others on social media, or even listening to your peers can make you feel like setting goals you never even intended to set. Don’t be swayed by your friend who has decided to go on an extreme diet when you have just started to develop a healthier relationship with food. Don’t feel the need to get up at 5 am because one YouTuber said they did.
Other people’s goals aren’t your own, and it’s important now to focus on our own goals that make sense for us and our lives. Not only that, but your goals need to be for you, and nobody else. Let’s be ourselves rather than being a people pleaser.
- SET BOUNDARIES
We all have our own boundaries, but we rarely implement them. Are there certain topics of conversation that you no longer want to be having because it is triggering? Tell the person who is talking about it. Are there times of the day you don’t want to be answering emails? Set up an OOO for those hours. Are there certain behaviours from those in your life you aren’t willing to tolerate anymore? Make it known. Think about the boundaries you would want to set in an ideal world, and make them your reality.
- DO SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE
Have you ever thought that an act of kindness and love towards someone can improve your life?
It may seem strange, but believe me what you do for others ultimately comes back to you.
And not in the sense that if you help, you will be helped. That too, but what I mean is that by doing something nice for someone and seeing them happy, that itself makes you a better person.
Listening can be more important sometimes than talking. Listening to your friends’ problems can be far more helpful than offering any advice. Hearing another’s struggles can be much more eye-opening than trying to relate it to your own. Understanding what a partner has to say about something you’ve done to hurt them can help your relationship grow much more than getting defensive. Sometimes we just need to sit back, listen, and take it in
- 1O REASON TO BE GRATEFUL
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.
Being grateful is not just about being positive; it can change your life because it breathes positivity into everything you’re doing.
To take up these healthy habits, pick one from the list and focus on that first. With these healthy habits, living a happy and positive life becomes possible.
You obviously don’t have to do all these every day, but every little healthy habit will work wonders toward your personal development.