There are many aspects that go into living a healthy lifestyle. Here are 7 habits you should try to develop.
1. Drinking enough water
Staying hydrated is an important part of our body functioning properly. “Up to 60% of the human adult body is water” (usgs.gov).
Try to ensure that you are drinking the recommended amount of water daily.
The quantity of water needed for each person varies. To help you drink more water you should:
- Know how much water your body needs
- Create reminders on you phone
- Try to have a glass of water before each meal
2. Taking walks
Daily walks are a great way to get out and get your body moving. Sometimes, we overthink exercising by believing that it has to be vigorous and hard.
However, going for a simple walk can help your body tremendously. You can go with a friend, your dog or listen to your favorite music by yourself.
Whatever works best for you, just be sure to get up and get moving.
3. Good sleep schedule
Getting the proper sleep you need is necessary to give your body time to rest. Life can get busy and you may feel tempted so sacrifice sleep for work.
However, a good sleep schedule is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. To improve your sleep:
- Try to go to bed and wake up the same time everyday
- Avoid drinking caffeinated or sugary beverages before bed
- Make sure your room is quiet and dark
- Stop using your phone 30 minutes before bed
If you struggle falling asleep try working out, exercise can help you go to sleep better.
4. Find a creative outlet
Having a creative outlet can lead to a healthier body and mind. It is a great way to boost your mood and reduce stress.
It can also help with anxiety or depression by allowing you to feel energized and productive.
Here are a few things you can do as a creative outlet:
- Making music
5. Have a balanced diet
A well balanced diet is critical for our bodies to get all the nutrients it needs. Without it, we can become vulnerable to disease, fatigue and infection. It can also have an impact on our mental health.
Try to eat a variety of food from the 5 food groups. Also, you should avoid eating too much processed food.
6. Practice gratitude
In life we can sometimes become overwhelmed and focus too much on what we don’t have.
You should make an effort to practice gratitude in your daily life. It is good to take the time to reflect on what you are grateful for.
It can lead to feeling more positive and resilient. Here are a some ways you can practice gratitude:
- Keep a gratitude journal and update it daily with one thing you are grateful for.
- Show an act of kindness to someone
- Let others know how much you appreciate what they do for you.
7. Take social media breaks
Social media has become a part of many people’s daily lives. However, it is a good idea to log off and do a digital detox. Constantly seeing what other people are doing can lead to comparison, which can rob us of our joy.
By taking a break from social media you can:
- Enjoy living in the moment
- Focus on your goals
- Spend time with people in real-life and grow relationships
- Control you FOMO (Fear of missing out)
Try to keep these habits in mind to help you move towards living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.