A study found that nearly 64% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions every year. But while a new year can inspire us to do better, you don’t need to wait till the end of December to make a healthy change.
You have the motivation and the discipline to change on any given day!
In fact, here are 7 healthy habits you can incorporate into your life the second you’re done reading this article.
1. Get Better Sleep
While some of us have sleep-related disorders or night shifts holding us back from getting a good night’s sleep, others do not. So, if you’re among the latter, it’s time to make that change.
We understand the lure of binge-watching Netflix, going over embarrassing high-school memories, and wondering what could have been, but you need to make sure you get your sleep too. Try and separate yourself from your devices at least an hour before bed, and get a good, sound 6-8 hours of sleep every day.
2. Take Time to Unwind
We have hectic days and tiring workloads. And sometimes, even on days when we don’t we still feel lethargic and fatigued. That’s why you need to take the time to unwind and do something relaxing every day.
Maybe it’s meditating for 30 minutes, perhaps it’s taking a quick walk, or maybe it’s writing. Whatever it is, make some space in your busy schedule to give yourself time to just breathe.
3. Drink More Water
Yes, yet another article telling you to drink more water.
Can’t seem to build up the habit? Keep a bottle of water around you to remind yourself. You can also install an app that sends reminders to take a sip of water.
Don’t like the taste of water? No problem. Simply flavor it with some lemon, or cucumber, if that’s what you’re into and you’ll be more motivated to drink it.
4. Make Time to Move
Exercise and movement have incredible effects on your mental and physical health. Take the time to incorporate at least thirty minutes of moving in ways you like. It doesn’t have to be running on a treadmill (although it can be).
Dance, walk, jump, swim, and do whatever else you want, so long as it involves movement.
5. Practice Different Ways of Thinking
Is there something you’ve believed for a long time? Challenge your thought. Take the time to look at a different perspective.
Browsing through the best arguments against a strongly held belief is a great way to put our rationale to the test. Either you strengthen your beliefs, or you learn something new that questions your belief.
6. Cook at Least Once a Week
No matter who you are, cooking is an essential skill to have. Find recipes you love and practice making them from scratch.
Of course, your schedule may not allow you to do this every day, so once a week is a reasonable aspiration to have.
7. Start Investing in Yourself
Invest time, energy, and money into making yourself better. Of course, everyone’s financial situation is different, but if you have the money to do something for yourself, don’t for a second think you’re not worth it.
Whether it’s therapy, a new class, or even health insurance, there are plenty of these options to choose from, and you’re bound to find something that works for you. All you need to do is look!
Incorporating These 7 Healthy Habits Into Your Day
Take your pick from these 7 healthy habits and make at least one change today. Start small, choose one that really resonates with you, and focus on being consistent.
Don’t worry, you can build your way up to the rest.
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