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Are you wanting to introduce some healthy habits for your health and wellbeing? Here I am sharing my own 7 habits for health and wellbeing.
Not sure where or how to start? I’ll be giving some tips on this too!
Making healthy changes in life can be hard, no matter how much determination we have.
Change is no easy task!
However there’s a lot we can do to make it easier for ourselves. One thing to keep in mind when making changes is that slow steady progression is key.
Tips To Get Started
Slow down, pace yourself and introduce change bit by bit to avoid overwhelming yourself. Planning is a really useful way to keep yourself from making too many changes at once.
Write out a plan of the things you want to change, and your reasons why. Exploring the WHY can help you to understand yourself better. It’s also a great way to work out HOW you can implement the changes in the best way for you.
Think of various ways that you could apply these changes without causing too much disruption and write them all down. I find one of the best ways to create a healthy change in life is to introduce it as a habit.
Habits are much easier to manage as they are a more manageable bitesize version of a big change. Creating one or two small healthy habits can be a really great way to get started on a bigger change.
Studies show that if you complete your new habit at the same time each day it is more likely to stick and become part of your normal everyday routine.
Jeremy Dean, author of Making Habits, Breaking Habits, says “One of the best ways of changing an existing habit is to change the situation.”
This can also apply to new habits you are wanting to create. Trust me, I’ve tried and tested this one!
Once you have successfully started one new healthy habit you will feel so much more able to start a few more.
My 7 Healthy Habits For Health And Wellbeing:
1. Morning Tonic
Choose hot or warm water over cold, especially first thing in the morning. This is a recommended and traditional Ayurvedic practise. It is used to flush the lymphatic system, strengthen the digestive system and reduce metabolic waste.
I add 1/4tsp of ground turmeric to help reduce inflammation and a pinch of black pepper to make the turmeric more bioavailable.
2. No Screens Before 8am
Limiting screen time first thing in the morning allows me to wake up more naturally and peacefully. It prevents any feeling of overwhelm or anxiety that can often be associated with screen time and information overload online.
3. Set Your Bed First Thing
I once read that making your bed first thing in the morning helps with productivity and mental wellbeing. Completing this small simple task after waking up sets us up for the day with a ‘can do’ mindset.
This concept was echoed in the speech from Naval Adm. William H. McRaven. In his closing sentence he says “if you wanna change the world, start off by making your bed.”
Who knew there were such amazing mental benefits of simply just making your bed each day!
4. Notice And Improve Your Self Talk
This is by far one of the best changes I’ve made.
Your inner voice or self talk is one of the most powerful tools for your wellbeing. It can have a huge impact on everything from your beliefs, self esteem, confidence and mindset.
Start to tune in and notice what your inner voice is saying. What things do you say to yourself regularly and how do you say them? Do you speak to yourself with kindness and compassion?
My own mindset has improved so much over the years by becoming aware of my self talk and inner critic. It takes time and practise for your mind to notice your negative self talk but don’t give up because the benefits are unbelievable!
5. Add An Extra Portion
So many of us struggle to get the recommended daily portions of fruit and vegetables each day. It’s an easy thing to forget, especially if there’s no time to prepare your own meals or you rely on coffee shops/cafes for your food.
An easy way to increase your portions is to start adding in 1 extra piece of fruit or veg a day. This is so much easier than trying to think of multiple fruits/veggies to add in, and various ways to do so all at the same time. Baby steps are key!
Over time you can build this up until you are easily hitting the daily recommended portions.
There’s no better feeling than giving your body a really good stretch. For anyone that has an office job it’s especially important to give your body a chance to move around.
Stretching helps to take the stress off your muscles, it helps to relax you and increases your blood flow.
Stretching is one of my favourite habits and I make sure to do it frequently throughout the day. Simple side stretches while sat in a chair are easy to do while in work and feel so good.
It’s definitely worth taking a few minutes out of your day to stretch.
7. No Screens After 9pm
I’ve already mentioned my ‘no screens before 8am’ habit, but I also avoid looking at screens after 9pm.
Staring at a screen just before you go to bed can stop your body from producing melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that we naturally produce to help us relax and fall asleep.
Also, consuming too much digital information triggers our brain to stay active. This can then make it very difficult for us to relax and fall asleep.
I hope my 7 habits for health and wellbeing have given you some inspiration for your own. Good luck on your habit journey and remember consistency is key!