They say it takes around three weeks for something to become a habit, so if you start a new healthy habit today then it can be a part of your daily ritual in less than a month! We all know the usual advice when it comes to staying healthy – a balanced diet, exercise and everything in moderation, but here are 7 more good health habits that can help kickstart a better lifestyle.
1. Wake Up Earlier
It is so easy to press the ‘snooze’ button over and over again, but waking up at least half an hour earlier than you usually would gives you a lot more time in the morning to be productive, eat a healthier breakfast or simply have more time to get ready. Start by getting up 5 minutes earlier each day for a week and by the end of the week you’ll have reached your target.
2. Eat Breakfast Everyday
Eating a healthy breakfast is really important for healthy living, but just eating breakfast at all is a good start. So many people choose to skip this vital meal due to time constraints or complaints that it is too early but staying healthy means starting your day off right and getting your metabolism going first thing. We mentioned that a balanced diet is one of the most important healthy habits, but eating routinely and not skipping meals is just as important.
Even if you don’t enjoy proper meditation take at least 15 minutes everyday to spend time alone and reflect. Either sit or lie down in a quiet room or listen to relaxing music and do nothing but relax and concentrate on yourself and the present moment.
4. Drink More Water
Drinking water is certainly important to staying healthy so carry a refillable bottle with you throughout the day and you won’t have a problem getting your daily required amount. Start your day with a big glass of water in the morning, it will refresh and hydrate you first thing and get you ready for the day ahead.
5. Cut Out A Bad Habit
Just as forming new good health habits takes time, so does getting rid of the bad ones. Pick your worst habit, the one you most want to give up, and start cutting it out or greatly reducing it. Keep the 3 week plan in mind to motivate you and by the time you get to the end you will hopefully have removed or changed one of your bad habits. If not, don’t worry, just try again!
6. Get In Touch With Someone
Finding the time to keep in contact with people is undoubtedly difficult, but make it a habit to regularly talk to someone whether friends, family or a work colleague. Social contact is what keeps us sane and happy so having people around you that you can go to whenever you’re in need of company is really important. Reach out to people regularly, you might be surprised what you get out of it or what it means to someone else.
7. Practice A Hobby
Staying healthy and forming healthy habits isn’t just about being better at boring things, it’s about improving your life as a whole and that means increasing the amount of fun and enjoyment you get from it. Figure out what it is you enjoy doing, and spend more time doing it. Take an art class, start baking, read more books, wherever your interest lies stop making excuses and start making plans. You’ll feel so much better for it.
‘Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in, day out.’ – Robert Collier