It can be so easy to get caught up in the typical flow of your day without thinking about what you’re actually doing. A goal of mine is to be more mindful when it comes to how I live my life and what I spend my time doing every day. I’ve decided to talk about some very simple habits that you can be added into your daily routine. All of these are ideas are quite general and can be adapted to fit into any lifestyle. If you want to start feeling better, mentally and physically, this is the post for you!
WAKE UP EARLIER
I’m not telling you to wake up at 6 am daily and go to the gym. If that is what works for you then great but there’s no way in hell I’m doing that. What I’m suggesting is that you wake up an hour or even half an hour before you normally would. It gives you some extra time to chill out in the morning before things get hectic. Instead of rushing to get ready and out the door as soon as your feet hit the floor you can gradually start your day. Take that time to make your favourite breakfast, plan your day, or exercise (yoga in the morning is fantastic). You’ll notice a huge change in how you feel, mentally and physically, throughout the rest of your day.
SPEND MORE TIME OUTDOORS
Get your butt outside at least once a day!! There are endless benefits of spending time outdoors! It can strengthen your immunity and improve your mood, focus, and mental health. Even if you spend only 15 or 30 minutes outside you will feel noticeably happier and more focused. There are many ways that you can get your daily dose of fresh air! Some of my favourites are going for a walk with a friend, eating a meal on the porch, walking or biking to work or school, and exploring nature. I will be writing another post specifically on activities (indoor and outdoor) to do during the winter so keep an eye out for that one!
SPEND TIME WITH LOVED ONES
This is so important, always make sure you have time to spend with the people you care about. It can be so easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget to pay attention to what is going on with friends and family. Call or visit your parents just to chat and hang out, let them know what’s going on in your life and ask them about theirs. Get together with your friends for lunch or have them over to play board games. Cook dinner with your partner or family members and then eat together. Really try to connect with the people who are important to you, it will benefit your life more than you may realize.
EAT MORE WHOLE FOODS
It can be so easy to grab fast food on your way home from work or order a pizza once you get home. Try your best to cook at home and eat as much whole foods as you can. This means eating an abundance of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and seeds. The quality of food that you put into your body directly correlates with how you feel and if you’re eating crappy junk food all the time you’re going to feel crappy. Eating whole foods will benefit your skin, weight, and how you feel overall. When I’m cooking and eating whole vegan foods I notice that I have much more energy and that I’m more focused than when I’m eating a lot of processed vegan food.
SPEND TIME RELAXING
Treat your self! Whether it’s working yourself into a burn out or spending too much time on social media it is very important to remember to take time to shut down and relax. Take an hour every day and turn off your phone and computer, put away whatever work you’re working on and allow yourself to completely forget about the rest of the world. If you have a hobby, now is the time to throw yourself into it. Meditate, read a book, take a bath! Whatever it is that you enjoy, do it. Remember that there is life outside of work and the internet.
DRINK MORE WATER
Do you actually know how much water we are supposed to drink every day? I did my research and found out that it is about 2.7 litres for women and 3.7 litres for men but of course your height, weight, and activity level have an impact on that. Ask your doctor if you’d like to know exactly how much you should be drinking. Regardless, it is a lot and you’re probably not getting enough! My best advice is for you to carry a water bottle with you whenever you go out and fill it as much as possible. If you need an extra reminder, set an alarm on your phone to go off every hour. Your skin will thank you!
Raise your heart rate every day. This doesn’t mean that you have to go get an intense workout at the gym every morning but it does mean doing something active. It will improve your physical health, mental health, and definitely improve your mood. I absolutely hate “typical workouts” I don’t enjoy going to the gym or going for runs very often. I tend to look for activities that are enjoyable and raise your heart rate. Here are some easy and fun ways to be more active: walk your dog, take a fitness class (try something out of the box like Zumba or pole fitness), hiking, and rock climbing.
These are just a few small ways to feel happier and healthier in your daily life. Don’t try to add all seven things into your day at once, it will be overwhelming and none of them will stick. Instead, try adding one or two at a time until they become effortless then work on another. If you have any tips on how to incorporate these things into your life I would love to hear it. What are the healthy habits you have adopted into your life?
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn