Do you consider yourself a healthy person? For years, I held on to this belief that being healthy meant spending hours at the gym and eating only salads. Now, I understand that being healthy simply means making healthy choices. If you are ready to adopt a healthy lifestyle, you can begin by incorporating these 5 essential daily habits into your daily self-care routine.
Getting healthy doesn’t mean looking like a fashion model on the cover of Health magazine. In fact, it’s unhealthy for most of us to think that we’ll ever look that perfect. Let’s be honest, even those fashion models don’t look that perfect in real life.
But to live a healthy lifestyle does mean that you need to make daily decisions focused on caring for you.
Your healthy living plan should be simple. Because the simpler you make it, the more likely you’ll follow through on it.
Here are 5 essential daily habits that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine.
1. Drink Plenty of Water Each Day.
How much water are you drinking each day? If you read that question and thought “not enough,” then it’s probably time to start drinking more water.
Did you know that 55% of a woman’s body is made of water?
What that means is that we need to refuel with plenty of water each day since we are constantly losing water through sweat and urine.
If you don’t drink enough water, your body can easily become dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to a host of other physical issues, like constipation, dry skin, and just not feeling great.
So, how much water do you need to drink?
Well, it’s commonly recommended to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day or one-half your body weight in ounces of water.
But the amount of water you need is dependent on many factors, like how much you exercise, what the climate is like, and whether or not you have any medical conditions that affect how much water you should be drinking.
2. Get a Minimum of 7-9 Hours of Sleep a Night.
How much sleep are you getting each night? The majority of us need at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night.
We all know that when we don’t get enough sleep, we aren’t at our best. We feel cranky, we have a hard time getting through the day, and we’re not able to get as much done.
But did you know that recent studies have indicated that sleep deprivation is similar to being drunk?
You may be in a season of life where getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night simply isn’t happening.
But, for many of us, we aren’t getting enough sleep because we go to bed too late.
An evening self-care routine is one way to help you unwind at the end of the day.
If you’re not able to get enough sleep at night, consider taking a power nap when you get home from work. Even a short nap will make a huge difference in your mental alertness.
3. Develop A Daily Exercise Routine.
Daily exercise is a real struggle for many of us.
But it doesn’t have to be.
Walking just 30 minutes a day is enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If finding 30 minutes a day to walk or do some other form of exercise feels challenging, try breaking it up into two 15-minute sessions.
Walk for 15 minutes after eating lunch and then take a bike ride or practice yoga for 15-minutes at the end of the day.
Start small if you haven’t been exercising at all.
Try walking for 10-minutes a day for one week, then increase it by 5-10 minutes a week over the next month, until you’re walking 30-minutes a day.
4. Eat Healthy Foods.
Do you make it a habit to eat healthy foods every day?
One of the best ways to maintain a healthy eating pattern during the week is to set aside time once a week to plan family meals.
Another tip is to create healthy grab-and-go snacks to keep in the refrigerator.
This one tip alone will help keep the whole family eating healthy throughout the week.
5. Maintain and Strengthen Your Relationships.
Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about taking care of your body.
You need to ensure that your emotional state is kept healthy, too.
By maintaining and strengthening your relationships, you’ll have a healthier psychological state of being.
People who connect with others on a regular basis have been shown to be less likely to have anxiety or depression and are generally happier.
Plus, when your mind is healthy, you are more likely to care for your body.
Are you ready to adopt these 5 essential daily habits?
Do you do these 5 things every day?
If your answer is no, I encourage you to spend some time thinking about how you can incorporate these 5 essential daily habits into your daily routine.
Like I mentioned earlier, a simple healthy living plan is much more likely to be a successful plan. Once you have the basics downs, you can try increasing the amount of exercise you do on a daily basis or eat an even healthier diet.
But for starters, keep it simple by drinking enough water, eating fruits and vegetables, getting enough sleep, walking daily, and connecting with at least one person a day.
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With gratitude and joy,