Life’s so fast-paced now. It seems just like yesterday when we were busy buying 2020 planners and journals in anticipation of the new year. Now, it is almost April, and most of us are still trying hard to keep up with our resolutions and plans for this year. And with experience, I can definitely say that being healthy and happy must have featured in your list this year as well, much like last year.
So, ladies, it’s time to act on your words, and take your health notches up. How to get about it? Well, in this article, we tell you about ten practical healthy habits, inculcating which in your daily life will not only make you healthier but also more productive.
1. Keep Proper Sleep and Wakeup Time
I know with the erratic work schedules and commitments, it’s difficult to have an early sleep every day. But try to maintain a proper sleep and wake-up time – no matter how early or late it is.
This will ensure that your body gets enough rest to recover and rejuvenate to cope with your schedule the following day.
Continue this pattern for a week and you will not even need a morning alarm. And when you wake up, you will feel more enthusiastic and energetic.
2. Practice Mindfulness with Meditation
Meditation can help you manage both anxiety and stress, that are more common than ever, thanks to the fast-paced modern lives we lead today. Not just that, meditation can help you become a better leader as well.
In striving to escalate further up in our careers as well as manage healthy relationships with everyone, unknowingly we traverse into the terrain of anxiety and invite unwanted stress. Meditation can help rejuvenate your mental health.
You can install a meditation app on your phone and go about it.
3. Indulge in Technology Detox Every Day
Technology has been a boon to mankind. However, staying glued to social media always or even working remotely all the time does not command good health.
A daily technology detox is now a necessity.
One good way to go about it is to keep your phones and computers switched off or muted while having your meals. Have the time to yourself and eat mindfully.
Switch off your phones at least 10 to 15 minutes before bedtime; avoid placing a television or computer screen in your bedroom to improve quality of sleep; consider listening to soothing music or reading your favorite books instead (not digital).
4. Include Good Fats in Your Diet
Social media and clever marketing of certain food items have given us the perception that “fats” are not good for health. This isn’t true.
Fats constitute three of the most essential nutrients ((carbohydrates-proteins-fats) that our bodies need.
Good fats from nuts, virgin oils, fish, dairy, and few fruits such as avocado can be great additions to your daily diet.
You can start your day with some almonds or walnuts for a good dose of fat into your system the first thing in the morning.
5. Alternate between Weight Training and Cardio Regularly
Whether you are on a weight loss journey or weight maintenance, you need to do weight training to reap the maximum benefits out of your exercise schedule.
If you are specifically on a weight-loss journey, cardio alone won’t be of much help. It will leave you with saggy skin.
Weight training, on the other hand, will tone your body and make you stronger; it will also reduce the risk of various lifestyle diseases and injuries.
6. Keep Your Body Hydrated
It is important to keep our bodies hydrated.
Drink a liter of water per 25kg of your body weight without fail for maintaining optimal health.
If you are unable to keep up with drinking the optimal amount of water daily, use any health app to remind you to drink water.
7. Plan Your Schedule Ahead
We all know the daily mundane routine we have to follow.
Still, planning your work ahead and allotting them each a designated time frame to be done can increase your productivity to a great extent.
In fact, you will be surprised to have some spare time at the end of the day, which you can spend on activities that you love.
8. Declutter Your House, Declutter Your Mind
A cluttered space – be it your house or your office – can really subjugate your productivity to a great extent.
A cluttered space can clutter your mind and affect your mental health.
So, if you feel that your space needs to be decluttered, now is always the right time. Start with one area or room at a time.
9. Plan Your Meals in Advance
Who doesn’t want to eat home-cooked and healthy food? But we don’t always get enough time to plan or actually cook. So, it’s better to plan the meals in advance.
Just 10 minutes of your time on Sundays (or any other day) can be used to make a meal chart for the entire week, covering your breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
10. Practice Gratitude
If you haven’t been doing it now, we urge you to start writing gratitude journals.
Record all your positive memories of the day – it’s a great wellness exercise that will not only make you feel great at the end of the day but reading it will also uplift your mood whenever you feel low.