Amid a busy schedule and the demands of everyday living, it’s easier than you’d think to neglect your health and well-being. While we probably don’t have the time to have a spa experience every day, it’s important to prioritize good personal habits in order to maintain overall health.
Here are 5 ideas for daily health habits you can start implementing now!
- Stay hydrated.
We hear it all the time, but it’s easy to forget. However, staying hydrated is essential for feeling great, preventing sickness and disease, and regulating your body. If you struggle to get enough water, consider investing in a quality, insulated water bottle that you enjoy drinking out of. Try adding some citrus slices if you want to make things a little more interesting and incorporate some extra vitamins!
- Learn how to get your best sleep.
Good sleep is critical for a properly functioning body and mind. We all need different things to help us get your best sleep, so start paying attention to your quality of sleep and what you might need to change. Is your pillow uncomfortable? Try a new one! Do you struggle to turn off your thoughts? Try adding journaling into your routine. Figure out what you need to change, and then implement that change. Sleep is too important to compromise on! Some other general tips include avoiding screen time at least 30 minutes before bed and adjusting the temperature of your room to one that you are comfortable with.
- Take time for edifying leisure.
We often feel guilty for engaging in activities that are not considered ‘productive’ or work, but they are actually necessary in order to work well. We must rest well in order to work well. Prioritize at least 30 minutes to an hour of edifying leisure every day. This could include reading a book for fun, playing a board game with the kids, trying a new recipe, cuddling with the dog, and more. Edifying leisure grounds you in the simple goodness of the present and inspires you to live life to the fullest.
- Get outdoors and soak up the sunshine.
It’s incredible what a walk can do for your mood, and you’ll be getting in some exercise as well! It’s a win-win. Spending time outdoors has countless benefits, including a stronger immune system, better sleep, and lower blood pressure.
- Unplug for a bit.
Social media, the news, and a constant barrage of text messages can be stressful. Reclaim your peace by unplugging for a period of time each day, putting your phone in a drawer, or silencing all unimportant notifications for an hour or two.
If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of practicing all of these habits every day, pick one or two to focus on to start! The most important thing to remember is: Strive for consistency, not perfection.
By Kathryn Pluta