” We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
When we think of healthy habits, people usually assume what they need to give up, and what they can’t have. However, healthy habits aren’t just about merely taking things out of your life, it’s about adding some nitty-gritty goodness that you can benefit from.
You can live a healthier, happier, well-balanced life by making some small changes to your daily routine. Remember that small positive changes daily will eventually become a forceful impact on your lifestyle in the days to come. Patience and consistency is a virtue!
So, what are habits? What makes a healthy habit?
Habits are the small decisions you make and the actions you perform every day. Surprisingly, we carry them out automatically, allowing us to execute such activities without even thinking about them. Habits govern our daily lives, how we carry out our actions, and the outcome we want to accomplish. Therefore, your life is a sum of your habits! How happy or unhappy you feel, how successful or unsuccessful you are, how healthy or unhealthy you are.
You are what you repeatedly do!
What you spend time thinking about and what you believe in, the personality you depict will eventually shape the person that you are. That’s why it’s essential to have positive and healthy habits in life.
Here are healthy lifestyle habits that you need in your life right now:
Eat a Healthy Well-balanced Breakfast Every Day
Eat something packed with fiber and protein to keep you full and energized for longer. It replenishes the stores of energy and nutrition in your body and boosts brain power.
Drinking water boosts energy and relieves fatigue. Our brain is mainly composed of water, so drinking lots of water will help you stay focus and alert.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is crucial to our overall health and wellbeing. If you want to stay healthy, get enough sleep, at least 7-9 hours most nights. Do not deprive yourself of sleep because it has long-lasting effects on your brain. Give your brains the downtime it deserves!
Take a Walk
Walking has lots of extraordinary benefits. Daily walking boosts your immune function. It helps you maintain a healthy weight, strengthens your bones and muscles, improves your balance and coordination while improving your mood. Live a longer, healthier life by walking!
Have Something to Look-forward to
We all need something to look forward to. Well, I do. Do you? The power of positive anticipation can help increase your happiness and can often energize your life. Planning something you love can help you get through tough times. It takes your mind off negativities and motivates you to keep moving forward.
Find Something/Anything to Laugh About
Laughter is one powerful medicine. Laughing makes you feel happier, it reduces stress levels, relaxes you mentally and physically, improves your mood, and is excellent for your heart. So, laugh a little more every day!
Do Things by Yourself
Enjoy your own company. Don’t worry about the “stigma” around doing things by yourself. There are times when you need to do things on your own, it’s loving yourself and knowing yourself more. This will help you build confidence and a sense of freedom! You will learn so much about yourself and get in touch with your emotions. And the bonus part, you get to do what you want to do in your time. What a breather!
Spend Time with Your Pet
Animals give unconditional love. Sure, many will agree that spending time with your pets can bring immediate comfort and joy. It helps boost your feelings of positivity in meaningful ways. Pets help you get active, get you outside for a walk or run, reduce your stress and anxiety, and they’re your instant best friend for life.
Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Stepping outside of your comfort zone is the only way to grow. One of the main reasons why people become depressed is their desire to stay in their comfort zone. Your brain tells you, comfortable is safe. Break beyond the realm of your comfort! This will make you more confident and have a positive impact on your wellbeing. You’ll feel self-fulfilled, fearless, and create exciting possibilities.
Honesty is the foundation to be the best you can be. It’s the bridge to authenticity and self-compassion. Being honest shows maturity and self-acceptance, and of course, honesty attracts honesty! Change won’t last long if you are trying to be someone you are not, so be honest with yourself and the people around you.
Remember, it doesn’t happen overnight, and it can take some time but be persistent. Every small positive change counts, be consistent! Stay focused on your goal, and if you tumble along the way, just start over.
Healthy habits can improve your overall wellbeing and make you feel good. A lifestyle packed with healthy habits will bring back your zest for life.