This is a guest post written by Em (loveemblog.com) – you can find all her links at the bottom of the post. I hope you enjoy reading and learn a lot, because I certainly did!
Health is more than just exercising or eating the right things; it can be about your mentality too. There are lots of habits you can adopt into your lifestyle to make you feel better and maintain a happy, healthy life. Some are easy to implement instantly, while others require more time. Here are 7 habits that you should consider trying to make for a better lifestyle!
Make your bed in the morning
One of the easiest habits to implement is making your bed in the morning. Making your bed allows you to start the day on the right foot, and keeps things clean. It is beneficial for your mental health, as it can be a way to organise your room and motivate you to start the day. It can even help you to sleep better as your pillows and linen are looked after better. Making your bed in the morning can instantly improve your mood and reduce stress, according to Gretchen Rubin, a productivity author.
Sleep for 8 hours a night
Sleep is important for your body and your mind. Getting a good night’s sleep fuels you for the day ahead makes you happier and can even help your diet! Sleeping is a really important habit to improve. Make sure you sleep for around 8 hours a night and aim to go to bed at the same time each night. Getting your body in a routine can be beneficial for your mind. Building a bedtime routine can also help you sleep better and reduces stress!
Drink enough water
Especially with the current heatwave, it is so important to drink enough water! The recommendation is 2 litres a day, so make sure you keep a bottle with you and top it up when you’re low! Drinking water is a healthy habit to adopt because there are so many benefits to drinking water. It is not only important for your body to survive, but it can do your body wonders. Water can:
- Help curb hunger and unnecessary cravings (you might just be thirsty!)
- Boost your metabolism and can help you lose weight
- Flush out toxins and fight infections
- Boost your mood and energy
- Revitalise your skin and leave it looking refreshed
- So many other reasons!
Drink up! You won’t regret it. I recommend carrying a large bottle with you all day. I keep a reusable bottle on my desk at work and sip it throughout the day. Getting a cute one also encourages you to use it more!
Make a to-do list for each day
A really good habit to adopt is writing a to-do list for the day or week. Giving yourself manageable tasks to achieve increases your productivity, and allows you to remember what you’re supposed to be doing that day! To-do lists are a great way to keep organised and are also good for your mental health. Make sure you’re giving yourself a break, and don’t get overwhelmed if a task hasn’t been completed. Setting a list of must-do, and would like to do, can ease this stress. Focus on completing your important tasks, and leave the wants for when you’re up for it. If you don’t, this habit won’t be beneficial!
Workout for 30 minutes a day
It is good to get up and move around. Working out for 30 minutes a day is manageable, and easier to fit in, than going for a 2-hour gym session. There are lots of home workouts, running trails or physical activity that you could do, so there is something for everyone! Working out for 30 minutes a day is good for your mental health, body and can aid in weight loss. Exercise has so many benefits, it is important to get moving every day.
Be mindful of your posture
One of the best habits to get into is being mindful of your posture. The average adult sits for around 6 hours a day, many sit for a lot longer. It is important to sit correctly and ensure you’re not damaging your back or neck. Learning to sit properly is a good habit to adopt. It increases energy levels, increases lung capacity and reduces the risk of pressure and pain in your neck, back and shoulders!
Practise self-care & gratitude
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Practising self-care and gratitude weekly, if not daily, is really important for your wellbeing. Looking after yourself and taking a break can reduce stress, can improve your memory, improve your sleep and enhances your self-esteem. Practising gratitude is also a healthy lifestyle habit to adopt because it allows you to appreciate the things you have. It can increase happiness and improve your mental health.
It is argued how long habits take to form. It can take around 21 days or 8 times for a habit form, so make sure you choose the right habits to adopt! These simple habits will improve your lifestyle, make you happier and improve your mental health. What healthy habits do you like to do on a daily bases? I’d love to know what habits should be added to this list!
About the Guest Writer!
Em is a UK blogger focusing on blogging, business & sustainability on her blog “Love, Em“. With 4 years of experience in the blogging world, she is keen to share her knowledge. Emily is passionate about helping others, and since leaving college, has decided to put her passions in writing. You can find her over on social media!
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