Maintaining a healthy lifestyle adds a few years to our lives. And honestly, who wouldn’t want that? If you don’t watch what you eat or work those muscles, it’s time you take action!
Although we agree that it might seem difficult initially, it gets easier with time. You only have to learn to establish good habits (and stick to them).
The question is: Where do you start?
In this article, we will provide tips on how to develop a healthy routine that sticks. Read on for advice on creating an environment where personal wellness takes the front seat. Because when you feel your best, everything else follows suit!
Limit Alcohol Consumption
That “just one more” glass of wine isn’t really just one.
Alcohol addiction has severe consequences. It increases your risk for certain types of cancer and can lead to weight gain, memory loss, depression, and many other health issues.
So, ditch the excuses and commit to cutting back. If you don’t want to eliminate alcohol from your diet entirely, try drinking only on weekends or set a limit for yourself (for instance, no more than four drinks per week). You’ll find that your body and mind feel much better without the extra booze.
If you are struggling, there are treatments available that can help. For instance, low-dose naltrexone (LDN) is a medication that has helped people reduce their alcohol cravings and regain control of their lives. Consult your doctor if you feel like you may be at risk for addiction.
Start Your Day on the Right Note (and Bite)
Have you been skipping breakfast for half your life?
“I have no time to sit and eat,” “Aah, I’ll just grab coffee on my way,” “I’m not really hungry in the morning.”
Wrong, wrong and wrong!
Eating breakfast is one of the most important steps you can take toward building a healthier lifestyle. It gives your body energy to kick off the day and helps you make better decisions, whether it’s related to food or general life.
Breakfast is also a mood enhancer. When the tummy is full, you tend to be in a better mental space. So make sure you start your day with something substantial and nutritious like oatmeal and berries, eggs/omelet with vegetables, or yogurt and granola.
Most of us lead a sedentary lifestyle. Between work, family obligations, and errands, it can be difficult to find the time for exercise. But regular physical activity is important in order to stay healthy and fit.
Find something you love, like running outdoors, yoga, or weight training. Pick whatever helps you unwind and release those endorphins. If you don’t have an hour or two a day to get to the gym, even a few minutes of movement makes a difference. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park at the farthest spot from your destination, and play “catch me if you can” with your kid – every little bit counts!
You’ll find that you have more energy throughout the day and are able to focus better on tasks. Exercise is also great for relieving stress and sleeping better at night.
Get Enough Shut-Eye
It’s tempting to stay up late scrolling through your phone or catching up on work, but resist the urge. Sleep is often overlooked when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Getting enough sleep helps the body recover and feel better after a busy day. It also improves brain function, strengthens the immune system, and boosts mood. So aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, try a few relaxation techniques before bed, like listening to calming music or reading a book. Avoid screens, as the blue light from electronics can interfere with your natural sleep cycle. Also, cut out caffeine and alcohol after 4 p.m. since both are known to contribute to insomnia.
Value Your Mental Health
We all know there’s a deeper meaning to “I’m okay.” If you’ve been hiding your pain under a grin – stop. Take a step back and focus on what’s really important.
Make sure to find time for yourself each day. Go for a walk in nature, listen to music, and indulge in a relaxing bath. Do whatever makes you feel better. Most importantly, talk about your issues with someone you trust. It’s okay to not be okay.
If you find yourself struggling, seek professional help. Mental health conditions are just as important as physical illnesses and should be treated with the same respect. Talk therapy and medications can help immensely.
Ready to make those little health-improving changes in your life? We are glad you are. As you go along the way, achieving your goals, remember to be kind to yourself.
Self-love is key to a healthier lifestyle. Remember to celebrate the small victories and be sure to give back to yourself in more ways than one.
There’s no magic formula for perfect health; it takes dedication and time. Also, remember, it’s perfectly okay to stumble along the way. What’s important is that you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and continue on.
After all, the goal is progress, not perfection.