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Trying to create a new habit in your routine can seem daunting. You may be thinking – How do I start? When do I start? How can I set achievable goals, and meet them? Healthy habits are not created overnight. It is important to start small and focus on creating a consistent change in your daily routine.
Choose small habits that fit into your current lifestyle, or could be easily implemented into your routine. Then, slowly add new changes at your own pace. Over time, seemingly small changes can lead to long lasting healthy habits that benefit your overall health and wellness. If you are wondering where to start, here are six changes you can add to your routine:
Water is essential for every cell in the human body to function. It aids our digestive system, hydrates our skin, promotes kidney function, regulates body temperature, and more. However, many people still do not drink enough water every day. In fact, around 75% of Americans are considered dehydrated.
Encouraging yourself to drink more water is an easy change to your daily routine that brings unlimited benefits. Try starting your day with a full glass of water when you wake up, and be mindful of drinking water throughout your whole day.
Here are some ideas to add flavor to water:
Walking is a low impact form of exercise that can boost energy, improve cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones and muscles, reduce stress, improve sleep and more – and also requires no equipment. There is no need for a smart watch or step counter, just make it a goal to add extra strides into your day. Any addition of steps is good for you and is a positive addition to your daily routine, here are some ideas:
Planning your meals in advance is a great way to save time, money and eliminate any extra stressors in your busy week. Try to dedicate a few minutes before your next visit to the grocery store to plan out meals and snacks for the week and mindfully meal plan. Planning ahead allows you to:
The technology around us can have negative effects on our mental health and wellbeing. It is important to take moments to unplug from technology and do other activates you enjoy! Any change in the amount of screen time you get per day can have positive impacts like improving sleep, reducing eye strain, promoting better posture, enriching mental health and more.
Did you know about 1 in 3 Americans are not getting enough sleep? Lack of sleep leads to more than just low energy. Sleep deficiency has an impact on your entire body – heart and circulatory systems, metabolism, immune system, nervous system, mental health, and more. A full night’s sleep can:
Similar to kids, adults also benefit from a consistent bedtime routine. Why? A consistent nighttime routine tells your brain it is time for bed and can have many positive benefits, including better sleep, reduced stress, improved mood and more. Here are some ideas for creating a bedtime routine for better sleep:
Mindful, consistent changes in your daily routine can truly transform your mental and physical wellbeing. Making strides to implement even one or two of these changes into your day can bring countless benefits and ultimately lead to a healthier you.