There is nothing more valuable than your health, and there is nothing you need to protect more than your time. So, when it comes to making healthier choices and boosting your body, mind, and soul, you want to know that the time you are spending is going to bring some changes.
Whether you are just starting on your journey to better health, or have been at it for years, the best way to stay consistent and committed to new habits is to introduce them slowly over time.
If this sounds like what you need, read on to learn three simple, easy habits that improve your health and well-being.
1. Carry around a reusable water bottle.
There are no words to describe how critical it is to stay hydrated throughout the day. By drinking 64 ounces of water a day (it is not as difficult as it sounds!), you will soon be feeling a lot better. You will have more energy and more glowy skin, and it can significantly aid you in your weight loss goals.
The easiest way to start upping your water intake is always to carry around a reusable water bottle. If the container is always beside you, whenever you see it, you are going to be reminded to take a swig. Look for other ways to make drinking water a habit, such as always drinking some after going to the bathroom, having a glass before eating a meal, and committing to filling up your bottle after finishing it.
Start to replace sugary sodas and beverages with water and (to keep it exciting) steep fresh fruit, veggie slices, and herbs in your pitcher.
2. Stand up and move away from your desk every hour.
For the majority of modern-day workers, the day-to-day routine involves a lot of sitting around looking at a computer. Even if you are conscious about maintaining good sitting posture, you still want to be getting up and moving around every hour — even if it is just for a couple of minutes.
In fact, this study found that if you move around for two minutes every hour, you have a 33% lower risk of dying prematurely than if you were to remain seated for the whole hour.
Additionally, indulge in a daily self-care practice for yourself. While some days it may just be 10 minutes of meditation, other days it may mean a trip to the spa, walking for an hour around the park, catching up with a friend over coffee, or getting a massage. To learn more about the best deep tissue massage in London, make sure to reach out to School of Natural Therapies.
3. Shut off all electronics a minimum of 30 minutes before going to sleep.
You have heard this time and time again, but you should really be working on not looking at any electronic devices before falling asleep. The screens of these electronics contain a blue light that reduces your production of melatonin, an essential hormone that your brain utilizes to signal to your body that it is time to start preparing for sleep.
Even if you don’t think that your sleep quality is suffering, it is, as your brain will keep racing even when the lights go off. Don’t voluntarily affect your sleeping pattern (and thus, your overall health) in this way!
One of the best ways to encourage you to avoid electronics in bed is by automatically setting your phone and other devices to go on “sleep mode” 30 minutes before your bedtime. This small tweak will silence any notifications and make it easier for you to resist checking it. Use these extra 30 minutes to read a book, write in your journal, or speak with a loved one (just not through your electronic device!).
What small tweaks are you looking to make to your daily routine this year? Do you have any tips and tricks for making small lifestyle changes? Let us know your thoughts and any challenges you are currently facing concerning this topic in the comments below!
Written By: Marc Innes
Marc Innes is the Owner and Principal of the School of Natural Therapies, a training school for Massage & Holistic Therapies located in London. Marc began his career in the NHS, working in a number of managerial and training roles within the Ambulance Service in London. He spent much of that time educating and coaching medical staff. Over time, he developed an interest in all things complimentary to Allopathic Medicine, in particular, Reiki Healing and EFT, which culminated in running a successful teaching and ‘energy healing’ practice. Marc is passionate about the message and complementary therapy industry.