Hello my dear Lovelies, I am here with another exciting topic for this week which is something we heard a lot about since childhood — “Good Habits” for healthy You!!! As we are spending good amount of time in our quarantine home, often we end up having more free time than on usual days . So , it’s great to best utilize the time effectively and build Healthy Habits and declutter those toxic routine pattern as well. I am pretty sure that everyone of us have thought about incorporating new lifestyle or making modifications in existing habits at some point of time but failed to do so due to poor time management skills or with busy schedules .Now that I feel its important for everyone to Pause these moments from our everyday life and reflect upon ourselves to make improvements in a more Healthy Way.!!
Importance of habits in our Life:
A habit is a routine or behavior that is performed regularly and in many cases , automatically. Small and consistent habits will ultimately lead to unimaginable results over long run.Building habits in the present allows you to do more of what you want in the furture.In this way, the process of building habits is actually the process of becoming yourself. And the Process of becoming the best version of yourself requires you to continuously edit your beliefs , and to upgrade and expand your identity.The most practical way to change who you are is to change what you do now.
Committing to healthy behaviors is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give to yourself, as well as to those around you. By taking care of your health, you are able to serve as a role model to your family, friends and co-workers.
Effective Habits of Healthy People :
Following is a handy list of 20 habits that will help you maintain your health and wellness:
- Build your plate around healthy choices : Start by filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Fill in the rest of your meal with a selection of proteins, whole grains and dairy. ChooseMyPlate.gov makes it simple by offering suggestions of food serving sizes, health benefits, and tips for each food group.
- Create a Morning Ritual: Maybe you like to go for a run. Or, maybe you like to meditate or enjoy a healthy breakfast. Whatever it is that makes you feel supercharged, kickstart your day with that habit. Establishing a meaningful morning ritual helps you start your day on a positive, proactive note. Having a structured start to your day instead of rushing to make up for the lost time also helps eliminate stress, mental fatigue and enhances your productivity
- Stay Hydrated: Water, clear non-caffeinated beverages, and food all count toward your daily fluid intake. Avoid sports drinks or sodas with high sugar content and select water-rich fruits and vegetables for snacks. Begin each morning by drinking a full glass of water and continue the trend throughout the day, including at mealtimes. Research shows that on an average Men and Women should aim to drink at least 4 to 5 litres of water per day. Drinking fluids throughout the day versus all at once will help your body cells absorb the water gradually without adding stress to your kidneys.
- Limit alcohol intake: If you drink alcoholic beverages, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest you do so in moderation―no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men. Excessive or binge drinking leads to numerous immediate and long-term health risks.
- Avoid/quit tobacco usage: No list would be complete without acknowledging the innumerable reasons why the use of tobacco is unhealthy. If you are a smoker, it’s likely you will find this habit one of the hardest to change. Talk with your company about tobacco cessation programs. Additionally, seek out resources and support from the anti -tobacco addiction programs.
- Follow the 80/20 rule: The Pareto’s Principle or the 80/20 rule means that in any situation, 20% of the tasks yield 80% of the results. So you can maximize productivity by investing most of your time and energy on those specific tasks that will create the biggest impact. Once you’ve finished those tasks, you can focus on other activities that are on your to-do list.
- Walk more: Opportunities to walk are everywhere we turn―whether that means taking a 10-minute walking break at the office or choosing stairs over elevators. These short increments of activity can increase blood flow; releasing hormones that help us manage stress, increase alertness and burn calories.
- Choose physical activities you enjoy: Experts suggest adults should set a goal of at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each day of the week—whether that means 30 minutes at a time or broken into 10-minute intervals three times per day. Find an activity that you enjoy doing, and you will look forward to exercising.Discover and create your fun way to exercise and do it joyfully without feeling compulsion to do so.
- Wash your hands: The number one way to minimize the spread of germs is by thoroughly washing your hands. It’s the simplest step toward limiting infection to you and to others. Using soap and water remains the most effective method of hand washing. When soap and water aren’t readily available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) is the recommended back-up plan.
- Develop healthy sleep habits: Adhering to a sleep schedule or bedtime rituals can reinforce your body’s “sleep-wake” cycle, such as consistently going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. The addition of relaxing rituals, such as reading a book or listening to music, also allow your body to wind down at the end of the day.
- Journaling : Make a habit of Jotting down your thoughts regularly .It’s even good idea to carry book and pen with you every time to note down any of your important thoughts which we may otherwise forget.Also it helps to boost our creativity and increases productivity.
- Be Grateful : Expressing gratitude is one of the finest things you can do .It makes you humble and know your worth. Learn to appreciate more and complain less to lead a peaceful life.Prepare a list of 5 things that you are grateful for everyday and you can notice the positive vibes in your life.
- Celebrate Your Wins : Often times , we concentrate on bigger things and we tend to forgot the hard work we put on to achieve small ones. To reach our destination , its important to enjoy the journey at every milestone to keep our spirit alive.
- Read Regularly : Reading is the powerful way of transforming yourselves into better ones. If you have trouble starting any book , you can always start small as simple as 1 or 2 pages a day regularly and gradually improving . Choose your favorite topic or genre and there are plenty of books available online and offline to kick start with no excuses . You can gather enormous knowledge and helps us to expand your perspective in a better way.
- Save 30% of your income : Okay, if you can’t save 30%, then save 10%. It’s not so much about the amount you save, but how often you’re saving. Cut out purchases that you make daily or weekly. When you save on the small things, you can slowly but consistently grow your investments,your emergency fund, and the money you have set aside for big purchases or milestones. Small changes can help you be ready for anything life throws at you.
- Set goals and work toward achieving them: Use S.M.A.R.T (Specific,Measurable,Achievable,Realistic,Time-based)when setting your goals in order to provide specific direction and achieve measurable results. These are the kind of goals that you are more likely to adopt as part of a long-term commitment to better health and wellness. Review your goals on weekly basis and measure your progress.
- Give love freely : People treat their love like it’s a depletable resource. It is actually not. Love never ever runs out. You can give away as much as you like, and you’ll still have more,infact it only increases as you keep on sharing. So give away some of your love every single day. Don’t worry about keeping score, and stop expecting something in return.
- Be present : So many of us are so focused on “what’s next” that we forget to enjoy the present moment. We’re always waiting until we achieve something else. “I will be happy then,” we think. This is one of my biggest pitfalls. We need to remind myself every single day that I should enjoy the now.Whenever you feel stuck in the future, find a trigger that brings you back to the present moment.
- Invest in self-care: Taking some time off to unwind can do wonders for your mood, mental health, and self-esteem. Do at least one thing every day that makes you feel good. Listen to music, spend time on your favorite hobby, take a long bubble bath, or prepare a nice meal. Whatever floats your boat!
- Learn Something New :New skills help keep your brain healthy. Sign up for a dance class or a creative writing workshop. Better yet, master a new language. The mental work it takes can slow the signs of aging and may even delay the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Developing these habits require determination, oodles of patience and constant effort. Maybe it’ll take just a few weeks or maybe more than a year, it doesn’t matter how long it takes to build the habit as long as you don’t give up.
The key to maintain any habits longer is to get your pride involved in doing it and then you will fight tooth and nail to maintain your habits.Ultimately , it is your commitment to the Process that will determine your Progress
“You only get what you repeat doing .Success is the product of daily habits — not once-in-a-lifetime transformations.”
“Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years. we all deal with setbacks but in the long run , the quality of our lives often depends on the quality of our habits. With the same old habits , you will end up with the same results . But with better habits, anything is possible.
Hope you all got some information with this blog .And if yes, please do like , comment and share . I am so overwhelmed to hear from everyone of you!!!
Untill Next Thursday!
With Lots of Love😍,
Sri Lakshmi Devika .
Disclaimer: The information presented is for your general knowledge and does not replace the advice of a physician. All medical inquiries regarding your health should be presented to a physician.