If you’ve ever had trouble following through on a new year’s resolution, or just about any habit-building exercise, it might just be because the habit that you chose to build wasn’t really an easy one.
This shouldn’t make you feel unmotivated though. The simple act of removing a single bad habit from your daily life and replacing it with a new, better one, can truly change the way you think. You’ll be happier, use your time more effectively and ultimately make you feel a whole lot better.
In this article we’ll go over six great healthy habits you should certainly consider integrating into your daily life in 2019.
Drink More Water
Back in 2016, SodaStream published a study that revealed up to 80% of Australians are chronically dehydrated – without even realizing it. This could mean up to 80% of us find it hard to stay focused at work and also suffer from sluggish mornings thanks to dehydration. Pair this with dehydration headaches and a slowing metabolism, and you have a really significant problem.
With all of that said, it’s an unquestionably great idea to add more water to your diet so, of course, we have a few tips for you.
Each morning it’s best to start off with a glass of cold water before your morning coffee. This way you’re already boosting the amount of fluid in your system and this gets you motivated to drink more during the day. On top of this, investing in a reusable water bottle to take with you to work, in the car and or on your desk will motivate you to continue drinking. Finally, an app or water counter on the side of your bottle will be a great way to see how much you’ve drunk and how much more there still is to go.
Improve Your Diet
Encouraging yourself to follow a healthy diet in this day and age is exceptionally difficult. When fast food options are moments away from the home or office, our increasingly time-poor society sees unhealthy fast foods as the only option for dinner or lunch. That said, it’s great to know that healthy meals don’t take too long to create, and meal prepping and delivery services make eating healthy meals every day completely effortless.
One place to start your new healthy eating habit is, surprisingly, online. Take a look over some great healthy recipes and order the ingredients to your door. This way you’ll have everything you need to get started creating great healthy meals and you won’t be worried about not having an ingredient.
A massive tip to stay on your healthy diet is to control your appetite. A common activity that breaks people’s great diets is almost always snacking. When you don’t feel like cooking something, you’ll likely snack on something bad. Thankfully, businesses like SnackNation stop this behavior in its tracks by supplying great boxes of healthy snacks you can eat without feeling like you’ve ruined your new diet.
Reduce Nighttime Screen Time
A large majority of us suffer from sleeping problems each night and although we can’t point everyone’s sleeping problems to smartphones or tablets, it’s still a great idea to reduce screen time in the evenings. Most people don’t realize that smartphone displays emit blue rays of light, which damage our sleeping patterns and ability to fall into REM sleep.
Most people will agree that their smartphone is simply a distraction before bed. We’re not really using the device for anything productive. That makes cutting back simple. All you’ll really have to do to cut back on your screen time is to swap out your smartphone with something else to distract you from it. This could be anything from reading a book or cleaning something in your home to calm you down. It really is always best to stay off your devices for at least an hour before bed to give your brain the chance to wind down.
Aim for Eight Hours a Night
We could all add sleeping better to our six healthy habit list for next year. The trouble is, however, many of us don’t actually know how to form sleeping eight hours a night into a habit. Let’s go over that below.
The biggest sleep inhibitor is, of course, distraction. Spending time on your phone or laptop is going to keep your brain wide awake. Drop the use of your phone, as we said above, for at least an hour before bed. On top of this, you’re likely going to be wide awake if you take naps during the day, so stop these out too. Lastly, don’t forget to strip out all caffeine from your diet after lunchtime. Just by doing these three things you’ll greatly increase your chances of getting quality, refreshing sleep every single night. Remember though, habit building takes time and often up to a month so don’t be disheartened if you can’t make the switch in a day or a week.
If you’re someone who suffers from sleep problems because of breathing issues, then it would certainly be beneficial to invest in a quality CPAP machine. These machines keep your airways wide open while you sleep and prevent sudden jolts and poor sleep quality.
Get Into Working Out
We all know exercise is fantastic for physical health, but it’s also great for mindfulness too. Creating a habit out of a daily workout routine won’t only tone your muscles, it’ll also give you a sense of achievement and give you a break from overthinking during the day.
A great way to start building an exercise habit is to factor in just 15 to 20 minutes a day for a short bodyweight session, walk or a jog. Although this may not seem like much work, it does lay the foundation for a healthy, long-term fitness habit. After a week or two, push your exercise time up to half an hour or an hour, and you’ll be seeing massive changes in your body’s physical shape and your mindfulness.
It’s also a great idea to invest in fitness accessories like an Apple Watch. These are fantastic for motivating you to work out for longer and on a routine basis – making it surprisingly difficult to break your new fitness habit.
Save Time for Meditation or Thinking Exercises
There’s a good reason behind why meditation is often perceived as something only highly-successful people do. The practice is designed almost entirely to give you some time to clear your mind and get a grip on your stress and anxiety levels. Which in turn allows you to make better decisions in your daily life and push harder in everything you do.
An easy way to make meditation part of your daily routine in 2019 is to do it before bed, or after you get out of the shower. This is a perfect time slot for beginners because you’ll already be relaxed. In a few weeks, you can build out your meditation time and slot it into almost any part of the day, whether it be after you wake up, during your lunch break at work or just about anywhere.