Implementing healthy lifestyle changes into your days doesn’t have to be an intimidating task. There are plenty of ways to make adjustments to lead a better, more positive life by simply taking it one step at a time. Here are 10 healthy lifestyle changes you can make today to make for a better tomorrow.
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1. Purchase your groceries online
By purchasing your groceries online, you’ll be less likely to make impulse purchases and more likely to select healthy food items.
Plus, you’ll eliminate travel time and avoid crowds! It’s just a win all around.
2. Eliminate things that bring on negative emotions
If you feel like watching the news brings on a spurt of depression or anger within you, do your best to completely avoid it.
If the people you follow on social media promote a pessimistic way of thinking or you feel jealous when you see their pictures, you can either unfollow/unfriend them, delete the app, or completely delete your account.
Emotions are habits that are formed through repetition. If you are in the constant cycle of experiencing unhealthy reactions, it is going to cause you an unhealthy life.
The world can only change if you do first, so be mindful of how things make you feel, and from there, introduce personal boundaries to salvage your sanity.
3. Food prep
Get ahead with your meals by preparing the entire meals themselves or by preparing some healthy ingredients you know you’ll be using within the next few days (e.g. quinoa, brown rice, boiled eggs, marinated tofu, etc.).
This helps to not only save you some time from the kitchen everyday, but also helps to prevent you from making unhealthy choices, since the food is all ready to be eaten!
4. Cultivate Gratitude
I’m a firm believer that gratitude and happiness go hand in hand. Without gratitude, genuine happiness doesn’t exist.
Not only does gratitude bring us true joy, it also makes us healthier because it induces a relaxation response within us. It helps us see the bigger picture and develop a softer heart.
The best way to cultivate gratitude is to keep a journal that holds a list of things that you are thankful for in your world. Even if you’re having an awful day, there is always something beautiful to acknowledge or look forward to. The smell of spring air rushing into your home upon opening up a window, the two feet that are able to get you from one place to another, uplifting music — There is an abundance of blessings to appreciate all around us every single day.
Other ways of cultivating gratitude include writing thank you letters, expressing your appreciation for a special person in your life, and finding the positive in difficult situations.
5. Listen To Your Body
There is no one size fits all when it comes to how we’re supposed to eat.
Some thrive off of being gluten-free and others don’t feel or experience any changes whatsoever. Some people thrive off of a high carb diet, others don’t. Some do well being plant-based and others don’t react well to it at all.
It’s all about finding what works best for you and your body.
The best way of discovering how different foods make you feel is by implementing an elimination diet and seeing how your body responds when each food is reintroduced back into your meals.
6. Take a Probiotic
If you’re not keen on eating fermented foods everyday such as kimchi, sauerkraut, or tempeh — take a daily probiotic!
Our bodies are constantly under attack both externally and internally every day. Stress, chlorinated water, exposure to pollutants, and various other factors can alter the bacterial flora in our intestinal tracts, so it’s important to consume fermented foods or probiotic supplements to maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria in our bodies.
7. Take Advantage of a Short but Intense Workout
Whether it’s 5 minutes or 20 minutes, you can totally fit in a super sweaty, fierce workout into your day.
You can find a short exercise video online to follow along with or completely customize your workout to your liking. The important part is, is that you should be completely drenched by the end of it.
It won’t take up too much of your time (so no excuses!) and it’ll immediately made you feel better.
8. Be Kind to Yourself
Practise self-compassion. Look at yourself in the mirror, stare into your own eyes, and name 5 things you are proud of surviving in your lifetime. Tell yourself how strong you are. Affirm the aspects of yourself that you value.
Practise patience. Self-improvement takes time. Celebrate your progress and victories, both big and small.
Forgive yourself. It’s time to move on.
9. Make an effort to connect with others
Sometimes when we’re feeling “off”, all we want to do is isolate ourselves from everybody. Absolutely take some time if you need to, but don’t let it become a permanent mindset.
Loneliness and isolation end up being very detrimental to our wellbeing because we are wired to be social.
Take some time out of your day to connect with someone you don’t know or someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. This will open the door for new conversations, more laughter, more understanding, and inner peace.
10. Set your alarm for an earlier time
Waking up early will set the tone for your day to have a much more productive outcome. You’ll be able to check off more items off of your to-do list because that extra time will give you the space to finish one or two things right before heading off to work or school.
Once your body gets into the routine of waking up earlier, it’ll become so much easier and you’ll feel a lot more accomplished by the end of your days.
Have you implemented any healthy lifestyle changes recently? Share in the comments below!