If there’s one thing every adult in the modern world can tell you for sure is that it’s not easy to develop healthy habits at home. We would all love to, obviously, but between our own personal struggles, the state of the world and the hustle of life, we usually can’t seem to find the time to break out of unhealthy habits.
But in just taking the first step of wanting, you’re already on the right track.
Today, I’ll show you a few healthy habits that are easy to start at home. Of course, it may be hard to absorb all of this at once and I’m not suggesting you try to embrace ALL of these at the same time. A better angle would be to pick one that you feel agrees with you more – or that represents more of what you need right now – and stick to it.
Slowly but surely you’ll start feeling better and be able to continue your journey through healthy habits!
“It always seems impossible until it's done." – Nelson Mandela
Bedroom is for sleeping
Many Americans are working from home today, whether from personal choice or because of the pandemic. And while having a home office can be great, it does come with a few important disclaimers that most people aren’t aware of.
First, your bedroom should be sacred. Avoid bringing work to your bedroom at all costs, because it creates an unhealthy association to it. Work is stressful and tiring more often than not, and the last thing you want is to feel the burden the second you enter your bedroom because it’s also the place you work in.
Even worse, when you stop working and go to bed, your work desk is right there. It puts a lot of pressure on your mind and you should avoid that. Try to make your home office somewhere else if possible, because the bedroom – though it might seem like the most obvious choice – is a terrible place for that.
And if possible, you should also avoid bringing your phone to bed. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: “OK, sure, grandpa!
But I’m serious.
Get yourself an alarm clock instead and let your phone charge somewhere else, especially if you were used to browsing social media before bed like I did. You will sleep much better, trust me!
Light exercise at home
Exercise is great on all fronts, but it might be one of the hardest habits to stick to. After all, no one wants to interrupt a perfectly lazy day with routine exercise… but it’s really, REALLY good for you.
And hey, you don’t have to commit to a tough workout or anything like that. Try starting with low-intensity physical activities like Yoga or Pilates by following simple routines, or if you want to burn calories and build muscle, a bodyweight routine that requires no equipment.
Just keep in mind that even a simple bodyweight routine will be very difficult to finish at first, especially if you’re not used to performing exercises like this regularly. Don’t give up and you will see results very soon!
Make food for the week
This is another one I’ve adopted for myself recently – and as someone with an addiction to ordering fast food, I assure you it was a massive improvement for both my mental health and my wallet.
Basically, making food from scratch every day is stressful. As a solution, I suggest making meal preps for the week – that way, you have to cook way less often but still get the benefits of having healthy homemade meals ready for you.
You save time, potentially save money that would otherwise go to ordering food, and everyone gets to eat healthier!
Make time for yourself
I understand this one is quite subjective because we all have very different routines. If you have children, for example, this becomes significantly harder to achieve – though still not impossible.
The thing is, taking time for yourself doesn’t have to be an entire weekend (though that would be awesome). Whenever possible, give yourself a gift in the form a few moments to sip coffee, or read a chapter in a book, or take in fresh air while looking at the sun… just a personal moment that allows you to recharge.
A lot of the time we forget this is even possible. You have to make time for work and for your family, but always remember to make time for yourself too! It might not seem much, but it really helps in keeping our sanity in check and improving our motivation.
Develop a hobby
Reading, painting, drawing, playing the piano – anything goes!
And please remember: a hobby is a hobby. You don’t need to think of which hobby will give you the best future or which is easier to monetize later, scrap all that. Pick a thing that you enjoy and that makes you happy. That’s it.
It’s quite common for people to start with a hobby and then turn it into work, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. Simply find something that is fun to learn and that brings you joy right now. No reason to overthink or over complicate your hobby!
Have a to-do list
Personally, I love to-do lists! They’re immensely helpful if you tend to feel overwhelmed quite easily, because when every single task for the day is just bouncing around your head, they might seem way more complicated than they actually are.
Taking the time to write down a simple checklist for your daily routine helps in putting things into perspective. More often than not, you’ll find that these tasks are simpler and faster than they seemed before they were on paper.
Stay hydrated! The best way to do this is to keep a water bottle near you and if necessary, set up a few alarms that remind you to drink water throughout the day. You’d be surprised the difference it makes to go through the day while staying properly hydrated.
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