5 Tips to Kick-Start a Healthy Routine
Imagine living an incredibly unhealthy life without knowing about the damages you're doing to your physical and mental health. Unfortunately, that's what most of us do, without even realizing it. If you've recently come to terms with your messed-up routine and want to change for the better, we've compiled a list of things that'll help you achieve that. Here's what you can do:
1. Write it Down
The first step to a do-able healthy routine is identifying your current unhealthy habits. Then, you can observe your daily routine and write down what you need to change before adding healthy changes to your life. Once you've recognized the bad, you can eliminate those from your daily routine and move towards the good part. Next, plan out a healthy lifestyle; maybe consider adding weekly, monthly, or annual goals that'll keep track of what you want to accomplish.
2. A Healthy, Balanced Diet For the Win
For decades, people have stated that a nutritious, balanced diet can do wonders for your mind and body. Recent studies back up this statement too! With a diet full of nutritious, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and meat, you’ll feel far more energetic than by relying on junk and fast food. To make the shift easier, prep your weekly meals on the weekend. Also, instead of giving in to your unhealthy cravings, you can always find dozens of healthier substitutes of that same recipe.
3. Don’t Underestimate Physical Workout
You've been eating healthy, keeping yourself hydrated, and leaving the junk behind. You don't really need to work out daily, too, right? Wrong! Physical exercise is as essential to a healthy lifestyle as a nutritious diet. Especially during these last two years where most of us have gotten accustomed to the work-from-home life and sitting on a desk the whole day, exercise plays an integral role in maintaining health. Of course, you don't have to do a two-hour long strenuous workout either. Just make sure you move around for a few hours every day, even if you're only doing your daily cleaning chores.
4. Self-Care Comes First
It's time to take action by the statement- self-care above everything. Suppose you're not looking after yourself and giving yourself the 'me time' you deserve every once in a while. In that case, nobody's going to do it for you, and your health will automatically deteriorate. We suggest doing what you love for a small portion of your day every day, or on the weekends if you're a parent or a working person that is too busy to take out the time daily. What can you do? Take a relaxing bath with bath bombs, read for 15-30 minutes before going to sleep, or hang out with your friends. Anything and everything works as long as it's something you love and gives you the break you need.
5. Get Inspired
Your surroundings and the people around you have a significant impact on your routine, too, believe it or not. Choosing to hang out and have conversations with positive people can make a difference or, in other words, inspire you to change your lifestyle. Remember, those who bring you down and can't encourage you to achieve your healthy lifestyle goals don't belong in your life. Additionally, give a thought to your surroundings too. If you've been cooped up in your home or running from home to office only, it's time to take a short vacation and reconnect with nature. These may seem like small things, but they're what can inspire you to live a healthier life.
With the recent pandemic wreaking havoc on life as we used to know it, it's time to get back to a healthy routine slowly. It may get overwhelming at times, and that's understandable, but small steps of progress are always better than no progress!