Creating and enjoying a healthy habit

Last week, we explored a few micro-habits that we can adopt in our productive phases of the day. This week, we will take a brief look at 6 small habits you can engage right now that can help maintain a healthy lifestyle and mind.

Healthy Habit 1 – Get up and move.

Set yourself an alarm on your phone or watch to get up and stretch the legs away from your computer, desk or chair. We know that being sedentary is not suitable for our health but seem to permit ourselves that at work, this is ok.

Reach for the alarm now, and get moving.

Healthy Habit 2 – Drink more water.

Dehydration impacts our performance. We tend to start the day with a coffee or a tea – both of which are diuretics. That means that it makes us go to the loo.

We should create a micro-habit to increase our water intake. Health experts often site that we should be drinking about 2 litres of water a day. Can you honestly say you do? Staying hydrated can also improve your sleep.

However, do think about when you do this. Think about the meetings you are about to go into, and do not drink too late at night.

Healthy Habit 3 – Make space for quiet.

The environment that we work in can sometimes be a stressor. Offices, the street, home are full of talking, phones ringing, machines running, the pings and ringtones of phones. But noise is being increasingly recognized as a stressor that is bad for your mental and physical health. Choose to include silence as a regular part of your day.

Perhaps introducing ourselves to a moment of peace by stopping – even for a couple of minutes, can be inspiration releasing.

Meditation practice is good, but instead, you can also sit quietly, focus on your breathing and take a little time out from worrying, from striving. If you are into tech, then perhaps try headspace or calm which can provide you with a guided and restorative space.

Healthy Habit 4 – Build-in micro-walks

Choose to get off the bus a stop earlier than your usual one, leave your car at the far end of the parking lot, walk to your next appointment and use the stairs instead of the elevator. Take every opportunity to build some activity into your day.

All those micro walks build-up – try tracking your steps and see what a difference it makes.

Healthy Habit 5 – Keep a journal

Writing down what’s on your mind can have a powerful effect on your mental health. Studies have shown that keeping a journal can reduce anxiety and depression. It can be as simple as a brain dump; write down anything that’s worrying you. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar, and no one’s going to read it except you. Don’t even worry about forming proper sentences – words, bullets, or pictures are ideal.

If you are unfamiliar with journaling, perhaps check out our free 5 day, introduction to journaling e-course here.

Healthy Habit 6 – Form a gratitude habit

Make it a daily habit of thinking of ten things you’re grateful for, from friends and family to health to have enough food on the table. Whatever your blessings are, get into the habit of counting them and maybe writing them down.

Being grateful turns out to be a powerfully positive habit. Research indicates that practising daily gratitude increases your happiness and can even have a positive impact on your health, wellbeing and life satisfaction.

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