This isn’t your typical blog post about incorporating healthy habits and teaching you how to track them. If that’s what you’re looking for, we’ve got the perfect blog post right here. However, this blog post, “10 Healthy Habits for a Better Life,” goes deeper than that. Whilst it still covers the fundamentals like maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise, it dives into more profound aspects of better living.
We often overlook, or are conditioned to overlook, the significance of mental health in comparison to physical health. So yes, this is indeed a blog post outlining 10 healthy habits for a better life, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a roadmap to pave the way for a more fulfilling and enriched life.
So, get comfortable and grab yourself a cuppa tea, it’s a long read. But if you are determined to live a better life, then buckle up, take notes and open your mind to a new way of living!
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- 1. Prioritise A Healthy Diet and Regular Excercise
- 2. Connect With Others – Cultivate Meaningful Relationships
- 3. Embrace A Journey Of Lifelong Learning
- 4. Be Present – Practice Daily Mindfulness
- 5. Never Give Up Attitude
- 6. Be Authentic In A World That Wants You To Be Anything But….
- 7. Time Management – A Super Power
- 8. Unplug And Reconnect With Reality
- 9. Embrace Gratitude
- 10. The Power Of Self-Reflection
- Conclusion – Don’t Forget To Live
1. Prioritise A Healthy Diet and Regular Excercise
Fuel your body right – Eating well is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Focus on incorporating a variety of colourful fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains into your diet. Don’t forget to savour your meals, practising mindful eating to enhance your appreciation of the flavours and textures.
Check out our Food & Drinks section for deliciously healthy meals.
Move Your Body: Exercise Regularly – Exercise doesn’t have to mean hours at the gym. Find activities you enjoy, whether it’s dancing, hiking, or yoga, and make them a regular part of your routine. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week to keep your body and mind in top shape.
One way to engage your body is through walks. In our blog post, ‘The Health Benefits of Nature Walks,’ we delve into the facts about how walking in nature can enhance your immune system and improve your mental well-being.
2. Connect With Others – Cultivate Meaningful Relationships
Relationships are like gardens. They require care, attention, and the occasional trimming of negativity.
Our connection to other human beings is the essense of a truly fulfilling life. Meaningful connections create a tapestry of shared experiences, emotions, and support that weaves itself through the delicate fabric of our very existence. At its core, nurturing our relationship with others is more than a social necessity, it is a fundamental human need that has the power to shape our well-being.
It’s within these relationships that we find sanctuary. A space where we can celebrate our triumphs, weather the storms, and share the mundane, yet precious moments that make up our daily lives. The reassurance that we are not alone on this journey called life only comes through nurturing our connection to others.
Forging long-lasting relationships requires vulnerability, which unfortunately is often viewed as a weakness. However, it is far from it. Vulnerability is, in fact, the foundation of authentic connections. It is the willingness to open up and share our fears, dreams and uncertainties, that deepens the bonds we form. In a world that expects so much from us, a world that willingly hands us the tools to feel disconnected from ourselves, the courage to be vulnerable is a testament to the strength of our relationships.
In her compelling masterpiece, ‘Daring Greatly,’ the renowned author Brené Brown beautifully articulates the essence of vulnerability – “Daring greatly means the courage to be vulnerable. It means to show up and be seen. To ask for what you need. To talk about how you’re feeling. To have the hard conversations.”
3. Embrace A Journey Of Lifelong Learning
Never stop learning. Your brain is dynamic and ever-evolving, ready to absorb new information and skills. It’s not about sticking to a rigid curriculum, but rather about cultivating a passion that surpasses the confines of formal education.
Whether it’s picking up a new hobby, reading a book, or taking a course, embracing lifelong learning keeps your mind active and engaged. This habit not only contributes to personal growth but also adds a sense of accomplishment and purpose to your life. Below are some examples:
Take Up A New Hobby –
Taking on a new hobby can be a delightful adventure. Whether it’s strumming a guitar, trying your hand at painting, taking a dance class or even experimenting with culinary creations. Hobbies provide us with a burst of passion into our mundane routines. They become an outlet for self-expression and creativity. A hobby will forever remind us that learning is not just a chore, but a source of joy and fulfillment.
Books, whichever their genre or perspectives, are portals to uncharted worlds and fountains of knowledge. Reading not only enhances your cognitive abilities but also allows you to walk in someone else’s shoes. Reading will open your mind to empathy and give you a broader understanding of the world. Literature is without a doubt, a neverending quest for wisdom and enlightenment.
Taking A Course –
Taking a course, whether online or in person, is a structured approach to learning that offers both guidance and challenge. It could be a language class, a coding workshop, or even a history course. Maybe you decide to launch a blog, design and create a website! The sky is the limit.
The beauty of formal education outside traditional settings is that it allows you to tailor your learning experience to your interests and schedule. You might surprise yourself with some undiscovered potential, fostering a sense of capability and achievement that was previously lacking.
4. Be Present – Practice Daily Mindfulness
Based on personal experience, the practice of mindfulness is the foundation for overall mental well-being. The deliberate act of self-care and a recognition that your mental health deserves the same attention as your physical health. Moreover, by embracing the present moment, you cultivate a sense of gratitude for the simple joys of life and develop resilience in the face of life’s inevitable challenges.
Life is a whirlwind of chaos, often sucking us into a ceaseless stream of worries about the future or the complicated reflections of our past. Mindfulness is a powerful antidote to these tendencies. It offers us a sanctuary within the present moment.
At its very core, mindfulness is a conscious and non-judgmental awareness of the present. The deliberate act of tuning into the current moment, unburdened by the weight of what has passed or the uncertainty of the future.
We live in a society where multitasking and constant stimulation are often praised. Embracing mindfulness is a conscious decision to break free from the shackles of constant busyness.
How do I practise mindfulness? –
A practical way to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life is by practising meditation or deep breathing exercises.
These exercises need not be lengthy or complex; even a few minutes of intentional, focused breathing or a quiet moment of reflection can work wonders. Look at it as sort of a mental reset button. Allowing you to disentangle yourself from the web of thoughts and concerns that often occupy your mind and rob you of your inner peace.
The Health Benefits?
Consistent mindfulness practices can significantly reduce stress levels. By redirecting your attention to the present, you create a mental space where stressors lose their grip, giving way to a sense of calm and balance. This conscious redirection of focus is not about ignoring challenges but about approaching them from a place of clarity and composure.
Moreover, the benefits of mindfulness extend beyond stress reduction. As you train your mind to be present, you’ll likely notice an improvement in your ability to concentrate and focus. In other words, you will find clarity, and this clarity will enhance productivity and creativity. Potentially, your mind will become a more adept and agile instrument.
Reclaim ownership of your thoughts and emotions by practising mindfulness.
5. Never Give Up Attitude
The joy of living comes complete with its own set of challenges and setbacks. And don’t we know it? While easier said than done, embracing a never-give-up attitude is like wearing a suit of armour. Growing a thicker skin, despite the curveballs. A mindset that stands unyielding in the face of adversity, refusing to succumb to the pressures that seek to weigh us down, and keep us down.
‘Never give up’ is not a mere slogan but a powerful force that propels us forward when the path ahead seems difficult. We are all roaming the unpredictable terrain that is life’s journey. It is filled with peaks and valleys. And within these valleys is when our ‘never give up’ attitude becomes a guiding light. Our beacon of hope that whispers, ‘persevere’.
In the past, there were many times when I wanted to give up. Those days as a single mum, particularly stand out as a period of constant struggle. In hindsight, I see those days now as life’s lessons. Every setback, an opportunity for a comeback. Every stumbling block served as a stepping stone.
When creating this website, with no prior experience, there were days when I was ready to throw in the towel. Propelled by the encouragement of my husband, I persevered. Not only did I succeed, but in the process I discovered a part of me that had long since been buried under a layer of self-doubt and insecurity. In the pursuit of following a dream, I found the courage to confront and overcome every obstacle placed in my path.
We have two choices, let our present and past experiences drown our very essence, or allow our circumstances to build our character and resilience.
6. Be Authentic In A World That Wants You To Be Anything But….
How many faces do you wear? One for the world to see, one for those close to you, and the real one. Being authentic is anything but easy. Embarking on a journey of self-actualization is like setting sail on a sea of self-discovery—a conscious commitment to realising and fulfilling your potential. Finding your life’s purpose and pursuing it regardless of others’ opinions or judgments.
Being your true self is a continuous quest to become the best version of yourself. No gimmicks, no costumes! Raw and vulnerable. You. It means setting meaningful goals, embracing challenges, and continuously growing through experiences. It means speaking your truth, owning your mind and showing the world who you are confidently, free from the worry of being rejected or ridiculed.
7. Time Management – A Super Power
Fostering a healthy relationship with time is a mindful and intentional practice that can lead to increased productivity, reduced stress, and an overall improved quality of life.
Not an easy task, by any means. I am guilty of not managing my time efficiently. However, by following these steps, we can learn to cultivate a healthy relationship with time, whilst becoming more productive.
- Set Realistic Goals – The pinnacle of time management. If we learn how to come down from our high and mighty cloud of unrealistic expectations and set aside the superhero mindset that encourages multitasking as if there’s no tomorrow, then life will become undeniably easier.
- Prioritise And Organise: Highlight your most important tasks and prioritise them. Use tools like to-do lists, calendars, planners, or even productivity apps to keep yourself organized. This allows you to allocate your time effectively and ensures that critical tasks receive the attention they deserve. It will also help you avoid unnecessary stress.
- Time Blocking: Allocate specific blocks of time to different activities or tasks. This helps create a structured schedule and prevents you from feeling overwhelmed. Discipline to stick to these time blocks is essential though.
8. Unplug And Reconnect With Reality
Remember once upon a time when social media wasn’t a thing? Those days when you could leave your house without double checking that your mobile phone was in your bag? Because God forbid we leave it behind!
Noise! Unnecessary dumps of information. Make-believe stories. My home is bigger than yours, I have the latest car model, check out my flawless skin or my walk-in wardrobe. Urgh the list goes on, doesn’t it? Post after post of perfection. Pretend stories that make us feel inadequate and quite frankly, depressed. At least that’s what it does to me. Without forgetting to mention, the sad stories, those that trigger my anxiety and worse scenario mentality. No thanks!
Lately, the world of social media has become a thorn in my side. However, because of my current line of work, social media is a necessary evil. Having said that, I have committed to having a dry January. Instead of no wine (I don’t drink wine anyway), no social media. At all! Honestly, I can’t wait.
We live in a digital age, making it easy to fall into the trap of constant screen time. One way to limit such screen time is by setting boundaries for the use of electronic devices, especially before bedtime. Not only will this improve your sleep quality, but it will also allow you to be more present in the real world. The moment you limit time on your phone, you will notice your productivity levels rise.
I’ve listed below the top five health reasons for limited screen time:
- Improved quality sleep – The blue light emitted by screens can disrupt the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. By reducing screen exposure, particularly in the evening, individuals often experience better sleep patterns, contributing to overall health and well-being.
- Reduced Eye Strain And Discomfort – Prolonged screen time can lead to digital eye strain, characterised by symptoms like headaches, dry eyes, and blurred vision. Taking breaks and minimizing screen exposure help alleviate these discomforts. It allows the eyes to rest, reducing strain and contributing to long-term eye health.
- Enhanced Physical Activity – Limiting screen time encourages individuals to engage in more physical activities. Whether it’s going for a walk, exercising, or participating in outdoor activities, reducing sedentary screen-related behaviours can lead to a more active lifestyle. Regular physical activity is crucial for maintaining a healthy weight, improving cardiovascular health, and supporting overall fitness.
- Improved Mental Health – Excessive screen time, especially on social media or consuming distressing content, can contribute to feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Limiting exposure to negative online content and taking breaks from screens fosters a healthier mental state. It allows for more meaningful real-world connections, reducing the potential negative impact of virtual interactions on mental health.
- Enhanced Focus and Productivity – Constant exposure to screens, particularly through multitasking, can hinder concentration and productivity. Limiting screen time promotes better focus on tasks at hand, leading to increased efficiency and effectiveness in daily activities. It allows for more mindful and intentional use of time, contributing to a more balanced and productive lifestyle.
9. Embrace Gratitude
There’s a chance I might sound like a broken record; however, there’s a significant chance that I don’t care! I’ve been consistently writing about gratitude all year long, seizing every opportunity to do so. Why, you might ask? Because when my time eventually arrives to ‘kick the bucket,’ the singular piece of advice I would leave behind is – ‘be grateful.’ Give thanks every day, no matter how small your blessings may be.
Practising gratitude has been transformative in my life. Even on the darkest days, when I felt lost and miserable, I compelled myself to express gratitude for something—anything. One expression of gratitude led to another, and two to three, until, well… you get the picture. Before I knew it, I had listed all my blessings and single-handedly emerged from my gloom-and-doom mentality.
Take a moment each day to reflect on what you’re thankful for. This simple practice can foster a positive mindset, leading to increased happiness and resilience in the face of adversity.
If you need help introducing this habit into your life, check out our blog post 30 Journal Prompts For A Life Of Gratitude!
10. The Power Of Self-Reflection
Self-reflection is a powerful and valuable tool for personal growth and learning. From my own experience, I’ve discovered that self-reflection walks hand in hand with the healing process.
The process of carefully considering and contemplating one’s own thoughts, feelings, experiences and actions, involves introspection and a deliberate and thoughtful examination of oneself. The ultimate goal? Gaining insight into personal values, beliefs, strengths, weaknesses, and areas for growth.
The benefits? Self-awareness. Knowing yourself well enough to make informed decisions about how to move forward in every aspect of your life. Understanding yourself enough to recognise your triggers, what works for you and what doesn’t.
It took a long time for me to develop self-awareness. When I started journaling, there were moments of discomfort, being confronted with my own failures and the necessity to acknowledge and accept my strengths. Above all, it was about comprehending that the most significant gift to myself lies in self-love and acceptance.
If you are new to journaling, our blog post ‘Journaling – The Path To Self-Discovery’ is the ideal guide to get you started. We have also included free journal prompts.
Conclusion – Don’t Forget To Live
Our days are consumed by the daily rush. Instead of rush hour, it should be renamed, rush life.
Slow down, take a moment to breathe, and look around you. Take in what you see, engage with the world around you. Savour the experiences. Embrace the journey, seek joy in the ordinary and find meaning in every moment. Listen, feel, and take a step back, life is but a raindrop in a thunderstorm. Read that again. A raindrop in a thunderstorm.
Life isn’t meant to be a struggle, although it surely feels like it at times. But when the sun is out, and all is well, don’t just exist. Remember to live!
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