We all have habits we should break. Whether they be nail biting, smoking or eating too much junk food, we’ve all got them. Not all habits are bad, though. Here are seven habits you should make, not break.
We’re all busy, but we should always keep our bodies fueled so we can master each day. Anna Block from BlockFIT shares her advice for those who are too rushed to eat their brekky. “4. If you’re always too rushed to eat breakfast, pre-make a batch of bircher in the fridge when you wake up. Combine oats with cinnamon, a probiotic yoghurt, berries, chia seeds and almonds with a dash of orange juice and enjoy after a morning workout or when you’re running short on time!” Find out more about BlockFIT by following her on Facebook and Instagram.
Sleep Is For The Weak. More Like, Sleep For A Week
Sleep is one of the most important parts of our day. Although they say sleep is for the weak, sleep is a crucial habit to have. If you’re avoiding those snooze hours, maybe your mattress isn’t what it used to be. You don’t have to get a whole new mattress to improve your sleep, you can instead get yourself a mattress topper. They offer support and add an extra layer of comfort to your body while you sleep. Sometimes, even just a nap or some downtime can make you feel better. Nicolle Wood from Wise Healthy Living offers her techniques for decreasing your stress levels. "When your day is draining you, your stress levels are at an all time high, you're exhausted but need to keep pressing forward to produce some results, try taking a 5 minute break, lay on your back and elevate your legs. This is a yoga position also known as 'Legs Up The Wall' in laymen's terms and it is said to feed the adrenal glands with nourishing blood and nutrients. For a deeper reset of your mindset - take long slow breaths through your nose and out through your mouth and visualise your day flowing from this point forwards with ease and productivity." Find out more about Wise Healthy Living by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
When you catch that travel bug, it’s hard to find the cure. Samantha Lippiatt from Health and Fitness Travel offers her advice for those who are trying to reduce stress levels, with the help of travel. “You’ll be much happier having a holiday experience than buying any material objects and reducing stress will have a flow on effect to all areas of your life. You can even opt to go on a holiday dedicated to your well-being and if you choose, work towards a health-related goal and returned feeling refreshed and more productive.” Find out more about Health and Fitness Travel by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Get Outside More
We may get scared away from the sun, but we really need those rays in our life. Naturopath, Victoria Heath explains why getting outside and lapping up the sun is a good habit to start. “I’ll let you in on a little secret…. Sunlight is totally free. Shocker, I know. Take advantage of this free and abundant resource and you will reap so many rewards. Getting more sunlight each day will boost your mood, improve the quality of your sleep, increase your energy, and so much more. Aim for at least 10 to 20 minutes per day. Break it up over the day if necessary, 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at lunch. Fit it into your schedule, make it a habit. For example, I like to eat my breakfast outside every morning, it’s a moment of peace in my day and I get some sneaky soft sunlight in as well.” Find out more about Victoria Heath by following her on Facebook and Instagram.
It’s a cliche, but smiling is a really important habit to have. We’ve all heard it before, that smiling uses fewer muscles than frowning, but did you know that smiling and laughing can increase your life expectancy? With each smile, you release endorphins (the happy hormone), thus reducing cortisol (your stress hormone). Every time you laugh, you expand your lungs, releasing homeostasis, which replenishes your body and cells. So go on, watch some funny YouTube clips, you deserve it.
Eat When You’re Hungry
Having three meals a day isn’t enough for us, we need more. I’m not saying we should eat junk whenever we’re feeling peckish, and I’m not saying you should eat when you’re bored. That’s a bad habit. Starving yourself is also a bad habit. Tanya Duncan from Funch, offers her advice for those who are hungry but in need of a healthy snack alternative. “Snacks can be a massive trap to disrupt your healthy eating goals as when you are rushing, tired or desperate for an energy hit it all too often happens that temptation wins and you grab an unhealthy snack that will blow your sugar and calorie intake.” Find out more about Funch by following them on Facebook and Instagram. Speaking of eating, did you know that there's one small change that you can make in your diet that can make you healthier? It's not what you think, as Dr Fiona Makowski from Freshfield Grove explains. "Scientific studies show that a great way to do this is to add fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) to your diet, and proven results include:
• Reduction in blood pressure
• Reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease including heart attacks and strokes
• Reduction in risk of invasive breast cancer"
Find out more about Freshfield Grove by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Work Out More
Sometimes it’s easier to just cuddle up in our duvets with some ice cream and watch Netflix all day. However, it is a good habit to get into to work out when you can. Working out can be a pain to get into your routine, but even if you just sneak in twenty minutes of exercise a day into your schedule, you’ll soon have a new habit that can improve your lifestyle. You don’t have to go to the gym or even leave the house; you can have a workout whilst you’re cleaning the dishes or even just brushing your teeth. To find out more about workouts you can do without a gym, head here.
Habits take on average, 66 days to develop, as Amelia Priest from Just Snacks explains. "I am implementing "One Thing" habit following recommendations from "The One Thing" book by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. Every morning I ask myself a question "What's the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?". According to the book, it takes 66 days to do something every day so it will become a habit. I tried for about 30 days and dropped out; this is my 2nd try." Find out more about Just Snacks by following them on Facebook and Instagram. Not all habits are bad. Some are worth having, and these habits can help improve your life and make you happier.