Looking after your physical health is one of the most important ways to practice self-care. In fact, out of the 8 dimensions of wellness, I believe it is the most important because it impacts all of the other dimensions well.
When we are healthy we have more energy, our mental health is better, and it is much easier to be happier. This lets us give our best to our families and be a better mom, wife and whatever other roles you serve.
Even though I am providing you with a massive list of habits for a healthy lifestyle, I don’t want you to get over-excited and start implementing 10 of them all at once.
If you’re like me, you’re going to want to, but doing that will eventually lead to burnout and giving up altogether.
It is much more sustainable to make one small change at a time and stick with it until it becomes part of your routine. Then and only then should you start working on another habit.
Here are my top tips for creating habits that stick fast!
50 Habits For A Healthy Lifestyle
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1. Improve Your Sleep
Sleep is probably the most important thing you can do for your wellbeing. Sleep deprivation can lead to decreased immune function, impaired decision making, and poor mental health.
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2. Drink More Water
This was the first small habit I added into my self-care routine and is what started creating momentum in my life to make more positive changes.
3. Clean Up Your Diet
I believe in eating whole foods as close to their natural form as possible. Processed foods often contain excess sugar, GMO’s and other additives that can be harmful to your health.
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4. Move Your Body Daily
Exercise benefits both your physical and mental health in so many ways! Find a form of movement that you love and do it daily. Remember, something is always better than nothing, so even doing just 5 minutes of exercise daily will get you started on the right path.
5. Get Outside
Get some natural Vitamin D by soaking in the sun and some fresh air as well.
6. Deep Breaths
This is a great way to calm the nervous system and has almost magical stress-reducing effects.
7. Eat A Protein Rich Breakfast
A high protein meal first thing in the morning will keep your energy levels steady and your brain sharp.
8. Eat More Veggies
One thing that all diets agree on is eating a variety of vegetables. Try adding a serving of veggies to each meal.
9. Track What You Eat
You may think you know what you’re eating, but there is nothing quite like seeing it all down on paper. This will give you a better idea of what you are eating, how it makes you feel and where you can make some changes.
10. Take a Multi-Vitamin
Although I believe that we should try and get most nutrients from food, I also believe that modern food is not as rich in vitamins and minerals as it used to be, making it nearly impossible to do this. Taking a multi-vitamin can help counteract that.
11. Heal Your Gut
Your gut is also called your second brain because your gut health is very closely related to your mental health.
12. Take Probiotics
A probiotic supplement is a great way to help heal your gut and introduce more healthy bacteria to your microbiome.
13. Ditch sugar
Our bodies were never meant to handle the amount of sugar that most of us consume today. This excess sugar consumption can cause major health issues so it is important to try and cut back or even eliminate added sugar completely.
14. Diffuse Essential Oils
There are so many great essential oils with various health benefits from improving mood and reducing stress to boosting your immune system.
15. Take a Vitamin D Supplement
In the colder, less sunny months, add a Vitamin D supplement to your routine.
16. Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is for more than just sore backs. It can also improve immune system function, increases energy and even helps you think more clearly!
17. Get a Massage
Not just a great stress and anxiety reliever, but also great for removing toxins from the body.
18. Buy Houseplants
Naturally improve the air quality of your home and boost your happiness by hanging some plants around your home.
19. Ditch the Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer can really disrupt your skin microbiome and select out the super-resistant bacteria that can make you really sick. Plain soap (NOT anti-bacterial) and water will do just fine.
20. Swap Your Beauty Products for Non-Toxic Versions
Most conventional beauty products contain harmful ingredients. Instead, look for more natural alternatives to your favorite products or even try your hand at DIY. My Favorite Brand is 100% Pure.
21. Try Mindful Eating
Instead of rushing through your meals, try slowing down and being more mindful. Implementing more mindful eating can help you lose weight, reduce cravings, and increase the enjoyment of your food.
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22. Limit Caffeine
I love my coffee as much as the next mama, but too much can cause anxiety and disrupt your sleep.
23. Try Dry Brushing
This is a great way to exfoliate, detox and also stimulates the nervous system which makes you feel more energized.
24. Try Oil Pulling
A great way to boost your dental hygiene and remove toxins from your body.
25. Swap Refined Sugar for Natural Sweeteners
Although too much of any kind of sugar is problematic, swapping refined, white sugar for maple syrup or raw honey at least contains some nutrients and health benefits. You can also try using stevia.
26. Swap Table Salt For Himalayan Pink Salt
Himalayan salt contains several minerals not found in regular table salt and is minimally processed.
27. Get a Himalayan Salt Lamp
In addition to having several health benefits, like cleaning and deodorizing the air, Himalayan salt lamps are beautiful and add ambiance to any room.
28. Cook With Spices
Certain herbs and spices can add anti-inflammatory properties to any meal. Some of my favorites are turmeric, garlic, oregano, and ginger.
29. Stop Eating Late At Night
Eating at night can disrupt your sleep and also cause weight gain.
30. Clean Your Home Regularly
This will keep mold and unhealthy bacteria at bay and keep your family healthy. Here are my top tips for keeping your home clean all the time.
31. Swap Cleaning Products For Natural Options or DIY
Just like your beauty products, many cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to your health. Look for non-toxic alternatives or make your own.
32. Check For Food Sensitivities
Many of us have undiagnosed food sensitivities that are negatively affecting our wellbeing. You can take an at-home test to see what yours are and then eliminate them to see how it makes you feel.
33. Limit Alcohol Consumption
Kind of a no-brainer. We already know alcohol is bad for our health, so make sure not to overdo it.
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35. Cut out Sugary Beverages
As previously mentioned, most of us consume far too much sugar these days. A great way to reduce your sugar intake is to cut out sugary beverages like juice, soda and specialty coffee drinks.
36. Eat Seasonally
Eating foods in season makes them more nutrient dense and flavorful. It’s also a great way to be kind to the environment.
37. Laugh More
As they say, laughter is the best medicine. And it’s true! Laughter reduces muscle tension, relieves stress and boosts your immune system.
38. Try Grounding
If it is seasonally appropriate, walk outside in the grass barefoot this is called grounding (or earthing). This practice can reduce stress, improve immunity and reduce inflammation.
39. Shut Off the WiFi At Night
Wifi produces an electromagnetic field that can disrupt your sleep, as well as cause many other health issues if you are over exposed. Shutting it off at night will allow you to sleep better and reduce your exposure.
40. Reduce Exposure to Blue Light
With all of our devices, we are constantly exposed to blue light which is disruptive to our circadian rhythm. Try avoiding screens for 2 hours before bed or you can purchase blue light blocking glasses.
41. Replace a Meal With a Green Smoothie
If you struggle to consume enough veggies, adding a green smoothie to your daily routine is a great way to sneak them in.
42. Don’t Eat When You Are Stressed
Easier said than done, but I’m sure you know that you don’t make the best food choices when you are stressed.
43. Make Time to Eat Regularly Throughout the Day
This will keep your mood and energy levels stable and allow you to make better food choices.
44. Plan your Meals Every Week
Another great way to ensure that you are eating balanced meals. Knowing what you will eat ahead of time eliminates the guesswork and can even save you money by purchasing only what you will use. If you don’t want to meal plan yourself, you can use a service like Real Plans.
45. Create a Sleep Routine
A great way to improve your sleep is to create a relaxing bedtime routine. Having a routine alerts your body that it is time for bed, which will make it much easier for you to fall asleep faster.
46. Have a No Technology Day
Everyone needs a digital detox once in a while.
47. Stretch While Watching TV
This is a great way to add more movement to your day without needing any extra time.
48. Get Up And Move At Least Every Hour
If you sit at a desk for long periods of time, make sure that you get up and move your body for a minute at least every hour.
49. Track Your Steps
A great way to motivate yourself to move more.
50. Swap Your Dessert for Dark Chocolate
You only need a little to feel satisfied and it also contains high levels of antioxidants. This Taza Sea Salt And Almond bar is one of my favorite.
Ready to improve your health and become a better version of yourself? Here are some great ideas to get you started. Remember, start small and don’t overdo it. Small steps in the right direction add up to big change over time.
Which habit will you pick first?