5 Simple Daily Habits for a Healthy and Balanced Life
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The key to living a healthy, well-balanced life is to develop restorative, sustainable habits that can become a consistent wellness routine over time. Many people try to initiate too many changes at once, which sets them up for failure. Focusing on a few incremental changes or small habits each day will create exponential changes that can last a lifetime.If you're wondering where to start, try these five simple daily habits for a healthy and balanced life.
1. Get your daily vitamin requirements
It's estimated that at least 31% of American adults have a vitamin deficiency. These shortages relate to everything from dry eyes to a dysfunctional metabolism, depending on the deficiency in question. The best place to start is by getting your baseline vitamin requirements. Get a clear picture of what you need and ensure you have the proper foods or supplements to ensure you get it. This is a simple, but integral first step toward living a balanced life.
Unfortunately, getting all of your vitamins in your daily meal plan isn't always feasible. Everyone has busy schedules, varied tastes, and different levels of access to high-quality foods. Instead, start with the simple change of adding a nutrient-rich smoothie or vitamin supplement to your morning or evening routine.
Over time, continue making small changes to your dietary habits, like adding a serving of vegetables to each meal. Restoring micronutrients and macronutrients in your body is a great foundation for future wellness habit-building. You’ll also find your diet will change to accommodate healthier foods as your tastes evolve.
2. Limit your social media time
Technology is a double-edged sword. It's the tool we use to conduct business and stay connected with family and friends from around the world. It can also be a mindless, time-consuming activity, a source of misinformation, and a trigger for anxiety and depression.
Consider setting limits with your social media time. Create a time-triggered block on your phone to cut you off after an hour of use. Many of us aren't aware of how much time we waste scrolling and clicking on random videos. Tracking that time can be illuminating.
In addition to helping your mental health, unplugging from the constant digital noise will also help you be more productive and can improve your sleep habits.
3. Prioritize better sleep
Getting adequate sleep is the best thing you can do for your body. If you don't already have a sleep routine, put steps in place to create one. Start with the simple habit of unplugging from screens an hour before bed. Then, place your alarm clock away from your bed, so you have to get up to hit snooze.
Take a look at other things that impact your sleep quality, like caffeine consumption. If you're one of those people who can sleep after drinking coffee, don't consider yourself immune to its effects. While you may feel well-rested, caffeine disrupts circadian rhythms, which allow you to enter deep, restorative sleep. If you were immune to caffeine, you wouldn't need it in the morning to wake up.
4. Spend time in nature
Interacting with the natural world profoundly impacts mental health and wellness. This experience stems back to the biophilia hypothesis. It theorizes there’s an innate connection between human beings and the natural world.
If possible, spend a few minutes outside every day. You can also bring the effects of nature home by decorating with plants and flowers. If you live in an urban area, try to spend time in parks or venture outside the city to get back to nature. This connection can be insanely helpful in getting you back to your center.
5. Schedule tidy sessions
While cleaning doesn't seem like a major shift for health and wellness, it is an important form of self-care. Clutter can impact your emotional and mental health. Rather than thinking of cleaning as a chore, reframe it: you deserve to be in a clean, well-kept space.
Unfortunately, we tend to get overwhelmed by the amount of work we deem necessary to get our homes in order. Instead of worrying about the bigger picture, take a habit-based approach and schedule a 10-minute tidy session each day. Turn on your favorite music, set a timer, and tackle a task. You’re free to continue your sessions for larger projects. Over time, you will have a well-maintained home.
When it comes to living a healthy and balanced life, don't try to do everything at once. Choose one focal point, make it a habit, then build on it. This approach creates sustainable habits that lead to a well-balanced, healthy life and changes that last for the long term.
Disclaimer: The LYFE Fuel blog is for informational purposes only. The information does not serve as a replacement for professional medical advice or treatment. We kindly ask you not to ignore professional medical advice because of any information you’ve read on https://lyfefuel.com/. If you have any concerns about your health, please consult a physician or appropriate health care expert.