It is easy to develop some bad habits when it comes to healthy living. Some of mine are are eating because I am bored and not hungry. Eating foods that have high amounts of fat and sugar. Not going to the gym because I am tired or have “no time”. Sitting on my phone on social media for hours. Going to bed late. Drinking a soft drink with lunch and dinner. Getting McDonalds drive through because it’s “easy”.
But the first step to improving your lifestyle is to acknowledge what your bad habits are. You may need to write them down to visualise what needs to change in your life before you can begin your journey to nourish your body and soul. Acknowledgement is a great way to create a sense of strong will to go forward. This can help you to force some small changes into your life which will eventually become habit and routines in your life.
Exercise is super important for my body and soul. Regular exercise is like taking an antidepressant every day and makes a huge difference to my mental heath and confidence. I know I always leave the gym with a clearer mind and feeling positive. The first week it was not easy to force myself to go or participate in any exercise due to general lack of motivation and laziness but strong will and being accountable for my actions gets me there every day! It’s great to get a training buddy because then you have not just yourself but a friend you will let down if you don’t participate that particular day. If that’s not possible set yourself goals perhaps it’s losing 5 kilos in 8 weeks or even having a friend that you communicate with and they remind you to do that work out for the day! After every work out I do I feel rewarded and it really does become enjoyable and a good habit that you just find yourself doing.
Drinking water is so good for your body in so many ways. It’s great to wake up and start the day with a glass of water. Firstly you have not had any fluids for roughly 8 hours so it will help rehydrate the body. Secondly water wakes up your metabolism and helps flush out toxins and fuel your brain for the day. Thirdly having a glass of water before any meal will trick your body into feeling fuller so you don’t find yourself over eating which is something I tend to do a lot.
Make time for yourself away from social media. Something for your soul maybe meditating, yoga or even a bubble bath with essential oils and scented candles (no kids allowed). Personally I love doing a pilates class or my gym has a salt room which I love to visit and just focus on breathing and to reflect on what is going on in my life at the time.
Small changes you can make to create healthy habits
- Wake up and have a glass of water with a slice a lemon everyday to a point were it becomes a habit that you don’t think twice about.
- Force yourself to do some form of exercise every day. Maybe start small with a walk around the block or something more intense like a pump class at your local gym.
- Aim for 10,000 steps a day.
- Schedule time away from social media and technology for yourself – it may be a bubble bath, meditate, yoga, etc.
- Swap soft drinks with water.
Feed your soul and create happiness! Don’t overwhelm yourself, take one change at a time, and gradually transform those bad habits into good habits!