- Move your body
Getting in at least 30 minutes of movement daily. Not only will this help you physically, but it will have a positive affect on your mental health as well. Find whatever kind of movement you love, it can be anything from walking, yoga, dancing, strength training, the list goes on forever. Make it fun and enjoyable!
- Drink at least 1 litre of water
Water is so important for our overall health. It’s in all of our cells, organs, tissues and our bodily functions require it to work properly! Now, I know water can sometimes get a little boring to drink- try adding some slices of fruit to make it more fun. My favourite combo is the juice of 1 lemon (always drink with a straw if you add lemon to protect your enamel), frozen strawberries and a few sprigs of basil! So refreshing!
- Ground yourself
Grounding exercises are practices you can do to bring yourself into the present moment and away from all those crazy thoughts constantly running through your mind. Find a quiet space in your home that you can make your own. Whether thats adding a diffuser with your favourite essential oils, a salt lamp, maybe some calming music and a comfy pillow, get creative! Ways to ground yourself can be journaling your thoughts, making a gratitude list, praying, meditation, whatever makes you feel connected and grounded in that moment.
- Eat 3 nutritious meals
Making sure we are eating healthy, nutrient dense food everyday is so important for our over-all well being. It provides you with the proper macronutrients and micronutrients your body needs to function at its best. Some ideas: Start your day with a glass of warm lemon water, followed by an egg over avocado toast on multigrain bread. Have a warm cup of coffee or tea with your favourite plant milk. For lunch, make a big nutritious salad with lots of leafy greens, crunchy vegetables, healthy fats and protein. For dinner have a piece of grilled salmon with roasted vegetables.
- Get some fresh air
Getting outside everyday and being exposed to daylight can help with your body’s circadian rhythm. Your circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain that cycles between intervals of sleepiness and alertness. Making sure your body is exposed to daylight will not only allow your body to know when its time to get moving but it will help you sleep later that night as well.
- Do something nice for yourself
Indulging in a little self-care everyday can be so good for the mind, body and soul! Your self-care routines might look much different than mine and that is OK! All that matters is it feels good for you! Some of my favourites: taking a warm bath with some nice epsom salts, light my favourite candle, paint my nails, put on a homemade face mask, read my favourite fiction book for an hour, curl up with a cup of tea, take a 20 cat nap, go get myself a yummy coffee from my favourite coffee shop, do some yoga, take the time to do my hair and makeup- for no reason other than it makes me feel good.
- Learn something new
Find what you’re interested in and start learning! It could be anything from a new skill, a new hobby, a new language or a new yoga pose. Anything! Learning new things is amazing for our brain health.
- Stretch your body in a way that feels good
Stretching helps to not only increase our flexibility, but can help with our range of motion, performance during physical activity, increases blood flow to your muscles, helps with faster recovery, great stress reliever and helps to calm the mind. I always go on YouTube to find different types of stretching videos depending on what area of the body I’d like to focus on that day.
- Set boundaries for yourself
Whether thats leaving your phone on airplane mode for a few hours a day, learning to say ‘no’ to things that don’t serve you, setting a certain time when you start winding down for the day. It can really help you with overall productivity and reduce your stress levels.
- Get 8 hours of good deep sleep
Good quality sleep is one of my number one non-negotiable habits that I strive to achieve every night. You can create good sleep hygiene for yourself by: getting in bed at the same time every night(even the weekend), make your room as dark as possible, avoid looking at screens an hour before bed, make sure you are wearing breathable clothing, keep your bedroom for only sleeping and sex-nothing more, set the room temperature to around 20-21 C.
Overall, find what feels good for you. You don’t need to add all of these healthy habits into your day, pick which ones best suit you and your lifestyle and start there!
Thanks for reading 🙂