Are you looking to implement some new healthy habits into your lifestyle? Whether you feel that you need a completely new routine, or you’re just looking to make some small adjustments in your current lifestyle, there is always scope to make positive changes.
A habit is something that you regularly and consistently repeat, often to the point where it is done subconsciously. Implementing healthy habits is a great way to improve both your mental and physical health.
Many people know what they want to do but struggle with turning an action into a habit. There are lots of resources available online that provide advice on habit forming. One particularly popular method is habit stacking, the idea of building a new habit onto an existing one. Take some time to research different options and see what would work best to help you form new habits.
Here are just some healthy habits you should consider incorporating into your existing routine:
3 healthy habits to start now
Try new recipes
When it comes to cooking, it is easy to fall into the trap of cooking the same meals on rotation and getting into a rut. Once you begin doing this it becomes hard to feel passionate about cooking and excited about food.
Trying new recipes is a great way to expand your horizons and discover new nutritious foods that you may love. Cooking can also be a good way to unwind after a day at work or act as a bonding activity with family or friends.
If you have been wanting to do this but struggle to get motivated, consider investing in some new cookware such as woks or a knife set. Just as a new gym kit spurs motivation to go to the gym, new cookware will give you a push to get cooking up a storm.
Trying a new recipe is unlikely to become part of your daily routine due to constraints such as work commitments, but why not set yourself a realistic target of trying a new recipe once a week or monthly? That way you have something to look forward to, and it gives you plenty of time to find a new recipe you’re excited about.
Exercise can be a particularly hard habit to form. At the start of a new year, or in the lead-up to the summer, it is easy to pile pressure on yourself and get started with an intense exercise regime that is both unrealistic and unenjoyable. With the increase in working from home, many of us no longer have the benefit of using a commute to exercise.
Creating a habit of moving intentionally is something far easier to stick to. This differs from the usual fitness goals and the focus is shifted away from the outcome and is more centred around regular, purposeful movement for the benefit of both your mind and body.
Try to incorporate something you enjoy, whether it be walking with a friend, a weight workout whilst listening to your favourite podcast, or hula hooping whilst binging Netflix.
Journalling is a habit that often gets snubbed; seeing teenage girls pour their thoughts into a heart-shaped journal, titling the monologue with ‘dear diary’ is enough to put most of us off.
However, journaling doesn’t need to involve writing down every thought you’ve ever had but can instead be a great tool for getting your thoughts onto paper (or a digital equivalent), and in turn, allowing you to process them better.
Journalling is completely personal and what works for one person might not work for someone else, but finding a way to take a regular check of your thoughts and worries via journalling could have a really positive impact on your life.