Adopt healthy living from the ground up /
When it’s time to start a new health journey, most of us struggle. Usually, it’s because we tried to force change too fast. We aim to “lose 10 lbs in 2 weeks,” when we should be aiming to adopt a healthier diet.
In other words, we jump the gun. And inevitably, after a few days or weeks, we find ourselves discouraged, overwhelmed, or both. That’s why, when beginning a new health journey, it’s best to start small: with micro-habits.
What is a micro-habit ?
Micro-habits are the tiny, 2-minute habits that we practice everyday, often without even thinking about it. Learning, practicing, and instilling new micro-habits in your daily routine is a simple and effective way to make healthy changes to your lifestyle.
To get you started, we made a list of micro-habits that benefit nutritional, physical and mental health. Check them out, try them, and make your favorites a part of daily life!
Micro-habits for nutritional health /
Fruits, veggies and nuts are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Prep individual containers of fruits, vegetables and nuts in advance for easy, daily snacks.
Manage Liquid Calories:
Cutting out liquid sugar calories is a great way to manage sugar intake, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have flavor! Try unsweetened almond or oat milk in coffee. If you’re a tea drinker, add herbs and spices like ginger and turmeric for their potent health benefits. In the afternoon, choose carbonated or infused water over sodas.
Micro-habits for physical health /
There are lots of easy ways to stay active, even on days when you don’t have time for a workout. Instead of letting your dog out in the yard, walk around the block. Park farther from the door when running errands. Have a long conference call on the schedule? Walk while you talk.
Set Movement Alarms:
During the day, set hourly reminders to get up and stretch. Go to the bathroom or walk to the kitchen and fill up your water bottle. Even better, walk up and down the stairs!
Micro-habits for mental health /
Manage Stress & Anxiety:
Feelings of stress, and anxiety are the enemy of mental wellness. This week, start each day with a 5 minute deep breathing exercise. Unwinding early can help you face the day with greater focus and confidence.
Never Skimp on Sleep:
Sleep allows your body to reset overnight. And lack of sleep can impact your energy levels, immune health, mood, relationships and more. Aim to get 7+ hours of sleep each night this week. Have trouble sleeping?
- Set consistent morning alarms
- Set your internal clock with early exposure to natural light
- Use blue light glasses and limit screen time 2-3 hours before bed
- Try calming herbal teas or scented candles
Build a Healthier Daily Routine /
Now that you have these new tricks up your sleeve, try them out, find your favorites, and then build them into a healthier, lasting daily routine.
Plus, add our favorite daily habit into the mix: The Reset