Top 10 Healthy Habits To Better Your Body, Mind, & Spirit
Everyone knows that habits are easy to break, yet nearly impossible to create and adhere to. Although there isn’t a setlist of habits that universally work, Healing Hand has put together our top 10 healthy habits which we’ve implemented into our daily routines.
1 ALWAYS PAY YOURSELF FIRST
Although your physical and mental health are important, your financial health and freedom are also a priority to your overall well being. Creating a financial plan and setting realistic goals are the first two steps in developing a financial roadmap. In the book, The Path, Peter Mallouk and Tony Robbins outline the basics of financial planning and investment principles. Of course, money isn’t everything; however, they do believe that financial freedom overall leads to a happier state of being because it allows you to worry less, have more control, spend your day doing activities that you love, and make memories with your loved ones. To check out more about their book, click this link here.
2 DRINK LOTS OF WATER
Did you know that over 70% of people don’t drink enough water? There are so many studies on what the recommended daily average water intake should be. In reality, no one really knows the correct amount. It’s reported that Jennifer Lopez drinks at least seven 8 oz. (56 oz.) glasses of water per day, so if you want to look like JLO at 51, then you know what you do. But in all seriousness, it’s nearly impossible to recommend a standard amount for everyone because no one body is exactly the same. In order to help track your daily water intake, check out this awesome water bottle that has time indicators and measurements for optimal water consumption.
3 SLEEP 7 HOURS EVERY NIGHT
As kids, our parents typically set strict curfews because they knew the importance of a solid night’s sleep. The irony is that kids have boundless amounts of energy and probably need less sleep in order to function properly, whereas adults struggle to switch off their day before 10 pm. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults should get at least seven hours of sleep every night. It’s so important to try to achieve this optimal number of hours of sleep every night because it directly affects your productivity, mental functionality, and physical energy. Here are some tips and tricks on how to reach the suggested hours of sleep:
- Go to sleep at the same time each night, and get up at the same time each morning, even on the weekends.
- Don’t take naps after 3 p.m, and don’t nap longer than 20 minutes.
- Stay away from caffeine and alcohol late in the day.
- Avoid nicotine completely.
- Get regular exercise, but not within 2-3 hours of bedtime.
- Don’t eat a heavy meal late in the day. A light snack before bedtime is OK.
- Make your bedroom comfortable, dark, quiet, and not too warm or cold.
- Follow a routine to help you relax before sleep (for example, reading or listening to music). Turn off the TV and other screens at least an hour before bedtime.
- Don’t lie in bed awake. If you can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, do something calming until you feel sleepy, like reading or listening to soft music.
- Talk with a doctor if you continue to have trouble sleeping
4 COLD SHOWERS
Taking a cold shower every day, especially in the morning, is probably the last thing you want to do the second your roll out of bed. Although it sounds unappealing, cold showers have proven health and wellness benefits, such as calming itchy skin, waking you up faster, making you more alert, increasing your circulation, reducing muscle soreness post-workout, potentially boosting weight loss, and creating glowy hair and skin. This might be an abrupt adjustment to your daily routine, so try starting out slow by incorporating cool showers several times a week before jumping into the deep end. If you’re feeling ambitious, then you might want to try an ice bath. Typically, athletes use this method to reduce muscle inflammation after training or a game. Check out our blog on how to create your very own at-home ice bath by clicking this link here.
5 PLAY PICTIONARY
Okay, this habit might not seem like the most professional recommendation, but research demonstrates that creative games, like Pictionary, stimulate the same areas of your brain that you use for creative problem-solving and brainstorming. Think of it as a warm-up prior to practice (i.e. your business day). Our company has an ongoing Pictionary game between the Accounts and Business Development teams. We try to play at least once a week, or more often when we’re needing a little bit of creative inspiration.
Starting your day off with a simple prayer or meditation just puts you in a good mood. Take the first 5-10 minutes of our day to acknowledge where you’ve come from, where you are. Self-reflection is the key to self-growth. Show yourself gratitude and grace because your past, mistakes included, affect your present state of being, which directly impacts your future. Find refuge in that you’re not alone in whatever you’re going through. Here are some great journals and meditation books to help you document your self-reflection journey: Feel free to check out this self-reflection journal and this meditation guide book.
7 CREATE POSITIVE SELF-IMAGES OF YOURSELF
Start creating great, positive self-images, and your life can change overnight. Create the image that you want to become. If you genuinely believe that you’re a badass, then you’ll become one. Positive self-affirmations can change your life if you truly believe. Check out this great self-affirmation book called The Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol.
8 GET THAT BLOOD PUMPING
There really isn’t a magic number of times per week that you should exercise because everyone is so different. As long as you’re getting out and moving your body, that counts for something. Even if you’re just walking the dog, it’s so important to get your blood pumping. At our office, we have a timer that goes off every half hour to let everyone know that they need to get up from their desk and move their legs. There is a scientific study that says the more time you spend inactive per day leads to an increased risk of death. So, set your timers folks! Another great way to get your blood pumping is by jumping on an indoor trampoline. We also keep one of these in our office for anyone who needs a bit of an energy boost. Here is a link to a similar one that we have.
9 EAT A BALANCED DIET
The term ‘balanced’ here is used loosely. This is not advice from a doctor, nutritionist, or registered dietitian, but anything is acceptable in moderation. Diets are often strict and make people irritable. Life is too short to restrict your food and beverage choices — drink the recommended daily average of water, eat some veggies, and treat yourself to that piece of chocolate cake every now and then.
10 DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
Life has a way of being overwhelming, especially when we fixate too much on the little, everyday shortcomings. Of course, there are things that come up day-to-day that are unpredictable and drive us to that extra glass of wine at the end of the night. However, we can only control what we can control. As the business guru and former Monty Python actor, John Cleese, once said, “Intelligence is the ability to know what’s important and what’s not.” He goes on to say, “It’s a terrible, stupid time when everybody gets disproportionately upset about small things while there are monumental things going on.” Essentially, John Cleese insinuates that smart people know how to decipher what is worth worrying about. As humans, we often take on the world’s burdens as our own. Cleese acknowledges that you should not be ignorant to the world’s turmoil, but rather use it as perspective. The world’s problems are probably far greater than what you’re probably dealing with in an isolated moment. This methodology is not meant to discount your own battles, but simply to provide you with some humility — somewhere and someone else has it worse off than you, so quit your moaning about the dirty dishes in the sink. Don’t sweat the small stuff.