Incorporate these small and simple health habits in your day for a huge health boost in the long run.
Sometimes improving your health can feel like climbing a mountain: there are so many lifestyle changes to make, so many things to cut out, and so little time in the day. But it doesn’t have to be so daunting!
Here are some simple daily health habits that can make a huge difference in the long run. Simply choose one or two of the following tips and incorporate them into your day. Once they become routine, add one or two more. Before you know it, you’ll be a healthier, happier you!
1. Brush and floss (properly)
Yes, you brush your teeth every day. But do you floss? Properly? These simple habits not only improve tooth and gum health, but are also thought to impact diabetes and heart disease. Plus, if you’re looking for some extra credit, stock up on a natural and eco-friendly toothbrush, floss, and paste from your local health food store.
2. Sip on some tea
Whether or not you’re a coffee lover or tea aficionado, there’s a place in your day for a cup of hot, soothing tea. Tea is packed full of disease-fighting antioxidants. Plus, it’s an instant mood booster for a chilly February afternoon. Not sure where to start? Learn the basics in our blog post, “Types of tea, decoded.”
3. Get outdoors
Spending even 10 minutes every day in nature can do a world of wonder for your mood and health. It’s what the Japanese call “forest bathing.” How peaceful does that sound? Go for a long stroll after dinner, or grab your colleagues for a lunchtime power walk.
4. Take a deeeeep breath
How does it feel? When we’re in the middle of our busy routines, as silly as it sounds, we can forget to breathe. Make yourself take a time out! Taking a few minutes to quiet your mind and take some deep, calming breaths can put you in a better state to handle the rest of your day.
5. Stand up!
If you’re like many North Americans, you sit way too much. Consider investing in a standing desk or, if that’s not possible, make sure you get up often to take a walk, get a cup of tea, floss your teeth …
And when you are sitting down, take note of your posture: is your spine straight with your shoulders relaxed, or is your back hunched over your keyboard? Channel your inner ballerina and this your year of good posture!
6. Treat yourself!
There’s a big difference between a treat and a binge, and there’s no reason why enjoying your favourite things needs to ruin your healthy diet. Learn some delicious and healthy recipes to get you through your cravings with our article “Smart Snacking.”
Of course, treating yourself doesn’t have to be all chocolate all the time. What else do you enjoy? Carve out some time for yourself in your day to do something you love—whether it’s singing, taking a long soak in the tub, or knitting.