The new year is here, and you have probably been giving some thought to resolutions or new habits you want to adopt for some time – especially since 2020 had us thinking about our health more than ever. Why not make a true effort to feed your mind, body, and spirit?
When you focus on the actions you take, you are more likely to stick to your new habits and feel motivated about taking care of your well-being. Here are ten ideas for healthy habits to adopt in 2021.
You can pick and choose which ones will work best for you or dabble in all of them if you want! The important part is that you take small actions every day to honor your body and health.
Did you know that a whopping 75% of Americans are dehydrated? Since your body is made up of 60% water, it is essential to drink enough water to stay hydrated. When your body is dehydrated, the balance of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes is imbalanced. This impacts how your entire body functions.
If you don’t drink enough water right now, set a goal to drink a certain amount per day and increase that amount in small increments.
You don’t have to only drink plain water to increase your hydration. Water infused with fresh fruits, eating fruits and vegetables with high water content, and drinking your favorite tea are all great ways of increasing your fluid intake and staying hydrated!
Exercise should never be thought of as a way to “earn food” or “punish” your body for eating too much. Regular exercise can improve your quality of life and help reduce your risk of certain health issues. It also makes you feel more energetic, boosts mood, maintains weight, and helps you sleep better!
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, more than 80% of Americans do not participate in enough aerobic or strength-training exercise.
Many people do not exercise because they haven’t found an activity that they love yet. And just because exercising is important doesn’t mean you have to join a gym if you don’t want to.
There are many forms of exercise that do not require a membership, including dancing, walking your dog, and yoga. The important thing is to move your body and have fun doing it!
Journaling is one of the best ways you can keep tabs on your mental health. There is no right or wrong way to journal, and you don’t need any fancy equipment. All you need is a pen and notebook or even an app on your phone to record your thoughts. Keeping a journal is a way for you to express how you feel in a safe place. Nobody has to read your journal (unless you want to share parts of it with someone).
Artist recommends practicing what she calls “the morning pages” every day. It’s simply getting up in the morning and recording whatever you feel in your journal before doing anything else for the day. The idea behind it is to clear your mind before the day starts. Not everyone has the same schedule, so you can journal whenever you want. And if you want to get creative, get a beautiful notebook with some stickers and fun markers to decorate it as you desire.
The artistic ideas are truly endless when it comes to journaling. Simply write down whatever you are feeling that day! Mad? Let it out! Can’t believe how happy you are? Write down why and what made you so happy that day. You will feel happy again later when you read it down the road. And if you don’t ever want to read your words again, you don’t have to.
You can also set goals in a productivity journal or planner. Focus on short periods of time so you can really focus and dig deep! For example, the Push Journal helps you set goals in 90-day increments.
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