How to create healthy habits

Do you take time out of your day for a little peace and quiet for yourself? A time to do something you love everyday? What about a “healthy” habit that makes you happy? This can be done through an array of things. The point is do you do it?

If you would have asked me that question a year ago and I would say no. I didn’t take the time to take care of myself or invest my time in something that will prolong my life. Since then things have changed. I feel like everybody needs a little bit of this in their life for a prolonged healthy life. Healthy habits. If you agree read on. At the end of this I will explain my healthy habits that continue to improve my health and well being.

These are a few habits Americans make that aren’t so healthy.

40% of American eat dessert at least two times a week.

The average American spend more than 10 hours a day on an electronic device.

8% of American who set New Years Resolutions actually achieve their goals.

40% of Americans get less than the recommended 7-9 hours a sleep every night.

What is a healthy habit?

Healthy: good for your health

Habit: a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance.

There are multiple ways to create a healthy habit and reasons to do so.

Why should we create healthy habits?

  1. Overtime they can have a snowball effect on your health
  2. You’ll feel better, look better, do better
  3. It’s sustainable
  4. Improves longevity
  5. Creates a healthy lifestyle in a timely manner

How do I create a habit?

Pick something you feel like you need to improve on. This could be anything from your mood, health, goals, patience, weight, etc. Once you’ve established that don’t attack it. Instead, start slow and incorporate some habits listed below into your daily routine. Building slowly overtime will help you sustain this for a long period of time. Therefore it becomes second nature. It’s the kind of habit that attacks your weaknesses and makes you better. We as Americans tend to want change to happen overnight so we look for the fix. A fix is temporary. Why not create something that can last a lifetime?

Habits to increase your happiness for a prolonged life:

Social Free. Set your cell phone down during diner and family time. Especially when driving. 🙂 Set a window of time each day when you don’t have your phone.

Say your prayers. Regardless of religion. Be thankful and gracious to live each day.

Color your plate. Try to eat an array of colorful fruits and veggies a day. For example: asparagus, raspberries, and squash.

Go to bed early, wake up early. Get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Your days will be more productive.

Create list. Grocery list, to do list, goal list… Your friends, husband, boss, kids will thank you.

Eat breakfast. Don’t skip it. Just do it. Simple and healthy recipe below for egg muffins.

http://www.mynaturalfamily.com/recipes/paleo-recipes/paleo-egg-muffin-recipe/

Quiet your mind and visualize. Wake up and dedicate 5 minutes to yourself. Each day try to increase the time you do this. Therefore this will become a habit.

The daily practice of visualizing your dreams as already complete can rapidly accelerate your achievement of those dreams, goals and ambitions.-Jack Candled

Find a hobby & practice it often. Plant a garden, begin to craft, cook diner at home, bake every Sunday, sing at a local establishment, read 1 book a month, color or paint a picture, practice yoga, write a story, walk your pet, shop, train for your first 5k, make candles, volunteer your time, work out, etc. Finding a hobby or your niche not only increases your happiness but will also decrease stress from your day to day routine.

**This list could go on I am just providing you with a few examples that I feel would benefit your health, nutrition, and wellness.

Below is a peek of a few of my healthy habits.These habits didn’t happen overnight. I am still a work in progress.

Kelsey’s Healthy Habits

  • ROM WOD upon waking, or just before bed. ROM WOD? Range of Motion. This is an online routine similar to yoga. Below is the link to learn more. I do this to optimize my range of motion, boost performance, and give myself a little quiet time each day. 

https://romwod.com/

  • Allowing myself 30 minutes of social free each day. This is the biggest challenge of mine but I can say things are getting pretty serious because 30 minutes sometimes now becomes an hour. 😉 IT CAN HAPPEN! Its a process. 
  • Reflect on my day in a Q&A journal. Below is the link of the journal I use. 

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-giftswelove/20376364.jsp#/

  • Work out 6-7 days a week. Not everyday is CrossFit. I enjoy hot yoga, long walks/hikes, running, paddle boarding,  or a session or two at a globe gym to keep it varied. 
  • Pray. Say my prayers to thank the man upstairs for everyday I awake.

But hey if you are living happy, healthy, and carefree life already. Keep doing you. I would love to hear your regime and how you created your healthy habits.

Live to Learn

Love to Live

Kelsey

 

 

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