It’s hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But, with the right habits and mindset, it doesn’t have to be! These helpful suggestions will help you stick with your goals and develop new ones.
Eat More Fruits And Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are essential for a healthy diet. They’re full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and dietary fiber that can help you feel better overall. In fact, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating at least 1 cup per day of veggies (about 2 servings) and 1/2 cup per day of fruit (about 1 serving).
That’s easier said than done though! Fruits and veggies aren’t always the easiest foods to enjoy – especially if they’re not cooked right or prepared properly before eating them in front of other people so they don’t see how much work went into making them look good on your plate…
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is important for your health, according to Nihar Gala, but it can be hard to get the right amount. If you’re not sleeping well, here are some tips on how to improve your sleep quality:
- Get into a routine. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time every day of the week–even on weekends! This will help your body know when it’s time for bedtime, so that when it comes time for lights out, there won’t be any question about whether or not it’s time yet.
- Limit screen time before bedtime (including phones). The light from screens messes with our natural circadian rhythm by making us more alert and delaying our bodies’ production of melatonin (the hormone that makes us sleepy).
For those who struggle with insomnia or other issues related to getting enough shut-eye each night, there are also some changes that might help improve matters:
Set Intentions For Your Day, Before You Start It
In order to make the most of your day, you need to set intentions for yourself. What do I mean by that? Setting an intention is simply deciding what you want in advance and then taking action towards it, says Nihar Gala. It can be as simple as “I intend to have a good day,” or “I intend not to lose my temper today.” Whatever your goal is for the day, write it down and share it with someone else (or multiple people). You could also post about it on social media so that others can keep tabs on how things are going for you throughout the day.
Focus On What You Can Control
While you can’t control what other people do, you can control your attitude. This is one of the most important habits to practice if you want to be happier and healthier.
The next time something bad happens in your life, instead of getting upset about it, try focusing on what good things are happening for you right now. For example:
- If someone cuts me off in traffic or leaves trash on my lawn, I’ll remember how lucky I am to be able to drive safely or have a house where I feel comfortable relaxing when I’m home from work.