I think we would all agree that 2020 has been a challenging and crazy year. What better time than now to reevaluate our schedule and to start working on healthier habits.
Many of us need a total transformation, but too many drastic lifestyle changes at once usually isn’t the recipe for long term success. Start small: pick one tiny health habit at a time, until it’s a natural part of your routine.
To help you kickstart a healthier lifestyle without too much stress and effort—here’s a list of 7 simple habits that can make a big difference.
1. Go for a Walk in the Neighborhood or Park
Going for a 20-minute walk every day, especially in green environments, has many health benefits. Besides the more obvious invigorating effects of physical activity, moving around outdoors provides you with fresh air and exposes your skin to sunlight, which helps your body to produce vitamin D. A walk is an effective way to ease brain fatigue and boost your happiness.
2. Mind Your Mental DietSince ‘we are what we eat’, we all know we have to choose wisely what we put into our bodies. But have you ever stopped to think about what you put into your mind every day?
Whether you’re angry or scared, your thoughts trigger neurochemical reactions in your body, preparing you to fight, flight, or make love. Even more, what you think regularly shapes your deepest beliefs about yourself and the world – and what you believe ultimately steers your actions.
Does watching the news make you feel pessimistic about the state of the world? Do you get agitated from reading the comment sections online? The first step to cleaning up your mental diet is to become aware of what you fill your mind with. Notice how the books and magazines you are reading, the articles you are browsing online or the TV shows you watch every week make you feel. Take a good look at what kind of people you surround yourself with, both in real life and on social media. Spend less time with media and people that take away your energy and focus more on those who inspire and motivate you.