We have been told since we were children that we should take care of our health. However, most of us tend to prioritise our job responsibilities first and make time for so many people in our lives while forgetting to focus on our own health and well-being.
In order to live a well-balanced life, we should practice daily health habits that enable us to keep our selves healthy and active so we can have the energy to face life’s challenges and be fully present when interacting with the important people in our lives.
Here are 5 daily health habits that you can practise to maintain balance in your life.
Drink your water, lots of it
It is a healthy habit to drink a cup to a glass of water as soon as you wake up. This habit helps your body to activate its functions and get ready to work. Think of water as the oil that will jumpstart your engines so that whatever food (your body’s fuel) you take will be properly processed by your body.
Also, make sure to drink your water throughout the day. Drink a glass of water at least 30 minutes before each meal or before your snack to ensure that you get your recommended daily water intake. This also helps you feel fuller faster, so you don’t end up eating more than you should.
In fact, if you are trying to lose weight, one of the best ways to do so is to drink water first when you feel a food craving. And don’t worry too much if you have to go to the toilet more than usual. Drinking your water means cleaning your body internally so don’t hesitate to flush out those toxins.
Eat healthy and healthier
It is common sense to eat healthy for a healthier body but most of us associate this health habit only with athletes and beauty queens or those who want to lose weight. We should take responsibility for our own health but being mindful of what we eat and put into our bodies.
So go on and don’t be apologetic about eating your greens and fruits and opting for a salad instead of the regular meaty items on the menu. Choose to drink just plain water or a fresh fruit juice instead of soda. You may be criticized or ridiculed by your friends and colleagues but keep in mind that you are not maarte or nagmamaganda; you are only looking out for your health.
Try eating at least one healthy meal each day and when you think you can, go for 2 healthy meals until you are finally able to make healthier choices for all your meals and snacks.
Don’t stay still (for too long), keep moving
This doesn’t mean you absolutely need to go to the gym to get your sweat on. You can do simple, at-home exercises to start integrating movement as part of your daily health habit.
Deciding to take a walk instead of riding the tricycle; taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator are some of the ways you can keep moving throughout the day.
Even on your office chair, you can do some stretching exercises from time-to-time while seated. You can also walk around the office and chat up some colleagues while you do so. Or you can walk outside the office building as a break from sitting for several hours. Check first if this last one is OK with your HR department. You can even dance a bit or stretch while your standing as you print or work on the copying machine or wait in line at the water cooler.
Of course, you can always choose to exercise in the morning before going to work or in the evening before your dinner.
Allow yourself some “Me Time”
During the day, take at least 10-20 minutes to have some time alone. Whether you spend this in meditation or doing something creative such as doodling or writing on your diary or journal is your choice entirely.
You can also use this time to visualise your goals to reaffirm them to yourself. You can spend this time contemplating the things that you are grateful for in your life. You can spend this time in prayer. You can spend this time to contemplate and reflect about your day or to think about your important plans.
The important thing is to be alone, with yourself, with your thoughts and to focus your attention on yourself for this duration of time.
Get your regular dose of sleep
Going on overtime might seem financially rewarding but if you lose sleep over it, then you won’t be as productive the next day as you would be if you had your 7-8 hours of sleep.
Ideally, you should sleep not later than 10PM. Research has shown that your body repairs itself from 10PM to 3AM in the morning so you should be sound asleep during these times.
Better sleep means better waking times and a brighter start to your day. As you start waking up early, you can also put in some “Me Time” in the early hours of the morning and once more at the end of the day.
As you integrate these daily health habits, you will notice and feel the difference in the days to come. You will feel lighter, have clearer thinking, can concentrate better and become more productive. You can also take start taking steps to ensure that you are healthy in the 6 dimensions of wellness in your life.
Most of us don’t take our health seriously. We tend to think that only athletes and celebrities should be strictly following diets and exercising because it is their job to look good. Shouldn’t we be responsible for keeping ourselves healthy? Wouldn’t you want to feel and look good too?
So take your health seriously so you can enjoy your daily activities more fully and with more focus. Once you start feeling healthier, you can also integrate these morning habits of successful people to help you achieve your goals.