Coming into the world, none of us gets a manual that lets us know how we should behave and what we need to do in order to live a good life. As time goes by, we find ourselves getting conflicting messages from people around us on what can make us happy, and it makes sense given the fact that every person has their own definition of what happiness is.
However, there are some things that have been proven to make people happier, and living a generally healthy life is one of them. Not taking our health for granted and taking proper care of our body are reported to play a huge part in our happiness levels. As we will demonstrate, good health is not only about healthy eating and exercise. Embracing a positive attitude and cultivating a positive self-image are just as important. So read on to see our list of essential tips for better living. These 9 healthy habits will help you make the most out of life, and feel great while you follow them:
1. Don't skip breakfast
This is probably the biggest health cliché in the world and for good reason. A well balanced and nutritious breakfast jump-starts your body, boosts your metabolism and gives you a sense of balance and energy, which you need to get through a busy day.
2. Incorporate exercise in your daily routine
If you don't have time to exercise, you can do it during your day. If you go out to lunch – walk to the restaurant. If you take the bus home – get off one station earlier and walk there. If you have stairs at work or at home – use them instead of the elevator. Your body needs to be in motion, and there's no excuse to do nothing all day long. Also, stretch! You know that great filling when you stretch your body during the day? Why not make it a habit? Stretch your limbs in the morning for a few minutes and you'll be surprised at the surge of energy it gives you.
3. Balance on your legs 10 seconds each
Balance on one leg for 10 seconds, switch to the other one and balance on it for 10 seconds as well. This simple habit, that you can do while brushing your teeth or picking out an outfit, improves mobility, agility and balance, which will be super beneficial as you get older.
4. Drink more water
Water is essential for our bodies to function. It helps remove waste and carry nutrients and oxygen around our body. Since we lose water daily through urine, perspiration, and even breathing, we need to replenish our water intake regularly. So drink at least 1 liter every day. That's 8 glasses minimum. In other words, always have a bottle of water by your side. On your desk at work, in your bag, on your bedside table at night. This way you won't forget.
An additional benefit of drinking water? It helps in losing weight so it can also improve your self-confidence, a key to a positive self-image.
5. Put the phone away
Yes, that rectangular device that makes you stare at photos of other people or at emails that can wait for a few minutes - leave it every once in a while. Your phone may be handy, but it takes you off the real world, and you really don’t want to miss out on what goes on around you in real-time.
6. Exercise your brain
Like your muscles, your brain needs stimulation and regular exercise to stay healthy. So, learn something new every once in a while, do a crossword puzzle, memorize some tasks instead of writing them down and do anything else that will keep your brain sharp and healthy.
7. Sleep well
One of the most important healthy everyday habits is to get a full night's sleep for 7-9 hours. Not getting enough sleep makes you anxious, tired and even depressed, and you may even compensate bad sleep by eating more. Lack of sleep also causes premature aging so learn how to sleep well. To do that, stick to a pre-bedtime routine that will teach your body to sleep at regular and healthy hours.
8. Go outside
Getting fresh air does more than just give your lungs a boost – nature can also ward off depression and make you feel elated. So, get outside and experience nature every once in a while. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
9. Breath deep
Taking deep breaths helps regulate the blood flow, lowers blood pressure and calms the mind, yet most of us are not breathing properly, taking shallow breaths instead of full, deep breaths. Deep breathing is one of the best healthy habits you can adopt, whether you are sitting at your desk at work, or just at home, not doing anything special. To fill your lungs fully, let your abdomen expand but keep minimum movement in your chest and shoulders.