We all know that creating healthy habits can be the backbone for achieving all your health and wellness goals. Some are easier to maintain where others can cause more stress then good. I have tried sooo many over the years but there are a few that have really stuck and I want to share them with you.
When I look at finding sustainable ways to live a wholesome life I think about what it is I want to create. How I want to feel, what actions it will take and how I want to show up each and everyday. So these 5 habits represents EXACTLY that. For me I want to shine bright each and every day. Full of energy, living a healthy wholesome life that I can share with others and a positive role model for Huxley.
Now I am not saying that everyday is going to turn out like that. I definitely have days where I am tired, grumpy and well not that fun to be around BUT these habits are what help me get through days like these and are a reminder of what life I am wanting to create for myself.
One more thing before we get into it. Habits don’t just happen, they take time, patience and consistency but when you put your heart and mind to it, it all comes together and before you know it it’s been 4 years of living a happily healthy life. Each time you tick one off you are giving yourself a massive high five.
Ok GF let’s get into it!
Em’s Goto Healthy habits
- Water, water and water. When you wake up the first thing you should do is drink a big ol glass of water. Before coffee, before tea and before you eat. If you can, filtered warm lemon water. Why? Most of us (well maybe not us mummas) sleep for 8 hours each night, this means we have gone 8 hours without having anything to drink.
Our body needs water to keep everything functioning the way it should. To keep us hydrated, energised and thinking clearly. By adding some lemon and having your first glass warm, you are not only waking up your digestive system but helping kick start your metabolism ready for the day.
Drinking 2-3 liters of water a day is great. If you struggle to drink enough water start slow by adding 1-2 extra glasses a day. I love adding fruit and fresh mint to mine.
2. Movement. I can not express how much this has changed my life. To think I was the biggest couch potato to now loving moving my body everyday. Even if it’s a quick 15 minute workout or a 20 minute walk around the block it does WONDERS for your mind, body and soul.
For me I love yoga and weights but in all honesty I sometimes literally only have 10 minutes to move my body in some way. This is where I have been loving my quick at home workouts that not only get my heart rate up but have really helped me tone up and feel amazing. I will be sharing more of these on my instagram @blissfulhealth_
For days where I am feeling a little stressed or rundown I choose to do a stretch session before bed. This helps release any stagnant energy, soften my muscles and helps me have an incredible sleep.
3. Turn off your social media notifications. Life is full of distractions and at one stage I was getting so overwhelmed with my phone constantly lighting up. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my job and talking with all you beautiful people but I like to designate a certain time to do so. A time where I can be present and really give myself to you.
Since turing these off over 2 years ago I feel like I am more present with my family, I notice the little things around me and my mind isn’t ticking 24/7. Instead I sit down when it’s time and am excited to catch up with everyone.
4. Eat a well balanced plate with every meal. What does that mean? Ensuring you are not restricting yourself from essential vitamins and nutrients. If we restrict ourselves too much it can lead to poor energy, binge eating and even weight gain.
Our bodies need a variety of foods and nutrients so I always try to include a good source of protein, healthy fats and carbs to my meals PLUS loads of veggies (think fibre) and some fruit. Just think eat the rainbow, the more colour the better. This will help you feel fuller for longer, more energised and thinking clearly.
Tip for the kiddies to help them eat more of a variety: get them involved with making the meals. This get’s them excited and are more likely to eat the food. Talk about what colour it is, how it grows and what health benefits it has.
5. Create a night time routine that works for you. For me this is not eating after 7.30pm to help my digestive system rest and digest overnight, no phone 30 mins before bed, write a to do list for the next day (this helps my mind settle) I put my oil diffuser on, stretch or read before bed, think about what I enjoyed most about the day and give gratitude and finally 3 big deep belly breathes before closing my eyes.
It sounds like alot but all that takes around 30 minutes and really sets you up for a good nights sleep. Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves so creating a sactuary for yourself is a massive act of self care and love.
I hope these have ignited a little inspiration for you or even just a reminder of how simple a healthy change can be. Even the smallest step like adding an extra glass of water in your day is benefiting you in more ways than you think so you should be proud of every single step you take.