Working with intentions reminds us to think small, so that we can make positive and worthwhile shifts that make a large impact in our lives. When it comes to creating healthy habits, subtle changes that you can manage to do each day, or even each moment, help you form a habit with ease rather than constantly having to work to stay on track.
You don’t have to overwhelm yourself with wellness goals. Set small, mindful intentions to encourage you to change your behavior each day. We’ve gathered our favorite healthy habits that have made the largest impact on our health and well-being. Even incorporating one of these small tweaks to your daily routine can transform your health.
Limit time spent on the screen
It’s no secret that scrolling through Facebook, sitting in front of the TV and constantly checking emails takes us away from the present moment and causes physical and emotional harm. Allow yourself one TV show a day and set a limit on the amount of time you can spend on the computer. Replace screen time with a book or by engaging in conversation with friends and family, rather than text or email.
Wake up (or go to sleep) an hour earlier
Waking up early can actually give you more energy, not to mention more time in the day for exercise, meditation, or simply a relaxing morning where you can be mindful in all that you do. This extra time actually allows you to schedule in those mindful practices into your day, so you can’t use the excuse “I don’t have enough time,” anymore. Plus, studies show too much sleep can contribute to depression, weight gain and brain damage.
Maintain Your Center
Dedicate 15 minutes each day to meditation. You can practice it in the morning, on your lunch break, or even while doing a calming activity, such as painting or writing. The key is to clear your mind by focusing solely on one thing, such as your breath, chewing your food, or each stroke of paint. Keeping healing crystals nearby will remind you to find that time each day to still the mind and foster a shift in your energy as you do.
Try new foods
You don’t have to completely overhaul your diet to transform your diet. Each week you go to the grocery store, try a new fruit or vegetable that you’ve never tried before (or one new recipe if you’re feeling ambitious). Discovering new foods is not only exciting, but also gives you the chance to find healthy foods you actually enjoy and want to incorporate into your meals.
Commit to movement
You don’t have to get up and go to an intense workout class for an hour every morning. Instead, focus on movement. You may only be up for a difficult workout once a week, and that’s OK. On the other days, attend a yoga class, walk during your lunch break or planning a fun activity such as skiing or hiking on the weekends instead of dinner or drinks. Commit to 30 minutes of movement each day, no matter how gentle or intense it is.
Learn something new
We all have hobbies or interests we wish we had more time for. Without watching as much TV, and having more energy from eating healthier and sleeping properly, there will be more time to fill your day with other things. Learn the new hobby you’ve always wanted to. It helps keep your brain healthy and gives your day a boost of fun.
Bring in positivity and motivation
Create a vision board, read inspirational books and decorate with motivational quotes. Keeping your space uplifting and inspirational will boost your mood and keep you centered through any challenging periods. It’s also an effective way to brighten your mood.
What small habits have you made that transformed your health? Let us know in the comments!