Simple Daily Activities for a Better and Healthier You
Have you been feeling tired and without energy for some time now?
If you’ve done everything to make yourself feel more energized, productive, and happy throughout the day but feel like you’re stuck in a rut, you’ve come to the right place. Everything you do in your daily life can impact your health, and your health can impact how you feel every moment of every day. Even if you have a routine that includes daily exercise, eating right, and spending time with loved ones, you might sometimes feel like you could be doing something more to make yourself feel better every single day.
Luckily, by changing just a few of your daily habits, you can feel more excited to get out of bed in the morning and have a more productive day.
We get it; you’re a busy person that doesn’t have time to read as much as you’d like.
Between going to work, caring for a family, exercising, making meals, and doing all of the tasks you have to do in a day, there seems to be no time to sit down with a good book.
Everyone talks about the benefits of physical exercise, but mental exercise is just as important for brain function, and it can help you feel more relaxed, especially before bed.
By making time to read every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes before bed, you can improve neurological function, improve your memory, and give yourself a self-care activity that helps you wind down at the end of every day. So, instead of sitting in front of the television until it’s time to go to bed, consider setting aside fifteen minutes every night so you can focus on reading. Once you get into the habit of reading more, you can increase the time you spend each day.
Get Into a Routine
Humans are creatures of habit.
While we don’t have the same routines every day, we are more productive when we have a routine. Getting a routine doesn’t mean planning your entire day. Instead, you can use a routine to help you wake up in the morning or wind down at night.
Even something as simple as including an acne treatment to your skincare routine at night can help train your brain that it’s time to wind down.
Walk More for a Healthier You
Going on a walk can drastically improve your mood by clearing your head while also giving you an excuse to get away from all of the screens you look at all day long.
If you’re someone who hits the gym every day, you might not see the need to go for a walk since you’re already getting your recommended amount of daily activity.
However, you can use walking as a way to wind down and reflect.
If you have a pet, walking can also allow you to bond with your dog, which can improve your mood without the need to sweat.
Meditating is an effective way to help reduce your stress and quiet your mind.
If you find yourself always bringing home the stress of your workday, consider meditating after work to help you leave work where it belongs so you can focus on spending time with yourself or your family.
You can choose to meditate whenever you want, but it can be effective during periods of high stress, which can help you be more productive at work.
For example, if you’re feeling overwhelmed due to workload, consider taking a few minutes to yourself at work and going outside to meditate so you can come back and focus on the task at hand.
Drink More Water
Busy people always seem to forget to drink enough water.
Between coffee, pop, tea, and the energy drinks we use to keep us moving at full speed while we’re working or performing tasks at home, it’s no wonder we forget to pour ourselves a cold glass of water now and then. However, drinking water is a necessity, and it’s the easiest way to keep your body truly hydrated throughout the day so you can properly move and think. Luckily, there are ways to prevent yourself from forgetting to drink water.
You can purchase a water bottle that has the hours of the day written on it that will remind you of how much water you should have every so often, or you can purchase a water intake tracker app that will send you a reminder that it’s time to get a sip of water.
Do Some Cardio
Depending on your lifestyle habits and job situation, you may not be getting enough cardio.
If you can’t remember when the last time you got your heart rate up was, it’s time to find ways to get more cardio in to strengthen your heart, help reduce stress, and improve your quality of sleep. Cardio can also help you feel more energized throughout the day if you work out in the morning. Unfortunately, many people don’t hold themselves accountable for their cardio, which means they simply make a plan to run, work out on a stationary bike, or go for a walk, but don’t follow through.
If you need help getting a good workout, consider getting a personal trainer that can help you stay accountable so you can reach your goals.
You don’t have to start eating a salad for every meal to make healthier food choices, but there are ways to eat healthier while still being able to enjoy your favorite sweets and meals.
While eating healthy can help you shed unwanted fat, it can also help you feel more alert throughout the day, and it can help your entire body stay healthy. Eating healthier doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a piece of cake now and then. Instead, aim for making small changes to your diet, such as eating carrots as a midday snack instead of chips.
Then, see how you feel after your snack and continue to make small changes based on how your body and mind respond.
A Happier and Healthier You
Most of the time when we talk about improving health, we’re focused on physical activity. However, you may benefit from some other activities on this list that can help you relax after a stressful day and start winding down at night for a more peaceful night’s sleep. You can choose to start any activity on this list; just make sure it improves your life and how you feel.
You might also like these articles on the diets and workouts of superheroes, self-care for different generations, and positive lifestyle changes to make as you get older.
Marné Amoguis holds a B.A. in International Business from UC San Diego. She is a contributing writer at 365businesstips.com where she loves sharing her passion for digital marketing. Outside of writing, she loves traveling, playing music, and hiking.