We all know that having a steady health and wellness routine can be hard. Whether it is having no time for exercise, or no time for self-care, maintaining out wellness can fall through the cracks if our lives are hectic. But if you try to incorporate some health and wellness tips into your daily life, then they will slowly become routine. It is only hard to stick to it when you start making your lifestyle change a bigger deal than it has to be.
I for one, have always struggled to incorporate drinking water, and exercise into my daily life. I hate going to the gym, and I love iced teas, and juices way too much. But I realized that I was never going to get that health benefit of water if I kept thinking that drinking water was a chore.
So instead of making a huge deal about getting a certain amount of water in my daily diet, I started substituting water for every drink (except coffee!) I noticed that I drank less sugary drinks than I had before, because I was just so used to drinking a glass of water with every meal and snack.
The exercising was a little harder to incorporate. I tried to go to the gym as much as I could, but it was just too far to travel every day. So instead, I take out my yoga mat a few days a week, turn on Youtube, and follow along with one of my favorite yoga instructors. Doing yoga at home eliminates my insecurities I feel at the gym, and I don’t have to go for the long drive to the gym.
These are just two ways in which, I make an easy transition to a better health and wellness routine. But there are a dozen different ways to do it. The best thing to do it make it easy on yourself, and incorporate these tips into a way that makes it easy on your personal schedule.
The easiest way to get some extra rest and a small amount of exercise in your day is to take 10-15 minute breaks as often as you can during your workday. That mini-break can look like standing instead of sitting at your desk, a walk to the bathroom, leaving the office to go get lunch. If you work in retail, that break can look like walking to a spot where there are no customers and staying there for 2-3 minutes.
Add a Vegetable to Every Meal
If you add a veggie to every meal, then you are sure to reach your daily quota of necessary veggie intake. It is easy to do this, and it doesn’t always have to mean eating a salad during every meal. You can eat some mushrooms with your chicken, or choose those carrots instead of that chewy cookie.
You can even opt to make a stir-fry for lunch instead of a sandwich. There are dozens of ways to add veggies to each meal that after a week of doing it, you will barely notice that you have changed your routine!
Start Substituting Snacks
In addition to using the water substitute strategy, you can do that for sugary snacks. Try to find some sugar free, low carb options that are quick and easy to eat on the go. That could be string cheese, a protein bar.
Or even take a Sunday to try out a Pinterest recipe for homemade fruit roll-ups. This is not only a great way to reduce your sugars but can also help when you want to start a healthier diet.
Invest In Yourself!
Take that extra $5 you were saving for that latte and spend it on ingredients for a homemade skin care mask. Investing a little bit of time and money into yourself is essential to maintaining a happy, and healthy life.
But make sure to not go overboard, and try to justify that $100 shopping trip as investing in yourself. You never have to spend $100 to show yourself some self-love.
Practice Being Kind to Yourself
Tell yourself something that you love about yourself every day. The more you practice kindness to yourself, the happier you will become. Life gets easier to deal with during the dark times when you give yourself a break and be nice.
If you consistently put yourself down, then you are creating a breeding ground for negative thinking. However, when you practice kindness then you are setting a foundation for positive thinking and eventually positive outcomes in your life.
If you really want to get a better handle on your life, utilizing these tips will make it easier to live a happier, and healthier lifestyle. But just remember, creating a health and wellness routine is not a chore. It is something that should be enjoyable, so if something that was suggested doesn’t work out, then tailor it to fit your individual style.
Never give up on yourself, and always continue to strive to be a better version of YOU.
What are some tips that you have in regards to a health and wellness routine? Comment below!