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I’m always trying to find new and interesting ways to be healthier. And no, I don’t just mean physically. I want to be healthier physically AND mentally! Since you have the power to change how you look and feel, then why not just do it! These 10 healthy habits will help you along your journey to becoming the healthiest and best you!
Oh, and did I mention that along with these 10 healthy habits, there are also 2 bonus tips?! I can’t wait! So, let’s get into these juicy deets!
10 Healthy Habits:
1. Go outside
The best way to make yourself feel better when you’re down (maybe you just went through a breakup) or aren’t motivated (you know, that time when you have an essay due the next day and you haven’t started?) is to go outside.
Even just walking your dog around the block or sitting in a chair in your driveway can make you feel better. Whenever I need a break from schoolwork or just life in general, I’ll go outside.
Taking time away from what you are doing can help you gain mental clarity. It also helps to make you feel more focused and motivated.
If you have extra time in your week, then try doing an outdoor activity! This can be anything from player soccer at a park, to going onto the lake, hiking, or biking. It doesn’t matter what you do, just as long as you are outside.
2. Take time to yourself
Taking time out of your day to have some alone time is SO SO SO important. As an introvert, I often need to spend time by myself after a long day of socializing or just as a way for me to relax.
Even if you are not an introvert and just want to be around people all the time, you still should take time to yourself. That is where you can just spend time with yourself and see how you’re doing. How are you feeling? What happened during the day? What do you need to do later?
The best way I like to spend time with myself is to eat breakfast by myself every morning. During quarantine, I incorporated this into my routine. When I eat, I will put away my phone and look out the window.
Since I am usually the first in my family to get up, the house is quiet and it’s very peaceful just sitting in my kitchen.
3. Physical activity
I am 100%, not someone who would be considered athletic or good at sports, but it is still important for me to incorporate physical activity into my schedule. If you are someone who plays a sport for school, then you’ve already completed this step so good job!
As for everyone else (or any athlete in their offseason), you can easily exercise at home. I like to follow Youtube videos and do Zumba, yoga, or a dance workout. If you search any of these on Youtube, then you are sure to find a video that you can work out to.
If you don’t enjoy at-home workouts, then go to a gym or run around your neighborhood. Even just walking is good exercise and can help with weight loss.
4. Be social
I know, I know, I know what you’re thinking, but Carmen you just said in #2 that you were an introvert, so why would you need to be social?
Wow, great question valuable reader. Let me tell you. Just because you enjoy your alone time doesn’t mean it should take over. It is all about balance. You shouldn’t always be social or always be alone. Both have their positives and negatives.
It is important to make the extra effort to spend time with friends, especially during the summer. You could go out to a restaurant, have a sleepover, go shopping, try a new activity, etc.
Being social doesn’t just mean being with friends, don’t forget about spending time with your family! It is often easy to forget to do this since everyone in your family is running on their schedule.
It can be fun to have family game nights, go hiking together, walk the dog, or just eat dinner together.
5. Read a book
If you don’t like reading, then you are definitely moaning right now. Don’t worry I get it. I have had to grow up with two siblings who refuse to read unless they are forced to. So, I understand.
But before you skip to the next healthy habit, just finish this one and READ. (haha, see what I did there? No? Okay.)
Reading can help improve your learning, writing, and vocabulary. Not to mention, it is so fun to get lost in a good book. Let me know if you would like to hear about any of my current favorites!
Reading can help to destress and if you are reading a boring book, it can help you fall asleep. I try to read at least 20 minutes every day.
6. An Activity you want to do
This might seem like a no brainer, but if you have a busy schedule filled with school or work, then fitting in an activity you enjoy can be challenging.
When life gets hectic, just remember that it’s okay to take a break and do something you want to do.
7. Clean your room
Cleanroom, clean mind. We’ve all heard this whether from the internet, teachers, or our parents.
Yes, the act of cleaning a room can be tiresome and boring, but in the end, it’s so rewarding. If you are not into doing a big clean at the end of each week or month, then just clean your room a little bit every night.
Before I go to bed, I make sure to put away everything that is on the floor or out of place. Then, when I wake up my room will be so clean (it makes me feel so good)!
Every morning you should also make your bed. If you are having to do homework in your room or are just going to be spending time there, then it is important to have a clean space to work it.
I have noticed that I can focus more on my work when the space around me is clean. If it’s not, then that’s all that I can focus on.
8. Make healthy snacks and/or healthy alternatives
Eating a whole bag of chips is an easy task, one I’m ashamed to have struggled with. But recently, I have been opting for healthier snack options and I feel so much better.
Instead of eating chips, I will have freeze-dried apple chips or vegetables dipped in ranch. Instead of ice cream, I will have sorbet or a fruit popsicle (yes, I know these aren’t technically healthy, but they are better than ice cream). These are just some of my swaps, but if you would like to know more, then leave a comment below!
I also have been enjoying fruit-based snacks such as bars or just fresh cut-up fruit. Snacking is something many struggles with (including myself), especially when watching a Netflix show (sometimes I just get so bored I need to eat).
9. Do something for someone else
The best way to make yourself feel better is to do something kind for someone else. This can be holding the door for the person behind you, returning a baby’s shoe that fell off in the airport, helping someone solve a problem, or (the most literal one) community service.
I LOVE helping people. Especially when it comes to community service. I volunteer at an elderly daycare at least once a week and it is my favorite thing to do.
If you don’t enjoy community service or just don’t have the time, then small acts of kindness are perfect!
You can make someone have the best day in just one moment and make yourself feel better! It’s a win-win for everyone!
10. Make a to-do list
Whenever I have many daunting tasks ahead of me, I can get very overwhelmed. This will often cause me to stop before I have even started. To prevent this procrastination, I make to-do lists.
My to-do lists are very simple and have nothing special to them. I will grab a piece of paper and just write down what I need to do for that day. That’s it. Nothing special. Just plain and simple.
You could type your lists into a notes app on your phone or computer, but I prefer the actual act of crossing something off (it’s so satisfying).
By creating a list, you feel productive and can have all the tasks you need to do right in front of you. To-do lists make you responsible for the tasks ahead.
Only recently have I started journaling and I have noticed a huge improvement in my mental health and how I react to certain situations.
When I journal, I try to write about an issue or conflict that happened during that day. I will then describe how it made me feel and how I should act upon it.
Journaling is just pretty much a time of reflection and analysis. Because of this, I like to journal right before bed, but I know many people who like to do it in the morning.
2. Take a break from your devices
Taking a break from electronic devices such as your iPhone, laptop, or iPad is so important for your mental health.
As teenagers, we are living in a world where our generation lives on social media, the best parts of our lives are highlighted there.
Last year, I tried a social media cleanse, and I honestly have to say that I struggled (quite a bit). But now, I have been able to cut down my screen time by turning off my notifications and leaving my phone on Do Not Disturb.
It is medically recommended that you spend a maximum of 2 hours on your phone per day. To fall asleep easier and quicker, it is important to not go on your phone before bed. Try putting it away 30 minutes – 1 hour before you are wanting to go to sleep.
I hope this post helps you to make your life a bit healthier! Let me know which habits you are wanting to try and if you like them! Make sure you check out my previous post about what the best nail polish for you is! If you want to learn more about me and Cara A Carmen, then click here. Let me know what content you would like to see next by commenting on this post or contacting me! Make sure to follow me on Pinterest and pin this post if you found it helpful! I appreciate you for getting this far in the post! Have the best day!