We all want to live healthier lives. Who hasn’t made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape, to eat healthier or even to just get more sleep at least once in their life? However, we all know how hard it can be to achieve this goal, especially when you’re a mom and you are hardwired to put your child’s health above your own. However, to encourage good habits in your child, it is important you lead by example by being as healthy as possible. So if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, what should you do?
The healthiest people actually enjoy exercising and do it not only because it’s healthy, but also because it’s fun. Sound like an impossibility for you? Well, it shouldn’t be. Exercising doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym and spend hours on the treadmill. In fact, the secret to getting decent exercise is to find ways to be active that you enjoy. It could be hiking, swimming, practicing yoga, playing soccer, or even just walking. Find an activity you like doing and fit it into your schedule.
Can’t leave the house or don’t have enough time for one of these activities? No problem! You can find some amazing workouts on the internet whether on YouTube or through blogs. There are also smartphone apps, such as The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout, that can help you find ways to get some exercise during your busy schedule. However, making sure you are properly protected when using these resources is a smart move, especially since some of them ask you to enter personal information.
View Health as a Lifestyle
For those who take their health seriously, healthy living is not just some fad or something they do for a few months. Instead, it’s a long-term commitment. This is why so many healthy people don’t believe in diets. Instead, they focus on changing their entire mindset around food and healthy eating. That means planning meals ahead of time, having healthy snacks around the house and learning how to cook using healthier ingredients.
At the same time, it also means they don’t deprive themselves of foods they love. If they want a cupcake, they’ll have one without any lingering feelings of guilt, since they know it is just a small indulgence within an otherwise healthy diet. And since they know to appreciate treats when they have them and that they don’t need to be overly strict with themselves, the temptation to eat unhealthily goes away with time.
Get Enough Sleep
A good night’s sleep is just as important as healthy eating. Not only does it boost your mood, but studies show sleep deprivation leads to decreased productivity and greater chances of accidents.
Yes, it’s a challenge to get enough sleep, especially if you’re a working mom. If you’ve been heading to bed too late, try to slowly adjust your sleep schedule. Start off going to bed 30 minutes early for a couple of days, and keep pushing for earlier times. If you have young children, this might mean you need to start your child’s bed routine earlier. Kids don’t like change, so try to adjust this as gradually as possible. Both you and your child will be thankful for the extra hour.
The world’s a busy place with unlimited distractions. There’s barely a moment where you get to sit still and just be. That’s why health instructors encourage taking at least five minutes a day to calm your mind. Sit somewhere quiet and focus on the present moment without judgment or reaction. Just simply observe. It might seem silly in the beginning, but practicing mindfulness daily can lower stress and help improve your overall happiness and physical well-being.
Try Something New
The healthiest and most successful people challenge themselves constantly, whether by learning a new training method or by learning a new language. It keeps their minds sharp and can also improve health. A study showed a connection between health and wonder. Those who experience “awe” had lower markers of inflammation, which cause everything from pain to cancer.
So if you’ve wanted to get into crochet or maybe even pottery – go for it! It will help you get out of the house and could potentially prevent cancer!
In the beginning, it can be difficult to follow these habits, but even if you have a bad day or miss a couple of days, it’s okay. Remember that everything is a process and progress isn’t linear. It’s never too late to start taking on healthier habits.
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About the author: If there’s one thing Faith knows as a mother of four, it’s how to keep her family healthy and happy. As a mental health professional, she knows maintaining personal happiness and the family can be stressful, which is why she’s so interested in sharing her tips on staying physically, mentally and emotionally healthy.