10 Healthy Habits to Start

AUGUST 2021 | HEALTH, HABITS, MENTAL WELLNESS There’s never a need to wait until the new year to set some goals and take on new healthier habits. Now is as good as a time as ever.

Below is a list of 10 healthy habits to start including in your daily routine👇🏻 1. Having a morning & bedtime routine

Having a set morning and bedtime routine has so many benefits. Something i’ve learnt is that many of us actually love structure, even though we might not say it. It gives us a sense of control, purpose, and makes us feel productive. Everyone benefits from having a morning & bedtime routine, but I would add that it’s particularly beneficial if someone is struggling with their mental health. I’ve seen miracles take place when people stick to their daily routines with the right healthy habits in place. Exercise & Wellness 2. Fitness - Finding something that works for you

Yes, exercise is important. It keeps your mind and body healthy. However, not everyone finds it fun or exciting to go to the gym on a daily basis. For those of you who may not enjoy going to the gym, or doing much of a workout to begin with - like myself, it’s about finding what works for you. If you have to force yourself to do something that you hate doing - you won’t do it for very long. But if it’s something that you enjoy, you’ll find it much easier to include it in your weekly plans. Whether that’s playing basketball at the park, or taking a walk around your neighbourhood 3x per week - you’ll be a lot more successful at maintaining exercise if you love what you do. 3. Getting Quality Sleep

Quality Sleep It doesn’t take long for me to lose my cognitive capacities if I don’t get a good night’s sleep. Anything less than 8 hours of sleep for me leads to a serious decline in functioning the next day. My ability to concentrate decreases, I start experiencing memory lapses, I have no energy, & drinking coffee only makes me more tired. Going on a few days without adequate sleep? It just doesn’t work. Sleep has negative impacts on our mental & physical health, which is why getting good quality sleep at night should be on your priority list daily. No electronics 30 min. - 1 hour before bedtime! 4. Process Your Emotions