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Seven great habits for a healthier, happier life

The power of good habits is no new topic. Habits go a long way in determining quality of living and that very much extends to our health life.

Needless to say, we all clearly want to live long, happy and prosperous lives rich with beautiful experiences and love. However, our daily activities, some way or another, present challenges to this cause; from uncontrollable environmental factors like air pollution to the stressful demands of our daily jobs.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Will Durant

A few habit changes can go a long way in helping to cope with these challenges and guarantee a much healthier life which in turn, will increase productivity and save a lot of money.

Here are 7 habits guaranteed to get you there:

1. Drink Water!

Drinking water comes with so many benefits because it is essential to many processes in our body. According to scientists, over 60% of the body is made up of water. A good water drinking habit can go a long way to reduce risk of certain diseases such as diuresis, kidney stones and UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) as well as produce a wide range of benefits such as: regulating blood pressure, healthier skin, regulating body temperature, electrolyte balance and much more.

The prescribed individual intake of water varies individually because athletes who sweat often for example, will have to take in more volumes of water daily. However, it is advisable to take 4 to 6 cups of water daily. It is also best to substitute carbonated drinks with table water as they are linked to diseases such as diabetes and obesity.

2. Exercise regularly

A study showed that over 200,000 deaths in the U.S. annually are caused by a lack of physical activity. Cultivating a consistent exercising culture can vastly improve one’s health. Exercise causes our brain to release endorphins which can improve our mood, productivity and in the long term, mental health. Exercise also reduces the risk of heart diseases, risk of obesity and increases focus.

It’s also important to note that it isn’t necessary to conform to the generic idea of an exercise, which is usually a tedious sweaty workout experience. Simple habits such as using the staircase frequently, morning jogs or using a more physically tasking approach to performing simple tasks can go a long way.

3. Healthy Nutrition

Ever heard that common saying, “You are what you eat”? Feeding habits are very essential to healthy living. It’s extremely crucial that one is watchful of what goes into their body.

A great way to start is to create a meal plan. Apart from benefits such as saving time, money and preventing food waste, meal plans also help with portion control. It is best to favour a balanced diet, containing larger portions of fruits and vegetables (which are rich in vitamins and minerals) as well as fish (which is a great source of protein and brain-enhancing nutrients). Another great step would be to reduce intake of artificial foods or food items with artificial sweeteners such as candy, soda, energy drinks, etc. Studies have shown that these foods are linked with diabetes and obesity. Alcohol intake should also be moderated to reduce risk of liver and kidney diseases.

4. Proper Personal Hygiene

This is one area that is more often overlooked by most. It is essential to cultivate a habit of proper body and dental hygiene to prevent body odour and infections. Floss after every meal and brush for about 5 to 10 minutes at least twice daily, using a fluoride toothpaste. Have regular baths (at least twice daily). Wash your hair with shampoo regularly. Clean your ears using a trusted cotton bud. Rub body lotion on your skin after baths and use mild perfumes.

Observing good personal hygiene can do wonders for one’s social and mental well-being. Good personal hygiene and body grooming habits can improve one’s confidence and social reputation. This is because a neat, organised look and a good body fragrance are very attractive and can effortlessly endear one to other people.

5. Good Sleeping Habits

Sleep is very pivotal to proper brain function. Sleep deprivation comes with a number of cons such as a lack of focus, drowsiness, fatigue which are all generally impedimental to carrying out our daily activities. Sleep is very important because it rests the brains and provides a period for reconditioning the body’s nervous system.

It is advisable to get a good amount of sleep, daily. Doctors advise 7 to 8 hours of proper downtime, daily.

6. Prioritise your Mental Health

Total health is a function of both physical, mental and social well-being. The mind plays a key role in all facets of human living and that is why it is very important to keep the mind healthy.

Participate more in activities that provide good levels of positive feedback and keep your feel good hormones pumping. Such activity could be playing a musical instrument, drawing, learning something new or just about any other thing you enjoy doing.

Cultivate a good reading habit. Books and other forms of media contribute largely to how one sees the world and it is therefore, essential that one imbibes a culture of reading extensively, from fictional to non-fictional or motivational think pieces.

Listening to good music can also go a very long way. Playing “Love Nwantinti” by Ckay

7. Cultivate a habit of Self-Monitoring

The importance of staying constantly abreast of the state of your health cannot be overemphasised. Small habits such as checking your blood pressure and weight will put you in a better position to make better informed health choices. It can also help to identify the risk of a possible ailment in advance. It is also advisable to go for regular medical check-ups to stay aware of the state of one’s health.

Living a long, healthy and happy life is only a few lifestyle changes away. Just like every other good thing in life, it is only possible with an intentional commitment to substituting the bad habits with healthier, more efficient ones. Good luck on this new journey towards healthy living.

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2 thoughts on “Seven great habits for a healthier, happier life”

  1. A refreshing read and totally worth it. Bringing to mind what I need to do for my health. Thank you!

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