What comes to mind when thinking of “healthy living”? When I say healthy I don’t mean we need to be at our ideal weight, or on a super strict diet…I mean we need to be pursuing health so that we can be the best version of ourselves. In this article, I’m going to give you ten things you can start doing right now to help kickstart this movement! I know what you’re thinking…TEN?!
Well, here’s the thing:
Baby steps still move you forward.
With those baby steps in mind, I encourage you to just hone in on one or two keys on this list that aren’t currently a practice in your life. Simply start there. Have grace for yourself and dare to begin!
1.Be kind to yourself!
Yes, I did this one first for a reason. I know for me personally, I am the harshest with myself. I “speak” to myself in a way I would never in one million years speak to a friend. I truly think living a healthy life starts with treating yourself like you would treat a friend! This is a process, no perfection required. Be kind!
2. Get your sleep
Research has shown that our bodies actually need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. If we really paid attention, so much of poor health can be linked back to lack of sleep. Just like we often remind our children that they need to go to bed because this is when our bodies heal and recharge, we sometimes need to remind ourselves the same! Set an alarm on your phone at a certain time and label it “shut it down” . Start winding down from your work/your phone each night 30 minutes earlier than normal and allow your body the rest it needs to thrive.
3. Drink plenty of water
This is a great challenge for yourself to start your day with a glass of water. My health coach painted this picture for me that after sleeping, our insides “need a shower” and that’s what a big glass of water will do. Make it a point to drink water throughout your day and see how it makes you feel. Also more water typically equals less caffeine, which is never a bad thing. Note: If you struggle drinking water, spice things up with lemon, lime, fresh berries, or a sprig of something yummy!
4. Fuel your body
So much of what we put in our bodies determines how we feel. Our body digests foods at different speeds and can tremendously affect how we feel. Changing the lifestyle of my eating has drastically improved my quality of life. It’s not about losing weight, dieting, or looking a certain way - it’s about how you feel! When we are fueling our bodies with whole foods (not processed), we have more energy and “fuel” for our days.
5. Establish a morning routine
I fought this one so hard, but establishing a morning rhythm has allowed me to start my day in a healthy way. I started by making a list of what my “idea” morning would be, and then worked from there. It’s important to remember this is not a check list, or a to do list but simply a routine (or rhythm) allows our minds to take a rest. It leaves room for creative space, increases productivity, frees up time. YES!
6. Live uncluttered
I truly believe that our physical surroundings affect our inner life. Clearing the clutter of our physical space, clears up mental space and gives us time back. Healthy living and living uncluttered go hand in hand in my book.
7. Create a support system
Living a healthy lifestyle alone is so much harder than living it alongside someone else. Ideally, our partners would be seeking to live a healthy lifestyle with us - but if your partner isn’t on board yet, find a friend or sister to come alongside of you. Having the support and accountability is everything.
8. Move your body!
Again, this isn’t about losing weight or looking your best but it’s about how you feel. Find something that you love and go for it. Maybe it’s a group class, an at home video, getting outdoors…..moving your body will help you feel good and give you energy.
9. Establish a Quiet Zone
Take time away from your phone, the noise, your work….this is so important especially as women who are juggling so much. If we never stop, we will burn out. Setting aside an intentional time each week to set away from the never ending responsibilities to just BE will do so much for your health and wellness. I’m challenging you!
Head over and read the text in this Instagram post about Creating a “Zone of Silence” twice a day.
10. Set your intentions
This is so much a mind game, y’all. I promise that living a healthy life is possible for you, but you have to decide that for yourself! Be intentional, set yourself goals or intentions and just dare to begin!
I believe in you! You are one step away from living a healthy life…all you have to do is dare to begin.
Forever cheering for you, Wynne
WRITTEN BY WYNNE ELDER: PHOTOGRAPHER, WRITER, ENCOURAGER, & COMMUNITY BUILDER.