Where does your mind go when you hear the term “healthy habits”?
Our personal health is just that – it’s our own personal thing. This means that not everything will work for everyone. In fact, there are a ton of things that may work for one person but won’t necessarily work for another. Take drinking water – everyone requires a different amount because it’s dependent on so many things. Your healthy habits may look different than someone else’s.
That being said, some healthy habits will likely work for everyone, and we’re talking about them today.
6 Healthy Habits for Anyone & Everyone
1. Set healthy boundaries
Healthy boundaries can feel weird or uncomfortable if you’re not used to them, but they don’t need to be that way at all. Imagine if you got in your car to drive somewhere and realized you only had 10 km left to empty, but you needed to drive 50 km. Instead of attempting the drive and getting upset at yourself for not making it, you’d likely stop for gas on your way. You’re proactively caring for the situation, instead of waiting for your car to completely run out of gas. Think of boundaries in a similar light. They allow you to look at conversation topics, interactions, social gatherings (you know, COVID excluding) and set your own limits. For example, if you love seeing your friend, but you know you have wildly differing opinions (it could be about anything, you name it: parenting, politics, religion), a healthy boundary could look like steering the conversation away from that topic or explaining you feel uncomfortable and asking if you could talk about something else. Acknowledging your own personal boundaries is a healthy way to protect yourself from totally maxing out, which can help you to protect the relationships around you, too. Plus, they can be set in pretty much any area of your life (at work, at school, at home…you name it). Do a little self-reflection, identify what you need, and get creative on how to achieve it.
Also read: 10 Healthy Boundaries
2. Create limits with social media
A lot of us are glued to our phones during the day. We sleep beside them at night, wake up to it, and check it before our eyes are fully open. Social media has become such a significant role in our lives, and there are a lot of times when we just go about it on autopilot. Now, first thing’s first, social media isn’t entirely awful or something that we need to avoid altogether. But it is a highly edited collection of highlight reels. In other words, we’re seeing exactly what someone wants us to see. We’re seeing the perfect graduation photo without the years of sleepless nights, tears, and stress. When we’re in the right headspace, we can remind ourselves of this much easier than when we’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or burnt-out ourselves. Creating limits with social media helps you maintain a healthy and positive experience. You can set limits for when you log on (ie: not logging on when you’re having a bad day or you’re too tired), limits for who you follow (ie: unfollowing or muting people who post content that you find triggering), or limits for what you post (ie: taking a moment to ask yourself if you’re posting this because you want to, or because you want the approval). The number one thing you can do is to pay attention to triggers. Take note of the posts that leave you feeling a certain way, and identify ways to improve your experience.
3. Focus on your mindset
Whether you realize it or not, your mindset impacts virtually every area of your life. Why? Because your brain is extremely powerful – way more powerful than you may even realize. Since you were really, really young, your brain has been processing information and filing it away into your subconscious without even realizing it. For example, if, as a child, you were constantly told that you were bad at math, somewhere along the line you likely would have begun to believe it to be true. Without even realizing it, you may find yourself doing things to confirm it, subconsciously. This could look like blowing off studying for a test, or using a calculator for basic calculations that you already know. We need to be super careful with the things we’re telling ourselves (and others) because the more we say it, even if it’s a joke, the more we’ll believe it’s true. Pay attention to your mindset, take note of what you’re saying, and make shifts where possible.
Also read: 5 Simple Mindset Shifts
4. Maintain healthy relationships
It’s been said that you’re most like the 5 people with who you spend most of your time. Now, of course, there are exceptions to everything, so take it at face value, but as a general rule of thumb, you tend to share similar beliefs, which means you likely have common interests and possibly even make a comparable wage. Since the people around you can impact you so much, it’s important to make sure you’re maintaining healthy and respectful relationships that build you up. Surround yourself with friends and family who you trust, and remember that it’s okay to limit or end relationships that aren’t serving you or that are toxic. And remember that, out of all of the relationships around you, one of the most important relationships is the relationship you have with yourself. Never stop working on that one and striving for a better one – you deserve it!
5. Prioritize rest
Sleep is crucial for our mental and physical wellbeing, yet it seems to be the first thing we push to the side, and we wear lack of sleep like it’s a badge of honour. Prioritize your rest – prioritize getting enough sleep, prioritize time to relax, and prioritize time to recharge and unwind at the end of the day. A great way to do this is through routines. Establish a strong nightly routine that helps you to get ready to fall asleep, and establish a morning routine to help you feel awake and ready to tackle the day. To take this a step further, establish a self-care routine that you can follow when you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and need a little more care.
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6. Love yourself
You are the only you that will ever be. You are incredible, one-of-a-kind, a masterpiece. It’s so important to make sure that you find a way to love yourself first. This doesn’t mean that you can’t be a work in progress, or want to find a way to better yourself – it just means to love yourself through it all. You have always been enough, and you will always be enough.