Everybody talks about being healthy and happy, but how many of us actually take active steps and set time apart to achieve this goal? Experts say the key to staying healthy is to make activities that promote physical and mental wellness a priority and an integral part of your life. Here are some simple strategies that can help you make wellness an integral part of your daily routine:
- List out the goals you want to achieve with regard to an exercise regimen you want to follow or your diet. Unless you have tangible goals, it is difficult to put things into practice. Determine your goals for a day, week and month and put them down on a piece of paper. For instance, make a list of the healthy foods you will eat each day or the exercises that you will to do.
- Instead of setting ambitious goals and falling short of achieving them, start with simple steps and gradually improve the pace. If your goal is to practice meditation, start with a few minutes every morning. Take a five-minute walk around the house, yard or on your office campus. If you habitually drive, walk more and drive less. All these little things will add up at the end of the day. Develop an interest in doing these things and slowly build up the time you spend on them.
- Carry home-cooked meals to work. Your brain and body can function at optimal levels only with proper nutrition. Collect easy and healthy recipes that don’t take too much time to prepare. Cooking your own meals is healthier and more economical than eating out. With home-cooked meals, you know exactly what you are eating unlike foods purchased from a grocery store or a restaurant.
- Remind yourself about your wellness goals. Put notes on your calendar or set alerts on your mobile.
- Start each day by checking your schedule on what to do – this will help to turn your intentions into action. Engage your family, friends and colleagues in wellness activities – you may be surprised to find that most people have similar wellness goals.
- While settings goal and working towards achieving them, make it a point to track what your achievements. This will inspire you to step up your efforts and adhere to your plans.
Once you make wellness a habit, you’ll find that it’s much easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle.