Maintaining a healthy lifestyle might sometimes feel like an impossible task that doesn’t fit into the realities of daily life. Maintaining full-time work, eating healthy, training for a marathon, making homemade green juice, spending meaningful time with your family/partner, and meditating for an hour each day is difficult.
Of course, healthy living can include all of these aspects (if desired), but it does not have to be defined by spectacular displays of health and fitness.
So much of healthy living is made up of small things we do on a daily basis—things that may not seem significant at the time, but when done consistently over time, add up to major results.
15 Best Tips for Happy & Healthy Lifestyle
In this article we will discuss Tips for living a better, happier & healthy lifestyle—all basic, easy to adopt into your everyday routine:
1. Get enough sleep
The average adult requires 7-9 hours of sleep per night. But, in addition to quantity, sleep quality is also important! Keep your bedroom cool at night, avoid blue light after dark, and more with our advice for obtaining a good night’s sleep.
2. A healthy morning routine is a great way to start your day.
Start each day with fulfilling activities that set the tone for how you want to feel—inspired, relaxed, productive, or something else else. Many successful people feel that the first thing we do in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Two minutes of positive thinking in the morning, according to research, can improve your mood and mental clarity for the day ahead. There are a variety of ways to set yourself up for positive thinking, and you can combine as many as you choose.
- Gratitude is a great way to start the day with a happy attitude.Make a list of five things for which you are grateful in your life, or five reasons why today is going to be a fantastic day.
- Consider three good aspects of yourself when you meditate. Consider three positive or affirming aspects of yourself and how they are assisting you in reaching your goals.
- Make a list of goals and ambitions for the day. Take some time to focus on what’s most important to you each day before you get into go-mode. It could be focusing on a health goal, being especially kind to everyone around you, or simply completing a large job you’ve been working on. We often begin the day on autopilot, unsure of what we want to accomplish in order to make it productive and meaningful.
3. Eat a healthy diet
Consume a variety of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains. Adults should consume at least five portions of fruits and vegetables (400g) every day. Always include vegetables in your meal; consume fresh fruit and vegetables as snacks; eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, and eat them in season are all ways to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. You can lower your risk of malnutrition and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer by consuming a balanced diet.
4. Reduce intake of harmful fats
The amount of fat you consume should not exceed 30% of your entire energy consumption for healthy lifestyle. This will aid in the prevention of unhealthy weight gain as well as NCDs. Fats come in a variety of forms, however, unsaturated fats are preferred over saturated and trans fats. Saturated fats should account for less than 10% of total calorie consumption, trans-fats should account for less than 1% of total energy intake, and both saturated and trans-fats should be replaced by unsaturated fats, according to the WHO.
Unsaturated fats are found in fish, avocados, and nuts, as well as sunflower, soybean, canola, and olive oils; saturated fats are found in fatty meat, butter, palm and coconut oil, cream, cheese, ghee, and lard; and trans-fats are found in baked and fried foods, as well as pre-packaged snacks and foods like frozen pizza, cookies, and biscuits.
5. Don’t smoke
Tobacco usage leads to NCDs like lung disease, heart disease, and stroke. Tobacco kills not only direct smokers, but also nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke. Approximately 15.9 million Filipino adults now smoke tobacco, yet seven out of ten smokers want or want to quit.
It is not too late to stop smoking if you are currently a smoker. You will get instant and long-term health benefits if you do so. If you don’t smoke, that’s fantastic! Avoid starting to smoke and fight for your right to breathe tobacco-free air.
6. Make half your plate vegetables
At each meal, a simple trick for healthy eating (and portion control) is to make half your plate veggies.
The vegetables are high in critical vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that are beneficial to one’s health and lifespan. They also help to promote digestion (aka keep you regular!) and keep you feeling fuller for longer because they’re high in fiber.
7. Get a fitness tracker and track your steps Tracking your steps
using a fitness tracker (such as a Fitbit or Apple Watch) is a simple method to ensure you’re getting enough physical activity each day . We try to walk 10,000 steps every day, which has numerous physical and mental health benefits. A fitness tracker will also remind you to walk 250 steps every hour.
8. Regularly check your blood pressure
High blood pressure, often known as hypertension, is known as a “silent killer.” This is because many people with hypertension may be unaware of their condition because it has no symptoms. Hypertension, if left uncontrolled, can lead to heart, brain, renal, and other disorders. Has your blood pressure been checked by a health professional on a regular basis so you are aware of your statistics? Consult a health professional if your blood pressure is high. This is critical for hypertension prevention and management.
9. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth
Diseases including influenza, pneumonia, and tuberculosis are spread through the air. Infectious agents can be spread to others through airborne droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. When you start coughing or sneezing, make sure you cover your mouth with a face mask or a tissue, then dispose of it properly.
When you cough or sneeze and don’t have a tissue handy, cover your mouth as much as possible with the crook (or inside) of your elbow.
10. If you’re feeling low, talk to someone you trust
Depression affects more than 260 million people worldwide. Depression can show in a variety of ways, including a sense of hopelessness or worthlessness, frequent unpleasant and distressing thoughts, or an overpowering sense of suffering. Remember that you are not alone if you are going through this. Tell someone you trust about how you’re feeling, whether it’s a family member, a friend, a coworker, or mental health professional.
11. Do things you enjoy
This is often forgotten as an important aspect of healthy living—doing something you enjoy every day!
Whether it’s exercising, baking, crafts, reading a book, or watching TV, set aside time each day to do something you enjoy.
12. Drink only safe water
Waterborne diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio can all be contracted by drinking contaminated water. At least 2 billion people throughout the world consume water that has been tainted with faeces. Make sure the water you’re drinking is safe by checking with your water concessionaire and water refilling station. Boil your water for at least one minute if you don’t know where your water comes from. This will kill hazardous bacteria in the water. Allow it to cool completely before drinking.
13. Develop a positive attitude
“Your attitude is the only thing that separates a good day from a terrible day.” This is true—mindset is everything!
Recognize negative thought patterns and replace them with positive thoughts or affirmations to cultivate a positive mentality for happy and healthy lifestyle.
14. Practice gratitude
Every day, express gratitude—whether it’s when you wake up, before you go to bed, or during your lunch break at work. Gratitude is a powerful emotion that can improve your life in a variety of ways.When you are grateful, it is difficult to feel melancholy or sorry for yourself.
15. Face your anxieties and work to overcome them
Fears hold us back and prevent us from being our best selves. Recognize your worries and work to overcome them. What scares you the most? It might be difficult for anyone to learn how to overcome their anxieties of failing. Fortunately, all fears are learned.No one is born fearful. Fears can thus be unlearned by constantly practising self-discipline in the face of fear until it vanishes.