Do conversations about New Year’s resolutions have you rolling your eyes?
Don’t worry. You’re not alone in that response. After all, if it were that easy to live healthier – you’d already be living that way. But things get in the way, and bringing new habits into your life isn’t as easy as snapping your fingers.
That’s why we’ve come up with six tips to introduce healthy habits into your life. Even better, these are easy habits to incorporate into your routine. Because when change is less daunting, it’s more likely to stick.
Before we jump into our list of healthy habits, we want to preface it by saying – take it easy. Don’t aim for perfection right off the bat, or really at all.
Moreover, think of ways to attach your new habits to your existing routines. For instance, if not eating after dinner isn’t a feasible option, have an apple waiting for you instead of a carton of ice cream. Or replace your sugary drinks with sparkling water for the bubbles you crave.
1. Ditch Fast Food for More Whole, Natural Foods
If you’re a drive thru aficionado, this may sound harder than it really is. But you can set yourself up for a healthier life by ditching fast food and meal delivery apps.
If convenience is the issue, look into grocery delivery options in your area. Even grocery subscriptions will deliver you a week’s worth of whole, natural foods right to your door. And don’t worry, they offer tasty snacks, too.
Overall, think more produce and less french fries. You’ll watch the scale slow while your energy thrives. It won’t take long to really feel the difference a processed cheeseburger has on your digestive system and entire mood compared to a fresh home-cooked meal.
Does eating healthier sound like a rabbit hole you’re not ready to go down? If you are one of the many people who struggle with weight loss, Dr. Ellis Morrow of Pasha Snoring & Sinus Center can help. Make an appointment today to start feeling better tomorrow.
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2. Less Sitting Down & More Moving Around
Especially if your job has you sitting behind a computer, you probably feel like you have no choice in your sedentary lifestyle. But that’s just an excuse, and in reality – you have options.
First of all, consider a desk that converts to standing height, so you’re not sitting all day. Secondly, take movement breaks throughout the day. This can be a quick walk during your lunch break. Or you could commit to five-minute exercises every hour.
Even better, find physical activities you enjoy. This could be throwing a frisbee, hula hooping, shaking your hips to music while you wash dishes. Any little bit of fitness is better than nothing, so get on and get moving!
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3. Stick to a Bedtime Routine for Better Sleep
Do you struggle to get enough sleep at night?
If so, then getting to the bottom of the issue should be your first priority in changes this year. Whether you’re scrolling on your phone too late into the night or your own snoring is waking you up, there are changes you can make.
For starters, limit your screen time. Set your phone to automatically go on “Do Not Disturb” mode from the late evening until the morning. Don’t worry, you can program the settings to allow certain numbers to always come through.
Then, go ahead and schedule a sleep study. This will allow Dr. Pasha to pinpoint whether you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, or something else. There are several treatment options, most of which are noninvasive. Plus, your sleeping partner will be much happier when your snoring isn’t keeping them awake, too.
If a lack of sleep has you feeling lethargic throughout the day, it’s time to find out why. Stop going through your days with fatigue and give yourself the gift of a sleep study. Contact Pasha Snoring & Sinus Center to schedule an appointment.
[Related: All You Need to Know to Get the Best Night of Sleep Ever]
4. Practice Self-Care by Showing Yourself Some Love
Do your days consist of doing everything for everyone else? It’s time to give yourself some love, too.
Give meditation a try and practice being present in the moments of your life. Unplug yourself from your devices and treat yourself to a real vacation.
When you go on a walk, take photos of the flowers that make you smile. Feel the sunshine on your skin and know that vitamin D makes you healthier. And please, don’t skip the sunscreen while you’re out.
Also very important is to work on cutting out negative self-talk and prioritize your mental health. And this may sound crazy to busy professionals, but practice the art of doing nothing. Relax in the moments you have to yourself.
5. Cut Back on Your Alcohol Intake
It can be easier than you think. You just need to give it a try. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to serious health problems.
Plus, drinking alcohol before bed can lead to less quality sleep. And yes, we know a few drinks may make it easier to fall asleep. But in reality, it also makes it harder to reach the deep phases of sleep you need for a good night’s rest.
When you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re tired the next day. Your routine goes out of whack. Eating right and exercising become harder to do. If alcohol is disrupting any part of your life, it’s time to cut back.
6. Visit Your Doctors tor Preventative Care & Check-Ups
Don’t put off visiting the doctor because you’re afraid of what you’ll find out. Instead, take advantage of preventive care to catch any issues before they get worse.
Moreover, many medical issues get more expensive to treat as health declines. This includes visits to the dermatologist, general practitioner, dentist, and of course, your sinus and allergy doctor.
Need a Kick-Start for Living Healthy This Year?
If you’re feeling too sleepy throughout your days to even think about switching up your routine, then give us a call. We understand the cycle of fatigue and poor habits. This is exactly why we have Dr. Ellis Morrow on staff to help our patients implement healthier lifestyles that are attainable.