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5 Habits for the New Year

With new year’s right in the corner, we all try to take up resolutions but fail to live by it. Living a healthier life is one of the most common  ones, unfortunately more than 90% do not follow through. We try to start too big rather than starting small. So here’s a compromise, follow the below mentioned ways and lead a more sustainable and healthier life.

AIM FOR GOOD FOOD

When you take a plate full of food,  look at the nutritional value and purpose of that food. It’s easier to get junk food.But food works as fuel for our body. Having a healthy diet gives you more energy and increases your productivity and mood.  We can’t expect our bodies to feel their best when we are not providing them with the best! Once you can wrap your head around how much your diet fuels your day, it’s easier to make the switch to be more mindful of what you eat. Include food which add more benefit to your diet like a high protein dosa cheela mix for a quick nutritional breakfast.

FIX A SLEEP SCHEDULE

We all know the importance of sleep and consequences when we don't get enough sleep.  We are low on energy, and productivity. Over time, insufficient sleep affects your overall health and can lead to a variety of chronic health conditions.

Here are tips for improving your sleep:

  • Stick to a particular time schedule and be president about it
  • Keep your bedroom quiet, dark and cool
  • No digital devices 1 hr before bed
  • Limit caffeine intake
  • Avoid alcohol and screen time before bed
  • Exercise regularly

STAY HYDRATED

We all have the fact that you can survive for more than 7 without food but not water. But is it true? As a matter of fact, our body depends on water for multiple functions like supporting your brain function, circulate blood throughout your body, and help regulate the body temperature as well.

  • Make drinking a glass of water part of your normal routine
  • Carry a water bottle
  • Track your water intake using an app
  • Choose hydrating snacks, such as cucumbers, celery, strawberries or watermelon
  • Distribute your water intake throughout the day and try to substitute water with flavoured beverages.

Physical activity for mindful body

All it takes is about 20 to 30 minutes of regular exercise on a daily basis to keep us fit and healthy. Finding something physical to do and committing to it will help reduce your heart rate and therefore decrease the risk of

cardiovascular disease. Exercising also strengthens muscles and therefore increases bone density, reducing the risk of you getting osteoporosis in your old age. It improves lung capacity and aids proper breathing. A big plus to doing regular exercise is it improves your mental health, reduces stress, helps you sleep better and improves your mood.

Prioritise your mental health

It's important to take some time off for yourself and pick up hobbies and interests that have taken a back seat.  Journal, read and learn, spend at least 10-15% of your week's time doing things that will give you peace and help you grow as an individual.