8 Everyday habits of healthy, happy people
We've all got that one friend who always has bags of energy, rushes around with a permanent glow, is always smiling and happy and just seems, well, perfect! Truth is, nobody is perfect, but there are certain things that those who are healthiest and happiest do on a daily basis. These good habits can be adopted by all of us in a bid to be healthier and happier - getting into good habits is easier than giving up bad ones, but a little effort could make a real difference to your life. Try adopting some of these everyday habits and see how much better you feel!
#1. Go to bed early
We're not saying you need to be in bed by 9pm every night, but having an early night at least twice a week means you're going to wake up feeling well-rested. Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day helps to reset your body clock, so you may find you don't even need an alarm to wake up. That also means there's less chance of you hitting the snooze button. When we say "go to bed early", we don't mean lie in bed on your smartphone or watch TV on your tablet in bed. Switch off your devices and enjoy some downtime - reading a book is a great way to relax. Aim for between 8 and 10 hours of sleep a night and your mood and health will reap the benefits!
#2. Stay hydrated
Did you know that drinking plenty of water can help to banish dull skin, under-eye circles and puffiness and leave you feeling and looking more awake and energised? Dehydration can lead to headaches, irritability and lack of concentration, so make sure you're drinking enough water. Try mixing water with a little fruit juice or dropping some fresh fruit slices into spring water for something different. It doesn't just have to be water you're drinking - fruit smoothies and even tea and coffee all count towards your daily intake.
#3. Be active
Sitting around on the sofa all day on your day off is bad news - not only can watching too much TV shorten your life, but all that inactivity isn't doing your body any favours. Try to be active for at least part of the day, whether than involves walking the dog, going bouldering, hitting the gym for a workout or even doing some gardening. Staying active ensures your heart remains healthy, can help you to maintain a healthy weight and keeps your energy levels up. Plus, the more active you are, the healthier food choices you're likely to make!
#4. Eat a healthy breakfast
If you're trying to lose weight, it can be tempting to skip breakfast, thinking you're cutting back on calories. Even if you're really busy, you might just decide to skip breakfast due to time constraints in the morning. Breakfast is actually really important; provided you eat within two hours of getting up, it kickstarts your metabolism, gives you the energy you need to get through a busy morning and prevents you from snacking on unhealthy foods throughout the morning. It's best to choose a high-protein breakfast if you're looking to feel satisfied - eggs are perfect. Or opt for granola with Greek yoghurt and fruit or even a bowl of porridge topped with seeds and banana. Healthy, happy people always eat breakfast!
#5. Step away from your smartphone
Those people you envy who are always on the go and have great social lives? They're not addicted to their smartphones! Sure, spending some time catching up with friends on social media and via text is great, but make sure you're enjoying the moment when you're out - rather than taking photos of the moment on your phone! Switch your phone off or onto silent when you're out with friends and enjoy the experience.
#6. Make positive connections
If you surround yourself everyday with negative people, guess how you're going to feel? Yup, that's right - negative and depressed. Healthy, happy people surround themselves with other people who love life. Nobody's saying you have to plaster a smile on your face 24/7, but try to stay upbeat and positive and you'll find you naturally attract other like-minded people. If you find yourself surrounded by negative people, it may be time for some friendship breakups and time you found yourself a new set of friends!
#7. Don't multi-task
If you've ever found yourself so busy you literally just have ZERO free time, it can be tempting to multi-task. Stop right there! Multi-tasking actually hinders productivity, and if you're spreading your concentration between several tasks, you're not focusing on just one thing. Whether at home or at work, give one task your full concentration - you might find it takes you a bit longer to get things done, but you will do it better and get a greater sense of satisfaction out of it. The same goes for your days off - don't watch a film whilst eating whilst also texting a friend and browsing the web. Choose something you want to do and give it your full attention. Enjoying each experience is the key to being happier and more fulfilled!
#8. Take some time out
Healthy, happy people know when it's time to take some time out. Even during the busiest of days, there's always the opportunity for 5 minutes, whether you spend that time meditating, taking a quick walk around the block or reading. Taking time to yourself is important as it helps you to be more mindful of how you're feeling. Perhaps your energy levels are low and you need a quick healthy snack, or maybe you're tired after a late night - time for a relaxing evening and a good night's sleep! Taking time out is so important to your health, so don't be afraid to demand a break at work if you haven't been allowed your usual lunch break.
Being healthier and happier starts with little, everyday habits, and trying some (or all) of these could make a huge difference to your life! Do you have any habits you try to stick to everyday? We'd love to hear what works for you.