Healthy Habits – Improved Well-Being

Healthy Habits – Improved Well-Being

Introduction

With the new year at hand, now is the perfect time to time to take charge of your life by incorporating healthy habits into your lifestyle. Doing so can help pave the way toward a more fulfilled well-being and feeling of accomplishment. But you may be wondering, what exactly does this entail?

 

Healthy Habits 101

Healthy habits encompass a variety of aspects that help shape our lives. This may range from meal planning and exercising to improve one’s health, developing effective time management skills to successfully meet deadlines and reduce stress, or even routinely reviewing financial expenses to ensure the longevity and stability of a person’s overall assets.

People often think “healthy habits” consist of only exercise and diet changes, but this isn’t the case.

 

Your Well-being Matters

A person’s well-being can have both positive and negative impacts on their life. On the positive side, there are factors such as improved physical and mental health, growth in personal success and achievement, along with strengthened interpersonal relationships. On the other hand, poor well-being can lead to a reduction in a person’s productivity and satisfaction, feelings of burnout, and a sense of loss of control and lack of motivation. If you neglect your well-being, you risk forgoing many key areas in your life in the future. This is why incorporating and maintaining healthy habits is essential.

 

Where to Start

Start by being honest with yourself. What areas within your life do you feel need improvement? What are your triggers? Maybe you’re often missing deadlines at work. Or perhaps you’re investing too much time into your work that you’ve forgotten to invest time in yourself.

Make sure to write out how you’re feeling overall with your current self so you can reflect on these details later. Taking the time to identify the ineffective habits you have will help you in determining where positive habits need to be formed.

 

“How did I get here?”

Now that you know what areas you want to focus developing healthy habits in, identify how these became “bad habits” to begin with. This is crucial because for any change to stick, consciously understanding why these habits developed will help further cement the necessity of change moving forward.

The first step to changing your behavior is to create an awareness around what you do regularly. Look for patterns in your behavior and what triggers the unhealthy habits you want to change. You can develop ways to disrupt those patterns and create new ones.” – explains Dr. Lisa Marsch, an expert in behaviour change at Dartmouth College.

 

Develop a Plan

Set realistic goals and timelines of reflection for yourself. Small, progressive changes are better than large, complicated ones. Choose one or two positive habits to incorporate into your life instead of multiple at once. Then, develop methods to ensure you stay on track, like utilizing a calendar and setting deadlines ahead of time, or meal prepping on your off day and freezing your meals, so they are prepared when you’re hungry and crunched for time to cook.

Don’t hesitate to share your goals with those you are close to. Ask them to routinely check in with you and see how your progress is going and to make note of any changes they see in you. Setbacks are normal, and incorporating others will help further strengthen your commitment and level of accountability. Understand that implementing healthy habits into your life effectively takes time.

 

What Are You Waiting For?

There’s never a wrong time to work on incorporating healthy habits. In fact, the sooner you begin, the faster you’re likely to see positive change and an improvement in your overall well-being. But if you wait too long, you risk not correcting any habits at all.

Try not to create the illusion for yourself that what you’re working towards is “impossible”.  Be sure to track your progress and how you are feeling along your journey so you can reflect on what is working and what essentially may need to change when striving towards your goal.

 

Reflect and Evaluate

Now that you’ve begun incorporating healthier habits into your life, take time to reflect on how you initially felt before you began this journey. How are you feeling now? Take note of any changes you feel within yourself, even if they seem subtle. If you’ve included family or friends through your journey, connect with them to see what differences they now see in you.

You should commend yourself for your hard efforts – building healthy habits is not easy. But recognize your future is bright and your well-being should flourish. Anything is possible, you just need to put in the work. You got this!

 

Citations

https://www.afdil.com/health-conditions/well-being/

https://info.totalwellnesshealth.com/blog/why-are-healthy-habits-important?hs_amp=true

https:/newsinhealth.nih.gov/2018/03/creating-healthy-habits

https://info.totalwellnesshealth.com/blog/why-are-healthy-habits-important?hs_amp=true

 

 



Author: Jordan Smith
With over twelve years of nursing experience as an RPN, Jordan has gained a plethora of knowledge in hospital and academic settings to contribute efficiently within the healthcare field. With various skills to utilize, he readily applies his expertise to offer a holist approach when working with businesses. His goal is to help further grow a clients practice within the healthcare field in the most strategic way possible while collectively maintaining the interests of clients, staff, and patients, in mind. Jordan values the comfort in spending quality time with his family and friends. He also enjoys the pleasure running and cycling has brought to his life throughout the years.

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