Four tips for creating healthy habits

Movement | GroupHealth

Life is busy and sometimes it is hard to find the time to prioritize your mental and physical health. We’ve compiled the following healthy habits to help you take back control of your life and build long lasting healthy habits:

  • Eat nutrient rich foods

    Often when we are stressed or anxious, we look to unhealthy comfort food for temporary relief, but that is not often the best solution. Nutrient rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and nuts help promote gut health, which in turn produce serotonin and dopamine – neurotransmitters that help regulate our mood. Keep in mind when planning your meals that a good rule of thumb is to fill half your plate with vegetables.

  • Step by step

    Walking is great for your mind, body, and soul – burning calories, improving heart health, and reducing stress. Start by walking ten minutes each day and slowly increasing your distance as your endurance improves. Try bringing a friend or listening to your favourite music or podcast for added motivation.

  • Practice mindfulness

    Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in the moment, tuning out the noise and distractions around you, and focusing on what you sense and feel. Set some time in your calendar each day to practice mindfulness exercises. These could include sitting quietly with your eyes closed or leading yourself though a five-minute stretch. As you do these exercises, try focusing on your breathing or reflecting on your day.

  • Build a routine

    Building a healthy routine by planning ahead helps develop mindfulness and reduce stress, impacting your overall mental health. Creating and following a weekly meal plan or a workout schedule can have a positive impact on your life by creating structure and accountability.

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