We all have heard at some point in our lives that ‘health is wealth.’ That’s right! Yet, we often forget that staying healthy is not a one-day job. It is a process in which you have to keep on working for your better health. People are often impatient and tend to give up on their healthy habits and ignore their health without realizing adverse consequences.
There are some essential changes you need to focus on to stay healthy. These changes must be a part of your daily routine to have a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life. Some of the major healthy habits you need to develop are:
YOU MUST HAVE BREAKFAST
Breakfast is the first meal of your day, and it boosts your necessary metabolism. Various studies have shown that having even a cereal or a slice of bread in the morning can work for you as people who make sure to have breakfast in the morning can work or study more efficiently. Significantly, having breakfast has a lot to do with your mental health. It boosts your energy; hence, affecting your behaviour and enhancing your working/studying capacity. In a study found in the Journal of Public Health Nutrition, we can see the clear difference in children’s performance who eat breakfast. Those children who eat their breakfast are more likely to be sharp and attentive in school. Furthermore, adults have noticed that if they don’t skip their breakfast, they perform much better in their offices. Breakfast helps you to fight stress and depression and is an essential part of your life.
People who usually skip their breakfasts tend to be depressed and sometimes even faint in schools/offices.
HIGH WATER INTAKE
Water plays a vital role in your body. It helps your body carry out every function and maintains the balance and temperature of your body. Your body has a high percentage of water of about 75%, which you need to sustain by having at least 2.7 to 3.7 litres of water daily. If you don’t drink enough water, you’ll end dehydrating yourself, which further ignites several health problems. So, to avoid dehydration, you must keep a check on your water intake daily. It’ll keep you fresh, energetic, and healthy.
Less water intake can cause multiple problems, for example:
· Dry skin
· Increases the risks of severe kidney problems
· Urinary issues
· It can highly affect your mental as well as physical functioning
· Severe digestion problems and some other life-threatening issues
PROPER SLEEPING ROUTINE
We often take our sleep for granted and end up waking all night long either binge-watching Netflix or working late at night or either hanging out with friends and family. Rest is complex for many people, and they think it is okay to sleep in the middle of the day. People have a misconception that a mid-day nap can make up for the sleep they missed last night. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, an individual needs to sleep at the correct timing. The study further reveals that you need about 7-9 hours of sleep to avoid any damage to the brain.
Conforming to multiple types of research, chronic lack of sleep interrupts your brain functioning, and you end up losing your focus and memory. Lack of sleep highly affects your memory and can cause several diseases and disorders like blood pressure, depression, cardiovascular issues, digestive issues, etc.
Therefore, each individual must develop a proper sleeping routine to stay healthy and active. Losing your sleep to anything or anyone is not a good option!
ADD ANY SORT OF EXERCISE TO YOUR ROUTINE
An active body is a healthy body! You need to stay energetic and fresh if you want to feel healthy. It can only happen if you have some sort of physical activity in your routine. You must develop a habit of staying active by either;
· Going to the gym
· Starting for a morning or evening walk
· Going jogging
· Starting cleaning your house
· Going for running
Studies show that being physically active is directly related to your mental health too. When you indulge yourself in some sort of physical exercise or activity, your brain starts to function more actively and efficiently. So, there you go! Or you can choose any other form of exercise you prefer. Make it a habit and practice it in your daily life.
SPEND LESS TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA
People are so busy on social media, as of late, that they lose track of time, and they end up emotionally and mentally drained; to the extent that they avoid their family and friends. And these are just some examples of what social media has done to us! This generation is living a virtual life more than anything else.
After social media took a toll on us, people began to discover that constantly using social media not only affects you mentally but physically too. You often end up feeling depressed or lost after using social media for a prolonged time.
People have stopped talking to each other face-to-face or hanging out, or even having lunch or dinner with family and friends, which is one of the adverse impacts of social media. Some researchers have proved that hanging out with your family or friends or even just reading a book can keep you healthy and active.
WAKE UP EARLY
This habit is directly related to your sleeping patterns. Conforming to some researchers, developing a habit of waking up early each day makes your mind more productive and keeps you healthy.
KEEP YOUR DIET IN CHECK
One of the most important habits you need to build to stay healthy is to take a balanced diet. It’s not like you shouldn’t eat fast food or anything from outside, but you must concentrate on having a healthy diet enriched with all nutrients your body needs. You must also learn to balance your diet and still have fun.
Your health must be your priority, and you should never take it for granted!