With all the chaos in the world today, your health might not be your top priority. It’s easy to feel guilty, get discouraged—and, yes, burnout is real. Beat the blues with a healthy daily routine. It doesn’t have to be hard—a few, simple tweaks can make all the difference. And you don’t have to do it all at once—you shouldn’t—slow, small changes can make you feel like a whole new person. Take it from me—I put a few of these into practice over the last few months, and I haven’t looked back.
So, stop slogging through your day, and use these tried-and-true tips to create a new, healthy routine!
Start Off Right
I recently discovered the value of a solid morning routine. When the pandemic hit and I started working from home, I abandoned the early-morning rhythms I had before—getting dressed, washing my face, making breakfast. My day began with me waking up and walking to my office to work. And it wasn’t working. I enjoy waking up and taking the time to get ready and focus on my day—even if I’m not going anywhere.
Now, I set my alarm an hour earlier so I can enjoy a slow morning to drink tea, write, talk with my family, and greet the day properly, and without pressure. Journaling or quiet time to reflect on what you’re grateful for are also great ways to relax into your daily to-dos. It doesn’t matter if your office is a few feet or miles away, it’s important to start your day off on the right foot. Take steps to wake up and get going with a positive outlook.
Everyone’s routine is going to be different, so take time to create the one that’s right for you.
Success with Supplements
I’ve never been much of a vitamin person, even though a lot of people swear by them. But my health’s important to me, so I started doing more research and eventually tried some new supplements. After a few weeks, I can feel the difference!
Vitamins are part of my routine now, and I highly recommend them. Consider your personal needs. Maybe you want more support for your bones, your heart, or your brain. And if you find yourself indoors more often than not, consider a vitamin D supplement* for a healthy dose of sunshine.
I used to hate exercise until I realized what I actually hated was the treadmill. Surprisingly, exercise can be fun!—and the benefits are great, too. Get your body moving to improve your mental health and mood, strengthen your bones and muscles, and help you sleep.
Find a workout you enjoy. Whether it’s inside or out, fast or slow, there’s something for everyone. It can be as simple as a walk around your neighborhood, yoga, or a hike—at the end of the day, your mind and body will thank you.
If you’re not sure where to start, browse the internet to find activities you enjoy. Look for unique ways to explore your neck of the woods (like climbing or skiing) or going for an evening stroll. Grab a friend, or do it alone—whatever makes it most worthwhile for you.
YouTube is a great source for a variety of at-home workouts—everything from kickboxing to salsa dancing to mindfulness.
A Healthy Diet for A Happy You
Overhauling your diet can be hard to stick with, and is often as complicated as it is frustrating. So don’t do it all at once—make small changes that are sustainable long-term.
Start by swapping processed foods with healthy choices you enjoy. Keep fruits and veggies or a bowl of nuts within reach for a healthy snack. Craving ice cream? Throw a frozen banana in a blender with frozen strawberries, peanut butter, or choccy for a healthy, but satisfying, creamy treat. There are tons of creative recipes online that taste indulgent but leave you feeling great.
And don’t forget to drink plenty of water—make it tasty by adding your favorite fruit or sugar-free flavoring. Staying hydrated and getting the right nutrients will keep you feeling good and help you power through your day.
Quench cola cravings by swapping soda for flavored sparkling water instead.
Swipe Less, Snooze More
Snoozing seven-to-nine hours a night is the perfect amount of sleep for a healthy adult. Set a standard time to crawl into bed each night so you can wake up feeling rested and refreshed. And put your phone down at least half an hour before your head hits the pillow to give yourself better quality sleep.
You Know What’s Best for You
There isn’t a right or wrong way to add healthy habits to your daily routine. Meet your goals in a way that works best for you. Slow and consistent changes bring results. Listen to your body. No one knows what you need better than you.
And don’t forget to reward yourself! You’re establishing a healthy routine, not a diet and exercise plan. Take time to rest, and don’t beat yourself up if everything doesn’t go as planned. Consider tracking your goals to keep yourself motivated.
Now that you’ve got the basics for a new, healthy routine, go forth and conquer the day!
*This medicine may not be right for you. Read the label before purchase. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, worsen, or change unexpectedly talk to your health professional.
About the Writer
Sarah Limardo is an editor and author in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can find her writing, exploring the mountains, or lost in her growing collection of Young Adult books.