Although people usually include it in their New Year’s Resolutions, it’s never too late to start working on healthier habits. Kolani and I have been changing little habits in our life to live healthier and while they might be small changes, they’ve made a big enough difference for us to notice.
Habits generally take about three weeks to two months to form. Obviously, this is a pretty open and general time frame, but as long as you stay consistent, it’ll be easy peasy.
Here are my suggestions for 10 healthier habits to make in 2 months or less.
swap soda for sparkling water
Last year, (during my first lockdown) I decided to cut way back on soda and swap it our for sparkling water (Bubly is my fave). I hated the idea of how much soda I was drinking and wanted a healthier alternative. Now I’m not saying I don’t drink soda once n a while because I do, but I now generally prefer Bubly over soda. It’s a much healthier alternative and easy switch!
stop scrolling & start reading
I’ve been incorporating this habit a lot more lately. Think about how often you sit on your couch and just scroll through tiktok or instagram for hours on end. It’s a two birds one stone kinda thing- a way to stay off your phone and get your nose in a book.
In a recent post, I mentioned that I lost my job last month due to covid. Since I’m at home again, I’ve made it a daily goal to keep moving each day. I might follow along to a yoga practice on youtube, get a quick spin in on my bike, or take Ava for a walk. I feel much more energetic afterwards, and it lifts my spirits a ton. It doesn’t have to a super intense workout or anything, just making time for yourself to be active will help improve your mental state a lot as well.
I’ve made a personal goal for myself that I won’t turn on or watch TV until the evening after dinner. It motivates me to be more productive throughout the day and leaves me looking forward to catching up on a new show or watching a movie after my day is done.
Drink more water
Women, on average need to drink about 3 liters of waters a day, and Men around 3.5 liters. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but you know how important it is to stay hydrated. If you’re looking for a giant, cute water bottle, you can check this one out here: https://amzn.to/30v8bKz
Cut back on drinking
Kolani and I have made a pact to hold off from drinking until the weekend. So, Monday through Friday(ish), we refrain from consuming alcohol. Sometimes we’ll have a drink on Friday evening if it’s a date night, but otherwise we don’t have a drink until the weekend. It’s a nice way to drink more responsibly. We’ve noticed that we’re in a better mood more often and we’ve even slept better.
I don’t know about you, but I get so restless staying in the house all the time. Once I get a breath of fresh air, I feel a thousand times better. I might just step into our backyard to play with Ava for a bit, run errands, or go for a little walk. Either way, spring is just around the corner and you can’t deny the gorgeous weather!
fruits & veggies!
This one doesn’t have to be as hard as it may sound! If you can find some way to include more fruits and veggies into your diet that works for you, that’s fine! I used to put the pressure on myself that I had to have veggies with every single dinner. And while I do try include them with our nightly meals, I find it’s easiest for me to include them in my smoothies! Super fast, easy and delicious.
When it comes to exercise or getting outside, I set my daily goal to 10,000 steps. I might now always make it to 10,000 steps everyday, but as long as I’m trying that is enough.
journaling your feelings
This is so therapeutic for me to do. With the stress of losing my job and other covid related things, I’ve started writing down my thoughts or feelings at night before I go to bed. I find that this helps me clear my head easily, and I’m able to vent whenever I need to. Check out some cute journals here: https://amzn.to/2N6kGZL