If there is anything constant in all of our lives apart from change, it is time. Time is always fleeting. It’s always moving forward at a pace that most of us cannot control. There are a few who have championed the art of managing time while others have difficulty making time for themselves in this fast-paced world. Who would’ve thought that work from home would become the new norm? Before 2020, employees were either reprimanded or monitored by their manager for requesting work from home. This was the case two years ago but not now. Working from home may reduce the stress of commuting but it certainly is not healthy as for many of us waking up from sleep and turning on the laptop has become a reality that’s proving to be difficult to let go of. Sure, working all day, being oh so productive, and doing it over time may give you that promotion you want but you need to realize that you are trading it for something far more valuable than that. You are trading yourself, your health, and your time. And this article is here to tell you to stop. Your quality of life is equal to your health.
Sleep is important. Our bodies are designed in such a way that we NEED that sleep to function properly and unfortunately most of us ‘adults’ choose to sacrifice our sleep for something trivial. If we lack the required amount of rest then the chemicals in our brain may go haywire. The better the quality of sleep the better will be your next day. Sleep also offers many benefits to life. Sleep helps your body heal, repair, and recharge for the new day. With a good night’s sleep every day, you will see many things around your life and physical health change. It’ll help you boost your immune system, increase your exercise performance, improve your memory and also increase your productivity. Thus, start to heal your life with sleep. It is recommended for adults to get 7 or more hours of sleep every night. This is the best habit to start with.
Physical exercise is the next big step to improve your quality of life. Any physical activity or exercise will elevate your daily life to the next level. It is very easy to make plans and think about doing things but it’s all in the comfort of your mind. But that’s the thing, we just get comforted by it and do not take the action needed to make it work. You do not have to buy all the workout accessories or outfits to get it done. All you have to do is take a walk. That’s it. Just take it a step at a time for 30 mins and you're all set for the day. Trust me, your heart will appreciate you for it one day! Once walking becomes a daily part of your life, take the next step and explore the other areas of physical fitness that will help you build a habit for a healthy life. Take those 30 minutes as a good opportunity to become fit and fine in your body and mind. So, it is important to understand that doing any physical activity is way better than being a couch potato.
There is no one way to have a well-balanced life. It’s work and it involves more than just physical activity. To have a healthy life one needs to give attention to all the aspects of body, mind, and soul. If physical activity is to make you fit then a healthy diet is to keep your body working. You must ensure that you are giving yourself the best of everything. A healthy diet is essential for good health and nutrition. What you eat in day-to-day life will give your body the strength to fight diseases. By adopting a healthy diet your body can protect you against chronic noncommunicable diseases according to WHO. Try to eat more bright fruits and vegetables and consume less salt, sugar, and processed food. Having good health is not something we just acquire, it is a habit that we build over time.
Look forward to life and the experiences it offers by doing something new. I know that getting entertainment is the fastest way to boost happiness but taking on a new challenge or habit is far healthier than that. Adults ideally work on the laptop for 8 hours or sometimes stretch it long. So adopt a habit that keeps you away from all the tech and lets you be in a natural state of calmness. Take a look at what is outside the house. It may be a corridor, a garden, a lane, or an architectural building that people build for others to take a look at. These things have stories in them. Stories that you can either capture or write about. If you are someone who has a tiny bit of interest to learn about the wonders of the world then you can start by learning the various cultures and languages that our world has to offer. Or if you like solving puzzles or building mechanical models then get your box of pieces and start building it from scratch. Turn on the music and submit yourself to the creativity that follows. The more you dedicate time to your mind the healthier your soul would feel.
Maintain a normal body temperature by keeping yourself hydrated all day. It is commonly known that a person should drink half a gallon of water every day. Also, it is advisable to keep sipping water throughout the day. Adopting a healthy habit of drinking will save you from dehydration. Thanks to India’s fluctuation in temperature many people get dehydrated. It can happen when you are at home too. So save yourself from the conditions of dehydration by drinking enough water as it is important for your health.
Creating a healthy lifestyle is also an important habit to inculcate. And the people who can help you with this are your family members and friends. Healthier habits work better when you do it with the people you love. Log out from the internet and spend quality time with your family members. Engage yourself in conversations that make no sense but bring you joy. That’s how a family is. It’s a relationship that’s going to stay with you forever. If you want you can do all the above habits mentioned in this article with your family members and make it a joint activity where you see and congratulate each other's progress. Talking about what’s on your mind can help you clear your thoughts and buy you that space for much-needed calmness. A healthy environment at home can help boost the serotonin levels in your brain which will also improve your mood. Hence, adopting these simpler habits to your day-to-day life will help you live a healthier life.