4 Steps to Creating a Healthier and Happier You

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Your best life awaits you.
A healthier, happier version of yourself awaits! These 4 steps can help get you there. Photo from Pixabay.

Life can be busy, and we can often neglect ourselves, leaving our health at the wayside. Whether you’re a working parent who puts your children’s’ needs first or you’re busy with your career and other commitments, the everyday things can and do often take over. So what can be done to make yourself and your health more of a priority?

The good news is that it’s back to basics on things. Just simple steps, rather than making radical changes, can impact your overall health and wellbeing. Parent or not, you’re only able to be the best person, wife, mother, etc. that you can be when you take care of yourself as well. Here are some steps that you could start today toward positive change.

Your best life awaits you.
A healthier, happier version of yourself awaits! These 4 steps can help get you there. Photo from Pixabay.

Eat Breakfast

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Many of us have been told that since we were kids. But what’s the reason? Breakfast boosts your metabolism and will give you the energy that you need to start the day. However, you do need to make sure you’re having a nutritious breakfast. Pastries and doughnuts are not going to be the things that will help your day start off right.

Find Exercise You Enjoy

There is a clue in the name ‘workout’ and the clue is the word work. It can be hard work to workout! And if you’re a beginner or need to get into a better fitness routine, then you should find something that you enjoy and won’t see as a chore. You’re more likely to stick at an enjoyable exercise routine rather than one that you dull, boring or too tough.

Replace Bad Habits

You are only going to be at maximum health when you can kick bad habits. When there is something holding you back, then it will impact your health, both physical and mental. Going ‘cold turkey’ and just stopping formed habits can be difficult. So, it is a good idea to think about things that you can be doing instead. For a start, you could look to vape instead of using cigarettes, for example. You could swap soda for sparkling water. You could read a book instead of looking through Facebook before you go to bed. So, just look at your life and think about what you can be doing and in what ways you can cut out or replace certain things.

Control Your Portions

When you’re not in control of what you eat then you can quite easily overeat, and that can be an easy habit to get into. So, it can be worth looking at how much you eat and where you eat it. Preparing meals at home is the best way to know what is going into your food, as well as controlling how much you consume. Using smaller plates or bowls can be a simple way to eat less, as visually filling the plate won’t involve as much food.

38 COMMENTS

  1. I think you’ve shown that we can all start somewhere to make small improvements. I’ve cut out most of the highly processed foods I used to eat. And I’m drinking more water. It’s only been a few weeks, but I feel better already.

  2. Great advice here. I like that you pointed out that is is “simple steps.” Then, you pointed out to do exercise you like. That is great advice. So many people start the gym and quickly fail because they fail to follow this advice.

  3. Great post! I’m just reading the happiness advantage, and a top tip for kicking bad habits is the 20 second rule. If you make bad habits take longer than 20 seconds to start then it makes it harder to do (i.e take out the batteries of the remote control for the TV and walk them 20 seconds away)

  4. All great advice (that most importantly) is doable!! Keep sharing these important messages. Repetition is necessary to overcome people’s lack of willingness to incorporate necessary CHANGES in their lives to achieve healthier outcomes.

  5. I totally agree with all of this! Habits are so important because they are the building blocks to the type of life you choose to live. I love the exercise advice. I used to think I would hate exercising, but once I got into a routine and found the workouts I enjoy doing in front of the TV, I started to do so much more regularly which has definitely left a positive impact on my life. I have to still work on the overeating thing, though… 🙁

  6. Love your emphasis on ‘replace’, Christy… If we don’t do this we can sometimes feel deprived. And that has a tendency to lead us back to those nasty old habits… 🙂
    xoxoxo

  7. I begun to use a jump rope again. It is fun and I don’t think of it as exercise. I did it when I was a kid unknowingly that it would keep my heart, and stamina in check. Great blog!

  8. Very good advice, it’s so easy to get so intertwined with #mummylife and leave ourselves in the wayside! Although I never skip breakfast that is always a must for me and I like Big portions in the mornings 🙈🤭

    Selfcare is so vital!

  9. Great advice, Christy! While many of us may have read or heard some of these things before, I know I can always use reminders of just how important they are. I definitely am guilty of ignoring myself over other priorities from time to time.

  10. Preparing meals at home rather than buying ready meals to throw in the oven/microwave is important, there is SO much rubbish that goes into these convenience foods which is easy to notice if you look at the long list of ingredients on the back of such packets. Eating out is nice on occasion, but avoid fast food places as their homogeneous food offering is based on maximising profit rather than diet.

    • Fast food isn’t usually healthy food, as you indicate. I like the satisfaction of eating a meal that’s home cooked too because I’ve put the effort in… Your comments have me thinking now about new blog post ideas – and that’s a good thing!

  11. What a great article! Thanks for bringing some do-able options to the table to change things TODAY.

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