5 healthy habits to start this week

5 healthy habits to start this week

Resolutions and goals are good but building habits are better. You don’t have to wait for a new year, check out five healthy habits you can start this week. 

Weekly Preparation

Prepare for the week ahead by setting an hour or two aside each week to get organised. This will help you stay on top of things so that you don't have to worry about running out of toilet paper or not having enough food in the fridge when it's time to cook tea. 

Focus on planning your meals for the week, make a list of what ingredients you’ll need, plan weekly activities in your diary and tick off any other miscellaneous tasks. As they say, failing to prepare is preparing to fail! 

Cold Water Therapy

Cold water therapy isn’t a new fad. It’s a health tool used for millennia, set to stick around! Cold water therapy is a great way to improve your health and boost energy levels. It's also helpful for those who suffer from chronic pain, many use it as a tool for sports recovery and some use it to boost their mental health.

You shouldn’t start with an ice bath, get started with daily cold showers or wild swims in nature - it doesn’t matter how you do it but get your cold on! You can find heaps more information in our journal

Set Limits on Screen Time

It can be difficult to cut down on screen time in today's busy world, but it's important if you want to live a healthy lifestyle! The global average screen time for 2022 sits at a whopping 6 hours and 59 minutes per day. Many working office jobs need to spend large chunks of their day behind screens.

But take a look at your personal time and set a limit on how much screen time you’d like to allow yourself each day (i.e., 3 hours per day), and stick with it. Whilst 3 hours of screen time a day may seem a lot, many forget to include the TV!

Try Healthy Food Substitutions

Overhauling your whole diet at once isn’t easy, but you can try some healthy substitutions wherever possible. The key here is to use the weekly prep time to plan ahead because when we are hungry, we tend to reach for whatever is closest or easiest. 

Make sure to have healthy snacks at your fingertips.  How about dark chocolate for milk chocolate, or replace crisps with popcorn? Small changes over time will make a big difference!

Get Outside

It’s recommended that you spend at least 20 minutes outside every day. ‘Research shows that when people spend more time outside, it reduces anxiety levels and improves mood,’ Owen O’Kane, psychotherapist and author of Ten To Zen. We know it’s easier said than done in the colder months, but wrap up warm and get your body moving!