Today, perhaps due to a hectic environment, stress is very common. The majority working in a corporate environment are literally swimming with stress or anxiety. Even those staying or working at home are no exception. But doing a few daily healthy habits can overcome any stressful situation.
We’re going to explore 5 simple daily healthy habits that everyone should be doing. Unfortunately, not many people are doing these healthy habits. Perhaps, due to their simplicity, the majority simply go by the day without thinking them.
1. Reduce Stress By Getting Enough Quality Sleep
One of the natural and effective ways to manage stress is getting enough quality sleep. During sleep, the body’s repair system kicks in.
Additionally, during sleep, the brain activates the glymphatic system. This is a cleaning system for the brain and only becomes active during sleep.
To further boost the benefit of sleep, feeling good up to the last waking conscious moments is vital. Regardless of what happens during that day, just feel good, relax and get a good sleep.
Avoid going to bed feeling lonely, sad and overwhelmed. Give yourself a break. It’s time for your body to recuperate and rejuvenate. What’s the ideal number of sleep hours? This is dependent and varies from person-to-person.
Normally, 6 to 8 hours is good. If the sleep is deep and quality, 6 hours is enough. But most people wake up fully energized the next morning after 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
If you have a problem getting a good sleep every night, seeking a professional help is a smart idea. There is no secret to getting quality sleep. However, the majority of people today forget how to do it. Hence, you might want to check these tips on how to get a good and quality sleep.
2. Wake Up Early And Meet The Morning Sun
The body’s biological or master clock is the circadian rhythm. This clock detects darkness and set the brain to release melatonin, therefore, we feel drowsy and go to sleep.
In the morning as we wake up, the windows or trigger of the circadian rhythm is light. This light passes the eyes sending signals to the brain telling the body’s entire system that it’s time to wake up.
Maintaining a normal circadian rhythm is essential for health. It helps prevent the following conditions;
- Hormone imbalances
- SAD(seasonal affective disorder)2
- Bipolar disorder3
- Sleep disorders4 5
Moreover, sunlight is the best source of Vitamin D, which is a hormone that involves many important bodily functions.
If you’re a parent, teach and train your children to sleep and wake up early. Sleeping late especially spending a long time on screens has unhealthy consequences. It hurts the eyes and disrupts normal circadian rhythm.
3. Boost Brain Health with Fish Oil
Fish oil supplementation is just good for the heart, but also for brain health. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are what the body needs to reduce and prevent inflammation.
If you have access to quality wild fishes like salmon, halibut, sardines, and tuna, taking fish oil supplements may not be necessary.
However, in today’s environment, these quality foods are somewhat elusive, and we should take supplements.
As always, if you don’t have any idea on the amount of fish oil, talk to your doctor.
4. Make Meditation A Part Of Your Lifestyle
Meditation is an old practice. Eastern cultures have been practicing it for thousand of years. Today, it is gaining popularity in the West and around the globe.
You might have heard about it. Sometimes, some people refer to it as mindfulness. They’re pretty much the same, but not interchangeable.
Mindfulness is a type of meditation wherein a person (you) is mindful what you’re doing at present. This is what meditation guru or teachers refer to as being at the present moment.
Meditation is a good practice for reducing stress. Practicing it regularly allows you to control your monkey mind. Don’t be feared to meditate. While it is associated with sitting a long time without movement, you can meditate while washing the dishes or clothes.
Once you’re able to stop your mind thinking the various chaos in life, it relaxes and hence, reduces the stress.
5. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Getting out of the comfort zone allows mental growth. Mentally, getting out of the comfort zone exploring new ideas and skills allow the brain to form new neural connections.
So, do something big that scares you and feels awkward at the same time. As long as you do things regularly to manage stress, it won’t be a problem anymore.
The more you do something that’s out of your comfort zone, it triggers interest and focus. Although this is not one of the common daily healthy habits, the more you do it, the better you become at it.
This is one of the best self-development efforts you can do. If you’ve heard Dan Peña, he said he practice to be uncomfortable. When uncomfortable things or events come, he is already comfortable doing it.
Consider this just as a soldier’s training. The more he trains himself with uncomfortable exercises, the stronger and more resilient he becomes.
Some people might not be able to all these daily health habits. The good news is you don’t have to do them all at once.
Do one that you’re comfortable doing. Once you do that one thing, you begin doing another one and so on.
Don’t get overwhelmed. Instead, approach it step-by-step until you’ll be the master doing these daily healthy habits.
Of course, the more often you these things, it can lead to a more solid self-confidence. Eventually, making you a healthier and better man.