As a full-time graduate student also working part-time, I have a lot on my plate. Between school, work, and whatever is left of my social life, it can be easy to push my health to the side and let other parts of my life trample over it, and I know I’m not the only one who struggles to prioritize a healthy lifestyle with a busy schedule.
While it’s great to keep busy, we have to take the time to stop and think about the impact our daily routine has on our health. The implications that come with not taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional well-being can be drastic. For example, the Mayo Clinic highlights that stress can lead to muscle tension or pain, sadness or depression, and overeating or undereating when not addressed.
To be our best selves and reach our fullest potential we need to make our health a priority. It’s not about making any drastic changes, but about implementing small changes into our daily routine that will make us feel happier and healthier.
Here are five healthy habits you can incorporate into your daily routine that won’t take up all of your time and will help you prioritize your help:
Most people are unaware of the countless health benefits of drinking water, such as boosting brain performance, flushing toxins and balancing the body’s temperature. Instead of buying that second Starbucks drink or grabbing a soda, try to increase your water intake. Invest in a reusable water bottle that you can carry with you throughout the day. If you’re someone who struggles to drink water, try infused water as it adds flavor to your water. You can infuse your water with all types of fresh produce. From strawberries to orange slices and mint, the possibilities are endless. According to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the recommended daily water intake is 3.7 liters for men and 2.7 liters for women.
With so much going on, it can be hard to find some time to do exercise, but what most people don’t realize is that you don’t have to workout for two hours to get a workout in. Moving your body is as simple as stretching for five minutes before you get ready for your day or going on a ten minute walk during your lunch break. Remember to do something you enjoy to also make the experience fun.
Not only does movement release stress and tension, but if you’re someone who sits for long hours and has a stiff back, it helps get the blood flowing.
What you put into your body greatly influences your energy levels and concentration, two things that are essential in helping you get through a long day. Try incorporating more whole foods into your diet, such as vegetables and fruits, and make sure you’re eating enough protein to help keep your body strong.
Most of us spend an unnecessary amount of time scrolling through social media before bed. Instead of spending twenty to thirty minutes on TikTok before bed, try reducing this time to five or ten minutes. The average person needs at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night for their body to recharge. We need to be conscious of how we’re spending our time and ensure that we get as much rest as possible after a long day.
We often overwork ourselves. If you find yourself working or studying for more than one hour without taking a break, take a break! Grab some fresh air, go to your favorite coffee shop, and get your mind off of your work. It’s crucial that you make time for yourself to unwind and relax.
As stated by the American entrepreneur Jim Rohn:
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.