Did you know your new home can be your greatest ally in developing and maintaining healthy habits? Making a few key changes to your surroundings can make a big difference in your ability to keep these new habits. Here are some ideas on how to set up your new home so you can make (and keep) your new healthy habits.
Healthy habit: Improved nutrition
Setting up your kitchen for nutritional wins is easy. Get ahead of those snack cravings by placing the food you’d rather eat occasionally on higher shelves and healthier snack options at eye-level so you’re more likely to eat them. Organize your fridge and pantry so it’s easy to find the ingredients you need to cook with so you don’t need to rely on less nutritious options. Reorganize your kitchen and review your cooking utensils and tools, removing things you don’t need or use and replacing worn items. Cooking is more enjoyable when you have the tools you need.
Healthy habit: Exercise more
If your goal is to work out several times a week, make it easier by designating a space in your home for exercising. This can be a corner in the garage, a spare room, or even storing any equipment you need in an easily accessible area so it’s easy to grab and go. If you like to run or walk, keep sunscreen, hat, gloves, sunglass – anything you need, next to the door. Store your workout gear in one area in the closet so you can quickly find what you need. Baskets are great ways to store rolled yoga mats and resistance bands. Remove common barriers to working out by prepacking your gym bag or setting out your workout so they’re ready when you are.
Healthy habit: Focus on building relationships
Developing strong and positive relationships with family help us feel happier and more secure. But with work, school, and activities, connecting with each other daily can be difficult. Bring back family dinners at least a few nights a week, start a weekly family night for a movie, board game, or a special dinner out (or in), explore the outdoors together, or whatever activity your family enjoys doing together.
Healthy habit: Get more sleep
Do you constantly tell yourself tonight will be the night you’ll go to bed at a reasonable time only to find yourself scrolling away on your phone well into early morning hours? Getting enough sleep in the foundation for good health and having a bedroom that feels peaceful will help your mind and body shift into rest.
This start with decluttering your bedroom. Clutter is the enemy of a relaxed mind. If you’ve ever felt anxious in a cluttered room you’ll understand. it’s a visual reminder of all the things must be done! It’s difficult to relax when your mind is jumping from one place to the next. Remove items that belong somewhere else in the house, leaving only the necessities. This doesn’t mean you have to live in an empty room though! Add small touches of color and patterns add a visual interest and a few treasured pieces and photos that make you feel good when you see them. Make you bed an inviting place with luxurious, comfortable bedding and a quality mattress so you’re excited to turn down every night.
Healthy habit: Have more down time
Our lives have gotten busier and it’s easy to forget to sit down and rest. Personal time is good for everyone but it can be difficult to find room in our schedules. That’s why it’s important to make a conscious effort to slow down and have more down time during the day. Encourage this habit by scheduling daily downtime (even if it’s only for a few minutes) and honor the appointment!
Creating a sanctuary space in your home is another great way to develop a habit of taking down time during the day. You can start by choosing an area in your home to serve as your sanctuary and create a calming atmosphere there with the tips we shared.
It takes a lot of work to build lifelong healthy habits but worth the effort. Use your home to your advantage by creating a supportive environment for achieving your goals.
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