Underestimated Health Habits You Need to Try in 2022

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You have never been the type of person to hop onto health bandwagons and follow trends just because celebrities are doing them. In most cases, health trends aren’t that beneficial to you in the long-run and they won’t last long enough for you to benefit from the results. This is why it’s time to go back to basics and understand the most important health habits for your body, mind and soul.

Whether you’re working on your friendships and relationships after going through difficult times, or you’re actively improving your hydration levels throughout the day, there is so much more to a “healthy” lifestyle than you may believe. The following fifteen underestimated health habits, will help you to assess where you can make improvements in your day to day life.

You may be actively trying these regimes at the moment, or you may not have realized the significant benefits they can have on your wellbeing. Work your way through the list below and you will soon be able to see which underestimated health habits you need to incorporate into your life in the year 2022.

Eight Hours of Sleep and Daily Naps

Taking a nap isn’t a crime, nor is going to bed at a decent hour each evening. Turn off your Netflix show and start prioritizing your much-needed shut eye, because everything else can wait. If you’re lucky enough to work from home, why not use your one hour lunch break to catch up on some sleep? In most cases, you’ll wake up feeling fresh and revitalized so that you’re more productive for the rest of the day ahead.

Tailored Plant Medicine

If you regularly suffer from pain or have an ongoing medical issue, then you need to seek the right tailored support so that your medication alleviates your symptoms. There is no easy way to deal with a long-term medical issue, but there are natural and legal ways to reduce pain and live more comfortably. You may qualify for medical marijuana via a simple phone consultation or by filling in an online form. Finding out whether you’re eligible for certain treatments and medications will ultimately help you to live a better quality life that allows you to manage your day to day life in a more comfortable way.

Home Cooking

Ditch the takeout menus and local restaurants for a week or two and see how your body reacts. Cooking at home is not only nutritionally favorable, but you’ll be saving yourself a whole lot of money in the long run too!

Heightened Hydration

We all know that drinking eight glasses of water a day is recommended, but how many of us actually do it and stick to it on a regular basis? Adapting to a newly hydrated life can take time, but you need to invest in the right equipment and ingredients so that you don’t forget to keep sipping. A brand new water bottle and delicious fresh fruit to infuse into your afternoon beverage is a sure fire way to stay on track with your water intake goals!

Daily Gratitude

Writing down your daily gratitudes is an excellent way to promote self-care and feel more positive as you begin or end your day. No matter how much stress you have recently been through, it’s important to count your blessings and show just how grateful you are for every small thing that may be happening in your life at that moment.

Ultimate Life Organization

Did you know that being more organized can ultimately help you to live a longer and happier life? If you’re the type of person who always forgets things, or struggles to stay on top of day to day tasks, then now is the time to get organized in every aspect of your life. Investing in a diary will help you to keep to your appointments, buy the right ingredients from the store and stay on track with your goals, so why not give it a try today?

Repairing Friendships and Relationships

There is nothing worse than being in an argument with someone you love dearly, so now is the time to repair those fractures and make amends. Being the bigger person and approaching them for a conversation will always be the healthier decision in the long run!

Walking Away from Toxic Friendships Relationships

Equally, if there are people in your life who are making you feel inadequate then you need to walk away from this toxicity. When you don’t feel fulfilled by the friends around you then they don’t deserve to have you as a support system.

Weight-Training as Exercise

You may think that running for hours on end on the treadmill is the only way to get your exercise in for the day. The opposite is in fact true, and there are a number of ways you can improve your physical fitness without spending hours and hours on exhausting cardio regimes. There are a whole host of benefits that go hand in hand with strength training, one of which is the fact that your muscles will soon become stronger.

This will help you to improve your overall health so that you can carry out more physical activities that you may have been able to before. From body weight exercises to free weights, you may want to assess which type of training is best suited to your goals, needs and preferences.

Yoga and Meditation

Daily yoga and meditation practice is one of the best ways to find your calm and centered self. It’s a great method of relaxing, unwinding and finding true peace after a hectic or stressful day. Follow an online yoga tutorial or download a free meditation app and you’ll soon start to see the benefits.

Meal Prepping and Planning

This healthy habit goes hand in hand with home-cooking and ultimate life organization. Meal prepping and planning can help you make healthy choices throughout the week so that you aren’t tempted to order a pizza after a stressful long day!

Smart Skincare Routines

Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so it’s important to take care of it. Using SPF on your face everyday will help to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays and investing in a good exfoliator is the best way to give yourself a healthy, clean glow all year long.

Reading and Learning More

Reading and learning is a brilliant way to exercise your mind and gain a new insight on the world around you. Whether you’re learning a new language or reading up about nutrition, this type of personal development will have long-term positive effects on your overall health and wellbeing.

Cleaner Living 

When you go shopping in your local store, you may not be aware that the cleaning products on the shelves could be damaging to your long term health. Of course, you expect them to clean, disinfect and freshen up your home, but could you change your habits so that your living environment is cleaner and healthier? There are so many smart ways to create your very own home cleaning products, so that the air around you isn’t polluted with harmful toxins and strong chemicals. Reduce your contribution to air pollution and use lemon juice, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda as part of your daily cleaning routine rather than harmful bleaches and sprays from the supermarket shelves.

Self Care and Alone Time

You’re the first person to admit that you definitely don’t give yourself enough alone time, which means that your self-care routine is out of the window. Self care comes in many different shapes and forms, so it’s up to you to discover what fills your cup up and what makes you feel happy.

Being alone is something you should get comfortable with, even if it’s an hour in a hot bubble bath reading your favorite book. This type of alone time is beneficial for self-reflection and it can give you the tools you need to improve yourself, adapt your routines and discover what is truly making you feel happy in life at this time. Assess your current self-care routine and see how you can make some changes to give yourself a much needed boost when you need it.

Even as a health-conscious person, there may be ideas here that you had never thought to explore before. Maintaining a good sleep routine, trying new forms of exercise and surrounding yourself with people who lift your spirits in a positive way, are some of the best habits you can get yourself into.

As with any new health regime, it can be very difficult to break the bad cycles you were in before. This is why it’s important to take small and steady steps so that you don’t overwhelm yourself or become too stringent with your new way of life. Ultimately, your goal is to live an empowered, freeing, happy and fulfilled life that is fuelled by healthy choices and lifestyle habits. With all of these ideas in mind, this should be completely possible for you, as long as you are willing to make the changes and adapt to your new routines as time goes by.

What do you think?

Written by Marni E. Goldberg

Marni E. Goldberg is a journalist covering the financial market and graduate of Wharton School of Business. She loves cooking, travelling in her spare time, and spending quality time with her family.

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