5 Easy Healthy Habits to Adopt in 2019

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New year, new you, right?

Whether or not you like setting resolutions for the new year, there’s no time like the PRESENT to start a healthy habit!

The last few months of 2018 were particularly rough for my mental health - depression and anxiety got really out of hand which led to me being so stressed that my acne-prone skin just blew up which made me more stressed, and so on. In all of that, I really had to stop myself from my unhealthy way of living and get back on track with some healthy habits… But if you’ve ever struggled with depression, you know just how HARD it can be to “add” a habit to your routine when you already have 0 motivation to even get out of bed; so I had to get creative.

How can I get healthy again without adding the stress and pressure of “getting healthy”?

1. Start Your Day With Gratitude

If you’re anything like me, your alarm goes off and you instantly go to your phone, pick it up and start scrolling social media to “wake up.” I’m guilty of this, too. However, some days I can’t handle scrolling through other’s “highlights'“ when I’m already struggling to feel motivated myself. Comparison truly is the thief of joy.

Starting your day by thinking of 3 things your grateful for, however, is a TOTAL game changer. When I feel depression start creeping in, I start thinking of all the things I’m grateful for instantly. This helps keep my mind focused on what truly matters in life and shifts my perspective from what’s bad to what’s good.

Wake up every day and pray; thank God for at least 3 things you’re grateful for. If you think of more, then that’s even better! But at the very least, even on your toughest days, thank God for at least 3 things.

2. Start Each Day by Drinking a Full Glass of Water

There’s nothing quite like waking up and hydrating your body. It’s so incredibly refreshing and so good for your body. I mean, you’ve spent the last 5-9 hours not hydrating, so your body is R E A D Y for some water. Drinking water right when you wake up is also a great way to wake up and boost your metabolism, so that’s always a plus.

And I’m not sure if this is backed by science, but I swear drinking water right when I wake up gives me the same energy as taking a shot of espresso. Call me crazy, but it works for me!

For added health benefits, add some freshly squeezed organic lemon in your water! This helps to balance your body’s pH level, detox, give you some vitamin C and reduce inflammation in your body.

3. Stretch Every Day

Stretching is so easy and so good for your body! You can do it right when you wake up while you’re laying in bed, or at night when you’re chillin’ on the couch, watching Netflix - or both!

Stretching right when you wake up is another good way to push past that desire to SNOOZE by getting your blood flowing! Stretching also helps prevent aches and pains, helps relieve stress and to state the obvious, it increases your flexibility!

If you need some tips and ideas for what stretches to incorporate, check out this list of essential stretches by Self !

4. Go For a Walk

In the day and age of technology, most of us have jobs sitting behind a desk. When I went from being a college student to being a working adult, my average daily steps went from 20,000 to 3,000 on a GOOD day.

After so many days of barely hitting 3000 steps, office butt starts to take over. If you don’t know what office butt is, it’s when your butt slowly starts to flatten out to the shape of your office chair that you sit in all day, and then cellulite starts throwing a party in your bum. Yeah, not the kind of party I really want to have!

Take at least one walk a day, even if it’s just for 5-10 minutes in the beginning, increasing the time as you feel fit. Taking a walk every day helps increase your blood circulation, reduce stress, strengthens your joints, and even leads to a longer life!

5. Do a Random Act Of Kindness Every Day

Whether you’re rich or poor or somewhere in between, we can ALL afford to be KIND. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget to notice that someone smells nice, or looks nice in red, or needs help carrying their groceries to the car. Or you can always do the whole pay-it-forward things and buy a meal/drink for the person behind you!

Either way, we can all afford to do a random act of kindness every day. If you work from home and don’t see many people throughout the day, text or call someone to say something kind and uplifting! And my theory is that doing a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) shifts your perspective in life to think about others and how you can help, which in turn leads to a more fulfilled life; a life in which you’re less focused on the bad in your day and more focused on how you can make someone else’s day!

I hope you have a happy and healthy 2019! Here’s to healthy habits, self-care, and mental health!

Sierra Kim