5 healthy habits you need to adopt in 2018

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*This is a guest post 

Hello January, here we are eager and full of enthusiasm to start making change. And what most people wish for is health, love, money, to lose weight, etc. It is all good!

But what happens when reality sets in? We are left with a list of goals which very often gets thrown away soon after.

And I have the statistics to back up my statement – only 5 % of the people actually accomplish their New Year’s resolutions! Yes, merely 5 %! Why is that? Do we all lack willpower? Don’t we really want to achieve these goals?

And my answer is very simple – we are not weak, and we have a strong desire to change, but we have been approaching these tasks with the wrong strategy!

Most of us make a strong decision to change everything “from tomorrow”, or “from Monday”, or “from New Year’s Eve”. And what happens is – our minds and bodies get overwhelmed by all these new activities and new types of behaviour that they simply shut down. One day you just can’t make yourself go to gym, or you can’t resist that slice of pizza. And… we fall off the wagon and start bashing on ourselves for being weak!

Does that sound familiar?

If it does, do not worry! I am here to guide you and help you make 2018 healthier and happier!

So, what’s the secret? It lies in one single word – habits!

By establishing healthy habits, we teach our sub-consciousness to work for us and make healthier decisions on autopilot! The only thing you need to do is to start with one new activity and repeat it for at least 30 consecutive days to make it stick in your sub-consciousness!

If you don’t know where and how to start, take a look at my top 5 recommendations for which healthy habits to install in 2018!

Let’s dive in!

Meditate

We are seeing such a rapid explosion and expansion of the information technologies these days! You can learn more about almost any topic you are curious about in an instant. But that obsession over our smartphones, computers, and gadgets is slowly and surely draining our mental energy on a daily basis. All this information overload, world drama, and gossip are causing our mental and emotional health to suffer.

Thankfully, the solution is very simple and it lies in the ancient practice of silencing the mind and meditating. And before you think it is too hard to become quiet, let me tell you – only 5 minutes of gentle relaxation and mindful breathing can do for you so much more than any anti-depressant in the world!

Ditch white sugar (OK, maybe just lower its consumption)

I know it seem so ridiculous, but white sugar is the most common addictive drug on the planet right now! It is proven that our bodies have the same reaction to sugar as to hardcore drugs like cocaine! That is why it is so important to break that addiction and boost our well-being instantly!

Don’t believe me? Here is some official data about this white killer – it has been directly linked to numerous diseases, ailments, and discomforts like low immunity, hormonal imbalances, obesity, inflammation, fast aging, chronic fatigue, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, even the modern menace – cancer.

But don’t freak out! There are loads of healthier alternatives you can use to satisfy your sweet tooth, like stevia, maple syrup, coconut sugar, honey, etc. Start swapping with those and your body will thank you!

Roll out your yoga mat

Let me tell you a secret – I am not such a big fan of exercising. But this one practice changed me at a profound and holistic level. It’s yoga!

Yoga saved me from my two herniated disks injury, depression, weight gain, and weak immunity! It is such a powerful tool which works on many levels (mental, emotional, glandular) – not just building physical flexibly and strength.

It balances your hormones, improves your mental health, self-esteem, and boosts all the systems and organs in the body! I always say – if you can do just one type of movement – let that be yoga – even if it’s just for 15 minutes a day!

Drink more water

Yes, I know, I know – you have heard this time and time again! But knowing something and actually doing it are two very different things.

So, how to make yourself drink more water? Here are my tips and tricks to stay hydrated more easily in 2018.

First, start small – don’t try to jump from 1 cup a day to 4 cups. Move slowly until you feel comfortable and build on that.

Second, improve the taste of the liquid – if you do not like drinking plain water, just add some lemon juice or wheatgrass powder.

Third, add more tea (unsweetened) like Peppermint, Thyme, Melissa, etc. – they have wonderful flavours and magical healing properties! Perfect combo!

Detox your environment

Today we are using so much artificial stuff which produces harmful substances that accumulate in our bodies. And with time, our systems get overloaded with toxins and have difficulties running smoothly.

So, make a commitment to start changing the products you use on a daily basis. Maybe start using natural oils for your beauty routines; buy organic toxin-free hygiene items free from parabens and petroleum derivatives; make your own candles with beeswax; or swap the traditional air deodorant with a DIY version with essential oils, and so on and so on. Plus, this makes a wonderful hobby that will pull you away from the digital overwhelm!

I hope this information has been helpful and inspiring! Please do leave a comment below and share your favourite healthy habits. What personal struggles do you face when it comes to living a healthier and more vital life? I would love to learn more about you and help you reach your wellness goals in 2018!

5 healthy habits to adopt in 2018

Author bio: 

Milica Vladova dedicated her work to spreading the valuable knowledge of the physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. She is determined to make the world healthier, happier, and more successful! She has been published on The Huffington Post, The Elephant Journal, Thrive Global, Steven Aitchison, and more. She is also the author of “The Detox and Strong Immunity Series” and “DIY Homemade Beauty Products Series“.

You can find her latest bits of wisdom and download her FREE healthy recipe books at Mind Body and Spirit Wellbeing and connect on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

16 comments

  1. Only 5%?! Wow!
    This is a wonderful post, and I am so with you. I love yoga, but I’ve had to put it on hold for a while after having my 4th baby. I’m slowly getting back into it again though 🙂 And as for drinking more water… I have to set alarms to remind me. How terrible is that? I could survive on coffee alone, which is worrying. I have ditched the sugar though and swapped for sweetener. x

  2. My mummy is addicted to white sugar but then she doesn’t have any other vices, she doesn’t drink or smoke or drink coffee. I’m sure its going to be super hard for her to break the habit of a lifetime x Great tips though x

    • The trick that helped me ditch sugar is moving slowly – once a week for a month, then two days a week for a month, etc. and swapping with healthier alternatives. The process is so smooth and painless. I hope this could work for your mom as well. Fingers crossed! 🙂

  3. I’m doing ALL of these at the moment and have done since the 1st of January. I have a little habit tracker so I don’t sway and I have to say, I feel amazing at the moment. I’m drinking 2 litres of water everyday, doing a workout in the morning and yoga in the evening, plus 10 minutes of mindfulness in the middle of the day. I’ve also cut our sugar and all though it took a few days to stop craving it, I’m already starting to feel so much better. Less tired, more focused. Great tips!!! xx

  4. It’s interesting to hear about yoga helping your disc herniations, I’ve just had back surgery for a massive disc hernination. I’m looking at doing yoga/Pilates to help my recovery

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