Your routine is a series of habits that are repeated in the usual order. Some of them are not good for your well-being, and it can be easy to go through the motions of everyday life without thinking about whether your actions negatively affect your health. Many individuals also struggle with bad habits because our brains don’t sense immediate danger. 

For example, indulging in a cup of coffee late at night or mindlessly snacking while watching television often feel good in the moment due to the instant release of dopamine. However, doing this can hurt your health in the long run. To make sure you look after your health, you need to establish a positive routine.

Why Do I Need a Healthy Routine?

Your routine will determine the type of life you lead since every action can either have a positive or negative outcome, which is why you should be mindful of your habits. Replace unhealthy practices with good ones, do your best to be consistent with them, and seek further help when needed to ensure you won’t be tempted to go back to your old ways.

What Are the Healthy Habits I Need to Start Right Away?

Living a healthier life doesn’t need to feel like torture. If you are having trouble making drastic changes in your lifestyle, start small. Theseminore adjustments in your routine can make a world of difference in the long term. Here are some healthy habits you can try right away:

1. Try light exercises

Exercises or other physical activities often feel like chores, but they don’t have to be. After all, not everyone is the type to get up at the crack of dawn and go for a run. Long, rigorous workouts in the morning can be exhausting, and they are not for everyone. 

Do exercises that work best for you. For example, if you are new to working out, you can start with light activities or some type of movement to wake your body up, like doing a quick yoga session or walking your dog.

2. Add healthy foods and vegetables to your diet

Maintain a healthy diet can be challenging, especially if you lack the time and skills to prepare meals. Ensure you still maintain a healthy diet despite your busy schedule by choosing recipes that incorporate fresh and nutritious ingredients into the dishes. If you prioritize convenience and budget is not an issue, you can opt for delivery services offering nourishing meals.

3. Make journaling a habit

Relaxing can be difficult after a long, productive day. It’s easy to find yourself lying all awake at night with a million thoughts and worries, wondering what’s in store for you. To ease your mind, include journaling in your nightly routine. 

4. Consult your doctor regularly

Seeing your doctor must be done not only when you feel ill. With regular checkups, you take an active role in taking care of your health. If you are hesitant about going outside due to the pandemic, book a virtual doctor appointment and consult with a teledoctor instead.

Conclusion

Creating a healthy routine does not require you to turn your entire life around all at once. To get started, practice one or two of these habits, then eventually add more once you get the hang of it. By sticking to it, you can successfully boost your energy and productivity and feel happy.

Start adopting habits that are in your best interest with help from a functional medicine doctor. I am Dr. Alexander Zubkov, MD, PhD, and I offer personalized care and a tailored approach to chronic condition management through advanced laboratory and environmental testing. Apply for a consultation today!