6 healthy habits to try at home this week
In stressful times, it's important to have a routine that you can fall back on and rely on to add structure to your day.
When you add healthy habits to this mix, you are setting yourself up for success!
So, here are six healthy habits you can try this week to help your daily routine. If you're feeling up to it - why not give all of them a go and see how you feel!
Wake up at the same time each morning
If you find yourself changing your alarm time each night for the next day depending on your schedule - this one's for you.
Our bodies love routine, especially when we do the same things over and over. Waking up at the same time every day will actually help you sleep better at night.
Experts say this can also reduce our dependence on caffeine, brighten our mood and increase productivity. Worth a shot, right?
Eat healthy, balanced meals
Some may think working from home would mean a chance to cook every meal and make it as delicious and nutritious as possible.
The reality is, however, sometimes we can get so busy we don't even have time to boil the kettle!
This can leave us starving by the end of the day, which leads to mindless snacking or gorging on chocolates or cheese - things that are delicious, yes, but they won't keep us satiated.
Meal prepping is a really great way to ensure you have a stockpile of good, healthy food that you can quickly whip up for your next meal.
We have a few resources you can use to get some recipe inspiration, too!
Prepare a healthy meal
- Healthy recipes from Nutrition Australia
Healthy meals and snacks to make at home.
- Nutritious eating with the Australian Institute of Sport
Delicious recipes from the AIS
- Phoenix 4 Health - Healthy Diet
Making healthier food choices.
3: Take a breather
Life in the fast lane can get a little bit hectic. It's important to take a few moments every day to breathe, and find some calm.
Maybe you do this with a cup of tea, a home workout, or a walk with your dog.
For some it can be hard to find a spare minute between working and home responsibilities. But there are ways you can do this even at your desk.
Mad About Pilates has a 6-minute mindfulness meditation you can try seated at your desk, and let the worries melt away before your next meeting.
4: Connect with a loved one
Connecting with people that know us and understand us is really important for our mental health.
It helps us to feel understood and grounds us. It can also be good to check in on your friends and families when undergoing hard times, to see that everyone's ok and show that you care.
Try to reach out to someone close to you this week. Maybe just a quick phone call or a text message, or organise a video call so you can see their faces.
If you're not too tech-savvy, not to worry, we have a handy guide that can help you set up video conferencing in no time.
5: Speak openly about how you're feeling
Now more than ever, we know how important looking after our mental health is.
If you've had a bad day, if something has set you off, or made you feel upset - talk about it.
Open up to a loved one, a friend or family member. Sometimes it helps to just get things off our chests.
If you don't feel comfortable talking to someone you know, support is always available. If you or someone you know is struggling, you can find resources to help on the Beyond Blue website , or call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 .
Beyond Blue have just launched a podcast called Not Alone. Hosted by Marc Fennell, the series features everyday Australians talking about their mental health journey to help you with yours.
Not Alone - A Beyond Blue podcast
When it comes to mental health, we all have our own unique stories to tell. But no matter what we are going through, there are other people experiencing it too.Listen now
6: Try something new
When we are experiencing stressful times or situations, it can be a great time to zone in on a single task.
Learning a new skill, or trying something creative is a great example of this, where you can focus on painting or drawing to clear your mind and calm down.
Footscray Community Arts Centre have a series of creative workshops for adults where you can ty your hand at poetry, making music or storytelling. They have creative workshops for kids too.
Creative workshops for adults
- Possum Cloak Making and Teaching through Art with Vicki Couzens
Unique masterclass on interdisciplinary art.
- Storytelling with Santilla Chingaipe
A masterclass on storytelling.
- Karma Dance: Make Bad Art
Is making bad art the key to success?
- Kamarra Bell-Wykes: An Artist’s Guide to a Manifesto
Survive and thriving in the Arts.
- Writing Poetry with Darlene Silva Soberano
A masterclass on poetry.