9 Healthy Habits for 2020

The start of a new year usually sparks ideas of diets, weight loss and how we’re going to be a better version of ourselves.

Well this year I’ve decided to scrap all of that and just focus on making healthy choices for my body and for my mind.

Here are my top 9 healthy habits that will ensure a balanced and calm 2020.

1. Walking

Getting outside for a walk each day is a great way to clear your mind whilst getting some fresh air and gentle exercise. Trying to get out every day, even if it’s only for 10 minutes on your lunch break, will not only benefit your mood, it’ll also increase your productivity.

2. Drink plenty of water

This is a great way of removing toxins from your body, helping to improve overall internal organ function, skin appearance and concentration. I try to drink 2 litres of liquid per day, and this tends to include my cups of decaf tea. A great way to introduce drinking more water is to use a reusable bottle. Keep it to hand and sip throughout the day.

3. Fresh fruit and veg

We’re always being told to eat more fruit and veg. The 5-a-day phrase has started to really annoy my children! But the aim is to eat a variety of different coloured fruits and veggies each day. The different colours mean they contain different nutrients and vitamins. So the more variety the better! Smoothies and hidden veg pasta sauces are a great way to include more fruit and veg, even for the fussiest of eaters.

4. Practice yoga

Yoga really does help your mind and body. It helps to relax and energise, as well as helping to ground you in the present moment and makes you aware of what is going on in your body. There are so many online classes (YouTube is fab!) or you can attend a local class and connect with new friends.

5. Meditation and sleep stories

These are great if you have a cluttered mind. When I feel overwhelmed with different thoughts, meditation helps to calm my mind. Meditation takes a lot of practice and can feel strange to start with. There are lots of great apps that help though. Sleep stories are a great way of drifting off to sleep more easily. I often find that the noise in my head gets so loud when I turn of the light at bedtime. Listening to the stories helps me to focus on the voice and I often don’t hear the end.

6. Gratitude

Start and end the day with positive thoughts. Being grateful for the things you have around you is a great mindset to have. Ending the day by thinking of 5 things you are thankful for will help you to fall asleep with positive thoughts. Writing them down can also help.

7. Read

Whether you are a real book lover or a kindle lover, reading is a great habit to get into. Again it helps the mind to focus on something other than everyday things. You can escape in the narrative and this can help to increase feelings of relaxation. I always read before I go to bed. Sometimes just a few pages. If you struggle to read, maybe try listening to audio books.

8. Clean kitchen

Having a clean and tidy kitchen is something that I have found really impacts my mood. It’s an ongoing battle (family life!!) but I feel satisfied when the surfaces are clear and the dishes are clean. Making sure everything is done before you go to bed means you can come down to a tidy space the next morning, rather than a mess.

9. Lists

Writing lists is a great way to remove thoughts from your head. My mind is full of all the things I need to do each day and this can cause feelings of stress and anxiety. Make sure your lists are achievable and realistic. Ticking things off is actually extremely therapeutic!

So there you have it! A few simple ideas to create sustainable habits for the year ahead. The main thing to remember is not to put pressure on yourself. This will ensure you are able to maintain these habits and they’ll then become the norm.


📷 by Danielle MacInnes for Unsplash

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