It’s no secret that we are the product of our habits. So eliminating bad habits and incorporating good ones into our day-to-day routine can substantially improve our quality of life, make us more productive, and even strengthen our cherished relationships.
These 100 healthy habits are simple ways that you can start living your best life today.
1- Try to wake up at the same time every morning
Waking up at the same time every day reinforces your circadian rhythm and may help you get better sleep overall.
2- Brush your teeth after dinner to avoid snacking
Want to limit mindless snacking in front of the television? Brushing your teeth and using mouthwash can stop you from reaching for the potato chips late at night.
3- Stop living in the past
It’s human to think about what we might have done better, but ruminating on the past can’t change it.
4- Get ample sleep
This is probably one of the most important healthy habits to practice. Our bodies restore themselves when we’re sleeping, so make sure that you’re getting a solid eight or nine hours of rest per night.
5- Consume entertainment that makes you laugh
It’s good for us to laugh. Laughing relieves stress and helps improve our well-being. Seek out books, podcasts, movies, or television shows that make you laugh.
6- Eat the rainbow
Try to eat at least five fruits and vegetables every day. If you hate your veggies, sneak some kale or spinach into a fruit smoothie.
7- Write down your dreams and keep track of patterns
Recurring dreams might signify something pressing in your waking existence. Keep track of your recurring dreams and try to see where they might be applicable in your day-to-day life.
8- Drink plenty of water
Try to drink at least eight large glasses of water every day. If you don’t like the taste of plain water, dress it up with a citrus wedge or some fresh cucumber.
9- Take off your makeup and remove your contacts before bed
If you wear makeup or contacts, take them out before you go to bed, no matter how tired you might be.
10- Write down five good things that happened during the day before you go to bed
Before you go to sleep, think about your day. Focus on the good things that happened to you and write them down in a particular journal.
11- Embrace meal planning to eat healthier and save time
Planning out your meals at the beginning of the week will save you a lot of time, money, and effort. You’ll also eat healthier too!
12- Spend money on decent workout clothes
If you invest in beautiful workout clothes, you’re more likely to want to go to the gym or head out for a run.
13- Limit your screen time before bed
Try to turn off your devices at least 30 minutes before you go to bed. Your iPhone’s screen could negatively affect your melatonin production and set you up for a night of restless sleep.
14- Try to get a little bit of sun every day
Most people find that sun exposure helps them stay cheery, motivated, and optimistic. Try to get some sun every day.
15- See a dermatologist, especially if you get a lot of sun
On the other hand, if you’re in an area where there’s a lot of sun, you’ll want to see a dermatologist regularly to check for skin irregularities.
16- Try to avoid processed foods
One of the best ways that you can improve your diet is by limiting or cutting out processed foods.
17- Always wear sunscreen
Protect your skin from skin ailments and premature aging by wearing sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy outside.
18- Aim for 20 minutes of exercise every day
If you want to keep your body in tip-top shape, a healthy habit is to move for at least 20 minutes every day. Even light cardio, like walking, is a great way to keep your body and brain engaged.
19- Make your own salad dressing
Salad dressings are some of the most overpriced and processed foods on the market. Make your own dressing at home in a matter of minutes.
20- Embrace a skincare routine
You don’t need anything too complicated or intense, but having a regular skincare routine can help you look and feel your best.
21- Reward yourself with small, healthy treats
If you accomplish something big, adopt a healthy habit, or hit a milestone, reward yourself for a job well done.
22- Meditate more often
Having a regular meditation practice can substantially improve your quality of life and help you cope with stress better. You don’t have to commit to a daily routine; just try to work it in when you can.
23- Try to cut back on red meat and eat more plants
Overeating meat can be detrimental to your body. Instead, try to eat meat in moderation and fill out the rest of your diet with whole, plant-based foods.
24- Do small acts for people that you love without expecting anything in return
Giving can be exceptionally rewarding. Do favors for people that you love without expecting them to reciprocate.
25- Open your windows to air out your space often
Air out your space regularly, even during the colder months.
26- Remember to forgive yourself for shortcomings
Nobody is perfect. If there’s something that you have been beating yourself up about, it’s time to let it go.
27- Buy plants and flowers to decorate your space
Do you want to feel happier and more balanced? Get a plant! Plants and flowers can be emotionally restorative, and they make your space look fantastic.
28- Try to stretch for 10 minutes every day
If you can, stretch in the morning. Ten minutes of daily stretching can prevent cramps, keep you limber, and even act as a minor stress release.
29- Don’t hit that snooze button
Although it’s tempting to go back to sleep for ten minutes, resist the urge to hit the snooze button. The rest you get won’t be good, and you’ll start your morning off on the wrong foot.
30- If you eat out at restaurants, take half of your meal to go
Most restaurants give you huge portions of food. Avoid overeating by taking half of your meal to go or ordering off the children’s menu when possible.
31- Make a point to eat a balanced breakfast every day
Breakfast is the most important meal of your day because it’s the first food that your body gets after a long night of sleep.
32- Cut back the amount of time you spend on social media
If you find yourself endlessly scrolling on Facebook or Instagram, put down the phone. Limiting your social media time frees up your day for other activities.
33- Spend more time out in nature
Spending time in nature can help balance us. So try to spend a little time in the woods, on the beach, or in the mountains when you can.
34- Consider buying local or organic food
Buying local food supports nearby farmers and might even be healthier for you in the long run.
35- Use a sound machine to sleep better at night
If you find yourself waking up at every little noise, a sound machine can help you get the deep sleep that your body craves.
36- Stop crash dieting
Crash diets might work in the short term, but most people gain the weight back. Stop yo-yo dieting and start living a healthier lifestyle.
37- Break up with sugar
Okay, you don’t have to sever your relationship with sugar completely, but you should try to cut back on it.
38- Join exercise groups that have activities
You’re more likely to exercise if it’s part of communal activity. There are plenty of exercise groups that run, hike, or bike together.
39- Try to make salads a big part of your diet
Salads are a great way to get a bunch of nutrients and vitamins into your diet. Just make sure that your salad isn’t drowning in processed dressing, cheese, or croutons.
40- Take a multivitamin
Get in the habit of taking a multivitamin with your breakfast. You can keep your vitamins in the cupboard with your coffee cups so that you remember.
41- Get regular dental and physical checkups
Even if you don’t feel sick, you should still get regular physical and dental checkups. Aim to visit your doctor and dentist at least once a year to make sure that everything is running smoothly.
42- Stand or use a stability ball whenever you can
If you sit at a desk all day, you might be at risk for some health complications down the road. Stability balls activate your core and help your balance. Sit on one for at least part of your day.
43- Focus on positivity and try to limit complaining
Nobody can be positive all of the time, but if you try to change your outlook where you can, you could see some great results.
44- Try to walk or ride your bike rather than driving
If you’re only going a short distance, why not ride your bike or walk? You’ll get a little exercise in and save on gas.
45- Set healthy boundaries with people in your life
Setting boundaries is a meaningful way to respect both yourself and others. If someone pushes back on your boundaries, they might be a toxic influence in your life.
46- Have a “go-to” outfit that always looks great on you
Most people feel better when they look great. Have a go-to outfit that fits you perfectly, is comfortable, and makes you feel like a rockstar when you wear it.
47- Take regular breaks to give your mind a break between tasks
This healthy habit involves scheduling time for frequent breaks in your day. Some people find it helpful to employ the Pomodoro Technique to keep themselves on track.
48- Keep track of your finances
Whether you use a sophisticated system or a Google spreadsheet, make sure that you’re tracking where your money is going. It will help you budget better.
49- Schedule your day with reasonable milestones
Some people make the mistake of over-scheduling their days and setting impossible goals. Instead, structure your day around reasonable milestones and a few stretch goals.
50- Take good care of your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly
When it comes to your oral health, preventative care is critical. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day.
51- Eat several small meals rather than large ones
Eating several small meals throughout the day could prevent you from getting too hungry and overeating.
52- Shop on the outer aisles of the store
The inner aisles of the store are full of processed food, so stick to the outer aisles instead. You’ll find the freshest food there.
53- Take up a sport or a new hobby
Challenge yourself to learn something new. A new hobby or sport can engage your mind and your body, and you might even make a friend or two in the process.
54- Try to cook at home as often as possible
Takeout food adds up. Give your wallet and your body a break by cooking at home whenever you can.
55- Find positive stress management strategies
Positive strategies like meditation and deep breathing can help you tame your stress. You’ll also be less likely to engage in negative strategies like overeating, drinking, or smoking.
56- Consider getting a pet
Consider bringing a new furry friend into your home. Animals are great companions and can even calm us down when we’re feeling overwhelmed.
57- Drink water before you eat to cut back on overeating
People often confuse dehydration with hunger. Before you sit down to a huge meal, drink a glass of water. There’s a chance that your hunger will vanish once your body gets the hydration that it’s craving.
58- Start your day with the most difficult task
Get the most challenging task out of the way first thing in the morning. Mark Twain called this bit of advice “eating the frog.” Doing the hardest thing first prevents you from procrastinating or dreading it all day.
59- Use smaller plates and bowls
If you have trouble with portion control, use smaller plates and bowls to eat out of. You won’t feel like you’re missing out, and you’ll avoid overeating.
60- Practice visualization
Visualization can help us rehearse scenarios in our heads and achieve our goals. You don’t have to do anything special; just visualize what you want and how you plan to get there.
61- Avoid checking email late at night or on the weekends
Have office hours and stick to them. Letting your office life bleed over into your home life can cause some significant burnout.
62- Keep a journal
Journaling can help you work through your emotions and make sense of your day-to-day life. Try to journal for at least ten minutes before bed.
63- Avoid fried foods whenever possible
Although fried foods are delicious, they are not good for us. Fried foods are generally just a combination of fat and simple carbohydrates with no real nutritional value. Cut them out of your diet where you can.
64- Make a practical to-do list
Practical to-do lists with actionable milestones and goals are far better than lofty, aspirational ones. Then, you will actually be able to accomplish everything on your list.
65- Practice deep breathing
Deep breathing can help you find peace in the middle of a stressful situation. Taking a deep breath is a great way to reset yourself and focus on the challenge at hand. Practice it when you’re not stressed out so that you can use it when stressors arise.
66- Take steps to combat perfectionism and procrastination
Perfectionism and procrastination are the enemies of productivity. Doing your most challenging task first thing in the morning is a great way to overcome both of them. You can also force yourself to work through harder tasks and complete projects, even if they’re not “perfect.”
67- Use the stairs whenever possible
Sneak in a little bit of extra exercise by using the stairs whenever you can. Over time, this small habit can lead to significant changes in your health.
68- Always read food labels before you buy anything
Processed food has a whole lot of additives in it. If you understand one or more ingredients on the label, consider buying something else.
69- Try not to multitask
For a long time, multitasking was the darling of the productivity world. Now we know better. Focus on one task at a time is a healthy habit that won’t leave you feeling overwhelmed.
70- Keep your phone on silent while you work
If you get distracted by your phone at work, put it on silent. You might even want to hide it in a drawer, so you’re not tempted to scroll through social media or check your texts during the workday.
71- Get some green tea into your diet
Green tea is a superfood, so it’s a good idea to get into the habit of drinking green tea regularly. If you don’t like the taste, try stirring in some honey or lemon.
72- Put going to the gym in your schedule
A lot of people have the best intentions when it comes to working out, but many of them never actually make it to the gym. Your health is essential, so make sure that you put going to the gym on your daily calendar and treat it like any other appointment.
73- Listen to motivational music
Listening to music is a great way to boost your mood. You can listen to whatever you want, as long as it motivates and makes you happy.
74- Make smart substitutions whenever you can
Try using two-percent milk instead of cream in your coffee or buying whole wheat bread and pasta instead of the refined stuff. Minor substitutions can add up quickly.
75- Use natural stress-busters like essential oils
Deep breathing and meditation are two great ways to combat stress. You can also use essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus to calm yourself down.
76- Make your bed every morning as soon as you wake up
Two important things happen when you make your bed in the morning. First, you’re less likely to go back to sleep. Secondly, you’ve accomplished a small task and given your brain a dopamine hit.
77- If you smoke, quit; there are plenty of resources online and in-person
Smoking is one of the worst things that you can do to your body, but quitting is very difficult. Fortunately, there are plenty of in-person and online resources that can help you to put out the cigarettes for good.
78- Try not to drink caffeine in the afternoon
If you want to get a good night’s sleep, try to limit or eliminate your afternoon caffeine consumption. Have a cut-off time and stick to it.
79- Keep perspective when you find yourself getting angry
Anger is one of those emotions that can completely overtake us if we let it. Try to breathe deeply and get a sense of perspective when you’re angry. It will help you react better to the situation.
80- Stand up straight
Slouch now, and you could have lower back problems later. Try to stand and sit up straight whenever you can. It will help you look better and keep your back happy at the same time.
81- Try to keep your space as tidy as possible
If your workplace is tidy, you’re more likely to find what you need and feel less stressed out overall. Spend a few minutes every week picking up your space.
82- Mix up your exercise, including cardio and strength training
Try to work in strength training to your exercise regimen at least twice a week. Strength training helps you build core strength and allows your muscles to operate at an optimal level.
83- Do a crossword puzzle or Sudoku to keep your mind sharp
Crossword puzzles can help you maintain your cognitive health, so set a little time out of your day to challenge your brain.
84- Clean out your email inbox regularly
Just like a tidy space promotes productivity, an empty inbox allows you to focus on other tasks at hand. Designate times to go through your emails, empty your inbox, and avoid checking them sporadically throughout the day.
85- Cook meals in bulk and freeze them for later use
Your freezer can be a lifesaver during busy times. When you have a few extra hours, cook up additional batches of healthy meals and save them for later use. Always remember to label everything.
86- Sleep in a cool room
Cool rooms can help us get to sleep quickly, so make sure that yours is nice and chilly.
87- Send out handwritten notes to loved ones
In the age of electronic communication, there’s really something special about handwritten notes. Set aside some time every month to let people know how much you care.
88- Spend time and energy with people you love
The best thing that we can share with the people we love is our time. Make space in your schedule to spend quality time with family and cherished friends.
89- Remember people’s birthdays
Keep a calendar of people’s birthdays and contact them on their big day.
90- Practice saying “no”
Saying “yes” too often can lead to burnout. Saying no might be uncomfortable at first, but it can save you from stress.
91- If you live in a big city, try to get out to the country regularly
Having a weekend away in the country can be more restorative than you can imagine.
92- Apologize when you’re wrong
A sincere apology can go a long way to mending relationships or soothing hurt feelings.
93- Spend money on experiences
Instead of accumulating things, spend your money on new experiences.
94- Learn a new musical instrument
It’s never too late to pick up the piano! There are tremendous cognitive and physical benefits of learning an instrument.
95- Limit the amount of television that you watch
Don’t mindlessly watch television. Make your TV watching appointment viewing instead.
96- Save healthy recipes to make each week
Keep a physical folder or online document of the recipes that you want to make, and try to make a new recipe at least twice a month.
97- Listen to podcasts to improve your knowledge base
Podcasts are a great way to improve your knowledge, and many of them are free. Download a few and start listening today.
98- Tell your loved ones that you love them
Expressing affection for your friends and family is a great way to strengthen bonds.
99- Relinquish control over certain aspects of your life
There are things that you can’t control. That’s okay. Control what you can and work on your stress management techniques to deal with the things you can’t.
100- Save your money
Try not to live paycheck to paycheck. Having a nest egg is a healthy habit that can help you get out a bad situation or set you up for financial independence in the future.