Big or small, habits play quite a role in our lives. Your daily routines are nothing but a collection of your habits. That is why despite understanding the importance of good habits it feels a tough job to inculcate them into your daily routines. 

Most of the time, good habits will help you lead a healthy and efficient life. It also contributes to your overall physical and mental well-being. However, it is tough to stick to good changes.

Today, let us find some ways to build a daily healthy routine for a happier and healthier life:

Before going into the main subject, let us have a glance at how daily routines help you in structuring a healthy lifestyle?

As I mentioned above, daily routines are nothing but a collection of habits. So, how exactly the habits shape your lifestyle? Your habits in a day, more or less, structure your day. The first thing that defines how your day operates, either at its peak efficiency or a struggled low, is your habit. The call is yours if you adopt an energizing healthy routine or boring inefficient routine. If you’re feeling bad that knowingly or unknowingly some of the bad habits have crept into your routine, you should rather be feeling happy because the best thing is you have recognized them, whereas most people fail to do that and struggle through their days and lives. 

A productive daily routine is a day ahead towards your success and a better version of the future you. And to reach there faster, you have to build your daily routine with good and productive habits.

The following things characterize a healthy daily routine:

  • An energetic and good healthy routine
  • Organized routine
  • Productive routine

These are pretty much the things that define your day’s success. If you become successful in achieving these feats the only task that is left to you is to stay consistent with them.

Adopting a new lifestyle is pretty much a task. So, I urge you to not overwhelm yourself by making all the changes at a stretch. Slow and steady wins the race. Pick one habit and stick to it first, then pick another one, and increase the number gradually. 

What should be your morning routine?

  1. Start your day with a healthy habit:  

    Starting the day with a glass of warm lemon water has scientifically proven benefits. As you all already know, Lemon juice helps in reducing the acidity levels in the body which also protects the body from inflammatory diseases and osteoporosis. Lemon juice gives a refreshing feel to the lazy body in the early morning.

  2. Exercise:

    Exercise is another proven theory to state that 20minutes of cardio a day keeps your heart healthy. Mix with other weights you gain a fit body. A fit body is a healthy body. And a healthy body is an efficient body and an efficient body helps in maximizing your potential.

  3. Light and healthy breakfast: 

    Your daily morning intake decides the efficiency of your day. Don’t take heavy meals for breakfast. Take a protein-rich meal including veggies, nuts, fruits, or some low-sugar diet. Ensure that your early morning diet is a slow-release carbohydrate. Do you know that dehydration can lower your concentration levels? To stay invigorated all day, keep a bottle of water or low-sugar drinks at a hand’s length distance throughout the day. 

What should be your afternoon routine?

Everyone guides you with your morning and evening routines, but very little has been said regarding afternoon routines. Why?
Because very few know how to make use of their afternoon routine. Again, why?
Because afternoons are the most gloomy part of a day. Let’s see how we can energize this gloomy part.

  1. Lunch:

    Most people plan their afternoon with a heavy lunch followed by a long nap. If you’ve nothing much to do, that might sound like a perfect plan. But if you want to be productive, both of the above activities can be a threat to your productivity. So, what is the alternative? Well, I say your lunch should always be energetic rather than heavy. Remember, your brain works actively as long it gets enough oxygen. Do you know that 80% of the oxygen you inhale is taken by your brain alone? Oxygen is one of the essential elements that take an active part in your metabolic activity. The more heavy food you take the more oxygen your digestive system needs to perform the digestion. Hence, ensure that your lunch contains healthy fats, vegetables, and protein. Avoid refined carbohydrates as it consumes the major amount of oxygen for digestion.

  2. Feeling sleepy? 

    Sitting and working anyway will only make it worse. If you can spare a good amount of time, try doing push-ups, sit-ups, or do a couple of squats. Exercise need not be done in the mornings alone. A good amount of afternoon work-out will not only help you to stay energized but it also helps you in keeping awake. 

  3. Take a power nap

    Although the body feels lazy after a long sleep, power naps are as efficient as a full-body workout. Take a power nap after your workout for about 15-30 minutes to double your energy.

  4. Save the easy tasks for the latter part of the day: 

    Late parts of the day are always less enthusiastic. Squeeze the juice out while the fruit is still fresh. Save your easy and less mentally-draining tasks for the latter part of the day. You can do them while listening to music or doing something fun simultaneously. Allot the afternoon time for your big projects. You can follow the Pomodoro method here. Before you even realize you will have all your big chunk of work done. 

How to iron out an evening routine to craft a better night? 

Evenings are important for two things:

  • Wrapping up your day.
  • Finish the day’s work so that you can go to sleep without any regret of procrastinating things. 

How to start your evening?

  1. Begin with your hobby: 

    I feel evenings are the best time to pursue your hobby. It refreshes your mind and body for the rest of the day. Remember, to each their own method. So what has worked for me, might not probably work for you. If you still feel that your day has been tightly packed so far, go for a walk with your puppy or climb the terrace to inhale some fresh air. You can also develop a green thumb if you’re interested. 

  2. Finish off the pending tasks:

    The things that you’ve put aside for the latter part of the day can be done now. Also, engage in other productive activities in this part of the day. I have developed a book-reading habit lately and I do the reading part mostly in the evening. You can try the same. 

  3. Before sleep time: 

    According to researchers, the human brain needs 2 hours before slipping into a deep sleep. In the due time, you can plan for the next day. Quickly jot down your progress of the day in your journal. Make a to-do list for the next day. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

  4. Dinner time:

    An ideal healthier dinner must contain vegetables, grains, proteins, and fruits. Try to avoid caffeinated items that disturb your sleep hormones. Caffeine can work fine if you want to do a night out, but to fall asleep is not at all a clever choice. Instead, you can include warm milk or fruit juice into your evening diet. Warm milk has proven to activate your sleep hormone and help you fall asleep quickly.

  5. Sleep time:

    Melodious music brings peace to your mind after a long tiring day. You can also read a book instead of music or couple it with music to quickly slip into your dreams.

We have reached the end of the day  

The above-mentioned techniques may not be the ideal ones or a perfect fit for your personality. The major idea of the article is to show you the right path regarding how you should build your daily routine. Some things can be moved here or there, but always remember to build breaks into your routine to double your energy, break the monotonous schedule, enhance productivity, and for unbreakable motivation. Make your day interesting and enthusiastic rather than monotonous and boring.

If I have left off any of the significant parts, let me know in the comments below.