4 Feel-Good Healthy Habits You Can Start Today

Easy things you can do right now to improve your overall health and happiness

1. Eat away from your desk.
It’s really hard to truly enjoy your food if you’re paying more attention to your computer. A growing body of research suggests that paying full attention to your meals can play a key role in helping you maintain a healthy weight. According to Darya Rose, Ph.D, author of Foodist and creator of Summer Tomato eating more mindfully can help you to better control your portions and potentially eat less at each sitting since you’ll enjoy your food more and also be more aware of that moment when your stomach starts to feel full.

2. Just eat.
OK, so you made the move and you’re eating lunch away from your desk. But don’t forget that eating mindfully means eliminating all distractions, so don’t turn to your cell phone or flick on the TV if it’s nearby. Focus on your food and if you have company, an engaging conversation.  

3. Eliminate electronic use before bed…
A National Sleep foundation study found that use of electronics, especially near bed time, may negatively affect our sleeping habits by making it more difficult to fall and stay asleep. Getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis is one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health. Rebecca Q. Scott, PhD, a sleep specialist at the New York Sleep Institute and an Assistant Research Professor in the NYU School of Medicine says that we should turn down our lights and avoid electronics (especially from handheld devices and computers) an hour or so before our planned bedtime.

4. … And do yoga instead.
Instead of interacting with your electronics, try getting ready for a good night’s sleep by winding down with a few simple yoga poses before bed. One 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that those who included relaxation techniques as part of their nighttime ritual (such as yoga, which has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety) improved their sleep more than participants who took drugs.