7 Highly Effective Habits of Wellness

by Malinda Williams

Every day is a chance to introduce or reinforce good habits for a better life. Here are some that will help you get on a path to greater overall wellness and make it easy to stay on track.

Daily Meditation

Meditation is a great way to start any day. While many people think of “meditation” as a very specific act– it can take many forms. Prayer, focused breathing and even reciting daily affirmations are all forms of meditation that helps you focus on clearing your mind and setting intentions for a new day.

Drink Water

Water truly is the best thing for you to drink. And you should indulge as often as you can. Try starting your day with a glass of water or when thirst hits you, reach first for the purest thing you can put into your body instead or sodas, juice or other flavored beverages. Start with flavored water if you have to, but the goal really is to drink as much water as possible throughout the day. It’ll keep you hydrated inside and out– thus staving off some of those dry skin moments that can arise.

Eat Real Food

Make sure to incorporate as many no-processed foods into your diet each day as possible. “Whole” foods are foods that are closest to their natural form with minimal– if any– processing. Whole grains (not bread), beans, nuts, fruits and vegetables are all great whole foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. If you can’t make a meal exclusively out of whole foods, try getting 1 or 2 on your plate each time you eat. The goal is to be healthier– not stress you over food.

Practice Gratitude

No matter what’s going on in our lives, there is plenty to be grateful for. Make it an active practice by taking 10 minutes each day to write down a list of those things. It will help take some of the irritation away from your difficult days and put you on a track for even more things for which you will be giving thanks.


Find some time each day to do absolutely nothing. Not meditate, not watch YouTube videos, just– be. Allow your thoughts to wander, but try not to focus on any one thing– especially not anything upsetting. Take this time to breathe deeply for a minute or two or to perhaps take a 10 minute power nap. You’ll be at how taking a moment to intentionally relax, will allow more space and energy for productivity later in the day.

Get Moving

Balance is everything, right?! So adding as much movement into your day makes as much sense as taking time to pause. Many health experts say that daily moderate exercise is the key to longevity. Boost your metabolism, enhance your cardiovascular health and break the monotony of unending hours spent motionless (whether at a desk or on a sofa)…keep it moving.


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