Shape the future you: 7 small steps to take today for a healthier, happier life


by Baylor Scott & White Health

Jan 31, 2024

There is no one like you, which means your wellness journey is as unique as you are. So what’s next on your journey? Where are you headed?

Whatever your health goals may be, from getting enough sleep to eating nutrient-rich foods, small steps can lead to big changes. And by making intentional choices, you can embark on a journey of self-care and personal growth. Prioritizing yourself and your well-being will ultimately lead to a healthier, happier you.

You know what’s best for your health and you have the power to live better. Read on for a few small choices you can make today for a better tomorrow.

1. Start with a positive mindset

Your well-being journey begins with a positive mindset. Believe that you have the ability to make choices that positively impact your health. It’s never too late to add healthy habits into your daily routine.

Embrace a can-do attitude and recognize that each small step you take matters. The power of a positive mindset can transform how you approach each day.

2. Nourish your body with wholesome foods

Eating well is a cornerstone of good health. Choose a well-balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. Experiment with different recipes, discover new superfoods and make mealtime an experience you look forward to.

If you tend to get home from work and order takeout for dinner, why not challenge yourself to meal prep healthy meals for the week? Not only can it save you money, but it will also move you closer to your wellness goals.

3. Stay active in ways you enjoy

Exercise doesn't have to mean hitting the gym if that's not your thing. Find activities you genuinely enjoy, whether it's dancing, hiking, yoga or even gardening. Regular physical activity not only keeps your body in shape but also lifts your mood and boosts your energy.

4. Prioritize sleep

Sleep is your body's time to rejuvenate, but many of us struggle to prioritize it. Create a relaxing bedtime routine, limit screen time before you go to bed and try to get a minimum of seven hours of rest each night. Quality sleep will set you up for success each day.

5. Develop healthy habits

Habits are small choices that we make each day—they form the backbone of our routines. Healthy habits are key to staying well throughout your life, and small, consistent efforts go a long way.

Healthy habits could be meditating for five minutes when you wake up, choosing to drink water over a soda or going on a lunchtime walk every day. Take a few minutes to think about where in your day you can prioritize your well-being. You’ll quickly see how these actions positively impact your life.

6. Build a support system

Being well is a community effort. Accountability can keep you on track with your goals, so surround yourself with positive influences and share your wellness journey with friends or family. Most importantly, celebrate your achievements together. A supportive network can make all the difference.

7. Be proactive in your health

Preventative measures such as regular check-ups, vaccinations and a good relationship with your primary care doctor mean that you have the information and education you need for optimal wellness and long-term well-being.

Don’t have a primary care doctor? Find a doctor near you to talk about ways you can meet your health goals.

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