Jenna Lavassani in all white sports wear infront of Vancouver Art Gallery.

Start small, build slowly, and watch your healthy habits turn into a lifestyle that feels effortless and like a natural part of you!

Today I’m sharing some simple places you can begin when it comes to wellness-driven habit formation. To keep things from feeling overwhelming, you can start with one habit, repeat it, then slowly add more habits as you continue to stick to the first one you started with. If you have other ideas of healthier habits you want to start implementing for yourself, I encourage you to write them down and to start with one habit, then add more from your list as you stick to your first one.

1. SWITCH UP BREAKFAST: If you’re struggling to eat healthy at every meal, start by making one meal of your day a healthy one. Breakfast is an easy place to start! It’s important that your breakfast is balanced with a good source of protein, healthy fats, and filling fiber to help fuel you through your morning. Click here + here for some fun breakfast smoothie inspo. Here are a few other great nutritious breakfast ideas to check out: Avocado ToastOne Bowl Breakfast Power Cookies, Vegan Mint Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding, Oatmeal Bowl.

2. SCHEDULE WORKOUTS: If you find it challenging to keep a workout regime, start by committing to two days of exercise a week for two weeks straight, then bump it up to 3 days of exercise for 2 weeks straight. Before you know it you’ll be at 4 days of exercise a week, which is a fantastic number of days in the week to be consistently getting a sweat on!  This method can make working out feel less intimidating, and it can help you ease into a fitness regime realistically. Always aim for workouts you enjoy too, I talk more about this here in point 3!

3. DRINK MORE WATER: Find yourself a water bottle that holds somewhere around at least 1L of water and make a small goal to fill it up and drink it down twice throughout your day, not all at once. This is a great place to start if one of your goals is to drink more water. I talk a lot more about hydration tips here if you’re interested!

4. GET IN NATURE: Get outside 3 days a week for at least 20 minutes and breathe, listen, and take in the views nature has to offer your well-being. It’s very freeing, and literally free! Furthermore, nature is a great place to let go of any stress, anxiety, or whatever negativity you might be carrying. Nature as a therapeutic resource stems back from ancient times and there are many studies that have demonstrated the benefits of nature and human health. It’s incredible what connection with nature does for the body, mind, and soul.

5. READ: Make a goal to read 5 to 10 pages [or more] of something educational, or something you find inspiring! Reading is a great way to shut out noise, relax your mind, learn something new, gain new perspective, and fuel inspiration.

6. GET A CHECK UP: When was the last time you went for a baseline checkup? It can be a great place to start. This way you can see what your health status is and create a routine based on your results and anything you might want to improve or maintain.

7. CLEANSE YOUR SOCIALS: Social media is an exchange of energy, and it can be draining when your giving your energy to things that either don’t align with you, or don’t make you feel good about yourself. Go through your social platforms and do a cleanse of any pages you follow that either don’t inspire you or don’t reflect what you value. I like to declutter my social media feeds every few months to keep things fresh and inspiring.

8. BE PRESENT WITH LOVED ONES: It’s so easy to hide behind a screen and become closed off. Put your device down and connect with the people around you. Social well-being is a thing! Make conversation, talk about your dreams, tell someone about your goals so they can help keep you accountable, talk about what’s going on in life and how you’ve been feeling, etc. Human connection is so important, and it doesn’t happen enough in today’s day and age. There is nothing like a great conversation that leaves you feeling refreshed and good.

9. CALL, DON’T ALWAYS TEXT: Calling is a healthier and more efficient form of communication. Make it a goal to call someone you’re close to more often. It feels so much better than a text message. It’s also hard to tell what someones tone is via text message. Hearing a positive tone can completely change your day and lift your spirits.

10. JOURNAL: I was recommended to try out the 5 Minute Journal from a friend, and it’s been life changing on a day-to-day basis. Physically writing things down is a great place to begin a wellness journey, it makes such a difference in how you carry out your day and what you accomplish. It’s a great way to get honest with yourself, helps keep your thoughts organized, alleviates stress, inspires creativity, and is a great mood booster.

Thank you for reading today’s post! What are some wellness-driven habits or routines you have set in place? Comment below to share, I would love to hear!

Jenna XO

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