Do you pass by the wall of self-help books in the bookstore and wish you could pick up one that would give you the secret to solving your problems? While reading about a specific topic may be helpful in certain cases — perhaps you want a stronger marriage or a more organized life with ADHD — you won’t see much progress unless you’ve got self-care basics down first. Consider the following ways (presented by you can change your habits to make your body, mind, and emotional state healthier.

Keep Your Body Healthy

While eating burgers and fries or a pack of cookies may give you a serotonin boost in the short term, not planning your meals and snacks can lead to unwanted weight gain, blood sugar crashes, and lethargy. Plan your menu for the week before you go shopping to save money and avoid the dreaded “what are we having for dinner?” conversation.

Reevaluate Your Career

Perhaps your lifestyle is working for you and it’s your career that’s got you down in the dumps. According to BetterHelp, career switching can boost your mental health if your current job is dragging you down. Look into online master’s degree programs, for example, that allow you to study part-time while working and taking care of your family. Make sure your future school is accredited and ask your admissions officer about competitive tuition rates.

Create a Schedule You Can Stick To

Scheduling can help you create a healthier lifestyle for yourself by providing structure and discipline. Having a plan for each day and blocking out specific times for activities such as exercising, meal prepping, or even just taking time to relax can help ensure you have time dedicated to bettering your physical health. Additionally, planning out your meals in advance can provide the motivation necessary to stick with nutritious eating habits while also allowing you to save money by purchasing ingredients in the right quantities. Creating a schedule and following through with it is an easy way to practice self-care and live a happier, more fulfilled life.

Creating your own free schedule is made easy with the help of a schedule maker. A high-quality program can provide you with plenty of customization options so that you can tailor each timeline to fit your specific needs. Schedule makers also make it possible to quickly adjust and update any existing plans, making them perfect for businesses or individuals who need to stay on top of constantly changing tasks and goals. Furthermore, with a good schedule maker, you can store all of your information digitally which will save time and effort when organizing future projects.

Avoid Isolation if You Work From Home

Working from home has many benefits, including reduced stress, better work-life balance, and improved productivity. But there are risks as well. If you work from home, it’s easy to live in isolation or to only have contact with your family members. Try to get out into the community at least once a day, work at a cafe or library, and choose to go into stores to shop rather than opting for a convenient pickup. While it may seem like these tips will add work to your to-do list, your mental and emotional state may be more balanced as a result of changing your routine and feeling connected to other people — even if you’re not having deep conversations.

If you’re satisfied with your work-from-home job but miss the office environment, consider volunteering in a related role a couple of days per week. Or, if you want to see more of your coworkers, schedule a virtual chat time once every week. If you live in the same town as some (or even one) of the people you work with, you might ask if they are interested in meeting for coffee or working together one morning in a library or cafe.

Choose the Right Products for Your Family

You and your family might struggle to eat healthy foods and make a meal plan because you’re simply busy. Consider kitchen products and meal delivery services that make your life easier instead of more complicated. For example, a meal delivery kit that includes cooking instructions sounds fun, but you may not have time to complete the 15 steps included in the kit. And for the little ones in your family, consider purchasing towers and kitchen helpers so they can watch you prepare food — and even lend a hand when and where they can!

Create a Healthier Home

Creating a healthy home doesn’t have to be complicated. A few simple changes can help ensure that your home is a peaceful and calming environment. Start by decluttering your home so it’s not overwhelming and full of unnecessary items that never get used. Rearranging the furniture or even repainting the walls will give a fresh new look to any room. You can also ensure you get plenty of natural airflow through your home by opening windows regularly or investing in an air purifier if necessary.

There’s no magic wand to wave that will make your life immediately easier, but there are many small improvements you can try without spending too much money on self-improvement. Start by implementing one tip at a time and reevaluate your progress once you’ve mastered that habit!

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