Do you ever feel like maintaining a healthy lifestyle takes a back seat to well, everyday life? With busy schedules, angry bosses, kids at home, and spilling coffee for the second time in one morning, staying healthy can be tough. If you don’t have time to make homemade green juice, train for a marathon, or find some peaceful time for mental wellness – welcome to the club.

But of course, healthy living can be more natural than you may think. A healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be defined by grandiose examples of eating clean and working out.

Healthy living is made up of the small things we do daily. Check out our tips below to live a healthier, happier lifestyle. All simple, easy stuff – we promise no sweating at the gym included.

Get Enough Zzzz’s

Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Quality sleep is so crucial to living your best life. If you have a hard time falling asleep at night, try keeping your bedroom cool, don’t watch TV before bed, limit your phone use, or even try drinking a relaxing cup of tea (hold the caffeine).

Mix in Healthy Choices

There are countless health, environmental, and social reasons to choose fresh foods. Supporting local businesses have taken on a whole new meaning during the current worldwide pandemic. Head to The Newburyport Farmers Market for locally grown, fresh, delicious fruits and veggies.

Smile More

Did you know smiling boosts your physical and mental health? We know it may not seem like there’s a whole lot to smile about right now, but always try to find the little things in your day that will put a grin on your face. Whether it be chatting with your best friend, watching a hilarious viral cat video, or meeting with your family.

Limit Drinking Surgar Calories

Sugary drinks like sodas, a Frappuccino with extra caramel, and bottled ice teas can really quench your summer thirst. Still, they’re among the most fattening beverages you can put into your body. When you drink sugar, the brain doesn’t measure calories from liquid sugar as it does for solid food. Keep in mind that an excess of fruit juices may also be the culprit of sugar overloads. Instead, opt for a plain iced coffee with sugar free creamer, and go for a can of flavored seltzer – especially the ones with real fruit – instead of another Coke.

Start Your Morning With a Tall Glass of Water

If you’re anything like us, the day doesn’t really begin until we’ve taken at least three sips of our fresh morning brew. As fabulous as coffee is, (don’t worry, we’re not telling you to skip it), try having a glass of water first. Our bodies get dehydrated during sleep. Hydrating first thing in the morning helps wake up our bodies, aid digestion, boost energy, and make your skin look better. Can someone say win-win?

Take the Stairs

Opting for the stairs is a simple way to get a little more physical activity in your daily life. Plus, it will help strengthen and tone your legs and core while you’re at it! If you don’t live in a home with stairs, try parking your car further down in the parking lot. Even a little movement is better than none!