Good-for-You Micro Habits That Feel Like an Indulgence

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When people think about habits, they often think about things they need to do rather than want to do. That creates a habit that’s beneficial, but also sort of a chore. Sure, there are habits that are drudgery yet still beneficial, but some habits can also be indulgent.

Good-for-You Habits Are Never Hard Work

Some habits feel more like a luxurious bout of ‘me-time’ rather than items to check off your to do list. From a health perspective, there are habits that are incredibly beneficial and happen to be marvellously indulgent. Of course, everyone has their own ideas of what’s indulgent for them, the key is to consider how to blend healthy micro habits with luxurious options. Here are a few ideas-

Stay healthy and happy by consuming 2-4 oz of dark chocolate- Dark chocolate contains an amazing number of antioxidants and it’s a decadent way to fight free radicals. Studies have shown that consuming dark chocolate can help reduce oxidative stress in the body which lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Stay healthy by becoming a wine lover- red wine, like dark chocolate, has amazing antioxidant benefits. Added to the cancer-fighting properties, red wine also has anti-inflammatory and lipid-regulating powers. Enjoying small glasses of red wine, especially pinot noir varieties, on a regular basis can contribute to a healthier heart and body.

Massages do more than feel great- Massage is often considered a luxury, but it should be considered a micro-habit that supports a healthy lifestyle. Regular massage can help the body rid itself of toxins, keep or improve flexibility, break down unhealthy fascia, help heal or correct muscle or ligament issues, and much more.

Pedicures prevent injuries and diseases- Pedicures may seem like an indulgence but they provide important benefits. All genders benefit from pedicures. While typically seen as a female hygiene experience, pedicures can be essential for everyone. Pedicures can help improve circulation to the feet and lower legs. Properly cleaning and clipping nails can also prevent issues like fungus, and ingrown toenails which can lead to serious infections.

Many of the luxuries we enjoy are actually very beneficial for our health. Making them routine and a micro habit in your life can improve your health as well as your mood. Rather than look at indulgences as selfish or ‘extra’ make them a basic part of your lifestyle.

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