You’ve done well staying in place for the past months now. What better time to start being healthy but today? Being healthy is not an easy task.

Anyone telling you this has either gotten used to it or is just serious about their health. If you’re like the rest of humankind, then you’re not automatically inclined to practice healthy habits.

Don’t lose hope, though. There are a lot of small things you can start today that can slowly build healthy habits. Here are 8 small changes you can make while you’re stuck at home.

1. Practice Getting 8 Hours of Sleep

Eight hours of sleep is the ideal amount of time you need so that your cells can repair and regenerate. It’s also the time when your body can fully rest without anything disturbing it.

At first, getting this amount of sleep is going to be a struggle, you can start by just getting to bed earlier than your usual time. If you used to sleep at midnight, go to bed an hour earlier so you can slowly get the right sleeping pattern.

2. Always Have a Tumbler with You

There’s no doubt that water is one of the healthiest drinks out there. Even if you prefer to drink coffee, try to fill a glass of water and place it beside you all the time.

That way, it serves as an enabler (or reminder) to drink water. You can also take a bigger step by lessening the number of unhealthy drinks and replace them with water.

3. Make Cooking Your Meals Part of Your Daily Routine

Do you love cooking but never had the time to do it? Now’s your chance. Since you will be spending a lot of time at home even during the weekends, you can now experiment with ingredients found in your fridge.

Cooking your meals is a lot healthier than ordering takeout food. With the former, you know exactly what you put in your food and you can control how much salt or sugar you add to it. Besides, it’s cheaper. Now might be a great time to look into healthy recipes, too.

4. Do 10-Minute Exercises

When you’re at home, it’s easy to feel lazy. It’s a lot easier to go to bed now and not get up except for getting food and going to the bathroom. However, being inactive for long periods of time makes your muscles and bones weak.

Instead of lounging on your couch the whole day, get up and try a 10-minute workout. There are so many short workouts available online and in apps. Even if it’s just 10 minutes, you can make sure that you get your heart rate up and work those muscles.

5. Stay Away from the Phone When You Get to Bed

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. That’s why you should take active steps in taking care of your mental health when you can.

One of the simplest things you can do is to avoid using your phone when you’re already set to sleep. This way, you get to quiet your mind and avoid any potential triggers to your brain. You can even fall asleep a lot faster after that.

6. Wear Sunscreen Every Morning

Even when you’re at home, you still have to wear sunscreen. Unless your house doesn’t have any windows, then that’s the time you can lay off the lotion.

Otherwise, you have to religiously put on sunscreen every morning so that your skin is protected from UVA and UVB rays. This habit prevents dark spots and skin diseases that you can get from too much sun exposure.

7. Enjoy the Peace and Quiet of Your Home

Here’s another tip for your mental health: be present. If you’ve tried meditation before, you know that one of the key things that are asked of you is to stay and think about the present.

It isn’t evident, but this helps your mind focus. It removes the unnecessary noise that sticks to your head after a day’s work. Just sit down and take a few deep breaths. Observe your surroundings and take the present in.

8. Maintain Tidiness

Not a lot of people realise how their surroundings affect their mental health. Since you have spare time now, you can always set aside 15 minutes of your day tidying some parts of your home.

You don’t have to be Marie Kondo to the point where you’re throwing away a lot of things that don’t spark joy. However, you can always make sure that everything is in order. You can start by organising your dishes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely put a pause on a lot of people’s lives. While you can’t do anything about it, you can look at the silver lining here. This is your opportunity to take baby steps to live a healthy life.