They say if you want to control your life, take control of your habits. Habits are things you do every day, unconsciously – they are a part of our routine so much so that they make you who you are. A study says the best way to bring change into your life is by creating fresh routines and staying with them until they become your second nature, like a habit.
Living a healthy lifestyle is all about converting your knowledge, eating schedule, life goals, exercise plan or inspiration into a daily habit. People from all walks of life and every profession whether professors, school teachers, priests, medical professionals, life coaches, tycoons, and almost every successful person emphasizes the importance of forming habits that can change your life for the better.
Here are some habits that will change your life for good:
Define your priorities
One of the biggest reasons why you are not moving forward in your life is because you have too many things on your plate, personally and professionally. You are probably trying too hard to do many things in life and all at the same time.
You need to sit down and ask yourself: what are your priorities that need your immediate attention? Once you have defined them, leave everything that doesn’t cater to them. You can always come back to things of less importance later after you have established what’s most important to you in the present moment.
Create a morning routine
Get all of your important personal work done before everyone else is even awake —you won’t believe the difference this makes! Get up early and do the things you keep putting off before you start your day.
Sip a glass of warm water, workout daily, read, swim, etc. Indulge yourself with things that you normally don’t have time for that make you happy. Easing into your daily routine instead of rushing to get started not only reduces your stress levels significantly but also puts you in a practical frame of mind for the remainder of the day.
Drink lots of water
Just imagine not drinking any water, tea, or any other liquids for the next eight hours. Well, that’s essentially what we do while we sleep. While people sleep, their body slowly becomes dehydrated because it needs fluid to operate.
Sipping a glass or two of warm water the first thing in the morning flushes out all the toxins from the body. Also, it aids your digestive tract and boosts your metabolism, helping you feel energized. You can also include green tea and herbal tea along with regular water intake. Feel better, look better and kick start your day — all from drinking a lot of water.
Yoga and meditation
Mindful meditation isn’t just for monks. It basically exercises for the brain, building up gray matter in the areas that help you focus, concentrate and handle stress. Best of all, to reap the benefits of yoga and meditation, you don’t need to devote an hour to it. Beginning with five to ten minutes every day is good enough. Get in tune with your soul and learn to take care of yourself emotionally, mentally and physically until you know how to meditate the right way. Just be sure to be consistent.
Set online boundaries
The world of Internet is very tempting. It’s too difficult to pull yourself out from an online world of status updates, memes, posts, photos, and videos. Before you even know it, half of your day is gone and you have nothing constructive to show for it.
It is even more difficult for those who work mostly on the Internet. One of the best habits one can establish is to avoid going online and checking their e-mail or social media accounts the very first thing in the morning.
Create specific windows of time for your online activities. It’s okay to check your e-mail once in a while in case you receive urgent requests from someone, but if you check and there aren’t any, quickly abort and get back to your day.
A heavy breakfast
There is no denying the fact that a morning breakfast is the most important meal of the day – yet almost 31 million people in the United States begin their day without it. There are so many reasons why skipping breakfast is a bad idea! People who avoid this important meal of the day are more likely to be overweight. They are also more likely to have chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and lower immunity to infections. A balanced breakfast is a great way to enhance cognitive function as well as boost your energy levels while helping you fight unhealthy food cravings throughout the day.
If you want to change your life for the better, all you need to do is take some action and be committed. Do something consistently enough, and results will follow. One should always work on adopting better habits, such as meditation, spending time on your hobbies, and developing a positive outlook on life. Always make genuine efforts towards improving yourself to be a healthier, happier you!