My Thoughts: How To Make Good Habits That Will Stick
I’ve become a creature of habit in some areas of my life and I absolutely love it. It seriously has helped me create a routine, schedule and overall life that’s true to my own ideals and makes me happy. The benefits of implementing habitual structure have a positive effect on my life, attitude and overall well-being.
Creating habits doesn’t have to be overwhelmingly hard. Don’t confuse habits with feeling obligated or stuck in your ways – think of habits as a good thing! You should start a habit with affirmative intention of bettering yourself and the areas of life that you recognize you are struggling with. Knowing, to a very precise degree, what you have in store for yourself each day is such a stress reliever that it will blow your mind! Here are some easy, yet efficient habits that I personally love.
Write down three things you are grateful for.
Either in the morning or before bed, do this as a great way to self-ground. Stress and annoyances can’t always be avoided, but remembering the good and reminding yourself of all the positive things that surround you, allows you to appreciate all that you have and will give you such a sense of happiness.
Start your day early and at the same time (almost) every day.
Don’t panic, because you don’t have to do this all seven days a week. Habits shouldn’t be stressful, so if you work Monday-Friday, 9-5, and change up your routine a bit on the weekends, that’s okay! During the week, or for those who want to make it each day regardless, starting your day early and at the same time is super beneficial. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project said in an article on Forbes: “a few years ago, because I wanted a calmer, less hurried morning with my family, I started getting up earlier — and I enjoyed it so much that I’ve started setting my alarm earlier and earlier.” Don’t you just love the idea of not having to rush and feel scrambled each morning? I know I do!
Plan out your day the night before.
I have a pretty busy schedule so if I don’t structure my days, I can easily overwhelm myself off the figurative rails. One habit that has become more of a life-saver for me is planning out my day the night prior. Write it down on paper to see the plot in advance and mentally prepare to avoid frantics is the peace of mind to ensure calm, collected, success. Seriously, planning ahead of time is key!
Drink hot water with lemon in the morning.
Hot water with lemon is the morning is my favorite! Getting into this morning habit was super easy, especially once I learned all of the amazing benefits it had to offer. My mom introduced me to the idea and then I read about it again on various sites and blogs, and I’ve been hooked ever since I started. It helps removes toxins, aids in digestion, promotes healthy skin and helps to energize and enhance your mood. Uh-Mazing!
Make your bed.
This is so simple, but making it a habit to make your bed every morning helps set the tone for the rest of your day. It’s a small habit that paves the way for the larger, more taxing agenda items throughout the day. It’s the first step to organization. Having a tidy bed helps you to feel de-cluttered. It’s gives off a clean, peaceful vibe that can make your morning a great one. Odds would say that a good morning creates a good afternoon, and good evening as well.
Take time to read.
Set aside X amount of time every day to read. Read your favorite blog, a new fiction book you can’t get enough of, or educational books – anything that stimulates your mind. Be sure to make it a habit every day to read something that is of enjoyment to you. Some days reading an article on fashion gets me super inspired and some days it’s reading about nutrition and wellness that accomplishes that instead. Other days, I get lost in a good old fashion chick lit. Reading of any kind is good for the soul.
What are some good habits you like to practice? Share in the comments section below.