10 Habits That Will Change Your Life
Simple Habits That Will Change Your Life
This is all about habits that will change your life. Sounds great, right?
Implement these simple habits and you are good to go. Except…
It’s not quite that easy. (most things aren’t)
We all probably have some ideas about habits that add to our lives and habits that might not add so much to our lives.
Yet even when we are aware of habits that could benefit us, we can still struggle to incorporate these habits into our daily lives.
In terms of habits, my very best advice is to be the tortoise. Slow and steady is the best method to use. (in my opinion)
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Here Are 10 Awesome Habits That Will Change Your Life
We all know that sleep is good for us. Quality sleep is a necessity.
Yet it is something that seems to be so easily neglected.
Now, if you are in a season of life with small children (or older children), I see you. And this season will pass.
But if it is at all possible for you, then I urge you to make sleep a top priority.
Sleep has a gigantic impact on every single aspect of our lives. And nobody is their best self when they are sleep deprived.
Don’t underestimate the power of going to bed early. (when you can) Or curling up with a cozy blanket on the couch and sneaking in a cat nap.
2) Listen To Your Body
There is a lot of information out there on what we should or should not be eating.
Loads of advice on how much water we should be drinking. How much caffeine we should be drinking? How much alcohol we should be consuming?
And I love helpful information. But when we embark on a research journey in regard to food/drinks we are bound to find a lot of contradicting information.
This can be overwhelming.
One giant thing we can do is listen to our bodies.
Can you eat or drink whatever you want? Of course. You are in control.
The key is to really dive into how the things you put into your body make you feel.
I might love a giant donut and iced coffee for breakfast but do I feel amazing and energized afterward? Not really.
Does this mean I must only have oatmeal or eggs for breakfast? Heck no.
Try keeping track of how you feel in a little notebook. This is a great way to really look at the impact things have on your body and mind.
You are not a machine in a factory. You are not meant to just go go go and do it all.
Nobody can do it all.
We live in a world that seems to be obsessed with and praises fast-paced.
It is exhausting to always feel like you have 72 things to get done. Because we know that we won’t get it all done. And then we feel bad about not getting enough done.
Rinse and repeat. It’s a vicious cycle.
Prioritizing can be life-changing. Pick a few top priorities daily and let the rest go.
Being realistic about what we can accomplish on any given day can make life so much more enjoyable.
Learning is cool.
And as a stay-at-home mom, I need to expose myself to new things and new perspectives. I need things to break up the monotony of playing with dolls and blocks with my 2-year-old every day.
My favorite way to learn is through books. I love almost any type of book but my favorite genre would be personal growth. (I love these)
There are also a massive variety of podcasts out there just waiting to be heard.
**Also, if you want to take it a step further in the learning department, you should check out Coursera. It’s an online learning platform that offers thousands of different courses on basically anything. You can even earn certificates and degrees.
Investing in yourself is something you will never regret.
This is a buzzword we hear a lot. And there are so many opinions on what self-care is or what we can consider self-care.
I think the root of self-care is doing something for yourself. Something that makes you feel good or brings you joy.
And again, it is only for you. You are the main star here.
Maybe for you, this looks like relaxing in a bubble bath until you resemble a shriveled raisin. (take your bath to the next level with this bathtub tray)
Or reading a romance novel. Or pop in some earbuds and dance around the living room.
Looking at pictures or videos of baby animals.
Meditating. Stretching. Getting out and taking walks whenever you can. Coloring. (adult coloring books are cool)
There are no right or wrong answers here.
The point is to practice consistently doing things for yourself. (no matter how small these things seem)
Don’t wait until you have put yourself on the back burner for so long that nothing you do for yourself feels like enough. The deficit has just grown out of control.
You are important and valuable. Practice treating yourself as such.
Our lives are made up of lots of moving parts.
And all those moving parts won’t necessarily spark feelings of gratitude.
The harder or more challenging parts of our days tend to steal the limelight.
But we can all find and intentionally point out things we are grateful for.
Little pockets of joy are the secret to a better life. OK, there aren’t any real secrets to a better life. Even so, little pockets of joy and gratitude can go a long way in creating all-around happier and healthier lives.
This lovely gratitude journal makes it easy peasy lemon squeezy for you.
7) Social Media Breaks
Life may feel as if it happening inside of your phone. But I assure you it is not.
Phones are these amazing little devices that we can get sucked into. I get it.
The internet is not real life though. You are viewing curated lives. Snippets of curated lives.
And this is not a dig at anyone. People are not posting things to make you feel bad. (at least for the most part)
However, that is exactly what can happen. We can begin to view our own lives as less than the lives we are seeing. Our lives must be lacking in some way.
THIS IS NOT TRUE.
Our lives are not lacking. We are just measuring them against an unrealistic standard.
Social media breaks are good for the soul. And for our mental health, of course.
Also, less time on our phones means more time being present in our lives. That is definitely a good thing.
8) Get Organized
This is not a one-and-done type of thing.
For most people, this will take some time.
But this is a very important thing to do.
Physical clutter can wreak havoc on us mentally.
You could start by making a list of spaces you want to organize. And then tackle that list one thing at a time.
Start super small. One day, clean out a junk drawer. That’s it. Just one drawer. The next day you could work on clearing out your email. Or the dreaded hall closet. (it’s always a mystery as to what I will find in mine)
Little things snowball and can have a significant positive impact on your life.
9) Work on Your Inner Voice
I don’t know about you but I am not always kind to myself. Sometimes I am downright nasty to myself.
Is this helpful? Not at all. Does it make me feel good? Absolutely not.
But do I still do it? Yep.
Listen, this is hard. It’s not just a switch you can flip and have the inner voice of a fairy.
Try to catch yourself when the not-so-pleasant voice in your head takes over. Don’t feed into it. Catch what’s happening and try to steer in a different direction.
Here is your reminder to be kinder to yourself. You could even write “be nice to yourself” on a post-it and stick it somewhere you will see it.
This will take loads of practice but it will be so worth it.
10) Slow Down
You might be thinking…YEAH RIGHT LADY!
This can sound and feel impossible.
Remind yourself often that life is not a race. There’s no award for charging through life at warp speed.
Some days, we just can’t wait to get to bedtime. I relate completely. My entire family was struck by the stomach bug a couple of months ago and those days could not go by fast enough.
But for the most part, I don’t want to wish my days away.
And I hope you don’t either.
Slow down a bit. Be present where you are. Be present with the people you love.
Habits are the spice of life.
They play such a pivotal role in how we live our lives and how much we make those lives the best they can be.
Have anything to add to this list of habits that will change your life?
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