Top 6 Habits You Need in Your Life and How To Make Them Happen
The greater part of our everyday lives is made up of habits. From the moment you hit the alarm clock in the morning when you wake up, to the moment you pull a blanket over yourself when you go to sleep at night; you are doing those things “out of habit,” as the saying goes. When your life is ruled by your habits, you should make sure you’re forming the right ones.
WHY?: Your first meal of the day is literally “breaking a fast” – when you sleep, your body’s metabolic rate slows down. Hearty nutritious breakfasts will kick-start your metabolism, which will wake you up and start the calorie-burning first thing in the morning. This is especially important if you’re trying to trim down or get into shape.
HOW?: Make a weekly menu so that you can plan ahead and shop for the ingredients you need and prepare your breakfasts with less hassle. This is especially important if you’re the type to be rushing around in the morning looking for a missing sock or a favorite pair of jeans. Always have fruit on hand just in case you’re too busy, because even just a banana or an apple is better than starting your morning with an empty stomach, and it will get you used to always having something healthy to eat in the morning.
WHY?: Staying in good shape is important for everyone regardless of age or gender. Apart from the long-term health benefits of being physically fit, exercise releases endorphins in your brain, which puts you in a good mood and helps relieve overall stress levels. Plus, it builds your confidence and self-esteem!
HOW?: It doesn’t have to be an intense basketball game every day – brisk walking in the morning is great exercise. Writing down your fitness goals and putting it somewhere you’ll always see it is a great way to keep yourself going when you’re tired of waking up at 6 AM to jog before work. Mark the days on the calendar every time you go for a swim or a run because it will constantly remind you of the progress you’re making. Find a gym buddy who can encourage you on the days you don’t want to go. It’s important to keep reminding yourself to exercise because it’s a long-term commitment that might not show immediate results, but even simple things like opting to take the stairs instead of the elevator can make a difference when it comes to your overall fitness levels.
WHY?: Research shows that if fifty households used reusable bags for a year doing their shopping, they would save thousands of disposable bags. Imagine if every household in the city started using reusable bags regularly – the environment would be a much better place. Cultivating little habits such as giving away your old clothes and disposing your recyclables separately to be reused can make a big difference not only in your life, but in everyone else’s, because you’re making a good contribution to the health of the planet.
HOW?: Instead of packing your groceries into plastic bags, or brown paper bags, opt for a reusable bag when you go shopping. Use a bag that stands out and you’ll never forget it at home. The best part? When people see you with it, they’ll want one too! Apart from investing in reusable items, get into the habit of always thinking twice before you throw something away. You’ll become both resourceful and creative when it comes to finding new uses for old things.
WHY?: The best thing about a book is that you can pick one up and immediately be transported to another world, whether you’re reading standing in a crowded train or nestling comfortably in a bed of pillows. Not only is it a great source of entertainment, it’s also a way for you to keep learning, because no matter what you read there will always be something new to learn. It will also increase your creativity and it’s a great way to improve your memory.
HOW?: Read about something that you’re genuinely interested in – detective thrillers, travel magazines, graphic novels, there’s something for everyone. It doesn’t have to be an oversized hardbound novel. It can be anything from a book of short stories, or a magazine on tech reviews; even the daily newspaper is a great place to start. Reading is something you can do to relax during ten-minute breaks at work, or a way for you to unwind right before you go to sleep.
WHY?: Some of us have the tendency to go on shopping sprees or crazy nights out whenever payday rolls around, which results in over-spending and low funds. Setting aside a portion of your income ensures that you will always have a backup plan in case you ever need the money. Your savings should be a part of your long-term plan. Saving up money to spend on things that really matter – like paying for your own place or investing in a business – is something that you can never begin doing too early.
HOW?: Open a separate bank account for your savings and deposit a specific portion of your income every payday. Don’t touch it unless absolutely necessary. Working out a budget for yourself is also helpful because it allows you to set aside money for monthly expenses like bills while giving you a set amount for guilt-free shopping and dining out. There are lots of apps for keeping track of your budget that allow you to list down what you’ve been spending on, which is handy for keeping track of your expenses if you’re on-the-go.
WHY?: This is simultaneously the most clichéd, but also the most underrated, item on this list. If there’s one thing in common that the happiest, most successful people on the planet share, it’s that they knew better than to focus on their mistakes and on the bad things that could happen. They choose to keep moving forward towards their dreams. Never underestimate the ability of a positive mindset. It might seem like a simple thing, but it can create the biggest impact, both on your life and on the lives of people around you.
HOW?: Write down your biggest goals and place them where you will always see them. Do one thing every day that will get you closer to that goal. Whenever you feel discouraged, or when things aren’t going the way you planned, remind yourself of your goals, because that will motivate you to keep going despite the challenges you face. Find inspiration in someone you look up to, and know that they are inspiring precisely because they had their own obstacles to overcome, just as you will. Believing in yourself is half the battle!