Habits are often given a bad name. We relate habits to nail biting or thumb sucking, but we forget that we can also have good habits too. Something that I've always thought is that if I have wanted to start doing something good and it only takes 21 days to make a habit (apparently) then surely one by one I can make myself a better person by making myself develop good habits. Besides, a good habit might not only be good for my own health and wellbeing, but it may also be good for the people around me.
For this reason, I wanted to share with you some habits that I would like myself to develop in order for me to enjoy my life more, and to ensure that I am living every moment to it's fullest... as cheesy as I just made that sound.
- Write three good things that happened to you each day.
- Laugh every day- read a joke book or watch a comedy to ensure you are releasing those feel-good endorphins.
- Get some fresh are every day. If it is sunny go out and take in some all-important Vitamin D, and if it's rainy, put your wellies on and a splash in puddles and dance in the rain.
- Move your body, this can also release happy hormones (as I like to call them). Just 20 minutes of exercise, from walking to dancing every day could really make you feel better.
- Hug someone every day. Nothing warms the heart more than hugging a loved one or a friend.
- Call or text a relative at least once a day. Let your family know you are thinking of them, and you may also find out that they are thinking of you as well.
- Spend at least 30 minutes a day doing something you love, from singing to reading, the world is your oyster.
- Make some art, doodle in a notebook. Even if you are rubbish at it, you can only get better and it is great at distracting your mind if you are feeling a little bit stressed.
- Fill your house with plants to take care of. This can motivate you into a routine and also mean that your home is filled with much purer air.
- Stand up straight. Focus on your posture more. We all have a habit of hunching or leaning and in the long run that is actually what is giving us our aches and pains.
- Perform an act of kindness for a stranger. Offer a helping hand if someone looks like they are struggling. Help the new mother carry her shopping whilst she comforts her crying baby. Or help hold open doors for people whom may not be strong enough to do so themselves.
- Enjoy a sunrise or sunset. Try to get up to watch the sunrise, or watch as the sun goes down. It is peaceful and refreshing.
- Look at the stars, see if you can name the constellations or see if you can spot Jupiter on a clear day.
- Meditate. Take 10 minutes out of your day to clear your head and only focus on the moment in hand.
- Make a conscious effort to smile at people. If somebody looks sad, smile. It may make their day just to be comforted by somebody else's warm smile.
- Talk about common issues with people. Sometimes educated conversations can be the best way to get something off of your chest. You may even find that somebody else is feeling the completely same way as you.
- Eat your 5 a day. It may seem like a silly saying, but we need to eat our fruit and vegetables in order to maintain a healthy diet with the correct vitamins and minerals.
- Drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Make a conscious effort to drink more, in order to stay hydrated, to feel less hungry and to be rid of any drowsiness and those irritating headaches.
- Go to bed at the same time every night.
- Wake up at the same time every morning.
- Write in a journal as part of your nightly routine.
- Carry around healthy snacks in your handbag. This will stop you from being tempted by the naughty treats that a calling your name in the vending machine.
- Schedule out your day, setting mini-goals and milestones for the day so that you can race to get the job done and leave yourself with time to do what you want and what you enjoy after.
- Read for 15 minutes before bed each night.