There are a few daily habits that you can start doing in your life today that will dramatically effect your life for the better. These habits will make you healthy. Not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Read through the list and pick a couple that you can start today. The magic in these habits is that you actually make them a daily habit. The magic comes when they are consistently used.
1.Wake Up Early
It is true that most successful people wake up early. They start their day with a routine that will give them the best chance of being productive and effective. You can give yourself a head start to the day by being up and productive while others are still sleeping. When you wake up early, you ensure greater productivity, because you get the most important things done first.
The other thing that I’ve noticed when I wake up early is that I have time to get to my meetings on time. I’m not rushing to get somewhere because I’m 5 minutes late. It reduces the stress that lateness and rushing creates. When you get up before everyone else, there is a sense of calmness in the house.
You have time to grab a coffee, and sit down in your favourite chair with a good book or newspaper, or simply with your thoughts. That extra time allows you to take some time to start your day on the right foot. You also get to start off your day with exercise which is an important part of your routine.
2. Think of all the things you are grateful for when you wake up.
It is said that most people have tens of thousands of negative thoughts every day. This is why it is so important to start your day on a good foot by thinking of all the things that you are grateful for. Whether it is the people that you have in your life, or the people that support you. Perhaps it is something small, like the sun shining, or the fact that you have another day to do what you want with.
Be grateful for your health, your job, the country you live in, the house or home that you live in, etc. Be grateful for anything and everything. You can even be grateful for challenges and obstacles that help you to learn lessons. Write everything you are grateful every day in your gratitude journal.
3. Start your day doing the thing that will move your life forward, but you hate doing.
In Gary Keller’s book, “The One Thing”, he asks the question, “What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary? By focusing on that one thing, and making sure that it gets done daily, your job or your life will be more productive. You need to start your day, by taking some time, and doing that one thing. You do that one thing even if it isn’t the thing you most love to do. If you are a blogger, that one thing may be writing content, or redesigning pins. If you want to get healthy, that one thing may be going for a run. Whatever that one thing is, just do it.
4. Make your bed every morning.
U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven says if you want to change the world, you should start by making your bed. He said that by making your bed you have successfully accomplished one task early in your day. It will give you a small sense of pride, that will lead to your next successful task, and your next and your next. By the end of your day, that one completed task will lead to many more completed tasks.
By making your bed, you have started a good habit that will lead to other good habits. Besides creating good habits, a poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that people who reported making their beds also reported better sleep overall. And at the end of the day, there is nothing better than getting into a freshly made bed.
5. Drink 8 glasses of water throughout your day
Every person needs different amounts of water, depending on your activity level, your health and where you live. Since your body is made up of 60% water, it is essential for your survival. Every cell, organ and tissue needs water to work properly. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. By drinking 8 glasses of water every day, you get into a habit that will optimize your health. So why 8 glasses a day? Although it may not be the absolute right amount of water for you, it is easy to remember and it is a reasonable amount.
6. Practice intermittent fasting
Obesity is an issue in North America. That isn’t a secret. The weight loss industry is a billion dollar industry. Whether it is eating plans like Weight Watchers, gym memberships, or exercise videos, people put out alot of money, and they aren’t losing the weight. In fact many of them are getting fatter and more obese. Intermittent fasting may be the solution to losing the weight for good.
An example of intermittent fasting is to not eat your first meal of the day until 1 pm. Eat your second meal at 8pm. Fast until 1 pm the next day and do it again. Your body will adapt by burning fat, and you will end up being less hungry as well. The fact is that when you are providing your body with calories, you will burn those calories before burning fat. When you aren’t providing the body with calories, it will switch to fat stores for the energy it needs. Over time, your body becomes efficient at losing weight.
Intermittent fasting becomes easier and easier the more you do it.
7. Write out your goals
By writing out your goals, you are more likely to achieve your goals. Why does it work? The first reason is simple. You actually clarify what your goals are. Without goals defined, it is hard to accomplish a goal if you don’t know what your goal is. By writing down your goals and reviewing them regularly, you will motivate yourself to take action. Another thing that goals provide is clarity about what to pursue and what not to pursue. It gives you guidelines on what to say no to. You can also track, recognize and reward your progress in accomplishing your goals.
8. Do something every day to make extra money
Most people are living paycheck to paycheck. Their incomes aren’t growing and they are finding it harder to get ahead. By creating a side hustle, or a part time business, they can start making a few extra hundred a month that will help them to pay off debt and get ahead. With multiple streams of income, you also mitigate the risk of what happens if you lose your job, and therefore lose your primary source of income. There have also been many occasions when people have started a side hustle and it provides enough income that they can quit their jobs.
9. Decide to be happy today and smile at others
When you make the decision to smile and be happy, you create a chemical reaction in your body that actually generates endorphins and makes your feel better. Your body will actually produce physiological changes that reflect being happy such as breathing and heart rate. It is the embodiment of the term “fake it til you make it”. Your body doesn’t know that you aren’t happy, but by smiling it actually makes you happy!
Besides that, smiling actually makes other people happy. It is contagious. When you see someone smile, your natural reaction will be to smile back. So by making other people smile, they will feel better as a result. And as a bonus, a smile on your face will make you more attractive.
10. Walk at least 20 minutes every day.
Exercise is critical to being healthy. When you are a child, you couldn’t help but get your required exercise because you woke up with the energy to run and jump everywhere you went. Your day was filled with active play. As adults, our days are filled, and it is sometimes difficult to find the time and energy to get a workout in. Even though it is difficult, you need to find the time to walk 20 minutes a day. Whether it is in the morning, before work, during your lunch hour, or in the evening, take the time. Your body will thank you.
The benefits of walking every day include a better mood, increased energy, lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, longer life, stronger memory and weight loss. All of those benefits for just 20 minutes out of your day.
11. If you have a family, make the decision to eat at least one meal together every day
I get that life is busy. We have 3 kids and most nights there is some activity that we are going to for one, two, or all 3 kids. Those nights it is impossible to eat together. We are generally eating on the go, and either eating left overs or picking something up on the way. But on nights where we can, we eat together at the dining room table, without distractions. This gives us a time to talk, and to catch up on what is going on in each others’ lives.
Besides family dynamics, there are also other benefits. Kids will eat healthier meals, and will try new foods. It goes without saying that if you nourish your body and your brain with healthy food, that you will perform better. That means better marks in school, and better performance in sports and hobbies. Studies show that when families eat together 5 times a week, it dramatically decreases the chance that their children will use drugs, prescription drugs, smoking and alcohol.
Make family dinners a priority in your schedule and in the lives of your children.
12. Wear clothes that will make you happy every day
Life is about choices, and too many times we are making choices for other people. When it comes to the clothes that you wear, make sure that you are buying clothes that you like, and that you will make you feel good when you put them on. Your clothes help you to outwardly express the person that you are. They shouldn’t be about how you should be, but who you are. Now, that doesn’t mean wear a bathing suit to the office, but don’t wear the grey pin stripe suit or the beige dress, just because your boss wears it. Express yourself and love yourself.
13. Plan your next day before you go to bed
Before you get into your bed that you made in the morning, take some time to reflect on your day. What went well. What didn’t go well. How are things going to be different tomorrow. Review what you have scheduled for tomorrow so that you have time to get prepared. Also write down with goals you have for the next day. That will help you prioritize activities as your day moves along. When you know what you need to accomplish, you know what things to say ‘no’ to. If you have a problem that you are working on, think about it before bed, and then let your subconscious work on it while you are sleeping. When you wake up, many times your brain will provide you with some options that you can consider as a solution. The brain is an amazing thing. It is constantly working on things. You are smarter than you think.
If you start to incorporate these 13 things into your daily schedule, I promise that things will get better if you stick with them. Perhaps you start with 1 or 2 that resonate with you. Comment below on which of the 13 you have started using, and what the results have been.