We all have habits of some sort. Some of us have healthy habits, some have bad ones, and the majority of us have a mix of the two. While all of us might have a bad habit or two, it’s the healthy habits that we should keep around when life gets hard – even when we’re tempted to jump to the bad habits (hey, isn’t eating a whole tub of ice cream when you’re sad considered self care?). Healthy habits only serve to improve your life, either by keeping you physically healthy (exercise habits) or happy (pleasure habits) or by growing a skill (hobby habits), and everyone should have some. Here are a few of my ideas to get you started!
Develop a morning routine – Some people might groan at the idea of a routine, but they can be incredibly helpful, and even freeing. So many of us have busy lives full of activities, and when we don’t write them down or keep them in a calendar, we forget. Make it a part of your morning routine to plan out your day, no matter how many tasks you have, and break each task down into smaller steps when possible. This will help you to be more punctual, and feel like you’re actually getting things done throughout the day!
Develop a nighttime routine – Healthy bedtime habits lead to healthy morning habits, and depending on those habits, they’ll lead to deeper and more restful sleep. Any routine should include things that are tailored to your own tastes, so it’s up to you to decide what they are, but make sure that they’re things that will help you rest, and that you can be consistent in. Things like making a lunch for the next day, showering, and doing something that you love to help you unwind and get ready for bed. Books are wonderful ways to do this, and are a wonderful habit. If you’re into reading or not, make sure that your nighttime routine allows you to become sleepy, and go to bed at a reasonable hour. Keep it consistent, and you’ll be improving your life and feeling well-rested at the same time.
Listen to podcasts or audiobooks – When reading is hard (or just not enjoyable), podcasts and audiobooks are there to save the day. They allow you to listen and learn something while you’re doing other tasks, or to take a bit of a rest or laugh break without sitting in front of the TV. Podcasts are perfect to put on when you have a long commute, are working out, or if you’re just relaxing, and they’re especially good when you have a bunch of chores to get done. Why not learn while you go?
Make time for the outdoors – I’m not saying to exercise per se, even though that might happen while you’re out there. I’m saying just the act of getting out of the house and breathing in the fresh air is a good habit. Depending on where you live, this could be out in the woods, a stroll through downtown, or going out on the lake. Or maybe it’s going for a walk in the park, sitting in the grass, or going for a bike ride. No matter what it is, make it a regular practice. The fresh air clears the mind, and if you can escape the hustle and bustle of town, it will refresh you and give you a bit of space to recuperate.
Good habits are hard to come by, but they can change your life! All it takes is an idea, some dedication, and a bit of discipline to develop a slew of great habits to improve your life with. Have fun with it!