Most of us have developed habits formed in our youth that we still act on today; brushing our teeth twice a day and showering daily. What other good habits can we comfortably say that 99% of the population do? There probably aren’t many
But the good news is that there are habits that you can implement into your life that will simply make it better. Below are a series of habits to start introducing into your life if you haven’t already. Number 6 is by far the most important for all human beings.
Reducing screen time
Have you ever had a day where you watched an entire season of a TV show, and that’s it? Now compare that to a time when you were doing something that is more fulfilling, such as spending time with your family or working on something important to you. If you’re like most people, you’d much prefer the latter. So the question is, why would we not want to have more of those fulfilling days?
Maybe you currently spend a lot of your free time scrolling through social media. There is no question that reducing this will allow you to live your own life, rather than living through others’.
Go into settings of your phone and check the screen time – you may find that you spend over 3 hours on your phone each day.
Try reducing this by 2 hours daily for a week, and in those 2 hours, spend time with family or perform the other habits that will follow below.
Although its popularity is rapidly increasing, people may still view it as a wishy-washy action that ‘weird’ people or monks do. It would be safe to say that no one on this earth wants to experience unhappiness. This is not intending to say that meditation is the cure for happiness, but instead, it can definitely bring awareness into your life which subsequently induces tranquillity; a state of peace.
Give it a go. Focus on your breath for 5 minutes and when a though enters your mind, merely notice it and then continue to focus on your breath. Alternatively, you can use apps like ‘calm’ or ‘headspace’ or even search on YouTube for many free guided meditations. Who doesn’t want to feel more relaxed?
Can you say with full truth that you’ve read more than 2 books in the past year? Not many people can, and that’s fine. This is not to say that those people who don’t read are bad – not at all.
Rather, it is to say that there is a lot to gain from reading a book. Depending on the genre, it can take you through an inspiring journey or teach you countless skills that would be vital for your career or life in general. Try starting by reading 10 pages a day – that’s it. If you do this for 30 days, it’s likely that you will have finished the book. Reading before bed is also a great way to relax and help get you to sleep FAST.
This one is obvious, as we all know the benefits of exercise. From losing weight to building muscle. From increasing functionality to increasing fulfilment, exercise is the foundation of physical health. If you’re like most people, you do some form of exercise per day which is great. If not, then hopefully the notion that most people exercise will be enough for you. Not to mention the physical benefits you will experience, the feeling of health and the feeling of becoming more functional, among many others. It’s a no brainer!
Reducing ultra-processed foods
Food is a controversial topic. There are countless diets circulating the masses, all of which are almost becoming a religion to their users. There’s also a lot of effort that goes into these diets. Without trying to convert you or stop you from eating a Big Mac ever again, merely reducing your ultra-processed food intake will most certainly improve your life, and your body will thank you for it. A study done in 2022 conveyed that there is literally beneficial health outcome in eating these types of foods https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32630022/. Sure, they’re nice. But they also can significantly reduce the likelihood of suffering from things like brain fog, lethargy, obesity and even many cancers.
The foundation for all things health; physical, mental, emotional. You name it, sleep helps it. The best part about sleep is that it is free and you get to do it every single night. In the simplest way possible, sleep allows your body to function at its best. Take someone who sleeps 4 hours a night and compare this to them if they were to sleep 7+ hours a night. There would be a night and day difference (pardon the pun). The fundamentals of ensuring a good night’s sleep include light, temperature and mental state. Turning off bright lights 2 hours before bed, ensuring a cool/cold bedroom and being fully relaxed before bed will ensure a long, deep sleep. Click here to find out weird ways to help get you to sleep and here to learn about the effects not sleeping enough can have on your life.
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