6 Small Daily Habits That Can Make Your Life Better
"Good habits are worth being fanatical about." -John Irving
If your goal is to make your life better for yourself, you may want to start by adding these six easy daily habits to your day.
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Avoid reaching for any of your electronic devices first thing in the morning. Grabbing your phone and scrolling through social media is no way to start your day. Instead, enjoy some quiet time. Practice some deep breathing or maybe reflect on things in your life or the goals you have set.
Drink your first glass of water before settling in with your coffee. Work on getting in at least eight glasses of water. Hydration is so essential to our bodies. Keep a water bottle handy.
Get up and move 5-10 minutes each hour. If you are sitting at a desk or on the couch watching your favorite movie, whatever you may be doing, get up and move. Do some stretches, walk in place, or maybe do some pushups.
Make your bed. Sometimes, it's the little things that can make you feel good. It might be just a small accomplishment, but it feels good. Coming home to a bed that looks inviting feels a lot better than walking in to see a rumpled, unmade bed. So, making your bed starts your day off right, and coming home to an inviting, cozy bed may positively end your day.
Give yourself time in the morning. Starting your day by rushing around is the worst thing you can do. Get up early enough to avoid the morning rush. Have your clothes set out. If you pack a lunch for work, do it the night before. Make sure your purse, your phone, and your keys are readily available to you. Nothing is worse than frantically searching for your keys as you rush out the door. Preparing the night before is vital to a smooth, unstressful morning.
Cut down on your sugar intake. Less sugar can lessen your risk of depression, help you maintain a healthy weight, and decrease your risk of heart disease. It will also reduce your risk of diabetes and lower your sugar cravings. Of course, an occasional sweet treat now and then would be okay.
Be consistent with these small habits for a month, and you will appreciate their impact on your life. You will feel better, and life will be less stressful. It doesn't hurt to give it a try.
"Life is habit. Or rather life is a succession of habits."-Samuel Beckett