Thank goodness for habits! Habits help us through the day, and it’s not only one, its hundreds of them that each of us do. And guess what? We don’t like them all! We like some and they make our days easier, but some make us feel bad, or we might deem them to be negative.
Humans are naturally creatures of habit and most of our days are determined not by conscious intentions and deliberate choices, but by simply reacting instinctively to the world around us. Habits are an automatic behaviour, which have developed overtime, doing the same action repeatedly. And most of the time it’s subconscious.
Habits are notoriously hard to change, and this is the most common reason why most people fail. They say it takes 21 days to break a habit and 28 to 30 days to form a new one. So, we’re inviting you to join us on making a positive change to some of those negative habits we all have. The key is to start small, by taking responsibility, willingness and awareness and make one small change every month. By the time it’s December 2020 you will have changed or added 12 new habits to live your life. What’s not to love about that?
We’ve put together a list of 12 positive habits you can do to make 2020 your greatest year yet!
Get your day off to the best start! By making your bed every morning, you will accomplish the first task of the day. It will make you feel good, give you a sense of pride and will get you in the mindset of completing other tasks. Little things in life matter.
At least once a day be sure to look at yourself in a mirror, look directly in your eyes, stand tall and meet yourself with the biggest smile. The power of a smile can be amazing!
Learning something new keeps our minds active and improves memory. Ever wanted to start dancing or take a language lesson? Just do it. Seeing yourself accomplish something new will make you feel great and motivate you to do more.
Write down one (or more) things that you’re grateful for every day. It doesn’t matter what it is, it can be big or small. This will keep you focused on the good things in life that make you happy.
Take the time to slow down, the world isn’t going anywhere. Take at least 5-10 minutes each day to sit down, close your eyes and breathe. This can be done at your desk, during your commute or anytime you can find for yourself. (However, don’t do this while you’re driving!). Slowing your thoughts and focusing on yourself can do you the world of good.
A lack of sleep can have a huge impact on your mood, increase anxiety or leave you feeling angry or sad. Try and make sure to get at least 7-8 hours each night. Set this goal for yourself and make sure you smash it!
This could a very good tool to make you sleepy in the evening (to help you work on habit no.6!). Reading helps you relax the mind and get to sleep sooner. At the same time, it engages your mind and keeps it away from toxic thoughts. You can also read innovative, and motivational books which can help you better your mindset in 2020.
Your bedroom should be your sanctuary so it’s good to avoid electronics there! Start by getting an alarm clock, then remove TV (if you have one) from your bedroom, charge your phone in another room. These small changes can improve your sleep (habit no.6 again!) and will make you feel refreshed in a morning.
While cold water has some benefits during the hot weather, warm or room temperature water helps relieve congestion, detoxifies the body, and naturally relieves pain (including joint and menstrual cramps). According to ancient Chinese medicine, drinking warm water in the morning also activates the digestive system and stimulates blood flow.
Like new experiences, saying yes can give you a new perspective on things. You’ll find yourself in new situations or new places and you’ll have exciting discoveries along the way. Saying yes is a wonderful way to meet new people and live your life to the fullest. Who knows what opportunities you could open up for yourself?
Instead of starting a super strict diet, keep it simple and eliminate only one thing you overindulge in. It could be saying goodbye to two spoons of sugar in your coffee/tea, getting rid of alcohol or milk. By removing something small you’ll soon find that you don’t even miss it, thus beaking an old, bad habit.
We live in an era of too much. Give away clothes, shoes or anything else you have too much of or don’t even use. Create some space in your life. This also includes non-materialistic possessions: consuming less social media, cancelling a gym or any other memberships you don’t use or keeping your desk clean at the end of the day. Decluttering your surroundings can help to declutter your mind.
Ask yourself, how your life would look like if you changed or gained any or all the habits above? Remember, that getting better sleep and keeping your mind active are life long behaviours and not one-time events. Always keep an eye and be aware of the things you do on autopilot. Have a visible plan and reward yourself with little treats for making the changes. You can’t get rid of your bad habits and start creating some positive ones. It’s amazing how much we can achieve in a year when we take it one step at a time.