Creating good habits is the first step to creating a great life-and it only takes three weeks. Yup, studies show that it only takes 21 days to make or break a habit! If you’re trying to incorporate some new healthy practices in your life, or get rid of old vices, the most important thing you can do is stay positive and not be too hard on yourself. If you slip up, there’s always tomorrow to get back on track, unless you die.
In terms of what habits to cultivate, most people say they want to do the same thing: eat healthier and exercise more. I AM NOT MOST PEOPLE.
Haha no those are important, but I think they’re pretty overdone, so let’s consider a few others.
5 Healthy Habits to Incorporate in Your Daily Life:
1. Create a Morning Routine
I used to be the person who always hit the snooze button a million times, but now I actually love getting up a little bit earlier than necessary to set a relaxed tone for the day.
Humans (that’s us) don’t deal well with stress or change, so by incorporating a calming and familiar morning routine ie: make bed (see below), workout, eat breakfast, read theSkimm, you’ll feel a lot less rushed and anxious. This is particularly helpful on Mondays when you’re well aware of the 5 days of suckiness that lay ahead.
2. Make Your Bed
I first heard this from Admiral McRaven in his 2014 Commencement Speech at the University of Texas, and then again from Gretchen Rubin, creator of The Happiness Project.
Making your bed in the morning gives you the feeling of accomplishing a task right off the bat, therefore giving you the confidence to get shit done all day. If at least one thing in your life is neat and orderly, maybe you’ll be a little more organized in other areas too. It’s kind of weird that something so trivial can make us feel that empowered, but let’s take what we can get. Productivity starts in the sheets people.
3. Save Some Money
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re around my age, relatively new in your real life job and finally making some legit money (or you’re a part time babysitter/unpaid blogger just tryna make it big…) Either way, you’ve finally got the cash for some designer shoes, unnecessary groupons and years of college loans. #blessed
Buttt lets face it: before we know it we’re gonna be 35 with a kid and looking at houses we can’t afford in Jersey (jkjk #StrongIsland) or we’ll be 75 and wonder why were not retired yet. You wanna know why? Because your 25 year old self was too busy buying shots for everyone at the bar cause “IT’S FRIDAY AND I HAVE A JOB IN #finance!!”
Listen, I’m all for free drinks and enjoying the money we make now, but it would also be smart to save a bit each month. At this point in our lives its not how much were saving that’s important, it’s just that we get in the habit of doing it. (That’s arguable, but I’ll choose to believe it. #broke)
The toothbrush is always trying to steal the floss’s thunder and I AM SICK OF IT. Of course you should brush your teeth, but brushing too much can actually strip your teeth of their enamel. On the other hand, not flossing enough can lead to heart disease and America’s already pretty screwed on that one so lets not up the stats.
5. Learn To Cook
This is honestly just such a great trait to have. Even if you have a relatively sucky personality, EVERYONE likes someone who cooks for them. If you’re new to the grill game, start out by researching easy healthy dinner recipes or look at my blog (jk I haven’t posted any yet).
Set aside one night per week where you agree to cook dinner for you and your roommates/parents. Once you get good at it, start throwing random shit in the pot and see what happens! #epipensondeck
What other habits do you guys incorporate in your lives? Candy Crush Saga 2X a day? Tinder swiping at 7? Let me know!