There is a lot of power in a habit. Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu put it this way:
Watch your thoughts, they become your words,
Watch your words, they become your actions,
Watch your actions, they become your habits,
Watch your habits, they become your destiny.
The New Year is a perfect time to reflect and reset our habits. Consider your healthy habits and those that steal from your well-being. Healthy habits fuel energy, focus, and health and ultimately support you in becoming the best version of YOU! Cultivating more healthy habits will feed your livelihood and positively influence all areas of your life.
Use this list to refine your healthy habits or get into new ones:
- Read an inspiring quote daily.
- Set a positive intention at the start of each day.
- Breathe consciously and mindfully.
- Go to bed at the same time and prioritize sleep.
- Make time for self-care (at least weekly but ideally daily).
- Move your body for at least ten minutes each day (walk, dance, workout, stretch).
- Each month, make a point to try something new.
- Drink a glass of lemon water when you wake up.
- Write at least one gratitude each day.
- Stop scrolling when you notice your mood and energy are sinking.
- Even better, set a limit on your social media consumption (you’ll prove to yourself there is no reason to have FOMO).
- Have important conversations in person, rather than over text or social.
- Follow positive people or organizations. Make social media a place of inspiration.
- Help others.
- Every day, give yourself a compliment.
- Learn from your mistakes, rather than dwell on them.
- Become curious about others’ points of view (especially your parents’ or if you are the parent, your teen’s).
- Acknowledge hurts or upsets and practice finding silver linings.
- Practice optimistic thinking.
- Eat energizing foods.
- Smile more.
- Pause when you feel overwhelmed and ask yourself, what do I really need?
- Write down your annoyances and ask yourself, is there another way to think about these?
- When you’re stressed out, breathe and take things one step at a time.
- Ask for help!
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