5 Easy Habits TO Improve Your Life TOday
Habits are the best.
When I wake up in the morning, it's not even a question in my mind if I'll get dressed, brush my teeth, pray, and eat breakfast. It just happens.
There are some things in my life, however, that are less habitual than I'd like them to be. Specifically, going to bed by 9:30 (which we'll talk about more later on).
Habits, even the little ones, can make a drastic impact on our lives. That's why I wanted to give you five today that will help improve your life in little and easy ways.
During the volleyball season, it would've been a lot of work for me to do strength training on a regular basis. I went through a month or two of just sticking with volleyball and not doing any strength training.
Thankfully, I didn't lose any of my precious strength, but I forgot how great strength training is. I've started doing it at least three times a week, and I'm really enjoying it.
I also have a commitment to myself that I will do pushups, which I never have really done in the past because I don't enjoy them and I'm not good at them. However, the more I've been doing them, the more I've been able to tolerate them better.
If you don't know where to start, I love Sydney Cummings's workout videos because they're challenging AND they use dumbbells so they're great at-home workouts.
I think journaling is just in my blood, because ever since I was about five years old I've journaled on and off. It's hilarious to go back through my old journals when I was really little and the see ridiculous things I would write about.
Now, I don't journal for the same reasons that I did when I was little. When I was younger, it was more for documentation purposes, but now that I'm older I do it more because I have SOOO many thoughts running through my head at the end of the day and it's good for me to just get them out onto paper so that I feel like I'm organized up there.
For anyone who's very resistant to the idea of just writing about your day on paper, you could also try keeping another kind of journal, such as a list journal or a gratitude journal (I should do a post on those sometime).
No matter what kind of journal you keep, I think journals are a really great way for you to take a step back and realize how you think. Journaling helps get me clarity when I'm confused, and it helps me to realize the limitations in my thought patterns. When I was really struggling with anxiety I would journal about what I was anxious about and it would help me realize that I didn't need to worry about it. Sometimes it took a while to stop feeling anxious, but at least I knew there was nothing to worry about (for more on anxiety check out these posts).
Even if you don't think that journaling is for you, I'd encourage you to just try it for a week or so.
Going to Bed Early
I briefly mentioned this earlier, but I've been struggling with this one lately.
For some reason, 9:00, which is around the time I ideally start getting ready for bed, is when people start Snapchatting me.
Even though I'm definitely an introvert, I LOVE talking to people, so when I get the chance I like to snatch it up. So it's usually Snapchat or chatting with people that keeps me up, although it's occasionally homework.
The thing is, in order to make getting in bed on time a habit, it needs to be a priority. For me, it just isn't a priority a lot of the time because I want to talk to people. If I really decided that it was a priority for me, I would be in bed by 9:30 every night, but I'm just not.
However, I think I need to let go of the importance of Snapchat and really focus my efforts on going to bed. That's a decision that I have to make with total sincerity though otherwise it just won't work.
Anyways, why should YOU go to bed early? Because staying up late is an easy way to cut yourself short on sleep if you have a certain time you need to get up. I wake up at 6:30 for school, so if I'm not asleep by 10:00, I won't get my ideal amount of sleep.
Go to bed early so you can get plenty of rest.
Waking up early
If you don't consider yourself to be a morning person, I know this one sounds not very fun. However, a lot of things in life require you to get up early, so why not get really good at it by doing it every day?
When I wake up early, I feel a lot more productive and just better overall.
This requires actually going to bed early so that you get enough sleep, too, and you don't wake up feeling tired.
For more on this topic, check out my posts on 8 Ways To Become a Morning Person, How To Get Motivated To Work Out In The Morning, and 11 Benefits of Having a Morning Routine (& Guidelines For Designing Yours).
I honestly should care about this one more than I do. I know that going outside is good for me, and yet with school going on it can be really hard to get into a regular routine of going outside since I wake up in the morning, go to school, come home, and then it's practically dark outside.
There are two times when I could probably fit it in: right after school and in the morning. Right after school is meh because when I come home I'm usually hungry and then I eat a snack and work out and then shower and then it's time to eat dinner and it's dark out. In the morning could work though... I'm kind of just thinking out loud.
Just try to fit going outside into your schedule. Every parent out there knows that fresh air is good for kids, so why should we stop going outside once we get into high school? Enjoy the outdoors, even in the winter!
Habits are simple ways to make life easier and can upgrade your life for the better.
In this post, I gave you five habits you can start forming to improve your life for the better:
The best time to start is now :)