The 5 Best Habits to Adopt Today
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The 5 Best Habits to Adopt Today

IMPLEMENT THESE QUICK-AND-EASY HABITS TODAY TO FEEL HEALTHIER, HAPPIER, AND MORE PRODUCTIVE EVERY DAY.

A habit, according to the dictionary, is a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. Habits can be great things to adopt. However, we can all easily fall into poor routines, too…and that’s when bad habits start.

Whether they’re productive or not so much, all humans are creatures of habit. We wake up, brush our teeth, get dressed, go to work, go to sleep, over and over and over again.

Eventually, you have to break the never-ending cycle and change it up a bit, becoming cognizant of the many habits—both good and bad—that we follow in our lives.

I’ve learned this the hard way.

For a long period of time, I had been following the usual routine: wash, rinse, and repeat.  I realized I was so stuck in certain routines that I had become bored with my life and my work.  I needed an outlet to express my creativity, and that’s when I decided things had to change.

Of course, daily life, in general, can be repetitive, but that doesn’t mean you always have to stick with the same routine. Remain aware of the habits you’ve developed; work hard to maintain the good ones and change the bad. {Click to Tweet}

Daily life, in general, can be repetitive, but that doesn’t mean you always have to stick with the same routine. Remain aware of the habits you’ve developed; work hard to maintain the good ones and change the bad.

Here are just a few of the best habits you can adopt today:

MAKE YOUR BED

I know it sounds silly, but you’d be surprised at how much more productive you can be throughout the day if you make your bed in the morning. 

Why? Because it will give you a sense of accomplishment immediately (trust me, I’ve experienced it first-hand).

It also unclutters your space and encourages discipline, as you stick to that morning ritual. Try it out tomorrow morning; you’ll see what I mean.

Related: 5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

KEEP YOURSELF HYDRATED

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated throughout the day. But did you know it can also impact your mood? There’s even been studies that prove it.

Drinking water is an essential part of every day life. Rather than seeing it as a chore, think of it as having a positive impact on your health. If you don’t think water has enough flavor, try adding some frozen fruit or citrus to it for a burst of flavor.

MEDITATE

If you tend to get stressed out super easily and need a quick break from reality, meditation should be your best friend. This relaxation technique helps you instantly calm down and think clearly; think of it as a mental refresh!

The best part is that you can get a good meditation session in before work to set your mood for the day.

Try this simple meditation exercise:

  • Find a quiet spot and sit cross-legged in a comfortable seated position
  • Place your palms lightly on top of your knees
  • Start taking deep breaths and close your eyes halfway
  • Focus on one single (non-moving) object in your sight
  • Simply gear all of your energy to this one object and free your mind of any conflicting thoughts

WORK IT OUT

I can’t stress enough how much exercise can greatly impact your life—all the more reason to integrate it into your daily or weekly routine early on.

I never used to exercise and I noticed my mood and energy levels were drastically changing. I had an irregular appetite, frequent mood swings, and serious fatigue all.the.time. Then, I thought: “Why am I sitting here moping around when I can get my life on track?” That’s when exercise came into the picture.

Since I’ve started exercising regularly, my mood hasn’t been changing as often, I have tons more energy, and I can sleep much better.

Since I’ve started exercising regularly, my mood hasn’t been changing as often, I have tons more energy, and I can sleep much better.

Do yourself a favor and do some sort of exercise—even if it’s just 30 minutes—every day. You’ll be happy you did!

MAINTAIN BALANCE 

Maintaining a proper work-life balance can seem like a huge challenge. When you work at least 40 hours a week, it’s difficult to know when it’s time to unplug and unwind. We are often so concentrated on meeting that end sales goal or preparing for that big presentation that we forget to take time for ourselves.

It might be beneficial to designate time for yourself every day so you can actually remember to take a step back. Whether it’s an exercise class, a Netflix binge-watching session, a walk on the beach, or a simple pat on the back, make it a habit to do something nice for yourself everyday. {Click to Tweet}

You don’t have to adopt all of these at once. Make the best out of your daily routine by finding what works for you—not your friends, not your parents, not your roommate—you. Even if you develop just one more effective and empowering habit per day, that will get you on the right track to success.