There’s no doubt that life has its moments of peril for each of us. We all have our ups and downs, but life overall doesn’t have to be a war. Here are 12 simple habits that can lead you on your way to living a more enjoyable life:
1 – Drink more water.
Water is essential, yet unfortunately, most people do not drink enough of it. Flavor packets, reusable bottles, and access to clean water are available, so there’s no excuse to not give your body enough of this substance. Be conscious and make sure you are taking in at least 8-12 cups of water each day.
2 – Have more fun.
Fun is very underrated once we grow up and become adults. We seem to push it aside and claim that it’s only for children. The truth is, adults need fun just as much as kids do, if not even more. Plan at least one or two activities each week that serve one purpose: to have fun.
3 – Exercise.
Exercise is another one of the essentials that most of us neglect to get enough of. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring, or stressful. Find something that’s enjoyable – dancing, kayaking, intramural basketball, soccer – if it gets you up and moving, it counts as exercise.
4 – Form positive thoughts.
Consciously say positive sentences to yourself throughout the day. Write them down, write them on your mirrors, or keep a list in your pocket. Once you say them enough, for long enough, the positivity will start to become natural.
5 – Listen to your body.
Nowadays we’re bombarded with new diets and exercise regimens, surgeries and body modifications, and unruly work schedules. We participate in all these activities that go against what our bodies are needing. Sit in silence and listen to your body. It could be telling you that you need to rest, stretch, eat, etc. Learn to hear what the body needs, not read what it needs in an article.
6 – Read more often.
Reading new material challenges the brain and provides a healthy habit for rainy days and boredom. If you are not a fan of reading, then you probably just haven’t found the genre that hits close to home. Check out iBooks or a bookstore and discover what types of books you enjoy.
7 – Start writing in a journal.
Journaling has several amazing health benefits, including a safe place to vent and an escape from tough situations.
8 – Slow down.
Is life going by too fast? Learning to slow down is a great habit, whether it’s through meditation, walking, breathing techniques, sensory perception, or any other method. Stress levels dissipate when life slows down.
9 – Schedule according to your personal needs.
If you are not a morning person, then don’t beat yourself for missing a morning workout. Schedule workouts in the afternoons or evenings. If you are more creative in the afternoons than the mornings, schedule those activities in the afternoon. Work with your natural cycles.
10 – Avoid stressful people.
This isn’t always the most doable thing, but often it’s possible to find ways to spend less time with people that spike your anxiety.
11 – Avoid stressful situations.
Arguments, crowded stores, running out of gas – it’s a good habit to try your hardest to avoid these types of scenarios as much as possible. Know what always causes tons of unnecessary panic and figure out ways to avoid these all together. Or learn ways to better handle the situations.
12 – Smile more often.
Simple, yet effective.
Thank you for reading this post. Do you have difficulty forming any of these 12 habits? Have a great day.
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