Habit is defined as “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up”. Humans are creatures of habit but all to often those habits are bad and have a negative impact on our lives. As habits can be difficult to give up, it takes around 21 days for positive changes to become routine and thus good habits.
With a little patience, these 7 simple good habits can transform your life from hectic to zen.
1. Learn to switch off
All day long our brains are generating ideas, solving problems and worrying about this, that and the other. Nobody can be alert and firing on all cylinders all the time; you’ll burn yourself out.
Give yourself time to chill out and unwind, especially before going to bed. Try taking a bath, meditating, watching your favourite TV show or having a ‘switch off’ rule. I’m trying to stick with my newly set rule of turning all tech off by 8 pm.
2. Nourish yourself
Feed your body, your mind and your soul. Eat food that makes you feel good, have a job and people around you that make you feel stimulated and supported and ultimately, live a life that you LOVE living.
3. Take time to tune in
So much of our time is spent attending to others needs; family, friends, pets, clients etc. It can be easy to get swept up in it all and forget to stop and ask ourselves what we really need.
Take a moment to ask yourself:
- How am I feeling?
- What do you I want?
- Am I happy? If not, why not?
4. Care for the planet
Earth care = self-care. For thousands of years mother Earth has cared for us, isn’t it about time we cared for her?
The planet is not here merely to serve us humans, it is a beautiful, unique and complex ecosystem that all life depends on for survival. Every cell, plant, animal and person can only thrive if our planet is thriving and right know it’s dying.
These small changes will make a world of positive difference:
- Ditch the plastic
- Save water
- Reduce food waste
- Choose fair trade and organic (where possible)
- Read ingredients (i.e. is the palm oil from sustainable resources or is it contributing to deforestation and orphaned orangutans?)
- Reduce your meat consumption (the livestock industry significantly contributes to CO2 emissions and deforestation)
- Walk/cycle/use public transport
- Educate others
5. Set goals & smash them
Have a dream to work towards, write it down even if it seems impossible. Set yourself realistic short-term goals and every time you achieve one, know that you’re one step closer to your dream. Trust me, you’ve got this.
6. Daily ‘to do’ list
First thing in the morning, with a cuppa, jot down the things you want to get done that day. Keep your list concise; what can you realistically get done? What really needs to be done today? What can wait? Prioritizing is key so you feel overwhelmed.
7. Ask for help and never stop learning
It is ok to ask for help. Nobody knows everything. Never stop learning, growing and evolving as a person. Knowledge provides opportunities, new adventures and could open doors you thought were bolted shut.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” ~Aristotle
Go shine bright and be excellent x