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When it comes to success and happiness in life, more often than not, we stand in the way of ourselves and we hold ourselves back from truly being successful and happy in life. You see, you may think you need to change your life to be successful and happy, but you really need to change yourself. I’m sharing good habits to start if you truly want to start changing yourself and your life for the better.
These have become my daily habits that I use to work and improve on myself. And these habits have drastically improved my life since I began implementing these into my daily routines.
If you ever struggle to stay motivated and get things done, or lose focus easily, these are good habits to start to help you keep focus and achieve your dreams in life.
Good Habits To Start To Improve Your Life
When you’re trying to create new habits, it can be hard to know where to even start. When I first began creating new habits, I was so lost and didn’t even know where to begin! I couldn’t even come up with any examples of good habits that I thought were actionable.
If you are in the same boat and are thinking “what are some good habits to start in life?” then this is the post for you! Whether you’re focused on improving your mental or physical health, or start working on advancing your career, there are tons of good habits you can start implementing today that will put you on the path to success.
I’m sharing my good habits to start right now to drastically improve your life.
Good Wellness Habits To Start
Good wellness habits are great for anyone wanting to work on their mental health or help cope with stress or anxiety better. Wellness habits can also help you sleep better and improve your overall health dramatically.
1. laugh each day (even if just for a few minutes)
Laughing releases endorphins and will instantly boost your mood and cheer you up if you’re having a bad day. Make it a point to laugh more. Even just by watching funny videos on Youtube.
2. Practice GRATITUDE
At the end of each day, write down at least three things you are grateful for. I’m willing to bet, once you come up with three, you’ll be able to keep going. Practicing gratitude helps you enjoy the little things in life more and stop focusing on the worries.
3. Find Your Mantra
A mantra can be a quote, saying or positive affirmation that helps you feel confident, calm, etc. It can be something you use to boost your confidence before a presentation or when you’re feeling self-conscious. Or, it can help ease anxiety during uncertain times.
During these times, repeat it in your head or write it down. After a few minutes of repeating it, you’ll feel much better.
4. cuddle with your pet
I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing more comforting than cuddling with my dog! After a bad day, she will instantly be able to cheer me up. And instead of focusing on the bad, I am focused on how grateful I am for such a loyal companion.
Spending time with your pet is such a good habit to start, even if it’s just sitting with them on the couch. I also enjoy taking her for a walk or going on a car ride around the block because she enjoys it too!
(If you can’t tell, I’m a huge animal lover!)
Learning to meditate was one of the best things I ever did for stress and anxiety. At one point in my life, I started to have panic attacks, I was tense all the time, I was clenching my teeth 24/7 (which lead to horrible headaches).
After I started meditating, my life changed.
I am able to put away my worries and stresses in the moment so I can focus on what’s in front of me. Whether that’s family, friends, my dog, or just a tv show.
I essentially am able to turn off my mind so I don’t let the thoughts consume me and keep me from sleeping or keep me from enjoying life.
Good Fitness Habits To Start
Fitness habits are perfect for anyone wanting to be healthier, lose weight or reduce the risk of certain diseases.
1. move for 30 minutes each day
I’ll be honest, it’s hard to find time for exercise, but earlier this year I made it a goal to start being more active. And I’m so glad I did! You don’t have to do some crazy HIIT workout every day, but just move in some way for at least 30 minutes.
It can be doing a few yoga poses before bed or going for a walk. I’ve been walking a lot around my neighborhood lately because it’s been so nice out in the evenings.
I haven’t lost any weight (but that’s not been my goal), however, I feel so much better! It helps me sleep better, reduces stress and anxiety and I have more energy than ever.
No matter what your goal is, moving more is such a good habit to start.
2. Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is essentially only eating your calories within a specified window. Most people do the 16:8 method where you fast for 16 hours, and eat during the 8 hours. You can still drink water/coffee/tea during the fast.
I started fasting earlier this year and I’ve been amazed at how much better I feel. I’m less bloated and I have so much more energy! Plus, it helps me eat healthier which is a win-win.
3. drink more water
Water is so important to the functioning of your body, not to mention your skin. Most people I know hardly drink any water and that is so terrible for your body!
Start drinking more water each day. Make a goal to drink at least 8 cups a day. But, realistically you need a lot more than that. Studies show you need an ounce of water for every pound you weigh. (I told you you weren’t drinking enough!)
4. Eat healthier
I am guilty of loving not-so-healthy foods, but I’ve been much better lately about switching to healthier options. Not only is it better for your body, but you will feel lighter, less bloated and have so much more energy.
Obviously, I still indulge in fast food (can’t live without Chick-fil-A!) and desserts, but it’s all about balance.
Good Career Habits To Start
You should work on advancing your career each day! Take opportunities to learn something new or take on new responsibilities. Anything helps when it comes to landing your dream job or getting that big promotion. Here are some good career habits I have started doing in my professional life.
1. Plan your day
If you really want to be productive and get everything done, you need to starting planning out your day and creating to-do lists. Each morning when I start work, I write down my top priorities for the day. Then I plan out my day around my meetings, writing down any to-do lists or reminders.
It helps me stay on track and it feels so good to cross off your to-do list at the end of the day!
2. Take a break every hour
Set a reminder and get up each hour to take a break. When you’re sitting at your computer for hours straight, your mind won’t be as alert and you won’t be as productive. I recommend not getting on your phone, but getting up and stretching, walking around the building or go outside and sit in the sun for a few minutes.
3. Be vocal
It helps to be up-front about your career goals with your boss. And if you have a good boss, they will want you to excel in your career and help you on that path.
It could be something as small as taking on a new responsibility or taking the lead on a new project, but eventually, you will start working your way up to that new job or new promotion.
4. learn everyday
Each day spend 15-30 minutes learning something that will either help you in your career right now, or help you get to that dream career! I’ve been researching and learning each day since I began my first full-time job and not only has it taught me so much about what I do now, I know it will come in handy in the future as well. Learning is such a great way to invest in yourself!
If you take any courses, be sure to put them on your resume! Companies love seeing that you are willing and actively working on advancing yourself and your education.
Good Lifestyle Habits To Start
Lifestyle habits can be anything you do in daily life that affects your productivity, mental health or really any aspect. Good lifestyle habits to start may seem like trivial/little things but can really add up and impact your life in a big way. Here are some good habits you should start to live a better life.
1. Spend less time on your phone
This is something I have been trying to do lately. Between my work, blog, Etsy shop and social media, sometimes I feel I am constantly on my phone! So lately, I’ve been trying to unwind in the evenings and put my phone on do not disturb at 8pm. Then I spend the rest of the evening reading, practicing self care, etc.
I want to start doing social media free weekends as well! Especially now that I’m not getting out as much, I feel like I waste so much time just mindlessly scrolling through my phone.
2. stick to a budget
Once I started my first big girl job, I created a budget. And it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for my financial future. I’ve been able to put away so much money for a down payment on a house. And I’ve stopped spending so much unnecessary money on stuff I don’t need!
3. Get Rid of clutter
As I’ve gotten older, I have started to hate clutter. It used to not bother me, but now I can’t stand having a cluttered and unorganized space. Whenever I use something, my goal is to put it back in it’s place when I’m done. I’ve also been de-cluttering a lot lately and now I have so much more free space and my room feels so much more relaxing.
4. be in the moment
Since working in oncology, I deal with a lot of difficult and hard conversations with patients during very stressful times. I also see a lot of patients pass away or go on hospice care. It can be very draining mentally and emotionally.
I’ve since learned to start being present more. Instead of worrying about things while I’m out with my friends, I am in the moment more and enjoying their company while I have it. It seems so trivial, but so often you get caught up in something inside your head and forget to actually enjoy the moment you are in.
5. Practice self care
Practicing self care doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time. I have been doing some sort of self care practice each day and it has tremendously helped my mental health. I feel rejuvenated, have more energy and and more productive when I take care of myself.
When you’re practicing self care, you’re focusing on yourself and making yourself and mind a priority.
If you do anything on this list, I highly recommend you start doing self care and make it a daily habit.
Check out my quick self care activities for some ideas you can use to practice self care daily.
What Good Habits Are You Starting?
I really hope this post has inspired you to start new habits in life. No matter what your end goal is, there are plenty of ideas here to help improve multiple areas of your life.
Making daily habits will improve your life dramatically in just a short time! Many of these I have recently started and have seen such huge improvements in my happiness and motivation.
Whether you want to improve your physical health or advance in your career, these are the best habits to adopt to help create a life you love and develop yourself in the process.
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