A quick disclaimer before you start reading…get a coffee and a snack because this post is a long one, but it’s so worth it (in my opinion) so settle down & keep reading…
I recently saw this pin on pinterest and it immediately inspired me to write a post all about Healthy Habits.
This is a topic I feel very strongly about.
Let me paint you a little picture here…personality wise I am a complete smash between a tornado of chaos and also OCD-like tendancies (gemini) I’m essentially type B with a smattering of type A sprinkled in. Why am I telling you this? Because having healthy habits is what calms me tf down. As much as I love and appreciate my whirlwind (tequila shot) side, if it’s in control too long I tend to start feeling a bit down and out-of-control. I find that I feel my best when I implement healthy habits and routine into my life – it just grounds me waaaay back down y’know.
Obviously everyone is different and what works for me may not work for you. You may not even feel as though you have this 2-sided-personality problem (gemini) but habits help you get the most out of each day and feel great….who doesn’t want that?!
So that being said, here are 5 habits I’ve implemented in the last month or so which I’ve found to be very effective in getting the most out of my day and for generally feeling and being productive whilst allowing for a little tornado moment to occur now & then (gotta keep myself on my toes).
I love mornings, I am totally a morning person. I love the light (weird I know but just go with it), the mood, the slight (heavy) chill in the air – it wakes me up and makes me feel ready to go. For school I used to get up at 6.15 and be in the school gym by 7/7.15, I loved it. About a month ago I just thought if I liked that routine so much then why don’t I just start doing it now? Before you all have a heart attack, I am not waking up at 6.15. Contrary to my own belief about myself, I do need sleep – I have a diminished immune system and if I’m too tired I get sick….really sick so that’s just not feasible anymore BUT 7am is. I’m not going to lie it took me a couple of days to really ‘wake up’ fully at that time but now that I’m in the routine it’s great. What I find really helpful is the fact that I get up, put on gym kit and walk 15 mins to my uni gym. The fresh air not only wakes me up but I’m instantly getting steps in for the day which is so satisying and definitely helps my mental health. Also, I don’t know if anyone else gets this but my brain literally doesn’t shut up ever from the second I’m awake so I find the brief walk super helpful for organsing the chaos that’s in my head and if necessary I can take notes on my phone for what needs doing when I’m home.
If you struggle waking up early then start setting your alarm just 15 minutes earlier than you already do, then 30 mins and so on until you get to 7am (my personal recommendation) or whatever time you’re aiming for.
SWEAT ONCE A DAY
Ugh I know I can hear you groan. I’m sorry ok I am S O R R Y. But sweating it out really is one of the best things you can do both for your physical AND mental health. Like I said before, I love gettig up at 7 and hitting the gym immediately. I like working out on an empty stomach, I like getting it in ASAP and there’s so many stats which show that you lose mental strength as the day goes on so if you get your workout in early you’re less likely to bail out on it than if you leave it to later. So why sweat?! Ok, lets say you went out last night…and went HARD, you wake up the following morning and you know you are or have been sweating in your sleep. Why? because sweat is one of the best ways your body can naturally detox and rid itself of toxins. If we follow that thought process through then sweating it out once a day ensures that you’re speeding up the system and helping your body get itself going. PLUS….it helps clear up your skin, flush your liver and it’s actually (grim I know) really good for your hair.
HOUR OF READING
I love reading. I don’t think that’s a surprise to anyone who’s followed me for a while. My issue was that I tended to do the bulk of my reading on holiday and then the other months of the year my reading list would suffer. No more. I have implemented a ‘1 hour a day’ habit into my life and I’m hooked. Honestly, I’m flying through all these books I’ve been wanting to read but haven’t gotten around to – recently I’ve been loving business books & I’ve honestly learnt so much which feels awesome. I would highly recommend implementing this healthy habit into your routine if you’re a student or looking to grow in an area of your life as there is literally a book written about e v e r y t h i n g. You can learn so much in an hour that I don’t know why you wouldn’t start. Grab a glass of wine, light some candles and settle in for 60 minutes of pure bliss. See below for some of my top picks!
So simple but also so effective. I am a planned freak (remember the 2 sides of my personality) I love planning out my minutes/hours/days/weeks/year whatever I’m pyscho we get it. A To do list is so efficient because it gets all the crazy out of your head and on to paper infront of you so you can see exactly what you have to do and when. An article from The Guardian in 2017 argued that simply writing a to-do list lowers your anxiety levels significantly and ticking tasks off your list releases serotonin (i.e: the happy hormone) making you feel amazing and accomplished. Win win right?! So to help you out I’ve made a cute little printable template for you to utilise each day if you’re into making things look cute. (personally I simple use a clean £3 notebad which is perfectly spaced and lined the way I like (pyshco, I told you) but you do you).
LAYING IT ALL OUT
So following on from the whole ‘to-do’ vibe, I like to feel prepared. One way which is K E Y to me feeling put together and prepared for the day is to lay out everything I need the night before. So recently this means my gym kit (including shoes, socks and underwear) on my chair with my jacket hanging off the back (pockets filled with my keys/wallet/headphones/hairtie) ready to go. Then I make sure my backpack is packed for uni and my laptop is on charge next to it – that way I can just unplug and add it to the bag then zip and zip (out the door…ahahahaha kill me). Seriously it saves time and energy. Efficiency people. 2018 is the year of efficiency I’m telling you.
Ok so those are my 5 healthy habits I’ve been loving, are there any habits you follow religiously or have noticed a significant life improvement since implementing? Comment below!