Five Daily Habits that will keep you motivated and happy
“In essence, if you want to direct your life, you must control your consistent actions.” Tony Robbins: It is not what you do once in a while that shapes your life, but what you do consistently.
You can make or break your habits. While good habits are the key to success, bad habits can cause you to lose motivation, happiness, and health.
These questions will help you to take stock of your current habits.
What works for you?
What aren’t habits working for you?
Are your current habits helping or hindering you from achieving your goals?
These are some new habits to keep you happy and motivated!
Disclaimer – Habits are flexible, and it’s important that you also be kind to yourself. I don’t exercise every day, and I don’t meditate every single day. These habits are important to me, and I want to make them a part of my daily life. I try to meditate at least three times per week and exercise up to five times per week. Clients often try to create a new habit and become frustrated when they don’t succeed daily.
Don’t expect instant results. You won’t feel like you are in control of your life after one walk. Let go of the expectations and enjoy the simple task of being done.
MORNING ROUTE! What’s your morning routine?
Your bed is meant to be used for sleeping. It would be best if you were not working, relaxing, or eating in bed.
Good sleep hygiene combines a good sleeping environment and a regular routine and can promote uninterrupted and consistent sleep. Your bed should be your sacred space, so take care of your sleep hygiene.
Get out of bed when your alarm goes off. Research shows that 85% of people check their phones within the first 15 minutes after waking (1). This causes brain waves to be disrupted when you awake (2). Make sure you get out of bed when you wake up. It’s easier to climb back into a bed that isn’t made.
This habit can be changed by replacing it with a different one. You can start by moving your phone to a place that is far away from you. ).
Next, think about what you can do in the morning. Are you going to go for a walk, read or do yoga? TIP – It’s a good idea to plan what you will do each night. This saves you time in the morning.
MOVE YOUR BODY
Moving, walking and being in nature can make you happy and motivated. Research and science have proven that exercise has many benefits for your mental and physical health.
How many days go by without you exercising or going for a walk? This is a priority for you. Can you track the time your body spends moving each week?
To make this a habit in your day, invite a friend. A friend can help you be accountable and make it more social. Book a class. It should be non-negotiable. Begin with small changes.
FIRE YOUR BODY.
Eating healthy food will not only fuel your body and prevent you from having sugar crashes, but it can also make you happy. Good food is a great way to feel happy and motivated.
Omega-3-rich foods, such as salmon increase the “happy hormone” levels in your brain. Dark chocolate, mushrooms, and foods rich in probiotics (i.e., kefir yogurt, sauerkraut, and many other foods (3). Coffee lovers: Limit your intake to four cups.
How to incorporate this habit into your day. Buy the food ahead of time. Eating a sugary snack while you’re exhausted and searching through your cupboards for chocolate bars is impossible. If I’m following a recipe, I usually add twice as much vegetable to the dish and sometimes throw in any veg I have left in the fridge.
FORGIVE AND ACCEPT.
To feel good each day and keep yourself motivated, it is important to forgive yourself and accept where you are.
This could look like writing in the morning.
I forgive, and I accept where I am. This is my journey, and that’s all that matters,
I’ve learned something from all of it. They are all lessons, good and bad.
o I choose me.
It doesn’t matter if you are young or old to start something new in your career or life. This eBook explains how you can start journaling for self-care. You can set aside 15 minutes each day to journal, either when you get up in the morning or before you go to sleep at night.
BREATHE, BE PRESENT.
Meditation improves your concentration, focus, sleep, and attention. Meditation has been shown to decrease anxiety and depression. It’s also free. Meditation is not for everyone. You can try different kinds to find the one that you like. I choose to listen to different types depending on my mood.