What if each of us took the time to become more aware of the bad habits we have? What if we tried to establish positive habits to replace the bad ones?
“Good habits once established are just as hard to break as are bad habits.” Robert Puller
If we want to live our best lives, we have to create healthy and intentional habits along the way. It can be quite difficult to determine which habits we want to focus on and try to cultivate. Each of us live very different lives which means our habits will vary greatly. If you are looking for some inspiration about what kind of positive habits may work for you, here are five habits that changed my life!
#1 MEDITATION & YOGA
Life can often grow to be quite hectic and it feels as if I become robotic when following my strict, never-ending schedule. I grew up with an understanding of what it meant to meditate and practice yoga. It took me years to realize how powerful and impactful practicing each of these would be. Meditation and yoga provide a great deal of health benefits both physically, mentally, and emotionally. Neither of these practices are easy by any means, however, it helps me take a moment to become more self-aware, less stressed, more focused, and start the day off with the right frame of mind.
* Check out these meditation and yoga apps/podcasts:
Meditation: MindBody and 10% Happier (apps). Hay House Meditations and The Adult Chair (podcasts).
Yoga: FitStar Yoga, Pocket Yoga, and Simply Yoga (apps). My favorite place to do yoga is in a yoga studio. Search up the nearest yoga studio and give it shot!
You can find both apps and podcasts in the Apple Store & iTunes.
Yes, kindness is a habit and it can be cultivated. Trust me! Focus on spreading kindness every day for a month and you’ll be surprised about how profound the changes in your life will be. Kindness doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be as simply as asking the barista how their morning is going to letting someone into your lane of traffic.
So, how are you able to develop the kindness habit? Kindness requires the ability to be intentional in your thoughts and actions. Begin each day by making goals to do something kind for another individual. As you go through the motions of your day interact with others in a positive manner, be compassionate, say “good morning”, and smile. These smalls steps of intentionally practicing kindness can eventually turn into a habit. Kindness is a beautiful thing. Spread it.
I have kept journals on and off for many years now. Writing has always helped me process my emotions and clear my mind. I have found that writing on a regular basis helps me to have a more positive outlook on what is going on in my life. Creating a safe space to manifest your goals, understand your potential, and better your life will change everything. You will become who you want to be, you will manifest the life you want to live, your relationships will grow to be heathier, and your outlook on life will be a positive one.
The first step to make journaling a habit is to commit yourself. Second, prepare yourself. Make sure you have a journal or empty notebook to keep within reach. Third, just write! Write about whatever is on your mind. This is your journal. There is no need to filter your thoughts. Let your thoughts flow and be honest. Once you get in the habit of this it feels so rewarding to take a look back and reflect on how far you’ve come.
My favorite gratitude journal: 52 List for Happiness
#4 DEVELOPING POSITIVE THINKING
There is a great deal of power in positive thinking. Yes, I know it sounds a little cliché so let me explain. Positive thinking cultivates powerful minds. It won’t necessarily lead to success on its own, but it certainly plans an important role in motivating you to succeed. Negativity does NOTHING for you. When you learn to squash the negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones, you will see yourself begin to flourish.
There are many ways to develop positive thinking skills. The following are a few of my personal favorites. Start by becoming aware of negative self-talk. It may surprise you at how often you talk negatively about yourself or your efforts. Learn to be okay with not being able to control every situation. Positivity will can be cultivated when you surrender to life and all of its challenges and rewards. I find the best way to develop positive thinking is to make my first three points a part of my daily routine. Meditation, yoga, and journaling allows me to stay grounded with myself and accept all life has given me.
#5 TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
It doesn’t matter if you are an introvert or extrovert, we can all benefit from alone time. Life gets crazy, I KNOW! Learn to carve out these small moments of solitude and you will see how it can make a world of difference. I have to remind myself constantly that it’s okay to take a break.
There is immense value in creating this alone time. It doesn’t matter what you use this time to do. It could be exercising, meditating, reflecting in gratitude, or simply taking time to have quiet moment with yourself. Take a few moments, just breathe, and let your mind and body relax. I know it doesn’t seem ideal with the busy lives we lead, however, if we don’t take this time for ourselves we end up becoming mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted. When we get to this point we are unable to do our best work. Word hard and push yourself, but never forget to take care of and love yourself. Whatever you have to do for these few moments of solitude, make it happen.
I hope you will take these positive habits into account and begin to think about what you can do for yourself.