30 Habits That Will Give You a Life full of Positive Attitude
The psychology of a habit is an pattern of behavior that occurs automatically. Now you may be wondering, how do habits begin, or how do habits develop? Any individual can develop a habit by initiating a recurring repetition of the set objective they have in mind. This is how we develop good habits.
Improving our lives is something we all strive to do, but regrettably, not all habits we develop throughout our lifetimes are considered good for us, so the importance of developing admirable habits is not only gratifying but ultimately will help us improve our overall health, our behaviors, and our general attitudes about the stress in our daily lives. Follow this advice and within a matter of months you can develop a pattern of creating good habits that will turn into automatic routines, that will not only make a difference but should change the quality of your life.
Below I will give you a list of “30” effective habits, that for all practical purposes, should change your life. Carry out only one good habit per month. This will give you the time to adjust to your newly developed habit, while at the same time, discovering the benefits of each individual habit that you implement.
CREATING HABITS FOR YOUR HEALTH
1. Set aside 30 minutes each day for Exercise. This is called Physical movement which increases the rhythm of your heartbeat beyond its normal capacity. This does not mean you need to get up an hour early each morning to take up jogging. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, turn on some music while cooking dinner and dance, swim, walk, run in place while watching commercials of your favorite television show. Just get creative, and make sure you add up those minutes, you’ll be surprised how quickly they add up. Try incorporating something you’ve never tried before into your weekly schedule like Yoga, or Pillattes, or who knows maybe you’ve always wanted to take up Jogging. Exercise should become an essential part of your life and according to Health Experts is the minimum amount recommended for overall health.
2. Eat a Healthy breakfast every single morning. A healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It not only gives you the energy to start your morning routine off with a punch, it also helps your body maintain its idyllic weight by staving off the hunger associated with unhealthy snacking.
3. Get a full night of Sleep. At least eight hours is recommended. This is not always possible for some, so don’t be afraid to incorporate twenty or thirty minute power naps during your lunch hour. Sleep deprivation causes stress and other related health issues which can lead to high blood pressure.
4. Pack your own snacks and avoid the vending machines. Eating junk food from those vending machines when you get hungry becomes a habit. Start a new habit by bringing a banana or an apple to work with you. Mix it up a little by adding nutrition bars and maybe some unsalted peanuts. This way when those unwanted hunger pains attack you in the middle of the day, you will no longer have an excuse to eat unhealthy snacks. You have replaced them with your own healthy nutritious snacks.
5. Add five portions of fruits and vegetables to your daily meals. A good way to start this is by making a weekly meal planner so when you make your grocery list, you automatically buy what is needed and this will soon become almost routine.
6. Add fish to at least one meal each week. Fish is high in protein and low in fat. It is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids.
7. Drink water daily. There are many different recommendations as to the amount of water your body needs on a daily basis. A good way to increase this habit is by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up each morning. Keep a chilled pitcher of water flavored with lemon slices in your refrigerator. Add water to your lunch, take a bottle along with you while driving.
8. Avoid soda. Drinking soda is an extremely unhealthy habit and with today’s beverage choices on the market, it should not be difficult to replace. Everything in moderation is a good standard to live by, and drinking a soda occasionally will appease some of the cravings you may have.
9. Have good hygiene. Always wash your hands after using the restroom and shower regularly.
10. If you smoke, stop, and if you fail try again. Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, and emphysema. It gives you bad breath and it stinks. Recent studies prove that secondhand smoke is as deadly to others as it is to you. There are hundreds of programs that can help you quit. Here is a link that may help. www.smokefree.gov/
11. Decrease the amount of alcohol you consume. Consuming large amounts of alcoholic beverages is not only bad for your health, but is a bad habit. Drinking impairs driving, causes confusion, and can lead to depression. and if you drink heavily, will eventually lead to alcoholism. And occasional glass of wine is fine. Remember the golden rule, everything in moderation.
12. Walk instead of drive. Walking to the store once in awhile is a great habit to get into. Not only are you helping with your carbon footprint, but you are also increasing your blood flow, which benefits your health. You might save a little gas money too.
CREATING PRODUCTIVITY HABITS
1. Buy a notebook. For the first few days carry this notebook around with you everywhere you go. Write down anything that comes to mind that will improve how you spend your time. Once you have completed this task, sync these ideas into your smartphone, or computer and follow until each daily new idea becomes a habit.
2. Buy a journal to prioritize what you want to accomplish. Make a daily and weekly list of things you wish to accomplish. Start with the most menial tasks to what is the most important thing you would like to accomplish.
3. Plan ahead. Knowing in advance what you’re going to do each day is a good thing. It makes you more prepared and ready to meet challenges.
4. Wake up a little early each day. You may be wondering why anyone would want to do this. This extra time could be used in many ways. It could give you a few extra minutes to exercise, to get an important task done, or maybe it is just a small amount of time you need each day to pamper yourself. You could use this extra time to meditate or maybe catch up on a book you’re reading. Whatever you decide to do with this time, make sure it becomes a routine, so it will turn into one more beneficial habit.
5. Limit the time you spend checking your email. This includes facebook, twitter, and any other social media application that has become an addiction. Limit yourself to checking these applications twice per day.
6. Get rid of unimportant tasks. If a task is not important, get rid of it. Try to focus on what is important. Don’t sweat the small stuff
7. Keep your desk organized and clean your office. Always know where everything is and you will stay focused on any task when at work or at home.
8. Optimize. Performing required daily and weekly tasks should be done at the same time each day in the order of their importance.
9. Make strict deadlines. Before completing a task think about what is involved, how much time you will need to complete the task. Cover all the basics, once you have this all figured out make a deadline and stick to it.
10. Set aside one day each week for yourself. It does not matter what you do just do it, even if it means laying in bed all day. Just give yourself me time for that whole day.
CREATING HABITS FOR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
1. Try reading a book. Try a half hour on your lunch hour or before bed. This is a great way to learn about new places, to experience new emotions, and most of all it keeps your mind active.
2. Start recycling. Do not make excuses. Even if you live in an apartment you can make a difference. Get on the internet, do some research, and start making a difference. It will make you feel great, and you will be helping the environment.
3. Think positive thoughts. This is a great habit for your self esteem. Set up a private code word when you are thinking negatively or feeling down. Do this until it becomes a habit.
4. Stick to your decisions. If you decide to do something, follow through with it
5. Think before you spend your money on something you don’t need. When you see
something you want, pause, turn away and close your eyes, then count to ten. It works and you will save money in the long run.
6. Meditate daily. This habit will help you in all aspects of your life. Start with thirty minutes per day.
HABITS TO BOOST YOUR CAREER
1. Join a forum that is related to your work and start a blog. Not only will you gain valuable information from others, but it is also a great way to get your own ideas out there for others to see.
2. Build a portfolio by taking courses or volunteering. You don’t have to go back to college to improve your future potential earning for job related ideas. You can improve your skills in many ways on your own, by just spending some time building your own personal portfolio.
What do you think? What are the habits that changed your life?