Habit is something that requires routine practice in order to occur naturally as the time passes. It becomes the way we behave subconsciously. Habits can be good or bad – such as alcoholism – However, in this article we are going to focus on the simple but important habits we need to follow in our daily lives.
Here are the five habits you need to follow:
1. Wake up early
Starting from 5 AM try to wake up as early as possible, and of course sleep before 10 PM. The secret of many successful people is waking up early in the morning. People who are waking up early feel more motivated, energized, fresh, happy, open, calm and positive. If you made is as a habit to go to bed late and have problems with rising up early do not worry. Say to your brain ‘I will wake up at this time tomorrow! Be sure about that and you will see how your brain is going to listen to you. Or, set your alarm everyday for two hours earlier than you usually wake up, until you reach 5 AM; consequently, your body’s internal clock will adapt to your new sleep routine and this will be your new beneficial habit.
2. Morning walks
Many successful people give themselves time for a short morning walk before a complicated day begins. Start your day with a short walk after a night sleep. The fresh oxygen that cannot be easily acquired in urbanized cities can be easily obtained in the early hours of a morning. There is a link between early morning walks and reduced stress, decreased anxiety, sense of happiness and rise of energy for the rest of the day. Study has found that morning walks and exercise reduce risk for developing colon and cancers, help you attain a healthy weight, and improves your memory. Before starting a day full of stress, get lost into the nature for a short time, find yourself and continue the day with full of positiveness.
At the end of the day, give yourself some time and sit in a quiet place. Be in touch with yourself, talk to yourself, listen to your mind and your thoughts. Self-talk does not only mean to talk loudly to yourself, you can also talk inside of your mind. Talking to yourself can actually help you to be more focused, improve your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Think about the whole day, and ask questions to yourself like ‘What did I do something beneficial today?’, ‘ Did I hurt someone?’, ‘Did I help someone?’, ‘What did I learn today?’ If you cannot find answers for such questions, you may start to take some action the other day in order to fulfill these questions, and to have a ready answer when you will ask it again at the end of the day.
Although while self-talking, watching your thoughts and being in touch with yourself is a step to achieve mindfulness, practicing exactly meditation can be considered as something deeper. The process of mindfulness does not only mean to sit in a place and closing your eyes, actually most of the people find this as boring. You can meditate almost everywhere, mainly putting your attention in the present moment, clearing your mind from all of the distracting thoughts, such as while walking, showering, listening to something. You may also want to see Steps and Practices To Live In The Present Moment related to this.
“A smile is happiness you will find right under your nose.” – Tom Wilson
Smiling makes you healthier. When you smile, your brain releases endorphins – the chemicals known as neurotransmitters – and the levels of cortisol known as stress hormones decreases, that consequently make us feel happy. Smiling has also been connected to reduces stress and lowered blood pressure. By smiling you will look more beautiful, and you may brighten another person’s day. So do not forget to wear your smile in any kind of situation 🙂