Developing healthier habits isn’t as easy as it sounds. But with hard work and strong will power, you can maintain them for better results overtime.
Bad habits usually taste better, make us feel good or they’re the obvious and easier route. However, they’re bad for a reason.
Good habits are the tough ones to develop and maintain for longer periods of time.
So, for my mission on becoming a more well-rounded person, I’m commited to create a better lifestyle as well. I’ve come up with a few healthier habits I can replace my no-so-healthy habits with every day.
7 Healthier Habits To Develop Today
First off, the following are not in any specific order, they’re all equally important!
- Stick to that gym schedule. The gym can also be a form of escape if you think about it. From experience, it’s helped me get out of my apartment, listen to jammin’ music and leave my worries even just for a little while. You can even say it’s a form of meditation. Create a schedule for yourself and stick to it. If you have to print out a photo of J-Lo and stick it on your fridge for inspo, so be it.
- Learn something new. Stimulate your brain and learn more every single day. If you’re an iPhone user, the News app is an excellent news source and a perfect way to learn about what’s going on in the world. You can customize your feed with sites and magazine outlets you like. Or get yourself a library card and check out some books. If you have a specific subject in mind, do some online research and learn everything you can.
- Instead of soda, drink water. I grew up drinking little to no soda so this won’t be too difficult. (I’ve ever been a coffee drinker either.) However, since I moved out of my parents’ house, I’ve found myself drinking soda a lot more, weird. But instead of getting soda when I go out to eat, maybe I’ll go with lemonade or good ol’ water as a substitute. And I definitely won’t be buying cases of Dr. Pepper and bringing them home. Instead, I may buy some cucumbers, strawberries and lemons to make fruit-infused water to take to work.
- Replace chips with fruit. Chips are my best friends. But cutting down chips and replacing them with fruits or vegetables is the healthier choice. Realistically, I’m not gonna cut out chips completely, are you kidding me? But I will substitute them here and there, more than I already do, that’s for sure.
- Go outside more. During the non-winter months, there’s hiking, swimming, going for walks, picnics, and camping to name a few. And when the winter returns, there are plenty of ways to still enjoy going outside. Take up skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and ice fishing, building snowmen, etc. Although, I did none of that when I lived in Ohio and South Dakota… But just make sure you’re getting enough fresh air. If you live near a beach… for the love of all things, GO TO THE BEACH WHENEVER YOU CAN.
- Say no. If you’re like me, you put others before yourself and you’re constantly agreeing to do things for others. Know when you’re being stretched too far and decline the invitations when you feel necessary. If you want to stay at home with your cat instead of going out drinking with your co-workers, you can do that. Remind yourself to do things that make YOU happy too.
Make time for yourself.
Just a friendly reminder, drink more water!
- Less screen time. For a lot of us out there, being in front of a screen is how we make a living . Working at a TV station requires more screen time so less screen time at home is absolutely important. (even though I run a blog on my computer outside of work…) But maybe instead of scrolling through Instagram before bed, I can pick up the book I’m reading or journal about my feelings.
Developing Healthier Habits Takes Time
I wish I could achieve all this overnight, but I won’t. Habits take time to develop and maintain so I’ll be working hard to keep them alive. Writing down your goals for healthier habits is the first step, a crucial step. So take a moment to gather up the healthier habits you’d like to implement in your life and write them down. Keep that list somewhere nearby so that you can keep yourself in check. We got this. And if we don’t got this now, we’ll keep trying until it’s second nature.
Now It’s Your Turn!
What healthier habits will you be trying? I’d love to hear from you and maybe I can adopt some of them.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you’re also on your way to developing healthier habits in your every day life.