Developing healthier habits isn’t as easy as it sounds. But with hard work and lots of 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.
Healthier Habits To Develop Today
The following are not in any specific order, they’re all equally important!
- Learn something new. Stimulate your brain and learn more every 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.
- Stick to a gym schedule. The gym can also be a form of escape. From experience, it’s helped me get out of my apartment, listen to music and leave my worries even just for a little while. 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.
Exercising your mind is as crucial as exercising your body.
- Replace chips with fruit. Chips are my best friends. But cutting down chips and replacing them with fruits or vegetables is the better choice. Realistically, I’m not gonna cut out chips completely, are you kidding me? But I will substitute them here and there.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
Make time for yourself.
- 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. 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.
Just a friendly reminder, drink more water!
- Less screen time. Being in front of a screen is how I 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.
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, I’ve attached a free worksheet you can download so that you can write your down too! Just enter your email below and we’ll get that to you ASAP!
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.