(っ◔◡◔)っSerious Question: Do you think it is strange how the simplest, and often healthiest daily practices, are often the hardest to stick to long-term?
Lately, I have been “forgetting” to do the simple things, such as drinking a minimum of 8+ glasses of water each day and waking up early on my days off. I much rather take comfort in sipping my orange pekoe tea all day than chugging bottles of water. These days, I am feeling burnt out, sick (I am sick right now), and tired with a pinch of brain fog which makes it difficult for me to do anything productive whenever I do have free time. I know that being stuck in a rut and feeling incompetent in life is no excuse to be lazy, but at the same time, I am not functioning at my very best.
As some would say, “Practice what you preach.” Admittedly, I am not very good at sticking to long-term, lasting habits even though my mind often convinces me that I’m crushing my goals. Trust me, if you listen to your mind often enough, you’ll eventually begin to believe your own BS. The mind is capable of convincing you of anything that you want to believe, otherwise known as confirmation bias. Most of the time, I believe that I am hydrated, that I am healthy (right now I have a sore throat), and that I am 1% happier each day. LIES! Sure, I am alive and my heart is beating at 90bpm right now, but am I really healthy? How am I supposed to know what “being healthy” means unless there’s some way to quantify it? Unless I am habit tracking or journaling daily, it is easy for me to lose track of time, and ultimately lose myself. How about you? Do you lose track of time too, or is it just me?
(っ◔◡◔)っBefore we get started, I highly suggest investing in a simple habit tracker or journal. Just pick something that works for you and start taking control of your life. The choice is yours! 🙌
Today, I want to share with you a list of 5 simple yet effective habits that you can start incorporating into your life ASAP! I promise you that there is more to life than chugging water and remembering to go outside every so often. Let’s get started, shall we?
5 Simple, Healthy Habits
1. Wake up early We know that it is a good thing to wake up early so that we can tackle the day. Many successful people wake up early so that they have an advantage over their completion. It doesn’t sound too hard to implement, right? Easier said than done! Some days, I have to wake up as early as 0425 and I struggle with resisting to hit snooze.
2. Drink lots of water I am not here to convince you to drink more water. Deep down, we all know that we need to drink sufficient water to stay hydrated and healthy. I am guilty of not drinking enough water and this particular habit is something that I really struggle with. I try to aim for 2L of water a day, and on days when I am tracking water consumption, I am able to drink 1 gallon of water. This habit is difficult to implement unless you are mindful and actively habit tracking. In an older blog post, I talked about downloading the Plant Nanny app if you need some extra cuteness in your life.
3. Have a proper sleep schedule It doesn’t matter if you wake up at 0500 or 1100. What matters is that you stay consistent each day and aim for six to eight hours of sleep each night. If you do shift work, you probably already know how important it is to have a consistent sleep schedule. Staying up late sounds like a great idea, but trust me, you will regret it the next day.
4. Connect with nature Remember to spend some time outdoors even if you don’t feel like going outside. Nature helps rejuvenate your mind and soul. It’s easy to forget to leave the house these days, especially given the pandemic situation that we are still dealing with. I am tired of the pandemic too, and there seems to be no end in sight. If you really can’t spend time in the great outdoors, then I suggest bringing the great outdoors inside. In 4K.
5. Give quality time to yourself Quality time can mean different things to different people. For me, quality time means doing something that lifts my spirits and rejuvenates my body. These days, burnout is so common, and unfortunately, stress takes a toll on the mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, it is important that we spend time doing things that we love so that we can find joy, meaning, and fulfillment in our lives ♥ Do you enjoy adult coloring as much as I do?
Maybe it is time for us to unlearn some of our unhealthy habits that we have acquired over the years and replace them with healthier ones. I ask myself these questions: 1. Am I ready to give up my steeped tea addiction? 2. Am I ready to join the 5AM club and commit to it once and for all ⁉
Probably not, but I am ready to give up some of the luxuries that may have been doing more harm than good to my health and wellbeing. That being said, it has been months since I ate a donut 🍩 And for what it’s worth, that donut was free! Free food is where I draw the line. Where do you draw the line? What are some things that you absolutely cannot live without? Please leave a comment by joining the conversation below 🠓
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