It’s what we do every day that defines us. Not what we do occasionally. But changing habits is hard. Really hard, actually! Especially, if you’re going for a permanent change. But if you have things in you life that don’t work for you or that send you in the opposite direction of where you actually want to go, it’s time to shake things up.
Maybe you know that you struggle with your weight because you eat too much when you’re home alone and you feel lonely or sad so you hurry up and make a resolution to never overeat again. And that’s great but the problem with that type of goal is that they are rarely sustainable in the long run. It’s very difficult to succeed when our success is defined in absolute terms like “never” or “always” and it’s also very difficult to work with goals that circle around things we shouldn’t do!
So instead, I give to you 5 new habits that I have successfully incorporated in my life and that I feel have contributed to a positive change. They’re all little things that you can start today, They require no special equipment, you just have to do them.
5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY
- Drink a large glass of water morning and evening
Yes, the most boring advice in the history of human kind! I know that! But few things affect our well-being as much as being properly hydrated. And how many people drink enough water? By drinking a large glass of water every morning and evening, you add two large glasses of water to your daily water routine. If you find that drinking water in the evening conflict with your ability to sleep all night, drink it in the afternoon instead.
- Have a salad for starter
Learn from the French and have a salad before your meal once or twice per day. Nothing fancy, just some shredded lettuce or carrots with vinaigrette. Having a bowl of salad before your meal, forces you to spend more time eating your meal which will make it easier for your brain to register satiety than when you eat in a hurry.
- Stretch your body
Try starting your day with stretching for a few minutes and try to take a few breaks in the middle of the day to stretch your body. I’m not talking about doing downward dog in the middle of the office, just stand up and stretch. Maybe you’ll feel that your shoulders become less tense or that your headache diminishes. Or maybe it just feels really good.
- Listen to a song that you like
You probably know the feeling of listening to a song, you really like. Some days it’s a stupid pop song that does it for you, other days it’s a quiet song that speaks to your heart but the important part here is the feeling they give you for those 3-4 minutes the song lasts. Few things can lift our mood as much as listening to music that corresponds with our current state of mind so try making that a daily routine.
- Go to bed early
A rested body is a happy body but how many people actually get enough sleep? Not many that I know. Try going to bed at the first signs of you being tired. For me, that feeling starts every night at 9.30 PM and if I go to bed that early, I’m sure to sleep by 10.30. If I ignore the signals and stay up, I miss my “sleeping window” (my husbond looks at me like I’m mad when I talk about sleeping windows), and rarely go to sleep until midnight or even later. But I get up every morning at 6.30 and what do you think feels better? Getting up after 8 hours of sleep or after 6?