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Being able to live your best life comes down to making good choices and setting up good habits. I think that the best time to start new habits can be in the summer because life is a little slower and there is less of a routine. So adding a few new habits can be an easier task.
These seven ideas are good habits to start doing this summer. None of them take a lot of time and once you start doing them it becomes easier to keep doing them. I understand that you may feel too busy to make these changes but it is so important that you realize that you are a priority in your life and start taking the best care of yourself. Making small changes in your life can build up and make a big improvement to your happiness and health.
We all only get one chance at life so it’s important to find ways to better and improve yourself. So that you are living your life to it’s greatest potential. I’m constantly looking for new ways to make myself better and happier.
Drink more Water
I can’t believe how little water I use to drink. I was seriously dehydrated for years and never realized it. Now that I drink lots of water though I notice that I don’t have nearly as many headaches and that my body is healthier. It was such a simple habit to add to my life too and it makes such a difference. I track my water intake in my phone with the app ihydrate.
Now I like things with flavor more than plain water which is why I use to drink so much soda. Which was a horrible habit especially since regular soda has a lot of calories. So I started drinking flavored water packets that I can add to my water bottle. This gives me the flavor I crave, way fewer calories and allows me to hit my water goals. So if you don’t like drinking plain water give flavored water a try. I like Crystal Light but there are tons of brands and flavors out there.
Get more sleep
Another habit that will dramatically improve your life is to make sure you get enough sleep. How much sleep you need will vary depending on what your body needs. I need a lot of sleep and have no problem taking a nap if I don’t get that sleep.
When you don’t let your body get the sleep that it needs you are depriving your mind and body and although you may be up for more hours of the day you won’t be running at 100% so you aren’t accomplishing as much as you could be. Getting an extra hour of sleep or allowing yourself to grab a nap can make the hours you are awake so much more productive because you won’t be fighting exhaustion.
If getting enough sleep is a struggle for you try to cut down or limit caffeine especially in the hours before bed. Try going to bed at the same time and waking up at the same time daily. This will help your body develop a routine for sleeping. I struggle with falling asleep and find that if I watch anything stimulating or exciting before bed it’s harder to fall asleep so if I watch tv at night I try to make it lighthearted or funny only.
Make time to read
If you have been a reader of my blog for awhile then you are probably aware that I’m a huge fan of reading. I think that reading can be such a great way to take time for yourself. There are millions of books out there and although I love watching TV I know it’s a better use of my time to read.
Reading allows you to escape your reality and get lost in a story which when life gets stressful can be just the break that you need. If you don’t know what you can read I share some of my favorite books here and here. This will give you lots of great ideas for books to check out. Then get in the habit of reading a little before bed or when you wake up. Your mind will grow and your stress will go down.
Start keeping a daily to-do list
When I am committed to making a daily to-do list I’m so much more productive and can get so much more done. I keep my to-do lists on Evernote that way I can keep it with me on my phone and on my computer. Since school ended for my daughter I have not been good at making my daily list and I know that’s part of the reason I’m not getting much done.
So I’m determined to start making time every night before bed to make out my to-do list for the next day. It’s a simple task and shouldn’t take long but having a list of what to do when you wake up makes it more likely that the things that need to get done will be accomplished.
Being active is something I’m sure you know that you should do. If you are like me and don’t enjoy exercise I’m sure you have plenty of excuse for not moving as much as you should. I probably will never become someone who enjoys or likes to exercise but I have tried moving more and am continuing to try to improve more.
If you are able to get a Fitbit I have found that this has really helped me be aware of how much I am or am not moving. Seeing my step count go up inspires and motivates me to make an effort to do more. Like walk farther with the dog, park further away from the store, etc. Just these little bits of extra movement adds up and helps me to be more fit and also the more I move the better I sleep and I even have been able to lose a bit of weight. Which is a struggle of mine.
learn to ask for help
This is one habit that I hope you will start working on right away. Most people, especially women, seem to have trouble asking for help. I struggled with this for years and am still working on improving in my own life. I know that it is so important to try and not do it all on your own because doing this lead me to have major health problems years ago.
Pushing yourself too hard and trying to do it all for everyone can make you feel too much stress and overwhelm which will only hurt you physically. Plus there is no reason for you to not have help from the people in your life.
Spend less time on social media
The level at which you need to do this will depend on how social media affects you. I find it helpful to not be on certain platforms very often. I feel like on Twitter people seem to be a little more argumentive so I don’t go on it as often.
I want social media to be a fun place to visit so I just don’t do drama. I unfollow people on Facebook and Instagram if they post a lot of drama posts. Also if anyone you are following makes you feel bad about your own life just don’t follow them. Make your feeds be full of posts that bring you joy and are fun to look at. If social media is still stressful for you after doing this then take regular social media breaks. Where you don’t go on certain platforms on any social media for a weekend or a week. Whatever you need to clear out the negativity.
So my challenge to you is to start doing one of these good habits to start doing this summer this week. Then next week add something else from the list. Begin slowly adding these habits to your days and watch the results begin.