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Quick and Easy Lifestyle Habits You Can Start Right Now!

Posted by Paul Rayner on 29-Mar-2018 09:04:00
Paul Rayner

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Life can be pretty crazy. There are highs, lows and quite often there will be mundane. Here we have 14 great healthy lifestyle habits that you can start today, which will help you to look and feel GREAT!

  1. Don’t hit the snooze button. Try to wake up at the same time every day and avoid hitting the snooze button. A study showed that if you wake up at the same time every day you’re calmer, more centred, which leads to a stress-free day.

  2. Hatch a plan. Being organised gives you a sense of control, which leads to a reduction in stress, and gives your confidence a boost. Here are a few tips to get organised.
    - Write things down – shopping lists, chore lists, meal plans.
    - Give everything a place and put everything back; avoid hiding things in cupboards and drawers.
    - Declutter regularly and keep only what you need.

  3. Water is important. Our body is made up of about 60% water. So, when we’re not drinking our recommended 1-2 litres a day (as per NHS guidelines) we are affecting the performance of our body. Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated can help with weight loss, reduce joint pain, flush out waste and bacteria, prevent headaches, make your skin glow, and improve overall performance. And one of the best things you can do when you wake up: drink a glass of water. It will fire up your metabolism and help to flush out toxins.

  4. Dress for success. A great way to change your mindset and your mood is to brighten your wardrobe. We’re not suggesting you need to go out a buy lots of new clothes but instead think about dressing in bright colours on drab days or days when you’re feeling a little down. Our response to colour is subconscious so we often don’t even realise the effect it has on our moods. Colours like red, orange and yellow have been shown to evoke a broad range of strong positive emotions while colours like blue, purple and green can have a calming effect.

  5. Smile at yourself in the mirror. A study by Dr. Robert Zajonc, a renowned psychologist, believed facial action leads to changes in mood. He found that participants who watched themselves smile in a mirror experienced a greater boost in mood than those who simply smiled.

  6. Use the 60/10 rule. This is a very effective productivity hack. If you need to focus on achieving an important task, then set a timer for 60 minutes and concentrate on the task. After the 60 minutes are up, take a break for 10 minutes and do something to re-energize you like going for a walk, calling a friend, or having a cup of tea. Repeat this exercise until you’ve finished the task.

  7. Be thankful. Gratitude makes people more resilient, improves health, and reduces stress. Look to shift your focus away from what your life lacks to all the things you currently have.

  8. Don’t compare yourself to others. This can be easier said than done especially as we live in a time where social media is so powerful. But remember, everyone is going through their own challenges, struggles, and setbacks. Comparisons are detrimental to self-esteem. Instead of comparing yourself to others focus your thoughts and effort on being the best version of yourself.

  9. Eat a frog in the morning. Not literally; but Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day. This is a metaphor for tackling the hardest or most unappealing tasks first. It’s always tempting to do the smaller, easier tasks and jobs first. But if you tackle the big project or the unappealing job first you’ll have the satisfaction that it’s crossed off you list and the rest of the day will feel like a breeze in comparison.

  10. Music is a great healer. It’s amazing the impact of listening to your favourite song can have on your mind and body. It will release happy hormones aka endorphins and quite often, without realising you’ll start singing and dancing.

  11. Learn a new word every day. Expanding your vocabulary comes with a wide range of benefits. You’ll improve your ability to communicate, give your brain a mini workout and improve your confidence in social situations. A great way to do this it to subscribe to one of the “word a day” mailing lists. These can be found on language learning websites or by just googling it.

  12. Listen to a podcast. There are plenty of short (or long) podcasts out there and these are great if you’re can’t or don’t like to sit and read a book. They can be a great way to learn while you’re commuting or doing tasks you don’t need to concentrate on.

  13. Walk more. The benefits of walking are countless. Just a ten-minute brisk walk will boost your energy levels, creativity and mood.

  14. Exercise. There are countless studies, which shows the tremendous benefits of exercise on your mind and body. Just give it a go…

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