The topic of habits always fascinate me and after reading a few books about it, I realised that habits are ultimately the bricks of our lives. One by one, we make our own path.
I especially love this quote by Anthony Robbins.
Your decisions shape your destiny. The future is that you make of it. Little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or disaster by default. – Anthony Robbins.
So yes, habits are really important in creating our dream life and in achieving our goals. As 2019 came to an end, I reflected on what I did for the past year and I know that these 5 daily habits that I am about to share with you really helped make my day (and thus, life) much better. I plan to continue to do them daily in 2020, and I hope that by sharing them with you, you may try adding them into your routine too.
1.Make my bed
Such a simple task that takes less than 2 minutes! It is also the first thing I get done in the morning. It’s my first achievement of the day. And that will help get the ball rolling.
I suggest checking out Make Your Bed : Little Things That Can Change Your Life… and Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven. It really puts into perspective why making our beds in the morning could have tremendous positive effects.
I don’t know about you, but my body feels extremely tight after 8 hours of laying motionless in bed. A little stretch and a few sun salutations never fail to wake me up. It also helps me break out a sweat right at the beginning of the day and if you read Robin Sharma’s The 5AM Club (book notes here), you’d know that this increases your metabolism, dopamine and serotonin levels.
It makes me feel energised and releases any tension and tightness especially in my back, making me feel ready to tackle the day.
3. Green Smoothies
There are countless books and articles talking about the benefits of including fruits and vegetables in our diet. In fact, I have just read The Brain Fog Fix by Dr. Mike Dow and he actually recommends 7 servings of vegetables daily.
To ensure that I get at least 3-4 servings down, I make myself a green smoothie every morning. I will usually add in celery/kale/baby spinach (or a combination of these) as my base, followed by a banana and some blueberries/strawberries. According to How Not To Die by Dr. Michael Greger, adding some berries into your smoothies help prevent blood sugar levels from spiking and then plunging drastically. I may also add in some chia/flax seeds followed by some oats and protein powder to mix with some plant based milk.
This has been part of my morning routine for about 7 months now and I really like how much energy I feel throughout the day!
4. Write Down My Gratitude
During Black Friday, I finally bought myself the 5 Minute Journal. I’ve been wanting this for a long, long, long time but could never bring myself to get it due to the shipping expenses. But I bit the bullet and got it!
Even without the 5 Minute Journal, I used to write a line a day of what I am grateful for it my bullet journals. Gratitude is really something that made me a lot happier. When I am thinking of what to write, usually a whole flood of things came to me. I am so grateful for many many many things in my life.
Did you also know that gratitude also stimulates part of the brain associated with the neurotransmitter dopamine (the feel good chemical)? It’s basically a magic pill to be happier!
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate now hat you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah
Ah, good old meditation. I have to admit that I fell off my regular mediation routine in late 2019, but I am slowly getting back on track.
I used Headspace for about 3-4 years now, and I think I just kinda got bored with it. This also made me restless and dread sitting still for 10 whole minutes. I know, I have a lot more work to do when it comes to finding inner peace.
When I was in Bali last week, I finished reading 10% Happier by Dan Harris and he was talking about how he hated meditation and the process of him finding out more about it. This book inspired me to just start again, slowly and without judgement.
I am now using my savasana pose as a cue for my meditation. After my morning practice, I would get down into savasana, say a few affirmations to myself and then start focusing on my breath for about 5 minutes or so. It’s a start and I am starting to enjoy it again.
So there we have it, the 5 habits that have changed my life for the better and that I would continue in 2020! These have truly made my days a lot better, and me a lot happier.
What are some habits that have changed your life? Please share them with me!