We live our days and our life chasing something. We are either working to earn money, or working on a relationship for mutual happiness. If it’s not that, then it’s something else. Between all this, it is necessary that we find time and meaning in our lives.
So I guess there is no harm in trying to incorporate and adopt these 5 daily habits and see how they can change your life. Nobody is expected to turn their lives around in no time. Of course, things like this happen gradually and slowly!
Habit #1 – Daily Gratitude
Spend 15 to 30 minutes every single day listing off what you have to be grateful for. Even if you feel like you have nothing to be grateful for, search for something. Maybe you’re in a financial hole, but at least you have the intellect in your mind and the ability to walk, talk, and reason. If you search, you can always find something to be grateful for.
Habit #2 – Turn Off All Screens 30 Minutes Before Bed
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do to improve your overall health, reduce stress and depression, and boost daytime productivity. But so many things get in the way of a truly restful and uninterrupted night’s snooze. In addition to drinking too much caffeine too late in the day, we’re addicted to our screens.
Electronic devices like smartphones, tablets and e-readers emit blue wavelengths of light that suppress the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps our body maintain a steady circadian rhythm. Computers and TVs also produce blue light, but we sit further away from them, so the dosage isn’t as high. When melatonin production is suppressed, the body and brain miss their normal cues to wind down and prepare for sleep.
Habit #3 – Exercise
Even if you hate exercise, research has found that even a short burst of fun cardio activity (think hula hoops, working in the garden, dancing, or a brisk walk with the dog) works wonders, especially in the morning (15 minutes is all it takes). This is because exercise releases endorphins, serotonin, and other happy chemicals in your brain.
Habit #4 – Consciously Choose To Replace Your Negative Emotions
Dr. Wataru Sato of Kyoto University reveals that when you choose positive behaviors (like meditation or forgiveness), you hold the key to rewiring a region of the brain called the precuneus. Basically, by simply changing your daily habits, you’ll be able to control your sense of well-being, purpose, and happiness. So if you’re caught in a vicious circle of nasty emotions like doubt, fear, and uncertainty, replace those emotions by consciously and intentionally choosing happiness, joy, and hope. Use the tools of meditation, prayer, journaling, and mindfulness to aid you in the process.
Habit #5 – Achieve Mindfulness
I’m sure you’re so sick of hearing that you should “totally try meditation,” especially from your (recently) yoga-crazed mother. But mindfulness is a lot more realistic to achieve than the kind of meditation you hear about because it doesn’t require years of practice and a yoga mat. And, it only takes 30 minutes (or less!) sitting right at your desk.