Humans are creatures of habit. Once we get set in a routine, we tend to stick to it like a hamster on a wheel... for better and for worse.
But bad habits - from neglecting those around us, to biting our fingernails, to watching too much TV, to nighttime binges - often have a side effect of guilt and disappointment. And let's be honest, these are not healthy emotions to hang on to.
There are so many super simple ways to create new, healthy habits in your life... you just have to make the decision to start! :)
If you're ready to jumpstart your health and happiness, try working these into your daily routines:
Healthy Habit #1: Set a bed time
For many of us, the beginning of the day is the most rigidly scheduled. We set an alarm at a very specific time to wake up, and have daily success rituals already in place. Yet bed time varies according to stress, work, evening plans, or which must-see TV shows are on that night.
A powerful way to become healthier is being consistent with our bedtime schedule. And yes, even adults can have bedtimes! By going to bed at the same time each night, your body will naturally adapt to your schedule and begin preparing for sleep before you actually lie down. This will put your body and brain at ease and will improve your quality of rest.
Imagine waking up every day feeling fully rested and ready to take on the day! When you listen to your internal clock and go to bed when it says to, your body and mind will thank you in the morning. For an enhanced boost, try using a sleep meditation as you snooze!
Healthy Habit #2: Drink before you eat
I'm not talking about alcohol, though a nice glass of red wine with dinner can have healthy effects. Right now, I'm actually talking about water. That's right, H2O!
Water makes up just about everything in the Universe and is absolutely vital for our health. Just think... the human body is made of up to 60% water, acting as the main transporter of nutrients throughout the body. In short, the human body relies on water to function.
When we ignore our need for water, we become drowsy and irritable. Our bodies crave water, but the message to our brain is often delayed due to external stresses and distractions. By the time we feel really "thirsty" our body is already deprived and dehydrated.
While you should always stay hydrated, drinking a full glass of water about thirty minutes before each meal has added benefits. Drinking water helps to release enzymes, which create the perfect environment for food to begin digestion. This same process also begins to trigger your satiation (which simply means how full you feel) and helps to keep us from over eating.
Healthy Habit #3: Succumb to cravings
Cravings are absolutely natural, so give yourself permission to eat your favorite foods in moderation without guilt! When we try to ignore our cravings, eventually the urge tends to catch up and cause a binge reaction. In the end, we end up consuming more than we even wanted in the first place.
The solution then, is not to ignore your cravings but to embrace them in moderation - the key is to limit serving size. Cravings can be appeased by relatively small amounts. For example, if chocolate is your Achilles Heel, try buying bite size candies rather than a king size bar.
As you create a healthier lifestyle, you may even notice your cravings change. Don't be surprised if the smell of fresh fruit, roasted veggies, and other 'good for you' foods make your mouth water!
In fact, once we realize that our bad habits are nothing more than learned behaviors, it becomes easier to make conscious, healthier choices. And each smart decision will lead to an overall improvement in your health, which is so important for achieving a truly happy life.
Another great tip for living a happier and healthier lifestyle is when we learn to use the power of our minds to create the healthy habits that we love. Our beliefs and thoughts are vital in visualizing and manifesting our ideal body weight and vibrant energy. Do you wonder what it’d be like to wake up revitalized and refreshed with enough motivation to last throughout the day? To be more confident in your clothes? To have enough energy to spend quality time with friends and family?
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What healthy habits have you made part of your routine? Share your secrets with our community so we can all live a healthy, vibrant life! :)
*The Mind Movies team has updated this post on May 22, 2017 to include the latest information for our readers.
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.