Practicing good habits is hard to do, but overall it makes you feel better about yourself. Discipline is key. And good discipline is something we should all practice. Practicing better habits will help us become more patient, and it could also help us become better people, workers, and students.
A college student who practices good study habits, and resists the temptation of being out all night on a weekday will more than likely make better grades in school. On the other hand, a student who does not practice good study habits may end up becoming a “super-senior”, or worse, drop out.
The benefits of practicing good habits are endless, but it will take hard work and dedication to develop new habits. They say it takes 21 days to develop a habit. I came up with a list of daily habits that make me feel good on the inside, and I would like to share them with you.
1. Wake up Early
I’m a morning person so I get up at 6:00 am to start my day. I also hate the feeling of being rushed, and getting up early gives me time to get through my routine. As soon as I get up, I also have a cup of water. Just think, you haven’t had anything to drink all night. Wake up, and quench your thirst.
2. Give Thanks
Taking time to acknowledge the things you are grateful for will instantly put you in a good mood. I like to start my day with some positive vibes. I take some time to say a prayer, and think about what I am grateful for (like being alive, having a roof over my head, and family and friends).
Our minds are always on 10! We’re constantly thinking about everything we need to do, things that happened yesterday, and just everything all at once. Meditating daily allows us to be in the here and now. It takes some time to stay focused, but the more you practice, the better it gets. I use the Calm app, you can get it here.
Even if it’s just 15 minutes a day, you should find a way to get the blood flowing so you can work up some energy to be productive for the day. I practice yoga every morning for 15-30 minutes a day. I like to workout with Adrienne and Lesley Fightmaster.
5. Have a Healthy Breakfast
A healthy and hearty breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You can try this meal- fruit, yogurt, eggs, and granola. Breakfast is the best.
6. Get Inspired
You can get inspired by reading inspirational quotes, listening to a book, or reading a few pages from a book you find motivating. I personally enjoy listening to the Daily Radio Bible while I drive to work. One of my personal goals is to get through the whole Bible, and this podcast is a way to do that.
7. Make a To Do List
Making a to do list is great because it will help you stay focused on what you need to get done.
8. Read a Book
Reading for about 30 minutes a day is good for self-growth and keeping your mind sharp.
9. Get a Good Night’s Rest
Give your brain and body time to regroup for the next day. I try to get between 7-8 hours of sleep. Sometimes getting more than 8 hours of sleep can make you feel very lazy and tired, so be mindful of that.
I hope you found something on this list that you will try to practice for the next 30 days. Be patient and try not to be so hard on yourself. Remember, habits take time to develop.