“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” ―John C. Maxwell
Doing things consistently will finish up shaping our future. The changes are subtle but powerful. Good habits can improve your quality of life.
Create your own reality by building good habits that can transform your life
Here are 15 simple reminders of things that you already know; they are so basic and straightforward; that we often take them for granted.
These simple reminders have become part of my daily routine, and thanks to them, I’ve noticed improvements in my life.
If you practice them regularly, you will see the benefits for you as well:
All it takes is 15 minutes of mindful meditation first thing in the morning.
Being mentally prepared is essential to maximise our highest potential.
Sit quietly and take two or three conscious breaths, relax your mind and body, enjoy the feeling and the ease of your breathing. Feel appreciation for this physical world.
It will boost your overall happiness, decrease stress, and ease anxiety.
(2) Stay Hydrated
When we are busy with work or other activities, drinking water is so easy to forget. So this is a reminder of the importance of drinking water.
It helps your body to regulate its temperature, allows your kidneys to filter waste correctly, regulates muscle contractions, heart, and brain function.
Forget counting the number of glasses. just take a sip, even if you don’t think you feel thirsty.
Go for water over a sugary beverage or soft drinks. If you are one of those people who don’t like the taste of water, add fresh lemon or orange.
Keep a water bottle close by whenever you can, whether it’s in the desk, in the car, or somewhere else within reach.
(3) Practice Yoga
Do you wake up in the morning feeling stiff? Practising Yoga first thing in the morning for 10 to 15 minutes is a great way to begin your day on a positive note.
Set an intention for your day by increasing strength and flexibility. You will feel more calm, centred and energised.
By moving gently first thing, you are sending a subliminal message to the Universe that you care for your body.
(4) Little Things Can Make a Difference
Making your bed may seem too small a task to matter much, but starting your day by making your bed gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Seal William H. McCraven believes that picking up this daily practice can have a more significant impact than you might think.
McCraven says that making your bed helps to reinforce the importance of life’s finer details. He emphasised that “if you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.”
Research from the National Sleep Foundation finds that people who make their beds in the morning tend to get better rest at night because they are falling asleep in a tidy, organized bedroom.
(5) Feel Appreciation for What Is
Every morning before I get out of my room, I write in my Journal what I appreciate in my life.
The idea is to look for reasons to feel good and start your day on a positive note rather than worrying about the problems of the world.
Look for a handful of positive aspects of your life and of those you love, will provide a springboard to establish complete control of your thoughts.
(6) Have a Good Brain Diet
The foods we eat can have a big impact on the structure and health of our brains. Eating a brain-boosting diet can support both short- and long-term brain function.
The brain is an energy-intensive organ, so it needs plenty of proper fuel to maintain concentration throughout the day.
Consider the following to add to your diet:
- Green leafs
- Coconut Oil
- Salmon, Sardines
- Dark Chocolate
- Vitamin E, B
- Omega 3
(7) Get Moving
Psychologically, leaving your desk or room to go outside, provides an excellent way to switch between activities.
As I work from home, and fortunate to live by the Swan River and Sir James Mitchell Park in Perth, one of my breaks consists
Perth is the sunniest capital in Australia with an average of eight hours of sunshine a day. So Australian people get out and enjoy nature.
Soaking in natural sunlight provides an intake of Vitamin D which supports bone density and strength.
You’d be surprised at how much impact a simple routine can have. It will improve your mood, and you will feel more energised.
(8) Share Your Smile With The World
This one hasn’t the easiest one for me. Over the years I have been learning to deal with my emotions. As a child, I was constantly criticised and my defence mechanism was to get angry.
However, during the years, I have been learning that the brain automatically and subconsciously mimics the facial expressions of others as a component of emotional empathy. It takes conscious effort not to smile back to someone who smiles at you.
Fortunately, Australia is one of the friendliest countries, and very often, people have a big smile on their face and putting a smile on our face can trick our body into elevating our mood.
Go ahead. Try it. Put a smile on your face and see how you feel.
(9) Stay in Touch
People grow apart, with our busy lives and tend to shut out everyone from our lives.
Maintaining friendships can feel like work, it takes time, and connections wane over time if not cultivated.
Make sure you stay in touch with family members and people with whom you get along. You don’t have to call or text every day, but dropping a line every now and again or occasionally accepting a social invitation will let people know you care, plus you allow yourself some well-deserved fun.
What about texting a friend right now and organise that get together you have been promising for a while.
(10) Continue learning
Just as regular exercise improves our physical well-being, continued learning offers many benefits for both your cognitive abilities and to re-ignite your passion.
Every time we learn new information, our brain cells form new connections. We strengthen those connections by practising new skills.
Create a list of learning skills you would like to develop or interests and focus on them.
Take advantage of technology, be flexible, and choose what is convenient for you; that is the beauty of online training programs.
(11) Keep Evolving
As human being, we need to feel there is a reason for existing. By making short, medium, or long term goals for ourselves – whether they are related to career, knowledge of personal growth – we need a signpost to guide us in our development.
Reaching them provides a sense of fulfilment and momentum, and keeps us looking forward
Some time ago, I took a course on improving memory. The course encouraged us to read books. I took the challenge, and I have been reading four weeks per month.
It has been a rewarding experience not to mention the knowledge I am getting and I love it.
Set up your goals, plot out the next steps; this will help you avoid drifting from day to day and week to week.
(12) Listen to Music
Music can be a source of pleasure and contentment, but it has psychological benefits as well.
In the book The Power of Music, Elena Mannes says, “Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function.”
Have you ever felt pumped up while listening to your favourite music? Have you ever been moved to tears because of the impact and power of music?
I find some music helps me be more creative; other types help me relax and unwind. Music has the power to inspire, motivate, make you happier and motivated.
What about you? What is your favourite music?
(13) Give Yourself a Break
If you have a family, it is for sure that you feel that there is always so much to do.
I don’t have any more small children but I am a full-time carer of my husband and I also keep an eye on my son who has Multiple Sclerosis.
I have complete responsibility for everything in the house, and although my husband is always happy to help out, he needs me to tell him precisely what to do.
At the same time, I love learning about my online business. I must admit that I get stressed sometimes. But at the same time, I know that if I am not functioning at my peak, I work far less efficiently and effectively.
I owe to myself to do what I can do not only to stay physically healthy but mentally as well.
I’ve found that waking up at 5:00 am has been one of the best things I have done to start my day.
I choose to devote early morning hours to do the things that are important to me – meditation, yoga, journaling, improving my maths skills, listening to uplifting messages from my favourite mentors to start my day on a positive note – I devote most of my those hours to myself, before other people’s priorities.
During the day, I also take breaks to treat myself, such as reading a book or listen to my favourite music.
It has worked very well because every 1/2 hour I take a break from my work, and distract myself with other fun activities.
Try it for a week and see what kind of a difference it makes in your attitude, energy levels, and productivity.
(14) Time Your Tasks
Take time to evaluate how you currently use your time and prioritise tasks.
Proper prioritisation isn’t just about figuring out the order of doing things based on levels of importance, but knowing what tasks you can delegate. Make sure you do what makes sense for you.
Separate your work life and personal life into two distinct activities – not to relegate them, just for counterbalancing. Each has its own counterbalancing goals and approaches.
As the book The One Thing by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan say: “What is the ONE thing I can do such that by doing it everything else be easier and unnecessary?
(15) Have a Good Night Rest
Looking for improved memory, good physical well-being, smoother skin, more energy? You might be able to accomplish them by getting a good night’s rest.
Undisturbed deep sleep help the cells in our bodies regenerate. Getting enough sleep, and the right type of sleep is vital for our overall health and well-being.
Your body works to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health.
The definition of happiness is unique to each person. You determine what it means to you and the steps to take towards achieving your highest potential.
If you feel something is missing in your life, you must be willing to make lifestyle changes and re-evaluate your entire outlook in life.
I wish you all the success in the world, and if you have something to share, something meaningful to you, it will make a significant contribution to all of us.
With much appreciation