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Would you like to form some good habits? | Positive habits to start this New Year

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The New Year is a wonderful time to make a change. When the calendar turns over to a brand new January, it can be the perfect time to implement the changes you have been considering. Starting afresh can feel fantastic! With a New Year fast approaching, let’s look at some positive habits you can put in place to make life better.

Habits are like resolutions

Resolutions are a huge part of the New Year for many people. However, many of those resolutions fall by the wayside before the first 48 hours of the year has passed.

Habits are like resolutions, but without the pressure of the outside world. If you want to put a new habit into place, you don’t have to tell anyone about it. Publicising things might make you accountable, but the pressure can be irritating, because let’s face it, bad habits can be hard to kick. If you want to succeed, you need to ensure your newly-formed good habits are for you and only you.

Good habit ideas to begin with

There are a lot of positive habit ideas we may consider for ages before we add them to our lives. Top ideas can include drinking more water and eating more vegetables. Lots of people think they need to do this, but very few maintain their positive attitude and actually do it. Let’s look deeper at positive habits that can actually change your life.

Positive Habits to start today.

1) Make a morning routine (and stick to it)

A morning routine is so important. At what time do you wake up? Do you struggle to get out of bed? What do you get done before work? What do you eat for breakfast? Do you drink a coffee when you get up?

A morning routine can kickstart your day in style. Maybe you want to make time for meditation before your day starts? Or give yourself time to make a smoothie before heading out the door? Getting up early will allow you to do what you want.

Creating a morning routine is a positive habit to begin, but it can be hard to stick to. Bad routines are often deep rooted and they could have been in place for years and years, so try to implement your new routine every single day. That way, you’re more likely to succeed.  

2) Increase your exercise

Next on our list of positive habits is exercise. This is fantastic for both your physical and mental health. You will feel energised, feel fitter and elevate your mood. Did you know that endorphins (the hormones that are released when you exercise) are natural antidepressants? Heading to the gym and cycling through the park can improve your wellbeing. Now is the time to start moving more!

3) Time away from social media (every day if you can!)

How much time do you waste scrolling through social media platforms? Maybe 20 minutes a day on Facebook here, half an hour on Instagram there. It all adds up. The average person spends almost two and a half hours a day on social media. What is it bringing to your life? How is it making you feel? What else could you do with that time? Social media can be a fantastic tool, however it can also make us compare our lives to unattainable heights.

Your time is valuable and social media can be a huge distraction to what is important in life, so this one would positively impact most people’s lives. Practice makes perfect, so try to do this every day if you can, that way you’ll truly see the benefits. 

4) Appreciate more

Next on our list of positive habits is appreciation. We are so quick to moan about what life hasn’t given us but when do you appreciate what you do have? Making a gratitude list is perfect. Mindfulness can help us to focus on what is important as you relax with your feelings. Celebrate small wins and look at how much of an impact you have on the people around you. Give up your time to help others and thank those who are a positive input to your life. They do say that tomorrow’s happiness begins today!

5) Make time in your day to read

When was the last time you picked up a book? Reading is a great way to improve your creativity, improve your knowledge and maybe further your career. You can find motivation on the pages, discover ways to overcome certain situations and simply find life advice. There is also proven evidence of reading improving your sleep. Make time lose yourself in a book.


 

Building good habits can bring success and have a positive impact on your life

Breaking bad habits is hard, but if you manage to develop alternative, positive habits, they will turn your life around for the better. 

If life has been getting you down, or you simply want to switch around your routines, then adding some positive habits to your schedule can certainly make you look at life differently. Now is the time to put you first and find ways to enhance your life. If you’re successful you’ll be taking the control and power back and steering life in the direction you want it to move in. Time can be so short and making the most of it with a smile on your face is the best way to live.