Last Updated on February 19, 2020
Are your daily habits helping you to grow? When it comes to your mindset, there are things you may be doing daily that are sabotaging you.
For longer than I’d like to admit, I’ve struggled with snoozing my alarm. Not only does this habit lose me time, but it also makes me feel worse about myself. I know I have the ability to get up right away (I’ve done it before in the past), but this habit has simply become part of my daily routine.
As Gretchen Rubin said, “Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life.” Your habits define your lifestyle. They have the power to make you feel good or bad about yourself. They can alter your mindset for better or worse. If they’re not helping you to grow as a person, they’re only getting in your way.
In order to cultivate a healthy mindset, you need habits that align with your vision and values. In this post, I’m sharing 5 super simple habits that will help you uplevel your mind and reduce stress daily.
5 Healthy Mindset Habits
The easiest way to cultivate a healthy mindset is to follow daily habits that keep you in a good state of mind. Here are 5 simple daily habits to keep your mind a calmer place:
1. Journal + Brain Dump
Recently I’ve started the habit of writing morning pages, or 3 pages of stream of consciousness thoughts, every morning. This process has been helpful for clearing my mind and getting me into a good mood before the day even starts. If you’re short on time, do a brain dump and write down what you’re anxious about, what you’re excited about, and what you need to get done for the day.
Related Post: How to start a journaling habit
2. Review Goals + Vision List
If you’re the type of person who loves to set goals, I’m sure you can relate to planning them out and then totally forgetting about them. By reviewing your goals and vision daily, you can remember what you’re working towards and motivate yourself to do what’s most important.
Don’t have a vision list? Here’s how to create a super simple vision plan.
3. Block Out Your Schedule
Waking up in the morning not knowing what to work on first can take up precious mental energy. Save yourself some time and energy by planning out your day the night before. Time-blocking is my favorite way to plan because it helps me see how much I can get done in a realistic timespan. If you write to-do lists that aren’t achievable, you’ll end up feeling defeated by the end of the day and that’s not something you want to deal with.
4. Mindset Check-Ins
Every now and then throughout the day, check-in with yourself. Ask what your mindset is like. For example, are you feeling scattered, frustrated, or content? When you bring awareness to what’s going on in your head, you can come back to the current moment and re-focus. Set reminders on your phone to do a check-in if you find it difficult to remember.
Take this quiz: Do you have a fixed or growth mindset?
5. Limit Social Media Time
I recently shared a post about how I’ve learned to have a healthier relationship with social media. By setting some boundaries around the ways I use social media, I’ve been able to stop letting it suck up my mental energy. Make it a daily habit to spend more time creating than you do consuming other people’s content.
Related Post: 5 tips for a healthier relationship with social media
What are your current daily habits?
I hope this post has encouraged you to embrace new habits and get rid of any that get in the way of a healthy mindset. Leave a comment and share a few of your favorite daily habits!
Hi Catherine, thanks again for another great post ?. This is definitely an area I feel i need to work on.
Last year I wrote in the front of my ‘travel’ journal (it lives in my bag and goes everywhere with me!) different positivity quotes, pasted in pictures and anything that made smile & feel positive. I’ve just also created a ‘good morning’ Pinterest board I can look at every morning to hopefully fill me with healthy positivity first thing. I’m failing though on your point #4 Mindset check-ins so will be setting some reminders throughout the day
Thank you for posting mindful practice. I am starting a more manful life this year. The first thing is to slow down and reduce rushing habit. Read your post is helpful.
Thank you !
Getting up earlier and setting up a morning routine has helped me a ton this year. I always used to think just get up and workout and you’ll feel better. But, I realized I don’t like to get up and get sweaty right away. Now, I get up 2 hours earlier than I used to (about 5am), start my day with a quick 5-10 minute meditation, about 30 minutes of reading and writing in my journal while enjoying my coffee. Then around 7am, I’m ready to work out, get ready for work and head out. I feel like I’ve accomplished so much by the time I leave the house and it just took a little re-configuring to help me feel accomplished and fulfilled instead of frustrated.
Hi Catherine, I’m so grateful I found your site. I’m really loving it. I write a journal myself each day. It has helped me to process my thoughts, become more grateful and changed my life. I’ve also recently started listing and planning my goals. It helps me to assess where I want to be and how far I have come. I have to work on #5, limiting my social media time, because I can easily get lost in it. Great post!
Thank you so much for helping me. This is exactly what I was looking it is great advice
You’re welcome, Miriam!
Thank you for sharing this with us! This post has given me more confidence for when I start the new year!
great daily habit tips :D