Post Updated on December 27, 2019
Are you looking for ways to add more positivity into your life? Well, my friend, your habits are one of the best ways to make that happen, day in and day out.
After all, our habits and routines shape about 40% of our existence. That means our thoughts, habits, and actions play a big role in determining our level of success.
Most of us are aware of the bad habits we have, but it’s important that we make an effort to establish positive habits that outweigh the not-so-great ones. If we want to live our best lives, we have to create healthy and intentional habits along the way.
“Your little choices become habits that affect the bigger decisions you make in life.” ― Elizabeth George
Of course, it can be difficult to know which habits are really worth the effort. Everyone’s lives are different which means our habits will serve us in different ways. However, if you’re looking for some inspiration to guide you in the right direction, here are seven positive habits that have changed my life!
7 Positive Habits That Have Changed My Life
Meditation has been a game-changer for my own peace of mind. I resisted it for so long because I thought it wouldn’t work for me, but I was 100% wrong. Even though it’s not easy, meditation helps me to find a moment of pure calm in my day. Now, I try to meditate every morning before the day gets started so that I can get into the right frame of mind. If you want to get started with meditation, read this post that I wrote when I was starting out.
P.S. I’m currently on a 30+ day meditation streak which has NEVER happened before. If you’re interested, I’ll share some tips in another post about how I’ve kept up with this habit.
I took my first yoga class when I was a freshman in college, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I always appreciate the chance to slow down after a busy day, and yoga is something I turn to when I need some calm in my life. If you want to ease yourself into yoga, I’d recommend The Journey Junkie’s 7-Day Yoga Body Bootcamp. When I finished the seven days, I felt so accomplished for actually completing a yoga challenge. #babysteps
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I’ve kept a journal for as long as I can remember. Writing helps me process my emotions, and I feel less overwhelmed when I write out what’s on my mind. I find that writing on a regular basis (even if I’m not feeling inspired) helps me to feel more positive about what’s going on in my life. Lately, I’ve been using a plain notebook as my journal to freewrite. I also keep my Five-Minute Journal on my bedside table to write in the morning and before bed.
4. Daily Walks
I love to get outside in the middle of the day before the afternoon slump hits. Even walking around the block can seriously do wonders for the mind, body, and soul. Usually, I’ll go for a walk for about 45 minutes after eating lunch to get some fresh air. I’ll listen to a podcast or plug in my headphones and talk out loud to myself about what’s on my mind. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.
5. Listening To Podcasts
Whether I’m driving or taking a walk, I’ve usually got a podcast playing in the background. I love that podcasts allow you to absorb information while you’re doing something else. I know multi-tasking is frowned upon, but this is the best way to multi-task in my opinion. Lately, I’ve been loving The Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher and re-listening to Magic Lessons with Liz Gilbert.
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6. Not Checking My Phone First Thing
I’m not perfect at this, but not checking my phone is one of those things that has a huge impact on the way my morning routine flows. I find that if I check my emails or social media first thing, I will get sucked into them for at least 30 minutes. These days, I glance at my phone when my alarm goes off then immediately open my Calm meditation app. After I’ve meditated, I do my best to avoid my inbox, open up YouTube, and get started with my workout video.
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7. Planning The Night Before
I’ve found that writing my to-do list before I go to bed helps me in a million ways. It means I don’t have to waste any time in the morning thinking about what I need to work on first. It also means I don’t have a million ideas floating around in my head before I go to bed. Basically, writing my to-do list before bed saves me a ton of time and headspace when the morning rolls around.
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