Tuesday, February 9, 2016
12 healthy habits to develop in 2016
As you may remember, taking better care of myself and becoming more fit and healthy is probably my biggest goal for 2016. It's the stepping stone for all my other activities, dreams and plans - without being healthy, I simply cannot focus on achieving my goals. And I think I've been making quite an effort, working out daily, cutting back on my chocolate & candy intake, trying to get at least 7 hours of sleep and bringing my homemade lunches to work so I could avoid the copious and not-always-healthy restaurant meals.
But true to my perpetually unsatisfied-with-myself self, I recently caught myself thinking about how I was not doing enough. And once I realized what I was doing to myself, I had to take a deep breath, calm down the chatter in my head and turn the whole thing upside down. Of course I could always do more. Try harder. But the most important thing I should do for myself in terms of healthy living is shedding this "all or nothing" mentality.
Years of bad habits aren't going to vanish in a blink of an eye. And if I'm going to try and change everything at once, that's a surefire way to set myself up for failure. That's why I've decided to focus on one healthy habit each month. From what I've read from various sources, it takes something between 21 and 28 days to build a new habit, so I'm hoping that each month I'll have enough time to do something good both for my body and for my soul. I want to try different things to see what works for me and what doesn't. Let's see how it works out! Baby steps, right?
January: Work out daily. I'm extremely happy to report that this one has been a huge success so far. From the queen of "I can't work out today, because..." excuses, I've become an endorphin junkie, climbing on my bike each and every day, lifting weights and doing sun salutations first thing in the morning. I honestly don't even recognize myself, and it feels so so good!
February: Drink lemon water first thing in the morning.
March: Practice yoga each morning.
April: Establish morning and evening routines.
May: Practice being kind to myself and giving myself grace.
June: Learn to manage my stress levels.
July: Learn to meditate.
August: Master the weekly meal planning and prepping.
September: Work on strengthening my willpower.
October: Always start my day with breakfast.
November: Cut back on alcohol.
December: Make time daily to sit down for a while in silence, and just think and reflect upon what's going on around you.
Now it's your turn to tell me: what healthy habits do you want to adopt this year? Any particular areas you want to focus on?