Milestones, like moving or embarking on a new career, can also be a great time to spark a change that can help you create an epic life. For example, if you just bought a new home among the Minneapolis houses for sale, now that you have everything moved in, you’ll naturally be creating some new routines anyway. Be deliberate about how you design the life you want and the habits that are so important to develop.
Of course, anytime is a good time to start adopting positive habits. Research from Duke University found that over 40 percent of what you do every day isn’t based on decisions you make, but habits, which can be the key to unlocking your full potential.
Following a Regular Bedtime Routine
Sleep is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to both mental and physical health, as your body needs that rest time to repair itself. If you get quality sleep on a regular basis, your brain will function better, you’ll have more energy, and it will even be easier to lose stubborn pounds or maintain an already healthy weight. When you don’t get enough shut-eye, it can have multiple negative effects from weakening the immune system to putting you at a higher risk of developing diabetes.
Developing a bedtime routine can help you get the Zzzs your body needs. Start by turning down the lights in your home after dark, especially during the hour before bed. That’s because the body responds to darkness by reducing cortisol levels in the body and increasing melatonin, a natural hormone necessary for sleep. Light prevents the body from producing enough, so you’ll not only want to turn the lights down after dark, but when you get ready for bed, make sure all lights are off, including the light that’s emitted by your smartphone and all those tiny little red or blue lights on electronic gadgets. Your bedtime ritual might also include gentle stretching, a warm bath and/or deep breathing exercises.
Paying Attention to Your Breath
Speaking of breathing, many people tend to hold their breath, especially when anxious or angry. Shallow breathing is common too. When you aren’t breathing the right way, you’re more likely to develop a poor mood and a generally negative outlook. Take time to notice how you’re breathing throughout the day – deep breaths should come from your belly rather than your chest. This will fill the body with oxygen, triggering feel-good endorphins while helping you to feel calm and an overall greater sense of peace.
You’ve heard it time and again, but regular exercise is truly the fountain of youth and the very best way to take care of your body and mind. It boosts energy levels and confidence while relieving stress and burning calories. And, you’ll sleep better too. You don’t have to jump right in, aiming to exercise for an hour every day, develop the habit slowly by incorporating exercise in shorter periods of perhaps 15 minutes at a time. Starting small and developing the habit into your daily schedule before ramping it up is a great way to develop this positive habit. You may want to put it on your calendar and set reminders to help you create a routine before and after your workouts too.
Focusing on the ‘Good‘
The world is a negative place, with people constantly complaining and talking about all the negatives in their lives. Take the opposite approach by regularly focusing on what you’re grateful for. No matter how bad the day is, there is almost always something good to be found. If you have a difficult time doing this, try keeping a “gratitude” list, writing down everything you’re grateful for at the end of each day.