Some people try to improve their lives by changing everything that’s around them.
Which will only change as much as you are willing to change internally. The best kind of change starts within or even in your own home.
Here are 10 simple habits you can adopt into your life to improve your life quickly.
1) Start your day early
I’m not a morning person, but it’s just the waking up part that gets me.
Other than that, I love the silence that is having a moment to myself before I get going. It makes me feel a lot more in control because I’ve had that time to myself.
Along with extra time to exercise, journal or whatever else, I think it’s just nice to feel like the day is longer. Because I don’t know about you but the world seems to get busy right around noon.
Even if you’re not the type to be productive at the crack of dawn, laying in bed to wait for the human inside to gain consciousness counts!
So the next time your body wakes you up earlier than usual, savor it.
Make yourself a nice breakfast, take a photo if you want, and bring that energy with you to the rest of your day.
2) Practice gratitude
A lot of us operate from a place of lacking without fully realizing.
I think it’s just the way the world is, making us feel like we’re always running out of time.
Sure, waking up in the morning earlier than usual can help combat this feeling but so can practicing gratitude throughout the day.
In the long run, it will shift your perspective to see the beauty of life without needing to break a sweat. And there will be less pressure on you to feel like you have to be perfect.
Other than listing off a bunch of things you’re grateful for, you can thank your body for functioning by taking care of it.
So grab a glass of water because we’re about to talk about the power of hydration.
3) Stay hydrated
Water is so powerful – it’s literally what every living thing needs to survive.
Even though water doesn’t seem to have “magical properties”, that depends on how you define magic.
If you look at it as an elixir that powers your organs, regulates energy levels and maintains your cognitive abilities, it seems pretty magical to me.
There is also an element to staying hydrated that can be preventative rather than antidotal. So the key is to be consistent to see general improvements on your mood and well-being.
Make a habit by getting a cute water bottle that you can cover in stickers if that’s your vibe.
And not that this is necessary, but the conversations you have at the water cooler are some of the best in my opinion.
4) Exercise regularly
I personally hate working out in front of other people. So I like to walk everywhere to incorporate some physical activity into my day.
But getting your heart rate up and blood pumping is a cornerstone of a better life.
Especially if you’re a very mental person who thinks a lot, getting those endorphins going can give you a healthy escape from it.
I also feel like exercise has this connotation that it can’t be fun. Maybe I’m just an overthinker but I like to do activities that kill a few birds with one stone.
If you’re like me, dancing or rock climbing might be more of your style. It gives you a chance to express yourself and prove yourself wrong by having constant challenges for fun.
Just like cooking!
5) Cook for yourself
There’s nothing like a healthy meal after a good workout.
Or there’s really nothing like a good meal, period!
There was a point in my life when I would order in for every single meal. Sure, the fried chicken felt like a blessing in the moment but the guilt from spending money like that definitely wasn’t.
Cooking for yourself gives you an opportunity to become more mindful of what you put in your body. So yes, it’s for your health but it’s also to deepen your relationship with yourself.
I started my cooking journey by watching a ton of those satisfying cooking videos on YouTube and TikTok.
I get that they’re edited but once you know your way around the kitchen, they aren’t kidding about how quick and easy some of these meals are.
There’s also a sense of pride in being able to cook your own meals so even if it takes some time to get used to, experiment and get creative!
6) Prioritize good quality sleep
Good quality sleep is everything because just like water, it regulates your mind and body health.
I still struggle to keep up a healthy sleep schedule but knowing the signs of sleep deprivation is enough to have a sense of awareness.
So when you stop seeing sleep as an optional thing in life, it can help you create a schedule that keeps you grounded.
Something to help you know what to expect every day so you feel a sense of control.
Ensuring good quality sleep is also about what you do before your head hits the pillow.
Personally I like to journal or have a skin care routine to create a ritual for a good night’s sleep. But this can also include not drinking caffeine or eating a heavy meal right before you go to bed.
However I read somewhere that drinking apple juice can give you weird dreams so it’s up to you on what kind of sleep you want…
7) Learn something new
When I used to lack confidence in my life, I allowed my emotional responses to dictate what I wanted to do.
If something was exhausting, I’d quit right away. Or if someone didn’t meet my expectations that I couldn’t even meet, I’d cut them off.
If you had asked what I wanted from life back then, I would’ve told you that I didn’t want anything because I couldn’t fathom doing anything for a long time.
I was depressed and burnt out for sure, but it was also because I was young and didn’t know the value of learning new things.
It’s all about perspective. When you are able to zoom out cosmically and see life as this big thing, it doesn’t make sense to want to stay the same.
It makes more sense to want to grow your knowledge so you can view things from multiple perspectives in order to control your emotions. Not the other way around.
So sign up for a free workshop, watch a new movie, or talk to somebody new.
It will take you right out of your misery by proving you wrong about what you think you want.
8) Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is about being fully present in the moment without judgment.
Judgment is just something that we human beings do! It’s almost like our brains are hardwired to compare one thing to another.
So the point here is to not judge yourself for judging.
You can practice mindfulness by certain practices like meditation, breathwork and even listening to binaural beats. There’s so many on YouTube you can choose from.
It’s been proven to decrease stress levels, enhance emotional stability and improve mental clarity. It’s definitely a practice that you get better at with time, so be patient with it.
The results are so worth it where you’ll be able to make better choices for yourself and your future.
9) Plan with the future in mind
With a clear mind and healthy body, the future doesn’t seem as daunting to think about.
Especially when you incorporate your desire to try new things, it can help you grow as a person and even discover your purpose in life.
You can have big goals like financial stability or a certain career path. But make sure you break them into bite-sized pieces so you don’t burn yourself out with unrealistic expectations.
Making a plan with the future in mind is also a great way to stay focused and motivated even if you aren’t seeing immediate results.
So get those vision boards out! Log into Pinterest and don’t be afraid to dream big.
10) Stay organized
Speaking of vision boards, staying organized is so important.
Especially if you are like me and your environment affects your internal world. I need to clean something every day and use my Apple Calendar if I want to stay sane.
It’s also similar to sleep where there will be less stressors in your life because you know what to expect.
Not to mention, it’s a major time saver!
If you want to get started but don’t know where, get a planner for your tasks. And containers for your home.
As someone with ADHD, I have found that a “piling” system greatly helps me stay organized.
It might be tempting to restart your entire life at 2AM on a Wednesday
But remember that small, consistent efforts yield the most “permanent” results.
Speaking from experience, the patience I showed myself did a whole lot for me than yearning for overnight success.
It gave me more time to visualize who I wanted to be, showing me that what I want now may not always be what’s best for me in the long run.
So start today and don’t forget to congratulate yourself for any improvements you see in yourself.
And don’t be afraid to surprise yourself along the way.