5 Simple Habits That Improve My Life
Don’t underestimate the power of habits. Daily habits are an important part of your daily life. A tiny thing repeated 365 times a year becomes a big thing. Building simple habits can make a huge difference.
Here are mine. I am not inviting you to copy the same because what fits my daily life might not fit yours. But in these, you may find a bit of inspiration to craft yours.
Starting my day with a glass of water
Having been doing this for several years now, I now always feel thirsty in the morning. I have used my body to drinking a lot throughout the day, at least 2 liters, even more during summer. Part of this is drinking a large glass of water first thing in the morning. It clears my mind, boosts my metabolism, and wakes my stomach up. Then, I eat breakfast as normal.
Having phone-free breakfasts
It’s easy to slide in your notifications as soon as you wake up. Staying a few more minutes in bed with your phone is tempting, but I decided to stop all of this while I wanted to get my liberty back from my phone.
I realized that our smartphones are controlling us. We can’t help but check our phones many times a day, hoping to see a notification that will please our reward system. That’s why I decided to pull away from my phone a bit, starting with a phone-free breakfast.
When I wake up in the morning, I turn my alarm off, and I leave my phone in airplane mode until the end of my coffee. Only then do I allow myself to turn it on again.
Reading at night
Since I was a child, I have always been a bookworm. I remember sitting in my room on Sunday afternoons, supposed to be doing my homework, and reading a book instead. I would switch my fiction book for my textbook as soon as I would hear footsteps in the stairs.
Reading is something that slowly slipped away as I grew older. Between school and freelance work, plus living on my own at a young age, I soon didn’t have time anymore to spend hours immersed in a book. Smartphones also played a role, as I was unable to concentrate for much time in a row anymore.
However, I was missing my books. And while I encountered difficulties falling asleep at night, I decided to solve both problems at the same time by reading a few pages every single night. And it worked! I fell asleep way quicker, and I ended up reading several books a month.
Getting a haircut twice a month
This one might be more surprising.
I am a woman with short hair. I mean, really short hair. And there is nothing that makes me feel better than getting a fresh fade. On the contrary, I find out that when my hair is too long, I don’t feel good. It really impacts my mood.
That’s why I am going to the hairdresser twice a month. It’s my feel-good moment. I walk away feeling truly myself.
What I am saying here is: take time for yourself. Whether it’s cutting your hair, having your nails done, or getting a massage. You deserve it.
Walking as much as possible
I live in Paris, France. Against all appearances, Paris is quite small. You can easily cross through the city in a few hours.
Realizing I wasn’t exercising enough, I decided to walk as frequently and as much as possible. I now often end up walking one hour instead of getting on a 20 minutes subway ride, and it makes me feel fit and energized. It’s also an opportunity to discover new streets and nice places.
Moreover, living in a city like Paris, walking for too long is not a problem. If you end up being exhausted, you can always catch the subway back.
Here again, it’s a question of being honest with yourself and finding out what makes you feel good. Craft the daily life that you like and want. Daily habits are key to my well-being. If your habits truly suit your lifestyle, you shouldn’t encounter any trouble integrating them into your daily life.
Science says that habits build in 21 days. Give it a try and see how it changes your life.