Today’s article I’m going to be sharing with you guys 10 daily habits that I think are so valuable to be doing daily. So without further ado let’s go ahead and jump into the list.
Habit #1: Read
So my first tip doesn’t come as a shocker and that is to read. I think reading books are so so important in life. I’ve always been a reader but this year I’ve recently read more and more books. I kind of came up with a daily routine, I read a chapter of my self-help book in the morning and a chapter of my fiction book and the evening and it helps me read and accumulate a lot of knowledge and it’s so easy to incorporate into my routine. I do it right when I wake up and have my morning coffee and right at night right before fall asleep. It’s so simple I read 21 books so far this year and I am still going strong.
Reading every single day is mentally stimulating and it helps keep your brain active. Your brain is like a muscle and every time that you read or do something mentally stimulating it creates a more active brain and keeps it super strong.
It also decreases stress and it’s also so much fun I just love diving into a world that I don’t know. Kind of jumping into the minds of these authors and it’s really really fun for me and so interesting and I learn so much, knowledge is power.
Habit #2: Brain Activities
So the second tip is to stimulate your brain. Doing things such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, doing actual puzzles, and other certain things that stimulate your brain is a really good mental exercise. It helps create analytical thinking for yourself and helps you become better at problem-solving. It’s just really really good, again it’s mentally stimulating and it’s kind of like a brain exercise and keeps your brain strong and healthy. It boosts your brain activity because it is a mental exercise so it’s just very powerful. It increases your concentration and your brain processing speed so it’s just really good for you mentally.
Some other things that you can do are cooking, learning a new language, coloring, taking a class, or doing a worksheet. Things that you used to do in school you can also listen to a TED talk or podcast. Just little things like that. I recently did a puzzle and it was so much fun and I just bundled it back into the little box this morning and it was so heartbreaking.
Habit #3: Gratitude
So the third thing that I have is gratitude. I cannot express the benefit and power of gratitude more. Gratitude is something that just benefits you. It increases your positive thinking, your happiness, your success, your love for others, and compassion towards others.
There are three ways of showing gratitude that I like, the first one is at night to a journal. Write three things that three people did for you whether that was open the door for you, help you mow your lawn, like whatever the case is three things that put a smile on your face that other people brought to you and three things that you did to put a smile on other people’s faces.
Another way that you can show gratitude is actually through a gratitude rock. I got this from the magic, it’s a rock that you put next to your bed and you hold the rock every time you go to bed. The fact that it’s right next to your nightstand just makes it so easy you just grab over. Grab the rock, name three things that you’re grateful for and put it back down. So every time that you look at that rock you’re instantly kind of reminded to do your daily gratitude. It’s just a really good way to kind of end your night.
Then another thing, of course, is just to name three things that you’re grateful for. You don’t have to write it down you can just literally say it or just go through it your day. When you’re grateful for something kind of notice it and stay in that moment and feel the gratitude while you’re going through your day. Just simple things in your mind. If you don’t have time to sit there and do a gratitude journal.
Habit #4: Daily Intention
The fourth thing to do is to set a daily intention. I know setting intentions it’s something really powerful and a lot of successful people do this. But having a daily intention creates kind of a change throughout every day. It creates a focal point and a focus that you’re kind of aligning your day around which can help you attain your goals that much faster. So a daily intention could be as simple as today I focus on my posture and I will focus on creating alignment with my posture sitting up straight or arching my shoulders back.
You want to make this limit list you don’t want to say I want to eat three healthy meals and I want this for dinner, this for breakfast, this for lunch. You want it to be limitless. so things that you’re working towards, so for example, instead of saying I’m gonna eat this meal at this time, your daily intention could be I’m going to focus on my eating food in my body that gives me power and energy and feels healthy Before and after eating. Just little things like that that create more of an open broad intention rather than a limit kind of the set point. That would kind of create stress having a more limitless intention creates more open space and flow in your day you’re aligning your daily actions to align with the life that you want.
I find that when I create daily intentions I get more goals done throughout the day.
Habit #5: Move Your Body
The fifth thing that I have is to move your body every day but also listen to it. I don’t think that like extreme working out every single day is healthy for you. I feel like rest is super beneficial it’s just as important as moving your body and getting daily exercise. So I think here, listening to your body first and foremost, so for example if you’re super pumped and you’re ready to kind of just push that energy out you can you know go for a run or go through a strength training class or a boxing class. If you’re kind of zen and you’re not feeling comfortable and you want to just relax take a walk or practice yoga and stretching. If you’re kind of in the mix of both try cycling.
You know listen to your body but at the same time move your body every day. If you’re feeling lazy that’s not a sign to just sit in bed and do nothing. Try just stretching or take a little leisurely walk. A lot of us have jobs where we sit all day and sitting all day is killing us when you start walking and incorporating movement into your day. It will not only get your body flowing but just increase your happiness. So if you do have an office job at lunch maybe go take a walk around the block. When you go to the bathroom every time, instead of taking the easy route why don’t you go take a walk around the lobby and then go to the bathroom.
Just little things like that to incorporate daily movement into your routine is so important.
Habit #6: Vitamin D
The sixth thing that I have is to get healthy exposure to sunshine. this is so healthy for your bone health. Believe it or not, I just read that one. I did not know that vitamin D is good for your bones but getting sun exposure is equivalent to creating healthy bones. Not only that, but it reduces stress, boosts your mood, and restores mental energy. I noticed this when I’ve been just slightly in the sun, I can just feel my mood lifting.
Healthy sun exposure gives you vitamin D, which gets your brain to release the chemical called “serotonin”. Which creates more of a calm and focused sense of mental energy. Which is why people have seasonal depression. When there’s no sun exposure you get very depressed. If you have vitamin D deficiency, it can cause depression, fatigue, and sickness.
So getting your daily exposure to vitamin D is really important. Sometimes I even just like to work out outside and I kind of knocked both through my daily habits out and once I get outside and I also work out. It’s a really good way to kind of just feel better, but also get the vitamins that you need to feel happier.
Some ways I get sun as I sit on my patio in the morning and I’ll read. I’ll work out like I just said, sometimes go sit by the pool or just take a walk.
Habit #7: Create a To-Do List
The seventh thing to do is to create a to-do list. I create to-do lists all the time, and again it just kind of helps me prioritize my life. So for example, I will put down everything I need to do for the day I have. Like this huge kind of storm of emotions and thoughts and things that I have to do and I get so overwhelmed and stressed and anxious and worried. But then when I write it all out, it’s kind of just like a brain release.
You write everything that you need to get done down then you can prioritize. Group them into different subgroups. I have like a work to-do list, I have general things to do. I also write my daily intention on top of my to-do list so it kind of aligns with my intentions. I also have a little section at the bottom, I will write tomorrow’s to-do list for anything that I haven’t done. I’ll kind of like allow myself to do it tomorrow. It releases all that strenuous creative thought in your mind by just kind of like dumping it out onto the paper in front of you and it looks more realistic on the paper because it’s like in a sentence tone kind of thing. When you like to cross it off it feels so good. It helps you get things done quicker and faster. It helps with time management and effectiveness. It’s a great thing to do every day.
You can create ones for work, school, workouts, food, all that stuff. I just really love to-do lists.
Habit #8: Drink Water
The eight things that I do is I like to drink water. Throughout the day I think getting hydrated and hydration is so important for your skin, your energy, your mood, and your health. I have this giant cup a thermo cup, so it just stays so cold, I’ll just throw a ton of ice in it and I’ll keep pouring it and because it’s so big. I carry it around everywhere helps me drink more water just because I don’t have to keep going back and forth for more and more water. I just have it in this huge giant Cup and I’ll throw ice in it at night and then I wake up and the ice is still there. It makes it easier to drink my water.
Sometimes, I’ll throw a lemon in there and when you drink water throughout the day it flushes out all of your toxins and it’s so healthy for you. It keeps you fuller longer so you’re not mindlessly snacking on things. Like sometimes, when you’re hungry you’re not hungry. You’re just really thirsty and you’re dehydrated. and it also fuels your brain so it’s just really good for you.
Habit #9: Self-Love and Self-Care
The ninth thing that I have is self-care or self-love, so it could be through rest. If you’re really tired and you’re feeling like you need a nap, take a 20-minute power nap. Those help a lot. I’ll set my timer on for 20 minutes, when I wake up I am so awake. It’s unreal as if I take a super long nap in the middle of the day, I wake up so groggy. So try 20 minutes next time. It’s good for your brain and it gets you full of energy and pumped, and I get more done after my nap.
Eating right is also part of self-care, meditating, cleaning. whether that’s yourself or you know your environment in your space. Self-love increases your energy. It increases positive thinking, reduces stress, and anxiety. It also slows your day down and you’re able to not only love yourself more but show that love towards other people and other things that you’re doing. And in turn, create more productivity for yourself and relationships.
It’s just an overall great thing to incorporate every single day.
Habit #10: Hobbies
The last and final habit that I feel it’s so important is to have a side project or hobby. This is so good for your mind and your soul. It challenges you, it sparks creativity, and it’s something that you love. You can learn so much with it, you can gain skills, knowledge, power. It’s just a really good thing to kind of get your creativity out but at the same time do something that you genuinely love helps you grow spiritually as well.
Just because you are working towards a passion and a goal, you have no deadlines, there’s no budget, you’re kind of just doing what you want and what you love. Without these limits that life throws at you, this is your time, your sacred space, and when you do have ways to make money from it that’s just a bonus. Because I feel that having multiple sources of income is so important. If you have multiple sources of income and one of them fails you still have all the rest left. So instead of having one giant source of income, if that fails you’re screwed. If you have multiple sources of income, you’re good, because if one kind of goes down the other could plumb it up or not that you still have all the other sources of income.
I just think it’s important, but that aside from creating music, grow a garden, coach a sport, write a book, start a YouTube channel, take a photography class, volunteer, renovate something, like a car or an RV. Renovate an RV, that would be so cool if you do let me know I might buy it from you. But yeah, just little things like that are really important when it comes to just like your mental, creative, spirit, and soul. Seriously, it’s just really good for you spiritually.