When you are busy creating new habits to improve your life, remember that you can have a new habit for each area of your life. You don’t have to be restricted to just habits around traditional perspective of “health.” Every area of your life impacts your health and can be healthy habits or just regular daily habits. There are many different types of habits that will benefit you greatly. 

WHERE ARE YOU FALLING BEHIND? 

Before creating your first new habit, think of where in your life you are falling behind. This doesn’t mean you are an outright failure, but just an area of your life where you don’t focus as much attention as the other areas of your life. Most people have at least one. This might mean you work hard, but neglect your health. Or you eat very healthy, but you have trouble saving money. Maybe you don’t get enough sleep because you are always distracted at night. 

This can tell you what areas need improving first before moving on to other habits. 

WHAT DO YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT THE MOST? 

Another way to figure out where your new habits should start is based on what you tend to complain about. Think about the last time you complained to someone or yourself about what isn’t going your way, or what isn’t working in your life. Do you complain that you are always late to work? What about the fact that your bills are late, or your clothes don’t fit? Are you frustrated because you never have enough time to get everything done? These are good signs of where your habits should start. 

CHOOSING YOUR NEW HABITS 

Remember that even if you come up with a list of new habits to form in your life, you still want to start with just one at a time. Even if you have 5 small habits all for the same end result, you want to start with just one of them before moving on to the next. 

How do you know it is time to develop a new habit? When the last one you created is something you don’t even have to think about anymore. That is when you know you are ready for the next habit. 

They aren’t always something you constantly think about. It might be your cup of coffee in the morning or the way you drive to work. What you want to do now is create new habits that will further improve your health and your life.

HEALTHY HABITS YOU CAN START TODAY

Do you feel like your physical or emotional health is falling behind these days? Have you created some big health-related goals you are having trouble reaching? If so, it is time to form some healthy habits. Your habits should always be formed before setting goals, as this is exactly what is going to help achieve those goals. 

Here are some healthy habits you can start doing today that will make a big difference in your overall health and wellness. 

WAKE UP EARLY TO EXERCISE 

If you are having trouble fitting in exercise into your busy schedule, try adding it early in the morning. Yes, waking up earlier is going to be an adjustment, but you will appreciate it for the rest of the day. You are getting your workout done and out of the way early in the morning, it will boost your energy, and make you feel happier and more confident. 

GET MORE FRESH AIR 

This is a simple habit, right? Try to make it a point to get more fresh air each day. This might mean walking your dog instead of just letting them out in the backyard, or enjoying your lunch outside each day while you are at work. Play with your kids outside and go for a hike on the weekends. Do whatever it takes to get in more fresh air and sunshine. 

EAT YOUR MEALS INTENTIONALLY 

Are you having trouble sticking to a healthier diet? IF so, don’t start with changing WHAT you eat, but HOW you eat. Start just by eating more intentionally. Don’t use your phone and don’t watch any TV while you eat. Sit at a table or desk where there aren’t other distractions, and just focusing on the food you are eating. Recognize the texture, smell, individual flavors, and colors. 

GET ENOUGH SLEEP 

This is a habit many people neglect, assuming it’s not important. But sleep is much more than just not feeling tired the next day. Sleep is absolutely essential for your health and wellbeing. It is needed to reduce stress, feel energized, have proper focus and concentration, manage your weight and physical health, keep your cardiovascular health in check, and so much more. If you can only start one habit, it should be a better sleep routine, so you are getting better quality sleep. This would be my number ONE suggestion no matter WHAT goal you are trying to accomplish and what area of your Wheel of LIFE you want to affect.

Now that you know some basics of healthy habits that will make you feel so much better, you’re ready to start the challenge. Be on the lookout for PART TWO of this two part series, where Deniece will break down each day of the challenge, along with providing tools to help you get the most out of the experience!

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