If you read our last post about how to change for good, you learned that change isn’t a one-and-done checklist, but a gradual process full of countless baby steps. When it comes to making lasting change, persistence is the key. This definitely rings true of anything, including developing new habits.
At the start of this new year, we thought it would be appropriate to suggest to you some reasonable, healthy habits that might be worth adopting in 2019. None of them will be drastic — in fact, many of them are quite small — but they stand a good chance of having a positive impact on your daily life. Here are a few habits that we suggest you adopt this year.
Drink More Water
To break this down into easier steps, start by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning and another one just before retiring to bed. Once you’ve mastered that, move on to taking a sip of water every time you pass a drinking fountain. After you’ve done that for a while, consider buying a 40 oz water bottle and finishing it at least once each day.
Eat Breakfast Every Day
It’s been said a thousand times, but we’ll say it again: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! If you’re not in the habit of eating breakfast, we urge you to try it just once. It doesn’t have to be something major — some yogurt or a handful of nuts will do the trick — but we’re sure it will give you more energy throughout the day.
Disconnect Before Bed
This one is especially for people who have difficulty sleeping. “Disconnect” before bed by refraining from using your cell phone, laptop, TV, or other electronic devices for one hour before you plan to sleep. It might be hard at first, but if you try it, you just might have the best night’s sleep you’ve had in a while!
Learn Something New Every Day
All it takes is listening to a podcast or reading a short article to learn something new. If you make a habit of doing this every day, you will keep your mind sharp, improve your memory, and be a trivia master in no time!
Take Time to Read
It’s been said before that anybody who doesn’t like reading hasn’t read the right books. There is a lot of truth to that statement. If you’re not one who likes to read, take a minute to think about something that interests you (say, the topic, genre, or theme of your favorite movie), and look for a book about that. Reading just a few pages of a book each day will increase your creativity, stimulate your brain, and even help to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.