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5 Habits That Will Improve Your Life

This guest post was written by Bridget Barrett of the blog Awakened Adulting.


Our daily habits significantly impact the quality of our lives. Whether our days are primarily made up of positive habits or negative ones, the evidence will show itself in our health, happiness, and productivity. Implementing positive habits requires discipline and constant auditing of our actions and behaviors, but the results are worth the effort. Once we design a life that consists primarily of good habits we begin to move through our days with more energy and vitality. We experience more positive emotions, improved health, and a better outlook on life. While it can be difficult to break bad habits and establish good ones, small changes over time will compound into big results. It’s not necessary to completely overhaul our entire lives in one fell swoop in order to live a happier and healthier lifestyle. Even a 1% improvement on a consistent basis will have remarkable benefits. In the same way, money multiplies through compound interest, the results of your habits compound over time. Your daily habits determine the difference between who you are today and who you become in the future, so start bringing conscious awareness to your daily habits. Here are five simple habits that will significantly improve your life:


Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning

If you want to lose weight, have more energy, or live a healthier life in general, drinking more water is one of the simplest ways to get you started.

Replacing one sugary beverage every day will reduce calories, improve organ function, and increase energy through hydration.


A great way to increase your water intake is to drink a full glass of lemon water immediately after waking up. The vitamin C from the lemon will improve digestion and boost your immune system.


It is commonly recommended we drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day or 64 ounces. This is called the 8x8 rule.


Our bodies are dehydrated after sleeping, so drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning is a great way to kickstart your day.


Here are just a few of the incredible benefits water has on the body:

  • Increased focus and concentration since the brain is mostly water

  • Promotes weight loss: reduces hunger, raises your metabolism, and has zero calories

  • Flushes toxins from the body

  • Improves skin complexion as it moisturizes and hydrates the body from within

  • Boosts immune function

  • Elevates mood and energy when the body is functioning more efficiently

Grounding

Also referred to as Earthing, grounding is the practice of connecting directly with the earth's surface.


This can be done by walking outside barefoot, lying on the grass, or any way that enables you to come in direct contact with the earth.


Direct contact with the electrons of the earth's surface transfers energy from the ground to the body.


Grounding benefits are supported by Earthing science and grounding physics, which explains how electrical charges from the earth have positive effects on the body. 

Research suggests the natural defenses of the body are restored through the grounding practice.


As our dependency on technology rapidly increases, we are constantly bombarded by harmful electromagnetic fields (EMF).


This exposure disrupts the body, increasing our susceptibility to health problems and disease.


Grounding is an excellent way to reverse the effects of EMF radiation exposure.  

Benefits of grounding include:

  • Neutralizes free radicals caused by EMF exposure

  • Improves sleep

  • Reduces muscle soreness

  • Lowers inflammation in the body

  • Improves immunity

  • Reduces stress and anxiety

Even if you are not in direct contact with the earth, spending time in nature has real benefits.


As we are exposed to the negative ions found in nature, our body is able to counteract the positive ions we absorb through EMF.


This practice stabilizes and restores the body's bioelectrical systems, which are responsible for keeping us alive and well.


Increasing time in nature has undeniable benefits for the mind, body, and soul.


Meditation

If the thought of committing to a daily meditation practice feels too overwhelming you’re definitely not alone. Meditation was a habit that took me quite some time to get used to implementing daily. However, with consistency, it has absolutely changed my life. The reality of meditation is that it does not feel like pure bliss in the beginning.


It requires consistency and practice.


Wandering thoughts, fidgeting, and dying to do anything you can to avoid your racing thoughts is perfectly normal, especially as a beginner.


If you commit to just 5-10 minutes of stillness every morning before you start your day you will undoubtedly experience incredible benefits.


Some of the benefits of frequent meditation include reduced stress, inner peace, more energy, better memory, clarity and purpose, and even healing from past trauma.

I can’t possibly say enough good things about meditation.


Read positive affirmations daily

Positive affirmations are like food for the soul.


They prime the mind to envision all that we want to manifest in our lives.

As we read affirmations consistently, we are programming our subconscious minds to have faith in the universe and ourselves.


Positive affirmations break the pattern of negative programming and help us see ourselves and the world around us in a positive light.


Read Daily

Commit to reading a minimum of two pages every night before falling asleep.


Those few moments of relaxation will prime your mind and body for a restful night's sleep.


Research suggests that just six minutes of reading reduces stress by 68%.


Not only is reading great for your mind but it also decreases blood pressure, lowers heart rate, and significantly reduces stress.


Avoid using an e-reader or iPad right before bed because they can disrupt sleep and circadian rhythms.


Start the habit of reading before bed by committing to just two pages every night.


Make the habit easy to remember by placing a book on top of your pillow after making your bed.

We hope that you try out some of these five habits that will improve your life in the upcoming days and weeks. The worst thing that could happen is that you waste ten minutes on something that doesn't work for you. The best thing that could happen is that you develop a new habit that brings lifelong clarity, health, and peace into your life. Remember it's our habits that make us who we are.


Author Bio

Bridget Barrett is the author of the blog Awakened Adulting where you can find tips on fitness, wellness, spirituality, and personal development. You can connect with Bridget on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


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