It’s easy to forget the little things that can make a big difference.
Things like sleeping enough and eating healthy meals help you feel good, but they don’t always come naturally.
In fact, one study found that people who are stressed tend to have bad habits like drinking caffeine and eating junk food.
And another study found that even when you’re doing these things “correctly,” it still isn’t enough—you need to be proactive about keeping up with healthy habits throughout your life so they become ingrained behaviors. Here are 10 habits you should adopt right away:
1. Make Your Bed
Making your bed is a great habit to adopt because it sets you up for success, both in the morning and throughout the day.
If you’re rushing out the door in the morning, making your bed will make it easier for you to get dressed and start your day.
Additionally, if nothing else gets done during the day, making your bed can help keep you motivated as well as clear-headed so that when you get home from work or other obligations, all that remains is relaxing!
The key to getting into this habit is consistency; so if there are days where you don’t have time or energy (or whatever), just do it anyway! Start with two minutes in the morning before leaving for work and then again when returning home at night — no excuses!
2. Prepare for the Day the Night Before
The night before, prepare for the next day.
This will help you avoid rushing around in the morning and allow you to start your day off on a positive note.
Prepare your meals for the next day by measuring out ingredients or cooking them up ahead of time so they’re ready to be eaten by breakfast. You can also prepare your clothes for the next day so that you don’t have to grab them haphazardly out of a messy closet when it’s time to get ready for work or school.
Make sure you have everything else that may be needed for the following day, such as water bottles, chargers, etc., so that there aren’t any surprises later on when trying to start working without these items being ready first! Also remember not only what tasks need completing but also which ones require special attention due tomorrow morning — like leaving early enough time before work starts so there aren’t any delays getting yourself dressed/ready (and then having enough confidence/security knowing how well dressed
3. Stick to a Routine
The most important thing you can do to improve your health and wellbeing is to establish a routine.
A routine is a set of daily habits that you do at the same time every day.
These routines can be small or large, and are generally made up of multiple habits working together. Once you have a routine in place, it’ll be easier for you to stick with it—and doing something similar every day will help keep your life on track!
Some examples of routines include:
- Making breakfast every morning before work
- Exercising three times per week
- Drinking eight glasses of water each day
4. Drink More Water
Drinking more water is one of the most important habits you can adopt to improve your health.
Water cleanses your body and helps it function properly, making you feel less tired and more energetic. It also positively affects weight loss, helping with digestion and flushing toxins from the body. Water is essential for skin health as well, keeping it healthy by preventing dryness or irritation.
In order to maximize the benefits of drinking water regularly, choose filtered tap water rather than bottled water—it’s better for both your wallet and environment!
5. Exercise Regularly
The more you exercise, the better you’ll feel. According to a recent study published in JAMA, regular physical activity can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 30 percent and help prevent many types of cancer. That’s pretty great!
But not everyone understands just how much exercise can improve health: according to that same study, only about 15 percent of adults meet the recommended guidelines for physical activity (which is at least 150 minutes per week). Here’s what your body needs from exercise:
- Your brain will function better when you get enough sleep each night—but that goes double for people who are training hard at the gym or on their bike.* Exercise boosts your energy levels and helps fight off depression.* It builds strong bones and muscles.* You’ll have more stamina to keep going all day long if you’re fit!
6. Eat Healthy, Balanced Meals
There’s no getting around it: the food you eat can greatly impact your energy levels, mood, and general health. You want to make sure that you are eating enough protein, carbohydrates and vegetables. Avoid processed foods as much as possible because they tend to be high in sugar or salt (or both). Also try not to eat too much fat or cholesterol-rich foods—these are known contributors to heart disease, cancer and other chronic conditions.
7. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is crucial to your health and well-being. It’s a time when you can recharge your batteries, allowing you to perform tasks at work and home with greater ease. You should aim for seven or eight hours of sleep each night, though this amount varies depending on the individual. If you have trouble sleeping, consult your doctor for tips on improving your sleep quality and quantity. You should also avoid eating heavy meals before bedtime as they can lead to indigestion or heartburn that may disrupt your slumber (and cause you even more trouble falling asleep).
8. Make Time for Yourself
One thing that many people do not realize is the importance of making time for yourself. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, but if you don’t take breaks from all of your responsibilities, it can be detrimental to your mental health. The most important thing you can do is carve out an hour or so each day just for yourself—and no one else! You might feel guilty about taking that time at first because there are other things you could be doing, but once you start practicing this habit, I promise that you won’t regret it.
There are plenty of ways to spend this special time with yourself: go for a walk on a trail near where you live; meditate in silence; watch TV shows or movies; read books; call friends on the phone and talk about anything except work (and maybe even talk about work). Whatever method suits your mood best will help keep both mind and body healthy!
9. Organize Your Life
Organizing your life is one of the most important habits you can develop. If you’re not organized, it will create a lot of stress, which can lead to burnout. Unlike other forms of organization, such as filing papers or keeping a calendar, organizing your life requires that you have some type of system for everything in your life. For example:
- How do I manage my time?
- Do I have enough energy and focus to complete my daily tasks?
- Is there someone else who could help me with something I’m doing?
This process will allow you to get more out of each day and be more productive while being less stressed!
10. Plan Ahead and Set Goals
Setting goals and making a plan can help you stay focused and on task. Don’t be afraid to change your goals, but don’t abandon them either.
A good way to stay focused is by not being too hard on yourself. You will make mistakes along the way, but it’s okay!
These habits can change your life.
These habits can change your life. They are the habits of successful people and will help you be more successful in every area of your life.
These habits will make you feel better about yourself, as well as being beneficial to your physical health and longevity. And they’re easy to adopt!
In our busy lives, it’s hard to find time for everything we need to do. But if you make the time to develop these habits—even if they seem difficult at first—you can change your life for the better. Even if you’re just taking some small steps toward making your bed or drinking more water each day, those little things will add up over time and help bring about big changes in how you feel about yourself as well as how others see you. The trick is not giving up!