A habit is defined as “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.” Habit formation is defined by psychologists as “the process by which new behaviors become automatic.”
HERE ARE 8 HABITS EVERYONE SHOULD TRY TO DEVELOP
1. STAY AWAY FROM DRAMA AND GOSSIP
In an ideal world, drama, gossip, and all other forms of unnecessary theatrics wouldn’t exist. There’s nothing to be gained from making too much out of things or participating in gossip sessions.
2. DRINK 64 OUNCES OF WATER DAILY
There is no other substance more important to our body than water. Period.
Every cell in our body uses water to regulate body temperature, moisten tissues, lubricate joints, protect organs, ease digestion, flush waste produces, dissolve essential minerals and nutrients, and carry oxygen throughout the body.
The easier way to make drinking water a habit is to buy a large water bottle, keep it filled, and tak.
3. PUT THE PHONE AWAY WHEN SOMEONE’S TALKING
We understand that people use their phones for just about everything nowadays, business purposes included. But did you know that accumulating research shows an overdependence on technology can change your behavior? There are technology addiction therapists, for crying out loud!
Anyways, be courteous and stash the phone occasionally.
4. ADOPT A SIMPLICITY MINDSET
Practicing simplicity is much more than just consuming less – it is a state of mind. We, as Madonna famously sang, “live in a material world.” Consumerism is at the heart of most economies, but we needn’t participate in it.
To be “financially minimalistic” is to keep your values in mind (e.g. social welfare, ethics, spiritual); to spend your money with intent, and to not be guided by impulse.
5. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE EXERCISE – EVEN IN SMALL DOSES
Simply put, you don’t need to work out seven days per week.
We wrote an article a while back about the Tabata Interval Training Method – a 4-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) regimen designed by Dr. Izumi Tabata.
The results of Tabata’s research are extraordinary: short periods of HIIT outperform 60 minutes of moderate exercise in every important measurement (e.g. fat burning, recovery time, muscle generation.)
HIIT training involves short bursts of intense exercises and short periods of rest.
6. GET QUALITY SLEEP
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recommends around 7 to 9 hours of sleep for healthy adults. That said, sleep quality is just as important.
Simply put, sleep hygiene – habits that help ensure a good night’s sleep – is critical. Lay off the caffeine, limit daytime napping, and having an established bedtime routine are three crucial elements of sleep quality.
7. MAKE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH A PRIORITY
We often get so wrapped up in physical exercise that we forget about our ole’ noggin. The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled stress the “Health Epidemic of the 21st Century.”
Stress-management is undoubtedly the single best habit to form – and there are multiple methods employ. Mindfulness, yoga, meditation, exercise, and deep breathing are just a few ideas.
8. CUT DOWN ON YOUR SUGAR INTAKE
There are numerous reasons to cut back on sugar: no nutritional value; accelerates fat storage; increases the risk of heart disease; causes tooth decay and cavities; raises blood pressure, and more.