Ten Positive Habits to Cultivate Now

Posted: Apr 09 in Getting Active, Lifestyle by

When it comes to addressing personal and lifestyle habits, it can be easy to gravitate towards the bad habits that are usually at the top of everyone's list to try to eliminate. To improve your life, you may be tempted to look at what is wrong with the way things are progressing instead of building on the high points.

If you want to improve your life, consider focusing more on the positive changes you can add instead of the negative behaviors you need to eliminate. If you make enough positive movement forward, you may soon find yourself squeezing out those bad habits, so they fade into the background and eventually disappear altogether. Here are ten positive practices you can incorporate into your life starting today.

1. Reach out to others. Countless studies have shown that relationships matter when it comes to improved health and higher levels of happiness. Don't wait for friends and family to get in touch with you; make the first move yourself. It is empowering to share your struggles and your joys in life with others who are going through the same experiences or who can relate to what you're going through.

2. Reconsider the concept of taking a nap. It's not a sign of laziness. Instead, a well-timed nap can give you a much-deserved rest and help to revitalize your brain. Taking time out to rest will reduce your stress levels which may very well improve your heart health. As an additional boost, be sure to get a full and restful night's sleep every night.

3. Eat one meal today that consists wholly of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and fish. You don't need to maintain a perfect diet to lead a healthy life. But, you might be surprised at just how beneficial it can be to follow the Mediterranean style of eating at least part of the time.

4. Stay close to the one you love. Intimate relationships lend themselves to longer lives. More than just close friendships, couple relationships build a sense of unity that can forge a stronger union for the long haul. Having someone who has the same stake in the game of life as you can help you when the going gets rough.

5. Engage in some form of physical activity. Exercise has far-reaching benefits for your body and your mind. Even if you can only devote ten minutes to physical movement, do it. Once you start to realize how good it feels, you will be more inclined to spend more time in the future.

6. Pay attention to your alcohol consumption. If you drink too much, then slow it down. You don't need to feel obligated to quit altogether. Studies show a moderate level of alcohol consumption can provide some health benefits. That's no justification to start drinking if you don't already drink, but you can relieve yourself of any level of guilt for responsible consumption.

7. Get in touch with your spiritual side. Attending religious services can boost your immune system in much the same way as meditation practices can as you bond with other like-minded individuals. Some people find this same level of spiritual engagement through the practice of yoga, tai chi or different mind-body exercises. You are the only good judge of how you can best seek your spiritual level.

8. Let go of your anger at the same time as you let go of toxic people in your world. The grudge you hold or the anger you feel is doing far more damage to you than to the object of your animosity. Release the past and free yourself from the chains that hold you to the sources of anger.

9. Practice safe behaviors in your everyday life. That includes wearing seatbelts, helmets and protective garments where appropriate, responsible drinking and safe sex, among others. You know you should do these things to protect yourself from harm, so stop making excuses and learn to live life in the safe lane.

10. Manage your stress. It is an unavoidable element of modern life, but rather than struggle unsuccessfully to eliminate it or deny it, you should make it a goal to learn to manage it. Well-managed stress can boost your productivity and energy levels.

Everyday life is a series of daily habits. Most people will acquire at least a few bad habits along the way that they would rather not own. Rather than focus on what is wrong in life and trying to eliminate it, it makes more sense to take a proactive approach and build on the positive and good changes you can incorporate into your life, ultimately crowding out the harmful elements.

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