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25 Healthy Habits to Build for Overall Health and Happiness

Author: NeuroGym Team | 2021

What healthy habits did you subscribe to in January as part of your New Year’s resolutions?

If you are like most people, it could have been to eat healthier, to exercise more, or to learn a new skill.

As the end of the year closes in, you might reflect on your progress and even start to think about resolutions for 2022. Well, you don’t have to wait until then to make a change.

Challenge yourself to achieve something simple and easy by the end of this year. Here are 25 ideas to get you started.

Improve Your Physical Health

A healthy body and a healthy mind go hand in hand. If you look after both, you are able to do so much more in life.

1.    Drink More Water

Challenge yourself to drink 64 ounces of water daily. It’s about eight glasses or one glass per hour of your workday. Get a special water bottle to motivate you, or use a water tracker on your phone to remind you.

2.    Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Focus on eating five servings of fruit and vegetables daily. Have a piece of fruit for breakfast or as a snack. Add vegetables to every meal to hit that goal out of the park.

3.    Make Your Own Meals

Create a meal plan at the start of each week and prepare as much of it as possible—remember to add your fruit and veggie servings. Pack your lunch daily and make a wholesome dinner based on your meal plan.

4.    Get Moving

Exercise three times a week and set daily movement goals. Walk a certain number of steps each day, stretch during your breaks, and do 10 repetitions of your favorite exercise.

5.    Get Enough Sleep

Go to bed slightly earlier so that you can get eight hours of sleep. Create a nighttime routine to calm your mind and put away your phone. Do some light reading or meditate for a few minutes.

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Change Your Brain

By doing exercise, eating healthy, and sleeping well, you allow your brain to change in positive ways.

Did you know you can also exercise your brain? You sure can.

It allows you to do even more and motivates you, so join us as we explore these concepts at the Brain-A-Thon.

Prioritize Your Mental Health

Your mind has to be healthy for you to be the best version of yourself. Many of us neglect our mental health, but it deserves much more attention, as everything starts as thoughts in your mind.

6.    Start Journaling

Get a notebook and write down your thoughts daily. It doesn’t have to be a long paragraph—a single sentence is sufficient. Write down your current mood, stress level, and one positive thing about the day. You can elaborate more if you feel the words flowing.

7.    Be Honest

Make it your mission to be real with yourself about your current mental and emotional state. If you don’t feel positive, then own it because it’s the only way you can change the situation. Do a daily check-in so that you can gauge your emotions.

8.    Connect to Something Bigger

You are connected to other people, nature, and the universe, so focus on your role in the greater ecosystem. Spend time praying and meditating. You can also join weekly religious or cultural meetings.

9.    Take Deep Breaths

Breathing can help you to calm down and improve oxygen circulation so that you think clearly. Take six deep breaths every few hours by inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth.

10. Use Affirmations

The more your brain hears a certain message, the more it believes it as true. Feed your mind with positive messages about yourself. Write down a mantra, place it somewhere visible, and repeat it to yourself every morning and evening.

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Healthy Habits Are Important

Developing habits is essential if you want to thrive. The more you do things habitually, the stronger your neural pathways become which allows you to learn even more.

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Strengthen Your Social Skills

Your family, friends, and strangers are part of your world. Create some new habits surrounding your social life and allow your relationships to grow stronger.

11. Share With Others

Giving something away boosts your sense of self-worth and purpose. Share some homegrown produce with your neighbors, bake a batch of cookies for your friends, or give your spare coins to someone in need.

12. Volunteer

Working with local charities allows you to give more. Spend time outdoors playing with pets at a nearby animal shelter, hand out meals at a soup kitchen, or read to the elderly.

13. Schedule Social Appointments

Add social gatherings to your diary to cement their importance. Set up a date night once every two weeks with your partner or organize a monthly get-together with friends. Craft nights, wine tastings, playing informal sports, or hosting a book club are some ideas.

14. Spend Time With Loved Ones

Your family and friends need your love and time. Make it a habit to read to your children daily, visit your parents at least once a week, and call your loved ones that are too far away to visit easily.

15. Be Grateful

Show the people in your life that you appreciate them by sending them a thank-you note, a bunch of flowers, or inviting them for dinner. Even a simple message in a lunch box can go a long way to show you care.

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Give More

Habit building is a great way to give more of yourself to the world. You have a wealth of knowledge and talents to contribute, so don’t hide your light.

At the Brain-A-Thon, we teach you how to use your talents and abilities to do even more in life so that you can give more of yourself. Secure your spot today.

Increase Your Productivity

Life is busy, so you need to find ways to do more in a limited amount of time. Increasing your productivity is possible by making small changes in your day.

16. Limit Screen Time

Smartphones, gaming consoles, and televisions are all distractions that corrode your time. Get an app or set a timer that only allows you to spend 15 minutes on social media. Only watch an hour of TV each day, and don’t use any screens after 9 p.m.

17. Prioritize Daily Tasks

Declutter your mind by focusing on only the tasks you can do on any given day instead of touching everything and getting nowhere. Figure out which three tasks are your top priority and work on those first.

18. Make a To-Do List

Write down all the tasks you need to do today or in the future. Be realistic about when the tasks need to be done and then schedule them into your calendar. Delegate tasks to other people and review your progress frequently.

19. Set Goals

Spend some time imagining your future and what you want from it. Create goals for your finances, career, fitness, and anything else in your life. Make a plan on how to achieve these goals and take action.

20. Get a Mentor

Mentors can assist you with your personal and professional progress and guide you to live a more productive and meaningful life. Approach a mentor to help you structure your life so that you achieve your goals faster.

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Do More

You can do so much more than you think you are able to if you use your brain to your advantage. By restructuring your brain, decluttering it, and strengthening your neural pathways, you can do things more efficiently.

Learn how to hack your mind at the upcoming Brain-A-Thon where top brain experts explain that productivity and happiness start in your brain.

Focus On Self-Improvement

Everything in your life comes back to you, so you need to work on improving yourself if you want to get more from life.

21. Learn Something New

Educating yourself builds new neural networks that improve your mind even more. Make it a habit to read 10 pages daily, watch a TED Talk, or enroll for a short course on a topic that piques your interest.

22. Create a Cleaning Schedule

Cleaning your surroundings can be soothing for the mind. Draw up a roster to clean a different room or organize a space each day. Include gardening or washing your pets into this schedule.

23. Practice a Hobby

Hobbies provide a chance for relaxation and relieve stress. Spend time doing your favorite indoor and outdoor hobbies or learn a new one. Remember to challenge yourself to take your hobby to the next level.

24. Write Out Your Budget

Understanding your budget can increase self-improvement, as you know where you stand financially and where you are going. Review your budget monthly and see how your savings goals get closer to fruition.

25. Visualize Success

Visualization is a powerful mental tool for self-improvement, as you mentally see yourself achieving goals. Practice visualization daily to motivate you and keep you on track.

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Habit Building Made Easy

Creating and maintaining habits doesn’t have to be a chore. All you need is to change your brain so that habits become easier which allows you to do more.

The Brain-A-Thon is the perfect event to find out how to change your brain, learn about goal-setting, taking action, and achieving more. Register for this free virtual training today!

About The Author

NeuroGym Team

NeuroGym Team: NeuroGym’s Team of experts consists of neuroscientists, researchers, and staff who are enthusiasts in their fields. The team is committed to making a difference in the lives of others by sharing the latest scientific findings to help you change your life by understanding and using the mindset, skill set and action set to change your brain.

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