by Contributing Author
Twenty for 2022
Forming new habits might be something that takes a little time and is a little bit challenging at the start, but it’s incredibly rewarding and, if the habits are positive ones, can add a lot of good to your daily life. 2022 is still fresh, so why not choose now to start a few positive habits that can have a lasting effect on your life both this year and in the years to come? Check out our list of the top 20 positive habits you should try to form this year; now is a good time for change!
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- Make The Bed
We know that this seems basic, but making your bed each morning has a really positive effect on your day! Nothing is better than coming home to a tidy bedroom and climbing into a fresh, made-up bed every evening. Bliss!
2. Drink Your Water
Staying Hydrated is a massive part of how well we feel and how well our body functions daily. 1.5 liters is the minimum amount that you should be drinking every day. Have a bottle of water next to you at your desk or wherever you work to remind you to take a sip whenever you see it.
3. Sit Up Straight
A good posture now can help avoid back issues later! We know it’s tough, but remember to line up your spine correctly when sitting down to work. Don’t lean too far forward over your desk, and don’t slouch back in your chair.
4. Ignore The Opinions Of Others
This is a big one. Live your life the way YOU want to live it. Of course, we aren’t talking about running over other people to get what you want here; just putting your preferences, wants, and needs above the opinions of others when it comes to your own life. No one has to live your life but you!
5. Stress Less
We know that this one is easier said than done, but it’s essential to contentment in life. Remind yourself that worrying or stressing over the outcome of anything will not affect it in any way; it will only make your life more unpleasant. Plan well and do the best you can in any situation: you can’t ask more of yourself than that.
7. Find Joy In Everyday Things
Don’t wait to find joy in your life. Appreciate that sea breeze coming through the window, stop to look at some intricate street art, watch the afternoon sun make lovely patterns on the walls, laugh at your dog making a silly face. All we have is now, and joy is everywhere if you look for it.
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8. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility, including yours! Carry a reusable cup and straw in your lunch bag, bring tote bags when you do your shopping, avoid single-use plastics whenever you can, avoid food waste, learn to fix your clothes.
9. Get Enough Sleep
Get to bed at a reasonable hour and stay off any electronics for an hour before bed; this is especially important during your workweek. Looking at a screen before sleeping stimulates our brains too much; no screen time before bed means better sleep and waking up feeling more rested.
10. Be Grateful
Gratitude helps us keep the good and bad things in our lives right-sized in our minds. Take a little time each day to reflect on what you have now that you are grateful for. This could be absolutely anything: your morning coffee, a roof over your head, a good memory of a loved one, making it through a tough day at work, or even just being alive.
11. Move Your Body
This doesn’t have to be intense exercise if you don’t want it to be, but moving your body every day is essential for mental and physical health. Roll out of bed and do a few minutes of yoga, take a walk around the block when you get home from work, do your favorite workout. Your body does a lot for you; put in a little work for it in return.
Plan out your daily tasks and list any important work or social events in a calendar when you plan them. Planning helps you manage your time well and show up for the commitments that you make. It takes the stress out of work and social lives and allows you to be prepared in advance.
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13. Look After Your Skin
Men, this includes you! Look after your skin. Moisturize your body every day. Wash, moisturize, and apply SPF to your face every single day as well, whether you are leaving the house or not. Don’t pick or squeeze your face and wear a hat when you’re in the sun. Trust me; future-you will say thank you!
14. Leave Things Better Than You Found Them
This could apply to any situation in your life, like someone leaving sugar on the snack room table at work, a friend in a bad mood, your messy room. Take a few seconds and wipe that counter, have a kind word for that friend instead of snapping back at them, and tidy up your mess. You’ll feel way better afterwards.
15. Be Punctual
Nothing says “I don’t respect your time” more than arriving anywhere late. Of course, there are times when being late may be unavoidable and out of your control. When this happens, take a few seconds to text or call and let your friend or appointment know what’s going on.
16. Wash Your Hands
You’d be surprised how many people don’t! Just wash ‘em.
Not only does writing help you sort out confusing thoughts and feelings, but the act itself can be cathartic. Just write a few lines every day about whatever you like.
18. Take Time For You
Do whatever you want in your ME time. Take yourself on a date, re-pot your plants, read a book, nap. Whatever you want to do, honor that.
19. Be Polite
It takes absolutely no effort to say “please” and “thank you” or to smile at someone and tell them to have a nice day.
20. Work Hard
Putting in the minimum possible effort never got anyone anywhere good. Do your best at whatever you’re doing, and even if you happen to fail, you’ll know you tried.