I know you are probably seeing so many quarantine blogs at this time, but I have spent plenty of time during the last month working on my self-development, health and fitness and would like to share my top 10 tips. I’ve never really had the time before to work on self-development and finally, I have the time now. At the moment, it is the right time to do this because you can focus on yourself more than ever before and develop yourself into a better, healthier version of you.
Recently, I have read a book called Atomic Habits by James Clear, and it has completely changed outlook in personal habits the last few weeks. I have been inspired to improve my life and finally stop making excuses. I started to track my daily habits on a habit tracker I created on an application called Notion. Tracking your habits is attractive and satisfying, I love ticking them off at the end of the day. Now is the time to experiment with new habits in your life and see if they work for you. Think about building a habit first and worry about the results later. I must note it’s totally ok to have down days or rest days, we all have them and don’t get disappointed with yourself if you do, I have those days! You can pick it up again afterwards, find your balance. Throughout this blog, I have created a list of 10 habits I recommend that you could try to bring into your life.
1. Drink 2L water everyday 💦
I’m sure you hear this one over and over but honestly drinking water comes with so many health benefits! It prevents tiredness and headaches, which I suffered from a lot before drinking two litres of water a day. If I don’t have enough water in my day, I feel drained and tired. Drinking water increases your energy throughout the day, which will make you more productive and happy.
If you are not good at remembering to drink water, try getting a new water bottle that can help you track your water intake. Keep a refillable bottle with you at all times and when it is empty just refill it.
2. Track your habits ☑️
Tracking your habits is super satisfying, and we all love that feeling of progression. You can track your habits on paper, mobile/desktop applications, there are many different ways you can track your habits, and you should try them all to see what best suits you. Seeing that streak can become addictive and rewarding.
3. 10,000 steps a day 🚶♀️
“We live in a fast-paced society and walking slows us down”Robert Sweetgall
I love this quote, and it is so true. We live in a crazy fast world and just taking time to go out on a walk really helps you step back. When I go out on a walk it helps me think clearly and refreshes my mind – I get super creative when I go out on walks. This is how I came up with the idea of writing this blog and many of my other ideas. As well as sparking up creativity, walking gives you so many health benefits. You can track your steps on your phone or a watch, and you can get smartwatches as cheap as £10 now!
Some of us can only go out on a short walk now but if you can’t, try some indoor exercises like yoga – Youtube have endless exercise videos to follow!
4. Sleep 8 hours 💤
I’ve started reading the book Why We Sleep and I am addicted. Sleep is super important people!
Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain. Many people walk through their lives in an underslept state, not realizing it.Matthew Walker
Try scheduling your sleep every night, so you get yourself into a proper routine instead of just sleeping whenever you are tired. Scheduling your sleep will get your body clock into a routine. When you have a proper nights sleep, it helps you be more productive throughout the day and get more things done. You also look so much healthier when you sleep longer. If I don’t, I have bags for days and feel terrible. Try a sleeping app and track your sleeping habits to see how well you are sleep during the night.
5. Accountability buddy 👬
Find an accountability buddy, whether it be a family member, your partner or friends. Having an accountability buddy when you are working out or trying your new habits can really help with achieving your full potential. They can check in on you and make sure you are sticking to your habits; you feel guilty if you don’t, they are also a great reminder. For example; when you are working out, you could do this on a video call with your friend!
6. Learn something new, find a side hustle 🌟
Is there something you have always been interested in doing or learning? Maybe it could be photography, graphic design, or creating a Youtube channel? Find your side hustle that you are passionate about! When you are passionate about something, it really shows.
Skillshare is a great website to learn new skills. I’ve been picking up graphic design as this is something I loved doing when I was a kid but never picked it up since.
7. Reflect 💆♀️
I cannot tell you how important it is to sit down and reflect on your life. I used to rush around and never sit down and think about any of my actions, work or achievements. I started to do this a few months ago, I never realised how much you could learn and achieve in a week! I now journal every night and sit down on a Sunday to reflect my whole week and see if I’ve been keeping up with my habits, what made me happy, what I was annoyed about. I want to improve my life and keep learning and growing, and this helps.
Take some time to reflect whenever works for you. Reflection is an essential part of any learning process, and this helps retain anything you have learned. This will help you see what is and isn’t working for you, enables you to understand yourself better, figure our your strengths, weaknesses, and what makes you happy or sad.
8. Three meals a day and how to snack 🍛
Try and stick to a normal eating routine having breakfast, lunch and dinner and have these meals around the same time of the day with the right portion sizes. It’s easy to fall out of this routine when we are all at home.
Snacking is my weakness – I love food! I find it difficult to not snack during meals and it used to snack on chocolate big time. Now I snack on something healthy in between meals and make sure it isn’t close to any other meals I have scheduled out for that day.
9. Read books 📚
When was the last time you read a book? Do you just read tweets, Facebook posts or Instagram content? Reading has so many benefits in general. Reading keeps your brain active and keeps it mentally stimulated, which is healthy for your brain.
It reduces stress, especially when you are sucked into a great story, and it allows you to relax. You can learn so much from books, too; no one can ever take knowledge away from you. My favourite type of books is non-fiction, self-development books.
10. Wake up early 🌅
I used to struggle waking up early when I lived at my parents because everyone went to bed after midnight. When I moved into my own apartment, I soon changed my routine. Waking up at 6 am completely changed my life, there are so many benefits to waking up early. You can get so much done in the morning before your work day starts. I hated that feeling of “running out of time” and not getting enough done in the day. Having time to yourself for leisure, exercise or self-development is so important to have.
The first few mornings will be hard, but each day does get easier, so don’t give up too quickly! I set no alarms at the weekend which I enjoy, but I still wake up early because my body is used to it.
Lastly, don’t feel pressured to pick up a new skill or change. Do what works for you and find your balance, everyone is different! Life does get in the way, you go on vacation or you have a huge event coming up. It’s easy to break out of habits but if you have a few days or weeks off, jump back into these habits afterwards, don’t give up! Hopefully one of these habits I listed above will help you find a new healthy habit that you will love and it benefit you in the long run.