We all know those people who seem to have life all together. They radiate happiness and even when rough times come their way, they battle it with class and poise. Do you want to know their secret? They take time each day to establish healthy habits that bring happiness.
Here are 15 habits you should incorporate into your life that will make you unbeatable.
1. Wake up early
The morning is when you are most productive and can cross the most off your to-do list. It may be hard to get up early and start the day right away instead of lounging in your pajamas. But just remember: the earlier you wake up, the earlier you can justify crawling back into bed at night.
2. Drink water
We all know that drinking water is important to our health but if you only knew the full extent of why we need so much H20, you won't want to stop. Just a few reasons to drink water include:
Protects your bodily tissues
Enhances physical performance
Cushions your joints
Decreases frequency of headaches
Increases your brain performance
Clears your skin
3. Keep moving
Sometimes, laying in bed sounds so much better than an intense workout. However, exercise not only provides many physical benefits; the mental benefits are countless. It's recommended you exercise three to five times a week and for a minimum of 30 minutes. This little amount of time will boost your mood, increase your energy and reduce stress.
4. Shower regularly
It is amazing what a shower, clean clothes and a little makeup can do to make you feel better. The type of clothes you wear can say a lot about the type of day you will have. For example, wearing sweats all day can make you feel lazier while a nice shirt and jeans can give you that push to get out of the house and socialize.
A little fresh air can do wonders. It can rejuvenate you and give you more energy. Plus, a little Vitamin D is necessary for your physical health.
6. Focus on your soul
Healthy individuals not only take time every day to focus on their physical appearances, they also take time for their spiritual health. Spend time every morning (or evening if that's better for your schedule) and talk to God. Read the Bible and find encouragement in its words.
7. Take time each day to clean
Countless studies have shown that a cluttered and messy home increase stress and anxiety. It can be hard to keep your home clean, particularly if you have children at home, but spend time each day cleaning. It can be a quick tidy or a deep clean of the kitchen. The satisfaction of a clean home will give you a little extra step in your day.
8. Do something you want to do
You only have one life to live so make sure you do things you want to do. Spend at least 30 minutes each day doing something for you, whether that is enjoying a favorite hobby, reading a book, taking a bath, or going for a run. Making time for you will help keep your sanity in check.
9. Keep a positive mindset
There is so much negative in this world. You will encounter stressful moments and negative experiences on a daily basis. When these moments come - and they will - keep your glass half full instead of half empty.
You don't always have to say yes. If you don't want to do a certain task or the thought of agreeing to help with the bake sale makes your stomach turn, say no. Be stingy on what you agree to do.
Journaling reaps huge benefits and can be an inexpensive therapy. Keep your heart and mind happy by writing down your thoughts and letting all your built-up emotions flood the paper. You'll feel so much better when you are done.
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12. Keep your finances in order
Happy people know what is in their checking and saving accounts. They know how much money they have, they don't overspend and they keep a good budget. When you are worried about money and your finances are a mess, other aspects of your life will also fall apart.
Gratitude can turn the worst day around. Developing a grateful heart doesn't have to be difficult either. Just thinking of three things you are grateful for each day will help you start to see the good and keep a smile on your face.
14. Move past your mistakes
We all make mistakes and nobody is perfect. Healthy people don't dwell on the past and their mistakes. The look forward to the future and the success they can achieve with the right frame of mind and a little hard work.
15. Tell your family you love them every single day
Your family is the most important people in your lives. Don't take them for granted. Do everything you can to strengthen your relationships with them. When your relationships are in order, many other aspects of your life will fall into place.
Courtnie is an editor for FamilyShare.com and has a degree in journalism. She has a slight obsession with running, newspapers and large fuzzy blankets. She currently lives in Idaho with her husband and two sons.