Self Help & Self Habits
Throughout our days, we may find ourselves too busy to maintain habits that benefit us physically and mentally. Sometimes distractions from work, school, or home may cause us to be caught up more so in what’s going on around us, rather than what’s going on within. This in turn may cause us to either develop habits that aren’t conducive to our wellbeing, or to cease doing the things that are. There are plenty of ““good” habits one can adopt in order to increase their wellbeing and sense of self. Some are practiced by many, while others vary based on each person’s likes, dislikes, and core values. However, with enough focus and persistence, we can identify and adopt habits that bring us personal fulfillment amidst the chaos of a busy life.
Self-reflection often helps us to analyze our current situations and compare them to our core values. In moments of self-reflection, were able to take a step back and analyze our emotions, thoughts, and actions from a neutral perspective. Not only that, but self-reflection can also be a useful tool for discovering your core values or anything you may be consciously unaware of. This also includes habits, whether good or bad. In discovering these things, were able to identify which habits are conducive to our wellbeing and which ones are not. From there, we can do more of what has been identified as “good” and less of what isn’t.
Taking Time for Yourself
One habit that anyone can benefit from is intentionally spending time in solitude. Over time, we may become exhausted both physically and mentally as an outcome of having a busy life. Work, school, family life, and socializing can leave us drained and in need of a mental break. Spending time in solitude allows us to do this and can actually be beneficial. In these moments, you may gain a better understanding of who you are all while being able to recharge mentally from the constant bombardment of stimuli.
Taking Care of Your Wellbeing
While some habits depend on a person’s likes and dislikes, taking care of your physical wellbeing is a healthy habit that anyone can adopt. Seeing that you only have one body, it would be beneficial to do what you can to ensure its wellbeing, and in turn your own. This can easily be done by developing habits like healthy eating, exercise, and getting quality rest.
Taking care of your physical wellbeing often begins with nutrition, and for good reason. The nutrients you take in are necessary for all of the body’s physiological processes. From creating DNA to building muscle, every cellular function requires specific amounts and types of nutrients in order to be carried out. There are even neurotransmitters that are solely responsible for making you happy, and those require key nutrients as well. By adopting a healthy nutrition plan full of vitamins, minerals, and other key nutrients, you can ensure your body receives what it needs to support you throughout life.
While you don’t have to be a fitness junky, exercising can still do remarkable things for the body and mind. Exercise helps to keep you physically active, while also having the potential to reduce the health risks of illnesses related to obesity or excessive caloric intake. Exercise can also release endorphins, which give you a momentary feeling of euphoria.
Sleep & Rest
Sleep and rest are often used interchangeably, but they are actually two separate things. Sleep is necessary for the body and brain to undergo physiological processes undisturbed, while rest can be a time of recuperation from physically or mentally exhaustive activities. While, they may be two separate processes, they are both equally important. Both sleep and rest allow you to take the necessary time to wind down and replenish your energy reserves.
Hobbies are an important part of your wellbeing and can also be excellent beneficial habits. They help you to spend time doing what you enjoy and can reduce your stress levels. Studies have also shown that hobbies can also be beneficial to heart health. A great way to make your hobbies a habit is by taking a few hours each week to do something you find enjoyable. But remember, consistency is the key.
While habits can be either “good” or “bad”, adopting habits that benefit you may also benefit your overall wellbeing. There are plenty of things you can do in that regard, from adopting better eating habits to taking up a hobby. However, there are plenty of other healthy habits that can bring you personal fulfillment. Those are for you to discover. But no matter which beneficial habits you adopt, due diligence and persistence are required. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be habits.