They say it takes 21 days to create a habit. And whether or not that’s true, I’m a believer that it only takes 1 day to break a habit! It’s taken me a long time to get into my healthy routine, to get used to waking up early to get in my workout first thing, to choose healthy foods whether eating out or at the grocery store, etc…you get the gist. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have room to improve, to grow and to better myself…to create more healthy habits, if you will.
One of the things I’ve been trying to work on is taking care of my mental health – whether that be through yoga, meditation or writing. I’ve failed greatly at the meditation side of things but I’m working on the meditation and writing…or rather meditation through writing.
For the last couple months, I have been waking up a few minutes early to get in some morning journaling. Some days time only allows for 5 minutes and other days, I have more time to devote to it and more to write about and get off my chest. It’s a simple thing that I’ve come to really enjoy each morning. Some days I grab my journal and start writing before I even step foot out of bed and some days I get ready for my workout, make the bed, and then start writing. Each day might vary slightly, but the important thing is that each day it’s happening. Each day I’m taking that quiet time for myself, to reflect and to look ahead to my day.
Another healthy habit I’ve been working on, is another simple one that only takes a couple minutes. Right before bed I complete 25 sit-ups and one 60 second plank. I’ve always been self-conscious of my middle section and yet I often neglect additional core work. By ending my day with just a couple minutes, I’m making this a habit and giving my mid-section the love that it so desperately deserves. As it feels right, I’ll adjust the number of sit-ups or length of my plank, but right now this has been just the right burn before bed.
Whether it takes you 21 days, 50 days or 100 days to create a new habit, the important thing is that we are working to better ourselves with these simple healthy routines.
What healthy habits are you working on?
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