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8 Habits to Incorporate That Can Actually Transform Your Life in 2023

Updated: Feb 26, 2023

Habits to Incorporate in 2023

You’re probably reading this because you want to make a change in your lifestyle or incorporate better habits in the coming year. Is it possible to transform your life? Yes, it is totally possible to learn how to change your lifestyle. It's not easy but it is surely possible with dedication and will power.

You have already achieved the first step by deciding that you want to transform your life. So be proud of yourself. Remember one thing: To truly change your life, you first need to change yourself.

Scientifically, It takes 3-8 weeks for the body to get used to a new habit and make it a subconscious part of the daily routine. The first few weeks will be difficult, extremely difficult. But once you pose through that, it will be like riding a bicycle. Now, it is easier said than done, but again it's not impossible.

It is difficult and challenging but taking a few steps of changes will help you maintain a better quality of life, even in the challenging moments.

Now don't get this confused with New Year Resolutions. This is not something that you are promising yourself to do from the 1st of January. This is change, actual change, because YOU WANT IT. Several studies and surveys have shown that, by February, as many as 80% of New Year’s resolutions will have been abandoned. So, you don't want to start this journey with the burden of a resolution.

Here are 8 habits that you can follow to bring change to you life -

1. Start waking up early and follow a morning routine

Sounds simple, right? But it is one of the most difficult things to achieve. Waking up early means you are already ahead in the day. You now have plenty of more time to do things that you were not able to do earlier - like workout, find time for your passion, go out for a walk and more. This is huge hack - wake up early and create a morning ritual.

Kickstart your day with this habit - this helps in establishing a morning ritual that helps you start your day on a positive, proactive note.

Waking up early also eliminates the rush and the stress of making in time that comes along with it.

2. Read more

Reading is a great habit to incorporate - no matter what age you are or what profession you are in, there always something anyone can read. Reading is a great way to strengthen your mind and gain knowledge. Immersion reading also improves focus and confidence, helps you calm your mind, and stimulates creativity.

Studies also suggest that reading before bedtime can help you sleep better.

3. Make an effort to exercise

Exercising is as important for your mental health as it is for your physical health. It is an essential habit for a long and healthy life. Regular physical exercise helps ensure a better quality of life by improving your overall health and well-being. It also pumps up creativity and enhances your cognitive skills.

Besides that, exercising helps you feel more energise throughout the day and boosts your mood by producing endorphins hormones that act as natural anti-depressants.

4. Master the art of doing nothing

Everyone is always busy doing something or the other these days. Due to pressures of the hustle culture, one seldom finds themselves doing nothing. Doing nothing is actually productive.

There is a concept in Italy, 'dolce far niente', which literally means 'the sweetness of doing nothing.’

Everyone thinks that doing nothing or relaxing is counterproductive. And believing in this deprives your body of the time and space it needs to repair and rejuvenate. But it is literally quite the opposite.

Take a step back from your compulsion to keep working. Relax and do nothing to enjoy everything else that life has to offer. It will not only turn off all distractions but also allow space for your subconscious to expand which can help you boost your creativity.

Like everything else you see around us, your body and mind need a little me-time, too. So that it can improve its efficiency. Taking some time off to unwind can do wonders for your mood, mental health, and self-esteem.

5. Go on a social media detox

In an era where technology and the internet are easily accessible, we are getting connected more on social media than in real life.

The digital world has taken over almost every aspect of our lives. The average person has five social media accounts and spends at least 1 hour and 40 minutes every day on checking social media. The situation became even worse during the pandemic as people managed a lot of their work using smartphones.

Research shows that the more time you spend on a social media sites, the more likely you are to develop depression. Take time to cut back on social media to reduce stress and mental clutter. Switch off your phone and laptop for a few hours every day to improve your mood and reconnect with the world around you.

When you’re unplugged, you relax and be fully present in the moment. You connect with people around you and appreciate the beauty of nature. You enjoy the simple things in life, like reading a book, playing board games, or taking a walk outside.

Unplugging gives you time to reflect, recharge, and reconnect with yourself and others. It’s a way to slow down and enjoy life

6. Hydrate yourself

There are countless benefits of drinking water - more energy, better digestion, healthy mind and so many more. But drinking sufficient water can be difficult for people and it isn't easy to make it a part of your daily habit.

On an average, you should intake at least 3-4 litres of water everyday! Moreover, you should always start your morning with a glass of water. It is an excellent way to fuel your body and it is even healthy for your stomach.

Lack of water, or dehydration, can cause irritation, weakness, unclear thinking, mood change, cause your body to overheat, lead to constipation, make you lethargic and cause many more problems. Getting enough water every day is important for your health.

It is also essential that you intake water with every meal for better digestion.

7. Surround yourself with positive people

"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” said American author and entrepreneur Jim Rohn. This is precisely why you should carefully consider who you're spending time with. Let go of relationships that bring you down instead of lifting you up. And spend time with people who know how to nurture and share happiness. Since happiness is contagious, it's one of the easiest ways to create positivity in your life.

8. Maintain a Work-Life Balance.

There are hardly any times that people are not thinking about work or the pending tasks they have for the next day at the back of their minds. In today's world where there is work-from-home and a toxic hustle culture, it is extremely difficult to maintain a work-life balance. Constant juggle between work and personal life limits focus and contributes to mental clutter. There is lasting need to try and finish as much work as one can in a single go. Result? You get more work after that anyway!

It is important to work at a natural pace to avoid burnout. It is essential to take time our between work and put a hard stop on your daily working hours.

Set a time for everyday, say 6pm, after which you decide that you will not look at work emails or answer any calls from work.

There are many reasons why maintaining a healthy work-life balance is vital.

  • It helps you avoid burnout.

  • When you spend too much time working, you lose sight of other aspects of life. It becomes difficult to enjoy yourself and relax, which leads to stress and fatigue.

  • It allows you to focus on the most necessary things in life. You can finally stop worrying 24X7 about work and instead prioritize spending quality time with your family and friends.

  • It lets you achieve both personal and professional goals.

Developing these habits require determination, time and perseverance. You don't have to overwhelm yourself and try to develop these habits all at once, pick one at a time and start working towards it. Maybe it'll take just a few weeks or maybe more than a year. It doesn't matter how long it takes to build the habit as long as you don't give up.


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