“Habits gradually change the face of one’s life as time changes one’s physical face; & one does not know it.”― Virginia Woolf, The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Volume Three: 1925-1930
So obviously, I was just feeling playful with the title.
But don’t worry, I do have something serious for you, I promise.
So as we advance in our individual lives, we ultimately start to realize how important some things are that we took for granted and how we need not have been so bothered about others.
We start to notice the benefits attached to specific habits that we never really sat down to analyze earlier.
True talk, yeah?
I find this occurring greatly of late personally and did a bit of learning and so here are just ten of the littlest but pretty big habits that there’s a high probability we’d wish we had started on earlier if we haven’t already:
10. Keeping Cool Under Pressure.
The more we move closer to adulthood, (or get older in it), the higher the need to learn to stay in the place of sanity even while under pressure.
It’s a crazy world. How does one do this?
Three quick pointers:
-Apparently only 2% of the world population can successfully multitask.
If you think you aren’t one of them, you aren’t. Don’t. Easy does it.
– Practice breathing exercises. Deep breaths do wonders to your nervous system.
– Solitary helps.
Find a quiet spot, an empty room, or just ear plugs.
Block out everything.
9. Sleep Earlier
There is so much to keep one up late into the night and too many of us (including myself) are victims too often.
However, aside from how our sleeping habits could affect our all-round productiveness the following day, there are serious health risks involved, that we become more likely to be hit with as we grow older.
Now while one night of staying up late and waking early won’t be that harmful, one full week can do dangerous things.
According to statistics, after just seven nights of too little sleep, it’s been recorded that more than 700 genetic changes occur with increased chances of heart problems and obesity, according to a recent study.
Our system needs enough shutdown time.
So a research summarizing 40 papers few years back found that exercise affects conditions including cancer, heart disease, dementia, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, obesity and high blood pressure.
It reduces the risk of these drastically!
Older people who exercise are estimated to live five years longer than those who do not.
But how many older people start to excerise at that age?
Coupled with kids, a job, house rents, relatives, nobody got time for that at that age.
These are habits implanted earlier with much later benefits.
7. Read More
This is according to an article I read weeks back here and I quote:
” Among wealthy people, 88 percent read 30 minutes or more every day.
63 percent listen to audiobooks during their commute.
79 percent read educational career-related material.
55 percent read for personal development.
58 percent read biographies of successful people.
94 percent read current events.
51 percent read about history.
11 percent—only 11 percent—read purely for entertainment purposes.”
Enough said, really.
6. Turn Off Our Computers More (Unless You’re On LemonsLemonade.com)
Drop the Instagram and Snapchat more often.
You don’t have to follow every reality show so religiously.
The key is self-control.
Experts have findings that show that the most successful people spend less time in front of the screens.
Heck, there’s no time!
Unless we begin to place boundaries and timings for ourselves, it could be too late when we realize there was so much we could have done better with our time and why we missed it
5. Put Those Emotions On A Leash
Filter your lips. Filter your senses.
Don’t forget your heart.
If more people learnt how to control their feelings and expressions, there would be less of suicidal people.
There would be less of “crazy people”.
They would be less of high blood pressures and stroke.
Now while a lot contribute to these traits, one basic factor is how we process what our environment throws at us.
How we react to life.
How do you?
4. Save More, Spend Less
There is so much to spend on.
Everything looks so good, doesn’t it?
But let’s stop spending to look more when it’s only making our bank accounts less.
Tame your eyes, people.
Times are hard, everyone keeps going.
And you know what? Things would most likely get worst.
Yet some people aren’t making so much noise like the others (and I’m not just talking about the wealthy).
The days of owning Piggy Banks are sadly long gone but if you choose to make this a lifestyle habit personally, it would go a really long way years to come.
Put aside for rainy days.
A fixed account, somewhere you can’t access so easily. Anything.
Start early and it’ll be your account that’ll be raining. Hard.
3. Look For Your Edge
There is no space for the mediocre man today in this life.
If you have nothing distinguishing you from the next man, you got nothing.
Find your edge.If you can’t find it, build an edge.
Develop an edge for yourself.
The world is getting more competitive and if you want to be noticed, there has got to be something crystal-clearly noticeable about you.
Good habits that can turn out to be that “selling point”.
2.Investigate About Where All That Time Goes
This part would be an exercise I hope you try:
Make a list of all you did today.
Try to fix a time to it.
The amount of time you spent on the internet, sleeping, eating, in front of the TV, “chilling”, all of it.
The results might shock you.
It really might.
Do it. I dare you.
1. Do more.
A survey from nurses and healthcare workers has shown that one of the biggest regrets majority of their patients, those hanging in between life and death, was never having the courage to pursue their goals.
It’s simple: Bear the pain that comes with pursuing those goals or be hunted by regret.
The second would hurt more.
So do more early. Don’t start tomorrow, start now.
Embarrass yourself.Take risks.Do more.
Picked up any new habits of late with positive results?
I’d love to hear (and learn) all about them.
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Deliciously Yours To Savour,