365 Day Blog Post Challenge 2019
393. What new good habits would you like to adopt?
Good habits are often hard to adopt and yet bad habits tend to stick around like the plague. A habit is “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up”. There are several areas of my life where I good benefit from adopting some new habits. Health, work and mindfulness are all areas in which I could use some serious habit improvements.
So what types of habits would I like to see myself adopting?
I would like to get in the habit of giving myself time each week to exercise. It seems that I get so busy with life and work that I tend to let exercise fall to the bottom of my priority list. I have made commitment after commitment that this is going to be “the week” that I start on a regular exercise routine. Things normally start off good for the first few days of the week. By Thursday or Friday, I am always so exhausted that I make any excuse to not do it. I don’t think I will ever be one of those people that enjoys exercise, but I do know that it is important on so many levels. Not just weight loss (which I could use as much help with as possible), but also could help lower my blood pressure and even help me sleep better at night.
Another healthful habit I would like to adopt would be to start stretching on a daily basis. I used to be a very limber person. I spent the majority of my childhood and teenage years in gymnastics and dance. However, all the years of sitting sedentary at a desk job have caused me to become not just unflexabile, but have also started to cause me pain in my hips and lower back. I just don’t get to move much throughout the day and when you sit at a computer for 9+ hours each day, the muscles just start to seize up.
Getting better sleep is another habit I would definitely like to adopt into my life. I do not sleep well and when I do sleep, it is not for nearly as many hours as it should be. Some habits that I could try and incorporate into my life to help this would be to first stop looking at my phone or the computer at least an hour before I go to bed. I think that part of my problem is that my mind gets easily stimulated and has a hard time turning off. This is not helped by all of the information that we view on social media or through emails or just browsing the internet. My mind is usually always on overdrive as it is, so I know that having this added stimulant is not good for me.
For the most part, I have pretty strong work ethics and work habits already, but there is always room for improvement. As I get older, I find myself not being as focused as I once was. I also feel like I am not as driving as I used to be. I know that this is part from exhaustion and burnout, but I would like to see myself get some of that enthusiasm back again.
I tend to get distracted by the constant incoming of emails. Every new email that arrives in my inbox pops up a little message on my screen telling me that it has arrived. So if I am working on something and I see a new message come in, I am compelled to go and look at it. I get on average about 20-30 new emails a day. So the odds are that when I leave the current task I am working on to check the email, it will probably be something that I will want/need to take care of right away. Which means the task I was working on will not be completed and I will put it aside to finish “later”. I currently have some pretty large piles of work that have accumulated due to my “I’ll finish it later” way of working.
I would like to adopt the habit of turning off my email for one hour each day. I know that may not sound like much to some, but it actually causes me a little anxiety. I’m sure it would take a lot of fighting with myself to not go back and turn it on, but I think if I could just get in the habit of leaving it off for just that one hour a day, I might actually get some things completed!
This would probably be the toughest area for me to add new habits, but I would also say this is probably the most important area. I don’t think it is a secret for anyone that has read any of my previous posts that I run on a high level of anxiety at all times. Being more mindful and adopting good habits in this area could benefit me tremendously. I am a perpetual worrier, so one habit that I would like to see myself incorporate into my daily life would be the habit of consciously letting go of worry. One way to do this is when I find myself falling down that rabbit hole of worry, I can try and tell myself to step back and realize that there is nothing I can do about it at this exact moment and that “future me will take care of it”. I have a really hard time staying in the present. I am always the “what if” girl and thinking of the tragedies that will occur in the future. I do believe that a great deal of my anxiety could be lessened if I were to just learn to focus on the present situation. Another good habit to adopt in this respect would be when I find myself going towards the “what if” scenarios, to stop and make myself think about what would happen if all that I was imaging really did happen. Would it really be the end of the world? Or even if my worst “what if” scenario were to occur, would it be something I could handle?
This habit will unquestionably be the most challenging for me, but if I were able to adopt some good habits in this area, it could really be life altering.
They say that it takes on average 66 days to form a new habit. I think all of the areas I have mentioned are worthy enough to make the effort. So, here’s to adopting good habits and making a change for the better.