Hello there!

December is almost here and I don't know about you but I have already started thinking about my 2019 goals. The other day, while I was writing them down on my phone a thought popped up in my head... why do I have to wait till January 1st to start working towards my goals? Is there something I can start doing now that will get me closer to them and make me feel happier and more accomplished?

That's when the idea for this article came to me! I started brainstorming some little things I could start (or stop) doing right now in order to get me closer to that ideal lifestyle I picture and desire for myself. I know everyone has different goals and a different idea of what a healthy and perfect lifestyle looks like, but I'm confident that these habits will be a good addition to anyone's routine!

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1. No technology before bed

I always say that we can't expect ourselves to give our best when we are not in our best condition. Sleeping plays such a huge role when it comes to our mood, our productivity.. everything really! So making sure that each night we are getting 7-8 hours of sleep a day should be a top priority! However, sleep is not only about quantity but also quality.

You shouldn't be using your phone or computer before going to bed. Try to stay away from them at least one hour before your ideal sleep time. I'm not just talking about this referring to the blue light that interferes with your sleep as I'm sure you heard about a lot of times already. I'm also talking about how using social media or checking your emails before going to sleep can really increase your stress and anxiety, and that is not the ideal mood you should go for right before bed. Instead, you should create a routine that helps you unwind and relax so that you can reach the maximum quality of sleep you can get and wake up the next day feeling refreshed and energized, ready to kick-start your day!

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2. Take 10 minutes every day to tidy up your space

A clean space is a clear mind. Make your bed, tidy up your desk, put your clothes away... Waking up to a clean space will improve your mood as it makes you feel peaceful and stress-free. What's more, it will increase your productivity as you will be able to concentrate and focus better! Avoid letting things pile up, creating a mess that intimidates you. If you dedicate a few minutes every day to take care of your environment, you will realize how easy it is to actually maintain the organization and tidiness of your space.

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3. Read more

Non-fiction or fiction, whatever you enjoy the most. Sitting down with a book is one of the most beautiful and powerful things that exist. The way we can immerse ourselves in the book we are reading and have this sense of a "pause" from our day is so relaxing and much needed during the chaos that life can be sometimes. Even if you think you don't have time to read, make the time. Maybe just try to read one chapter a day, or start bringing a book with you to read while commuting or in case you get somewhere early. Personally, reading has a really positive impact on my mood and overall well-being, so I highly recommend you try to find the time in your day to do it!

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4. Make time for self-care each week

It can be something super simple as taking a bath once a week trying a new bath bomb each time or going to a class you really enjoy such as yoga or pilates. Whatever the case may be for you, make time for it and make sure you are doing it weekly. I personally make sure to do a face mask every Sunday because as simple as it is, it does make me feel refreshed! I also give myself a manicure on the same day. These little things don't take much time so there's no excuse! You deserve to be taken care of, so show yourself some love!

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5. Go outside

Sometimes we get so caught up in our problems, even with the littlest thing. Going for a walk outside and giving yourself a break and change of environment can really put things into perspective. Seeing people walking around, listening to the birds, feeling the wind... it all plays a huge role in our mood. Even if you are not having a bad day, go outside and enjoy the sun and wind on your skin, the sounds, the sights... you will be feeling so refreshed when you go back inside to continue what you were doing!

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6. Do something nice for someone everyday

It doesn't just only make their day, but it also increases your own happiness! It can be something so simple as picking up something that fell and giving it back to its owner or giving someone your seat on the bus. These little things do have an impact and can really change someone's day! Do something nice "just because" without expecting anything in return, do it just for the sake of being nice!

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7. Wake up one hour earlier

The way you start your day can really set the tone for the rest of it. By getting up one hour earlier than you usually do, you will be able to have a much more relaxed start to your day. It is up to you what you will do during this hour but you should focus on doing those activities that fuel your mind and soul, things that make you happy and give you joy. Maybe it is reading, maybe it's going out for a walk... or maybe it is just doing your usual routine but without having to rush it because you might be late. Make time for yourself, and for the things that make you happy.

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8. Create a gratitude list

Every morning, sit down and take a few minutes to write down what you are grateful for. It can be one, two, three things... write small things or something more meaningful. It is completely up to you. The point is to put your day in perspective and start it off with a positive mindset!

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translation of the quote: "When we are grateful, life makes us the favor of bringing us good things. Don't let the small mistakes affect your happiness and remember: For God nothing is impossible."

9. Drink water first thing in the morning

Believe me when I say that I was the kind of person that rolled her eyes everytime I read an article or watched a youtube video that mentioned the overall importance of drinking water... But also believe me when I say that they were all talking about it for a reason! I did notice a huge difference when I started drinking water right after waking up! First of all, it does really wake you up and make you feel refreshed, but I have also seen so much improvement in my skin and mood. Who would have thought that drinking water could put you in a great mood? I certainly wouldn't, but I was proven to be wrong. Every night I fill my water bottle and keep it on my bedside table. In the morning when my alarm goes off, right after turning it off, I grab my water bottle and drink it all. By the time I'm finished, I'm already awake and there's no way that I will go back to sleep. What's more, within the first 5 minutes of my day, I have already made progress on my daily water intake!

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10. Start fresh every single day

Having a bad day doesn't have to determinate how your next day will be. You have the power to decide how you want to look at each day and what you want to get out of it. So take each day as a new opportunity, change what didn't work, repeat what did and keep going.

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That's it for today's article! I hope you found it helpful and that you try to incorporate some of these habits! If you do, please let me know how they worked out for you!

As always, feel free to message me if you want to leave a suggestion for my future articles or simply if you just wanna talk to someone ♡

Thank you for taking your time to read this, love you

( bel )
( bel )

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This article was written by @enjoyalittle on the We Heart It Writers Team