Three Healthy Habits I Have Been Trying To Pick Up
With a history of mental health issues and a hard time focusing on things, being inspired and staying motivated for a longer period of time, I have been looking for solutions that would help me with those problems. Here are three things that I found being extremely beneficial to not only my mental, but also my physical health.
One of my goals for 2017 has been getting into yoga. It took me quite some time, but after a couple of months, I started doing it more and more regularly until, from one day on in July, I ended up doing it every single day. I can’t even believe how good I felt when practicing yoga like this. My mind felt a lot more at peace, I started feeling a lot less tired and strained and overall, I was just a lot more balanced. I genuinely felt healthy and fit.
Lately, especially after my travels, I fell out of this habit again. I’m making excuses of busy I am and thus don’t have time to do yoga, or any sort of activity for that matter. However, I have to learn to put my health first and make time for something so important. My wellbeing matters a lot more than managing to write and translate all of the texts and do all of the homework for Uni each. So, I really want to start making more time for myself and putting me and my health first. In the end, this will also benefit my performance in class and my ability to remember stuff I studied for exams.
For Uni and work, I have to read and write a lot. So, for a couple of years now, I haven’t felt to desire to pick up a book and start reading in my free time as well. However, a couple of weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to get back into reading books, as I used to love it so much as a child. So, every evening before going to bed, I pick up a book and read some pages. It doesn’t matter if it is 30 or sometimes also only 2. And unlike I expected, I find myself really enjoying it. It has become the perfect way for me to relax and to round off my day and clear my mind before going to sleep.
putting the screens aside
For years now, I would bring a screen with me everywhere I go. When I do my makeup in the morning, I watch YouTube. When I go downstairs to make my breakfast, I bring my IPad with me to watch some more. As soon as I leave the house, I start checking my phone every ten seconds, as I feel like I could miss something if I don’t, and partly also because I sometimes don’t know what else to do with myself. When I come back home and have dinner, I put on some Netflix and this will usually be it for the rest of the night. I even started putting on a film while studying (you can imagine how well that works).
For a couple of weeks now, I have been trying to quit this really unhealthy habit. I have consciously been trying to only do one task at a time and only focus on this and be more mindful about it. And I feel so much better doing so. I enjoy many things I do a lot more and I find myself being able to stay focused and concentrated a lot longer and better.