Our habits are what make up our days.

We often see people talking about habits they want to drop, like smoking or drinking alcohol, but I rarely see people talking about habits they want to pick up.

Rather than cutting things out of my life, which can often seem hard and feel like a loss, I thought I’d reframe it as picking up new habits.

Here are my top five.

Exercising

photo of woman wearing pink sports shoes walking

Rather than saying I need to stop being such a couch potato, I would like to start adding some exercise into my daily routine. Whether it’s a short walk or playing on the Wii Fit for 10 minutes, I want to start taking part in more physical activity during the day.

I don’t buy into this whole “get a gym membership” or “start doing insanity workouts at home” thing. That’s just not a realistic goal for me. Due to struggles with mental and physical health, my lifestyle for the last several years has been largely sedentary. Therefore, a more realistic way of framing this decision is to decide to add at least ten minutes of physical activity into my daily routine, then slowly start to increase the time and intensity of the activity.

Eating healthily

top view photo of food dessert

Rather than saying I’m going to cut out chocolate and crisps and all the other nice things I like, I’m framing this one as I’m going to start including more healthy things into my diet. Now I don’t mean diet as in “I’m going on a diet”. I mean my daily diet – the things I eat on a daily basis. I’ve already started doing this by trying to add more fruit into my diet, and I’ve found that if I add in the healthy stuff, I don’t always crave the bad stuff as much, but I’m not going to restrict myself from eating the things I enjoy. This is an add-on, not a take-away (no pun intended).

Drinking water

clean clear cold drink

I’ve never been very good at drinking just plain water on its own. I tend to drink fizzy drinks (sugar-free, but still), tea or coffee. I like those drinks. I enjoy them. And I’m still going to drink them. But I’m also going to try to add in a few glasses of water with a small amount of squash. I’m all about that hydration, baby.

Keeping my house tidy

brown wooden center table

Again, due to my mental and physical health, I find it very difficult to keep my house tidy. Sometimes it’s lack of motivation, sometimes it’s because I’m in a brain-fog – whatever it is, things start to pile up.

I want to start trying to do small tasks as often as I can, but in the meantime, also asking for help when I need it so that the mess doesn’t pile up to the point where I can barely move in the house. I’ve become better at asking for help recently, but I sometimes still hide when things are really bad. I’d like to change that.

Socialising

backlit dawn foggy friendship

I’m an introvert, so I appreciate time by myself. However, there comes a point when this alone-time can become very lonely. As such, I’m hoping to start widening (well, creating) my social circle so I’m spending a little more time with other people, rather than sitting at home by myself.

What new habits do you want to pick up? Let me know in the comments!

5 New Habits (The Patchwork Fox)

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Written by hazel

mental health blogger and advocate

5 comments

  1. Judging by our goals I think we are the same person! I want to work on all of these too – specifically yoga for exercise, eating less bread for diet, and keeping my new office tidy and organised so it motivates me. Hope you manage to stick to them!

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  2. This is a great way to approach life changes. I feel like I’ve been living on chocolate for the past month or so and I really need to improve what I’m eating! Same with the water intake – I used to be really good at staying hydrated but I’ve let that slide a lot. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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