We all wish to improve our lives, be happy and fulfilled. The question is: are your daily habits leading you to your dream life?
Building good habits can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t actually know what those are. Believe it or not, doing small actions each day makes much more impact than doing all of them all at once.
In this episode, I’ll share with you the challenge I personally created which improved the lives of many of my clients, the benefits of having daily habits, and the first 5 daily habits you should practice.
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Mariana Thomas 0:00
Hello, everyone, welcome to the Mindfully Recharged podcast. This is your host, Mariana Thomas. In today's episode, I'm going to do part one of 10 Habits to Improve Your Life. Okay, today I'm going to give you five and you have to go back for the next one when I will give you the rest of the 10 habits to improve your life. Okay, without further ado, let's get to it.
Intro Speaker 0:37
Welcome to Mindfully Recharged with Mariana Thomas. In this podcast, Mariana brings you mindful conversations and people that will develop and recharge you from the inside out, so that you can increase productivity in your personal and professional life. This is Mindfully Recharged.
Mariana Thomas 0:57
Welcome, guys, this is Mariana, again. And today's episode, I'm going to give you the first five daily habits to improve your life. Okay, there will be 10 - this is part one.
Mariana Thomas 1:15
I have been thinking about daily habits because I created a challenge a couple of years ago. That is called the one healthy habit a day. And in this challenge, the idea is that you make one small change, or you incorporate one challenge each day. And the reason why is because it is a common misconception that you improve your life, you need to make drastic changes.
Mariana Thomas 1:53
However, this couldn't be further from the truth. You can improve your life by making small changes that accumulate into big results. I have seen this happen with many, many of my clients. Okay, and all it takes is a little effort every single day, you got to do the work, it's not going to happen by magic.
Mariana Thomas 2:26
So here, there are 10 daily habits that I created, to better yourself. But then it is often the little things we do each day that make all the difference, right? But in this episode, which is part one, I'm going to give you five daily habits that will improve your life and get you closer to living a more fulfilling and happy one. And of course, you have to listen to part two for the rest of the habits.
Mariana Thomas 3:02
So let's get to it. Number one, wake up earlier. I learned this when I was a little girl. And my grandmother used to tell me, Nana, so that's my nickname. I just revealed that to you. And she said, "Nana, get up earlier and God would help you"
Mariana Thomas 3:26
I didn't understand what she mean, or what she meant. At that time. I was so little too young to understand. But now I do, because guess what, when I wake up earlier, I have time to meditate. I have time to exercise. I have time to spend time in nature. So you do too.
Mariana Thomas 3:49
Create a routine of meditating, exercising, spending time in nature, and maybe making your bed early in the morning. When you make your bed it will give you a small boost of confidence through the rest of your day. Believe it or not.
Mariana Thomas 4:13
The other thing that makes my bed does for me is this teaches me not only consistency, but it teaches me discipline. You know that's something that I realize as a starting, making sure that I'm making my bed every single day was a thing. It is also been shown to help improve productivity and creativity. Can you believe that?
Mariana Thomas 4:43
Like when you wake up earlier, you improve your productivity and you can get more creative. And this in nature, which is one of the things that you can do if you wake up earlier. It's not only good for both your mind and your body. But studies have shown that spending time outdoors can increase happiness levels by as much as 50%.
Mariana Thomas 5:16
Listen to this, my friends, as much as 50% if you spend time out in nature. Wow, that will give me outside right away. Okay, that was number one.
Mariana Thomas 5:30
Let's go with number two, eating healthier foods, my income incorporating healthy foods into your diet. This has many benefits, including helping with weight loss, if that's what you're looking for, or maybe to gain weight, in my case, that's what I'm working on. And also increase your energy levels.
Mariana Thomas 6:02
In addition to that, eating healthy helps keep our bodies running at optimal health. So we don't get sick as often and become affected negatively, by things like air pollution and all that type of stuff. Okay, so another reason to eat healthily.
Mariana Thomas 6:26
Number three, don't let your phone - Yes, and stating myself here - control you. We carry that cell phone with us everywhere. Be mindful of what you post on social media if that is using your cellphone.
Mariana Thomas 6:52
And listen, social media is a great way to keep up with friends, families, and also your business. However, it can also be a time suck, that will distract you from all the things that you could be doing that are more important for you to focus on instead.
Mariana Thomas 7:18
Studies have shown that spending too much time on our cell phones can lead to anxiety, listen to that, depression, insomnia, as well as increased feelings of loneliness. And the reason why I was asking myself when "If we are in social media connected with people, how am I gonna feel lonely?"
Mariana Thomas 7:45
But the thing is, we are not face-to-face. We are now on the phone, sometimes we're just scrolling down, looking at the pretty pictures or the pretty things that people are posting or doing. And we are probably wishing, "Oh, I wish that was me." You know, and you start feeling lonely and depressed. So that is number three, my friends. So make sure that you are being mindful of how you use your phone, have a healthy relationship with your cellphone and any other device.
Mariana Thomas 8:28
Number four. Doing is small acts for others like small acts of kindness. This has been proven to make people happier than receiving those same gifts, you know the same things that we give for ourselves. Trying giving kinder or giving back by volunteering at a local soup kitchen or maybe you can go to the animal shelter.
Mariana Thomas 9:04
Maybe this day it is a little harder to do. Because of what is happening in the world, but we can maybe volunteer somehow online or any other way. The next time. Maybe they do it in line you get caught in line in front of someone or behind someone. Just strike a smile and let it go or if someone cuts you in line, smile. Maybe they're in a hurry, you know or they're having a bad day.
Mariana Thomas 9:44
Just a small act of kindness can improve our life. Holding on to anger will not only affect how you feel. They can also cause long-term health issues, like heart diseases and cancer, and we do not want those. Okay, so doing a small act of kindness is number four.
Mariana Thomas 10:13
Okay, here it is. The last one, this episode is going to be short and sweet. Quit your bad habits by getting enough sleep each night. And why I added this one here is because on this one, you guys I'm baiting myself big time. I have not been practicing this one.
Mariana Thomas 10:40
Anyway. Okay, so I needed to write this down. And take some accountability, I need to practice this habit in a better way. Going to bed each night a little earlier, and trying to get a better work nicely. Because one of the biggest complaints people have these days is the lack of sleep. Because we are attached to our TV, you know, many nights we stay up late, getting caught up with programs, so things that we record, or even we start scrolling down through social media, right when we are trying to go to bed, you know, so we need to try to go into this an hour so we can get a better night's sleep.
Mariana Thomas 11:37
We shouldn't be trying to get into social media, five minutes before going to bed that actually can keep us awake. And again, studies have shown that even just one day without proper rest can leave us feeling lethargic throughout most of the day. Okay, and this can also lower our energy levels and it can last for weeks. And I have felt that myself. That's why I added this one here. Because when I don't take care of my sleep, I can see the repercussions in my energy levels.
Mariana Thomas 12:27
But here's the thing guys doing this simple task every morning, by getting up early in the morning. And in you know, eating healthier, controlling our phone, and how we use in social media, doing a small act of kindness. And finally getting to bed a little earlier is going to boost our productivity and our creativity throughout the rest of the day.
Mariana Thomas 13:02
In addition to that, we can change the habits of let's say that you forgot to make the bed in the morning. You can try to do your bed at night Even if it's right before going to bed. It will give you a little more time to maybe meditate a little longer and to feel a little more relaxed in your routine in the morning.
Mariana Thomas 13:34
Okay, so this will, do whatever suits you on this number 1234 and 5. I don't want you to stress and I should have put there the sleep one is the last one. Somehow it got a number five because I think it's important and it's affecting me right at the moment. So I needed to remind myself and I hope this is a reminder for you as well.
Mariana Thomas 14:09
So let's go number one, wake up earlier. Number two, eat healthy foods. Number three, don't allow your phone to control you, be mindful. Number four, do small acts of kindness. And number five, get enough sleep each night. Enough sleep each night. I'm repeating that so I remember that I need to do this myself.
Mariana Thomas 14:48
Okay, you guys. I hope that you can start practicing these first five. Okay, because when I returned to the next episode, I'm going to give you the rest. So let's go. Let's start making daily habits to improve our life in a better way.
Mariana Thomas 15:11
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