5 Habits to Master in 2019
While we live in the 21st century, our bodies are pretty archaic - cellularly speaking. They are old-fashioned and the simplest of habits make them most happy, despite our brain’s yearning for the newest developments in tech.
Today we have more health related apps and gadgets than ever and yet the mass majority of individuals are chronically unhealthy, which teaches us something profound.
To quote one of my mentors, Stacey Morgenstern, “Small hinges swing big doors.”
We often think we’ll have to do something drastic to shift our health or life in a positive direction, but rather it is quite the opposite. When we go all in too fast it can be too much for our psyche causing us to self-sabotage and resort to old behaviors before we even reach February.
This year let's focus on mastering the basics to create an immovable foundation to build off of.
Here are your 5 Habits to Master in 2019:
Oh yeah. Unfortunately coffee, pop, tea, or any other beverage that contains water does not count towards your daily water goal of half your body weight in ounces. Your body is old-school and prefers unadulterated water as its preference so if you weigh 160 pounds, you’ll want to drink 80 ounces of water each day.
This is an essential habit to master because once you have the sensation of being thirsty your body is already in a mild state of dehydration. Without adequate H2O basic bodily functions become more challenging or impossible to complete, blood becomes thicker and difficult to move, and the bodies natural ability to detox waste reduces.
Like all the habits listed here, drinking water is a habit that must be practiced intentionally as well as proactively to help reduce common signs of dehydration including but not limited to headaches, muscle cramps, constipation, brain fog, fatigue, cravings, etc.
No other one habit can quite compete with the positive benefits of sleep. Think of this as your bodies time to “scrub the hard drives” clean so you can begin from a balanced state in the morning. This is your bodies time to repair, replenish, stabilize and remove any unnecessary waste.
TIP: Create a nourishing power down hour for yourself. One hour before you’d like to be in bed sleeping, begin turning off electronics and prepping your mind and body for rest. This hour can include relaxing activities such as journaling, reading (paperback to avoid blue rays from electronics), talking with your partner, taking a bath, stretching, etc.
We live in a culture that is chronically sedentary for the majority of our waking hours, sitting upwards of 10 hours a day (not including sleep). No you do not have to go to the gym for an hour a day five days a week, but you DO have to move. Not only will moving on a regular basis help prevent chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes, but it will also help you stay mobile, agile, and independent well into your old age. #GOALS
Start by tracking your current movement to create a baseline. From here, release your rulebook regarding exercise and explore what types of movement you find you most enjoy and look forward to such as; walks or hiking; dancing; sex; hula hooping; riding your bike; group classes; tennis; etc.
Need some accountability? I am challenging you to move for a minimum of 5 minutes each day no matter how small of a space you are in this year. Follow @revived_living on Instagram for inspiration and hashtag #SmallSpaceMC2019 to participate!
4. Self-care (a.k.a. stress-reduction)
Self-care has a rep for being all things face masks, massages, and pampering. While it no doubt can include those activities self-care is simply an act of checking in with yourself, assessing your needs, and taking time to replenish your physical and mental reserves. When you fly, the attendants inform you to put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others - the same goes for life. In order to take care of others we must first take care of ourselves.
Whether you typically prioritize family requests or work deadlines before yourself, 2019 is yours to reclaim. Habit number five (and upcoming blogs!) will help you determine which form of self-care you’ll need and when to feel your best this year.
This is the mother of all habits to practice this year as our mindset dictates every conscious and unconscious action we take. When we practice mindfulness we develop the ability to act intentionally rather than reactively. Old habits, no matter how uncomfortable or self-destructive they are to us, are comfortable and easy to resort to as they are most familiar in our brains. Think of it this way, the path in the forest has already been created as opposed to new habits where you are trying to make your way through a never-been-touched rain forest.
Start by setting a reminder or alarm on your phone to check-in with yourself several times a day. We will get to meditation and other helpful mindfulness practices but to begin, simply ask yourself, “How am I doing right now? Do I want to keep moving through the day how I am? Where is my attention? With where I am and the resources I have available to me, what would allow me to refocus and continue the day in a positive direction?”
Before you set the expectation that you will instantly achieve a new standard for yourself that is drastically different from where you currently are, check-in to see how well you are doing with the five habits listed above. No judgement necessary - we do that to ourselves enough. Simply notice how you are doing and what steps you could take to improve them by 1% each.
New “IT” diets, cutting-edge fitness trackers, and superfoods that will seemingly cure anything are fun to talk about, but before we go there I am committed to helping you be your healthiest and happiest in 2019. And YES it does mean some unsexy basics, but trust me they will have you feeling sexy before you know it.
Remember, even elite athletes have to perfect the basics before they can advance. Stay tuned for more tips on how to master each of these five habits in the upcoming weeks!
Comment below and share which habit you are focusing on first!
Always rooting for you,