We are the co-creators of our lives. We, together with the divine spirit of life, have the power to co-create the life that we want. We are master creators and have an immense capacity to create a life that is full of healing, love, peace, and growth.
However, it is not a magical solution. Creating a healthy life and living your best life takes work and is a slow and gradual process. Moment by moment and day by day, we change small things in our lives, and we create something beautiful.
Here are 12 healthy lifestyle habits that you can adopt to make this the best year yet:
Get enough sleep and wake up early
Good sleep is one of the essential lifestyle habits for a healthy body, mind, and soul. Our body and mind need time to rest and rejuvenate, and we need to get enough sleep to care for our body and mind that tirelessly works to keep us alive and functioning.
The ancient texts say that waking up early before sunrise is one of the healthiest things for our souls. When our rhythm is in alignment with the rhythm of mother nature, of the sun, and the natural world, we naturally lean towards a healthy life.
To wake up early and to get a good night’s sleep, it is also essential to sleep early. If you sleep too late and attempt to wake up early, it gets difficult as you still feel sleepy in the morning. But, if you sleep early and get a good 9 hours of sleep every night, waking up early feels natural, easy, and fresh.
This is another crucial lifestyle habit that needs to be incorporated in our lives for optimum health on all levels. As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin says, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
We are spiritual beings, and it is one of our deepest needs to have a spiritual connection to life and ourselves. This is where a spiritual practice helps profoundly. Have a daily spiritual practice like yoga, meditation, painting, etc. It can be anything.
Spiritual practice means any practice that helps you feel more connected to the divine spirit of life that exists in you and all around you. A spiritual practice is that which enables you to come back to yourself every day and deepen in your connection to self and life.
The reason a spiritual practice needs to be incorporated in the daily life is that it not only helps us grow in our creativity but also helps us become more disciplined as we return to ourselves every day through the practice.
Balance your perceptions
This is one of the key lifestyle habits to become aware of in your mind. People in the world now days tend to fall into extremes. They either focus on being positive all the time or get cynical about life and the state of the world.
It’s essential to find a balance. The world is a vast multi-dimensional place. There is everything you can imagine and even more here. There are good things, and there are negative things. Our challenge and discipline should be to find a balance.
The way to find balance in our day to day lives is to learn to see things as they are. When we learn to see things as they are, we neither get too negative, nor we get too positive about any given situation.
This is a divine key that many spiritual masters talk about – to learn to see things as they are.
As the ancient saying goes, ‘we are what we eat. Being mindful of what we food we consume is essential to our optimum health. Mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health is directly connected to the food we eat.
A good question to ask yourself is, “what is my relationship with food?”. Many of us indulge in emotional eating or stress eating, which does more harm than good. We eat when we are stressed or when we are feeling too many things within us and want to block it out.
So healthy eating is directly connected with feeling all the feelings and not suppressing them with food. Our relationship with our food, whether we realize it or not, directs our life in many ways.
Eating food that feeds and nourishes our body rather than eating food that makes us feel sloppy and heavy is one of the most vital lifestyle habits that will help you make this the best year so far.
Pay attention to your relationships
Our relationships are the most significant measure of our mental, emotional, and spiritual health. No matter how much yoga or meditation we do, the true measure of the quality of our life is our relationships.
Are our relationships healthy? Are they helping us grow? Are we helping them grow? How can we be more kind to and honest with one another? These are some of the questions we can ask ourselves.
It doesn’t matter how much money we have or how well we can do a yoga pose, if our relationships with our friends, family, partners, colleagues are not healthy and nourishing.
To have a peaceful and amazing life, we must pay attention to our relationships and nurture our relationships.
All relationships in our lives reflect the kind of relationship we have with ourselves. So, to have healthy relationships, it is also vital to have a healthy and honest relationship with ourselves.
Practicing mindfulness in everything we do is one of the most important lifestyle habits. When we practice mindfulness, we can bring joy and compassion to ourselves. When we practice mindfulness, we are more aware of how our thoughts and actions affect others.
When we are mindful, we can truly see the miracle that life is. Mindfulness helps us see that every situation is a teacher, and there is so much to learn everywhere we go. Mindfulness means living in a sacred intimacy with all of life, where we feel the divine spirit of life deep in our hearts and can share that with others.
Like Thich Nhat Hanh says, “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
How much do you indulge in technology?
We live in a technological age where technology is used for almost everything. We live in wonderful and interesting times of globalization and global development. However, like this, everything this has its pros and cons.
Spending too much time on technology disconnects us from the present moment, from our bodies and ourselves. This is why we must be mindful of how much time we spend on our laptops, our phones, watching tv or videos. Doing a digital detox from time-to-time is also a fantastic discipline to pack into your healthy lifestyle habits.
One of the life-changing lifestyle habits would be to be mindful of how much time you spend on technology and optimize that time.
Spend time in nature
As you take an inventory of how much time you spend on technology and learn to minimize and optimize that time, spend some more time with mother nature. Mother nature is the ultimate place where we can feel connected to natural life.
Mother nature is that divine sanctuary where we can feel the peace and calm that we so deeply yearn for in our day-to-day lives. So, spend more time in nature.
You can go for a swim in the ocean, go for a hike in the forest or simply sit by a stream of water connecting to the land and the nourishing spirit of water.
Adding this simple lifestyle habit will make your life come alive in magical ways.
When we care for ourselves, that is when we can genuinely care for other people. We cannot pour from an empty cup and so it is vital to have self-care routines that nourish your body, mind, and soul.
Go for regular massages, or take long salt baths in the bathtub while you read a book you enjoy. Do something that helps you feel relaxed and nurtured. When we begin to care for our bodies, our souls automatically start to feel happy and joyful.
As Audre Lorde says, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
Use the ‘sorry’ word carefully
In school, we are taught the three golden words which are sorry, please, and thank you. These are magic words that emit the frequency of compassion and harmony. However, sometimes we apologize too much.
The vocabulary we use in our day-to-day lives shapes our lives on deep levels. So instead of apologizing frequently, also learn to say thank you. For example, if you are late, then you can say sorry for being, and thank you for waiting for me.
These simple words help us feel less bad about ourselves and more connected to others and ourselves.
Let your purpose guide your passion
Passion and purpose are two essential things in the life of many human beings. When we feel like we have a purpose, life becomes worth living, and every day feels like an adventure. Purpose makes us feel alive.
So, let your purpose be guided by your passion. Reflect on what you are passionate about and see if it is truly aligned with your purpose. When your purpose and passion are one, life becomes a beautiful, ecstatic dance.
Last but not least, Breathe. Many things happen in our lives. Some of them bring us joy; some bring sadness; some bring anxiety and stress. Sometimes, we cannot control what happens in our lives, but what we can control is how we respond to what happens.
So breathe. Let the breath be your anchor. As Thich Nath Hanh says, “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
A good life is created with small yet significant changes. A good life is created with every little effort we put, and every effort counts. So, to make this year the best one so far, incorporate these lifestyle habits in your life and witness the magic that unfolds.
Kajal is a health enthusiast and believes that natural cures are the best cures. She believes that mother nature has cures for almost all diseases and living life holistically is the way forward.
Along with being a writer, Kajal is a health and wellness coach. It is her life’s mission and passion to spread the message of natural and holistic health.