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10 New Habits to Practice in 2023

It's a new year, and the possibilities are endless. Forming new habits is a great way to kick-start 2023 and set yourself on the path to a successful year. Here are ten new practises you can implement into your routine from sunrise to sunset to lead a more organized, fulfilling life.


 


Make your bed.


Making your bed may sound like a mundane task. However, how you start your day will set the tone for how the rest of the day will play out. A made bed can make your room look a lot more organized, and crossing something off your daily to-do list can feel rewarding. Author Charles Duhigg said in his book, The Power of Habit, that a made bed is correlated with better well-being and improved productivity levels. Even if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, making your bed will at least start you off on the right foot.


 


Drink water!


The human body is comprised of about 60% water. Humans need water to perform essential life functions, such as flushing waste and joint lubrication. Medical News Today says dehydration can lead to low energy levels and headaches. Drinking water first thing in the morning gets you one step closer to your daily hydration goals. Keep a water bottle beside your bed to remind you to drink water when you wake up and before going to sleep. Bonus points if you add lemon, and extra bonus points if you add ginger. Lemon-ginger water or tea can aid in weight loss by reducing insulin resistance and hunger levels. Also, lemons are high in vitamin C, which can boost immunity.


 


Develop a skincare routine.


Everyone can reap the benefits of a skincare routine, regardless of skin type or texture. The skin is the largest organ and deserves to be taken care of. Washing your face with a cleanser can clear your face of dirt and oil trapped in your pores. Moreover, wearing an SPF daily can leave your skin glowing and, most importantly, protect against skin cancer. According to Skincancer.org, wearing at least SPF 15 every day can decrease the chances of developing melanoma by 50%. Also, wearing sunscreen can prevent premature ageing caused by UV rays. 


 


Create a daily to-do list.


A schedule to follow throughout the day will help ensure all your tasks get done. It's unreasonable to expect yourself to remember everything off the top of your head; that's where the convenience of a to-do list comes into play. It offers a vision of what needs to be done, and it's also gratifying to cross tasks off the list as you complete them. Checking something off a to-do list can motivate and offer a sense of accomplishment. 


 


Practice. Breathe. Work.


Something as simple as mindful breathing can bring a sense of calm to your day. When stressed, we tend to breathe rapidly. However, when practising conscious breathing, you take deeper and more prolonged breaths. According to Leehealth.org, taking deep breaths can reduce blood pressure and deflect other health problems caused by chronic stress. Box breathing, also known as sama vritti pranayama, is a regulated yoga breathing method. Studies have shown that regulated breathing lowers cortisol, the stress hormone. Practicing breathing exercises before stressful situations arise rather than during them can empower your control during pressing times.


 


Spend time outside.


Many of us spend our time indoors and forget about the beautiful, vast world available to us. There's something to appreciate about all the different seasons. Whether sitting outside reading a book or walking, being in nature can be physically and emotionally fulfilling. A study by the National Library of Medicine showed that having access to the outdoors may encourage physical activity. Moreover, studies have shown that being outside is relaxing, reduces stress, and can boost your confidence. 


 


Eat home-cooked meals.


A recent survey by Fourth.com found that more than 56% of Americans who eat out often do so 2-3 times a week. Instead of overindulging in takeout, which tends to be calorically dense and nutrient deficient, cooking a meal at home can be healthier, more rewarding, and save money. Studies have shown that cooking at home is associated with a more nutritious diet. It can also be a fun new hobby to pick up this new year.


 


Listen to positive affirmations.


Many of us don't think twice about what we listen to every day. What you listen to can affect your well-being, for better or worse. For example, studies from the American Psychological Association have shown violent song lyrics can increase negative thoughts and emotions. Conversely, listening to optimistic messages can have a positive impact. WebMD defines positive affirmations as phrases you say to yourself to feel more confident. These affirmations are used to combat negative thoughts and thinking patterns. According to WebMD, positive affirmations can improve academic performance and make someone open to behaviour change.


 


Read more books.


In the age of technology, many people spend more time on social media than ever. Instead of scrolling endlessly on your phone for hours, picking up a book is a better way to spend your free time and step away from technology. Reading can strengthen brain activity. Scientists at the University of Berkeley found that reading can decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Moreover, reading can be just as entertaining as being on your phone. Discovering new genres and authors can be an enjoyable process. It can even be social if you form or join a book club.


 


Sleep 8 hours a night.


If you love to sleep, you're in luck. According to Health.gov, adults need seven or more hours of sleep each night. Teenagers require about 8 to 10 hours of sleep. Getting enough sleep can lower your risk of health complications, such as heart disease, and improve your relationships with others. Moreover, sleeping at the same time every night is as important as getting enough sleep. Your body's circadian rhythm, or "biological clock," works better when you have a consistent sleep schedule.


 


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