If you woke up this morning and felt the same way you always do, you may be suffering from the boredom of following the same routine everyday. People have various habits, both healthy and unhealthy, and it’s safe to say that we develop them unconsciously. Now, the best part about them is that they can be changed to fit our lifestyle.
Habits are patterns in our behavior, they come after series of repetitive actions, so all you need to do is repeat what feels good on a daily basis. We are going to talk about seven healthy habits that will improve your confidence and overall health:
- Invest time in yourself or your hobbies
Life is full of situations when you need to do what you don’t want to do. We don’t like waking up early when we’re tired, we don’t like going to school on the day of an exam, and such. Now, those situations are taking their toll on our confidence and health – they wear us out very fast.
Doing what you like will relax you and rid you of stress – a mean nerve killer. People who are accustomed to doing what they’re told and what they don’t like are the first to suffer from self-perception issues.
Believe it or not, weightlifting is one of the hobbies that will improve your confidence a great deal – building your muscles will have a positive impact on your self-perception, but you should always remember to wear proper gear (belt and shoes for weightlifting, for example).
- Speak with your loved ones – Family, Friends, Significant other
Talking is one of the best ways to improve your self-confidence and your health. Letting some steam off your chest by sharing your troubled moments with your beloved ones will make you feel better, whatever the case.
Of course, there are certain situations where talking to anybody wouldn’t seem ideal – especially if you think you’ve done something wrong. Let me tell you this – talking to your family and friends is always good for you. Understanding that you’re not alone is the first thing you should do.
People with self-confidence issues are often introverts. Sometimes, it would seem useless to try forcing the words from their mouths. If you have these (or similar) problems, you should also know that your family and friends accepted you for what you are, and that there’s no reason to be silent about what’s bothering you.
Making the habit of talking to others will also improve your chances of breaking another habit – you will not remain an introvert for too long.
- Positive Thinking
There’s a popular saying that “your life goes in the direction where your thoughts lead it”. I completely agree – positive thinking gives off positive vibes which attract positive events and people (and vice versa). Of course, no one expects you to be 100% positive and smiling 24/7 365 days in the year – there are things that get us down which we can’t simply shrug off and continue.
That’s the whole point – once you notice that you’ve been bumming out over a certain issue for some time, you need to decide that it’s time for that to stop. Depression usually causes a lot of damage on your nervous system, and it significantly decreases your self-esteem.
Now, it’s quite easy to say “Think positive and everything will be alright!”. There aren’t any magical switches or buttons to press that would instantly turn the tables around, that much is certain. You need to decide that your days of negative thoughts are over. Enjoy the smaller things, find a brighter side when it’s not apparent, stop to smell the flowers.
- Eat a lot of vegetables and fruit
“You are what you eat” – whoever said it was right to the letter. Our mood is proportionate to our diet, most of the time, but it’s not as easy as “I’m happy as long as I eat what I want to eat”. Certain vegetables and fruits are healthier than others, mainly because they’re packed with different vitamins (a good example would be garlic, spinach, oranges, and raspberries).
One of the biggest issue when it comes to food is obesity (which is often followed by body shaming). Everyone is beautiful, and that includes you as well! The only real problem is that there are two extremes that people invented for this situation:
People who judge obese people, call them names, etc.
People who defend obese people, stating that everyone should lead their lives as they see fit;
It’s safe to say that both parties are wrong – body shaming is worse than bullying, but making an excuse for people who lead unhealthy life is bad too. If you want to improve your self-esteem and health, eat moderately, eat healthy, and don’t worry about it too much. Stop listening to what other people have to say about your weight, for starters.
- Take a healthy nap when you feel tired
The idea of taking a nap might sound obvious and dull, but there are details that we tend to forget once our head touches the pillow. Most people say “I’ll just lay down for a couple of minutes” and ages pass. Some people, however, are afraid that they’ll oversleep, so they force their bodies and minds to stay awake until they do what they have to do.
The difference between a nap and a healthy nap is controlling the outcome. If you need to lay down, by all means, you should. You only need to worry about the part when you need to wake up. You could always ask a family member to wake you, or you could set the alarm clock, but rude awakenings are counter-productive.
If you want to avoid oversleeping, lie in a comfortable position, on a comfortable surface, and set your worries aside for the time being. The sooner you relax, the sooner you’ll get the hang of it.
Exercising on a daily basis stabilizes your heart rate, puts your muscles to work in unison, and it improves your overall health. This is one of the best habits to have, so if you don’t have it, you should at least try to work out every now and then.
The majority of self-esteem issues come from a distorted self-perception. People who don’t exercise think they’re fat or ugly, but that’s not true – every living being is beautiful, you should exercise because of your health.
- Recapitulate before you go to bed
Recapitulating (or “doing a recap”) means that you think about your choices that have led you to this moment. It’s pretty hard to make a distinction between a recap and self-criticism, so you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself.
Try to remember what you wanted to do, try to notice the things you might have missed so far, employ full use of your hindsight, but make sure that you think about rational things. This way, you’ll avoid making a problem that isn’t there, saving yourself a lot of nerves in the process.
Author Bio :
Nina helps people to live a happy and healthier life. She is an established Health and Fitness author (over 10 years of experience) and editor of garagegymplanner.com. She also loves writing about people and inspirational stories.