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February 10, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Stick to these habits to improve health noticeably

2020 is here, and with the dawn of the new year, all of you must have made new year resolutions as well. Most of our new year's resolutions are about changing our habits. There are a few habits that you can stick to in the new year and improve health noticeably.
 
Exercise should be the first thing on your list of good habits as it gives you more energy to accomplish your daily tasks. It also increases focus, decreases stress, and helps you maintain a healthy weight in this manner.
 
The next significant thing is sleep, which can have an impact on the quality of your daily life. Good sleep has the same effects on your health as regular exercise. You will feel more energized during the day and more capable of making better decisions. 
 
Next in line is healthy food. For the best results, just replace one ordinary food with its healthy version. You will feel better, more energized, and of course, it will be good for your immunity. Also, if you want to change for the better, then this is a stepping stone. You need to stay healthy to accomplish all the other goals. 
 
Have you considered meditation? If not, then that is another habit that you must learn this year. It is now scientifically proven that you can lower stress, anxiety, and depression with meditation. It will also improve focus and memory function. 
 
Another habit that you must try to inculcate within yourself this year is a good morning and night routine because that will take care of many of the other habits mentioned in this article.
 
It is not easy to develop these habits just like that since it takes immense work and perseverance. You need to start small and set small achievable goals in the beginning. Most of the time, what happens is that we aim too high, do not stick to the schedule for just one day, get disheartened, and stop trying to make an effort. For example, if you want to work out more than you currently are, you should just start with five minutes. It is mostly about trying to form the habit first and then take it from there.
 
We cannot accomplish anything without making a plan first, so write one in detail. Try to think about it as if you’ve already developed the habit. It’s easy to form a habit if you just imagine yourself doing it daily. Make it easier for yourself to set up your environment according to the habit that you are trying to form. According to experts, we are the total of the people we spend our time with. So it is also advised that you should spend your time more with those who have healthier habits. 
 
Find out things that you can use to help yourself with the formation of a new habit. For example, you could use smaller plates to eat less, or standing desks to work while standing, which is always better than constantly sitting down to work. Keep in mind that you won't get immediate rewards with good habits. It usually takes time for the benefits of adopting a good habit to begin to show up. You can also reward yourself for trying, something that is always good for keeping up with a habit.
 
Experts suggest you should keep a journal on your daily goals and track your progress. It is essential for you to see how you're doing and to observe the progress. Doing this can be a source of tremendous motivation to stick to the plan. The new year is always a good time to make a list of all the habits that you would want to form to have a good year and a better, healthier life!

Farah Jassawalla

Farah Jassawalla is a graduate of the Lahore School of Economics. She is also a writer, and a healthcare enthusiast, having closely observed case studies while working with Lahore's thriving general physicians at their clinics.

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