The new year brings with it a new wave of wanting to improve your life. I mean that’s why you’re here right? To create healthy habits that improve the quality of your life?
You may have come to this article thinking you would find a list of things that will make you healthier such as eating better, exercising and whatnot.
But it’s 2020 and it’s time to go so much deeper than that.
You want to create healthy habits in your life so that you can live longer, be happier, enjoy life more, feel more energized and live your best life possible.
Making those improvements in your life is actually much simpler than you may think and all it requires are a few small habits.
So I’m giving you 20 healthy habits that are guaranteed to improve your life today.
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20 Healthy Habits You Need In 2020
1. Read One New Book a Month
Before you start yelling at me about how one book a month is 12 too many, hear me out.
There’s nothing quite like cracking open the cover to a new book and learning something brand new that you’ve never heard before.
Or listening to an audiobook while galloping through the forest and getting smacked in the face with a concept that changes your entire life.
No matter how you like to consume your books, there are well over a million different books to choose from.
And you can sign up to receive my exclusive book list here.
If you want to grow, learn and expand your awareness in this lifetime, books are one of the many ways to do this and reading a new book every month is a great place to start.
Imagine where your life could be 12 books from now?
2. Make Learning a Habit
One of the greatest gifts in life is the ability to learn something new.
As children, we were always learning, exploring our world and being fascinated by what was around us because it was all brand new.
But as adults, we lose this hunger for wanting to learn.
Maybe it’s the 12+ years in a traditional school, maybe it’s something else.
Either way, one of the best ways to enrich your life is to always be hungry for learning.
Pick up a new instrument and learn how to play it, pick up 2 or 12 books and learn from them, listen to a podcast and learn how to start your own business.
The possibilities are endless but the point is to stay open to the idea of learning and create a habit out of it.
3. Get out of your Comfort Zone
This is a heavy one.
It’s also a really really scary one for your ego which that primal part of your brain that tries to keep you safe by keeping you doing the same things over and over again. But you can learn more about your ego here.
I hate to break it to you but the only way this will become easier is by going through it.
Make it a habit of getting out of your comfort zone.
This means doing something you don’t normally do in any or all areas of your life.
Taking a different route home, asking your cute neighbor out on a date, going for a run, meditating or anything else you want!
Everyone’s comfort zone is different.
So do something every day that is outside of your own personal bubble of comfort, no matter how big or how small and soon enough, this will become a solid habit.
Remember, nothing new happens in your comfort zone. If you want something you’ve never gotten, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done.
4. Value your Time
Time is the only thing in this world you can never get back.
Which means it’s the most valuable thing you have.
And yet, we’re so quick to toss it to the side without another thought.
We give it to people who don’t deserve it, other people’s lives on social media, the past, the future, our circumstances and so much more.
If there is only one habit you can take away from this list, it’s this one.
Make valuing your time your most important habit.
And by doing this you will notice you naturally gravitate towards other habits that align with your goals and the habits that will help you get to where you want to be in life.
5. Make the Habit of Getting Clear on Your Goals
Successful people know exactly where they’re going.
Notice I didn’t say they know where they’re going AND how to get there.
The how isn’t what matters.
They know what they want and create habits around those goals to ensure they reach them no matter how many speed bumps come their way.
The fact of the matter is, you need to know what you want before you can get it.
This is an important step for the Law of Attraction as well as life in general.
Get in the habit of sitting down and getting clear on your goals, what you want, what you don’t want, and using those goals as a guide to go back to when things aren’t going the way you wanted.
If you want to cut this time in half and really get down to business with your goals for the New Year and beyond, I offer a 1-1 clarity session where and I dive deep into what you want and create a plan of action to get you there.
I know, I know, everyone rolls their eyes at this one.
But seriously, self-care is not only extremely important for your mental health but it also is about so much more than bubble baths with flowers and candles and whatever.
Look, you have to put your own oxygen mask on before assisting others.
You can’t help someone else if you’re not feeling like your best self.
Take some time, practice some self-care in any way that means to you and choose to make it a habit you stick with this year and watch how much better you feel, both mentally and physically.
7. Practice Mindfulness & Meditation
Another one to roll your eyes at but again, hear me out.
Meditation can be life-changing if you let it be because it’s the one time in the day that you’re head isn’t filled with thoughts.
Well, that’s the goal anyway.
Practicing meditation is so much more than sitting cross-legged on the floor, shutting your eyes so tight it hurts and hoping for the thoughts running amuck inside your head to stop for five seconds.
It teaches you how to observe your thoughts instead of reacting to them, to quiet your inner critic and to be more present.
Because the only moment that really matters is the present one.
Take five minutes every day and sit in quiet meditation.
8. Practice Gratitude
Practicing gratitude daily is one of the best ways to call in more good people, places, and things into your life.
Not only that but gratitude makes you become an all-around happy person.
And who doesn’t want to be happier if they could be???
Practicing gratitude is simple. Give thanks to what you already have. Even if all you can think of is the air you breathe.
If you really want to take your gratitude practice to the next level, I highly recommend The Magic by Rhonda Bryne.
The Magic takes you through a 28-day gratitude guide to help you begin to turn gratitude into a daily habit.
I bought this book two years ago and I still refer back to it from time to time.
9. Spend time with Friends
Sometimes life gets in the way and between work, the kids, the pets, the meetings, all the things, your social life gets thrown out the window.
Or if you’re like me you have to figure out how to maneuver the world of making friends as an adult. Which is a lot harder than it sounds.
There are a lot of benefits from spending time with friends like the well known, reducing stress, and what not but it can also boost your immune system, help you achieve your health and fitness goals, make you happier and more successful.
This is your reminder to pick up your phone, call, text, facetime, whatever, your friends!
10. Reduce Stress
Stress is like a pesky mosquito that just won’t leave you alone.
It creeps up on you’re when you’re least expecting it and man, it’s annoying as heck.
Only focus on what you can control and let the rest fall away.
You cannot control the people around you or your circumstances but you can 100% control how you react to them.
Are there going to be things that stress you out, that are frustrating and that make you want to scream?
But it’s not going to get any better by dwelling on it, complaining about it, or allowing it to eat up your time for hours and hours at a time.
When stress comes knocking, pick a healthy habit that will reduce that stress quickly and immediately.
11. Practice Self-Integrity
Self-integrity is about following through with what you said you were going to do.
If you said you were going to go to the gym after work, go do it.
If you wrote down on your calendar that you were going to finish that project tonight, get it done.
The thing is, we think self-integrity isn’t that important, I mean it’s only ourselves we’re letting down so what’s the big deal?
Every time you don’t do something you said you were going to, you begin to lose trust in yourself, in your own word.
I mean, if you can’t trust yourself who can you trust??
Not only that but self-integrity creates more confidence within yourself and you attract what you put out.
So when you practice the habit of integrity, you also attract people that value integrity as well.
12. Check-in with Your Thoughts Daily
Maybe this is a little woo woo. Maybe it’s a little out there for you but this is extremely powerful.
On any given day there are billions of bits of information being thrown at you.
Some of this information is tossed out right away but some of it creates thoughts.
These thoughts are turned into meanings that are created by our beliefs which then create our actions and our actions give us our results.
Meaning, if you want to change your results, you have to change your thoughts and beliefs.
The first step to all of this is to recognize your thoughts through-out the day.
And then ask yourself, is this thought helping me or hurting me?
If it’s not helping you, toss it out, reframe it, choose a new thought.
Your mind is so much more powerful than you can ever imagine, so by simply changing the way you think, you can literally change the things you see on a daily basis.
13. Take the Actions that Get you Closer to your Goals
It sounds pretty simple, right?
If you want to gain muscle, you’d eat more protein, lift weights, and so on.
Just like if you wanted to lose weight you probably wouldn’t eat fast food every single day.
Usually, because these goals and outcomes are out of our comfort zones and the self-sabotage is happening subconsciously.
Once you know what you want, create a plan of action to get you there.
Recognize any thoughts or behaviors that don’t align with those goals and eliminate them.
Action creates clarity, so if you’re unsure of what to do, just do something.
14. Create New Routines & Healthy Habits
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.
If you’re feeling stuck or stagnant, change it up, choose something new.
Make a habit of creating new routines to not only spice up your life to keep yourself from getting stuck in a loop of doing the same things over and over again.
This doesn’t have to be complicated or hard.
Make it simple, make it fun and enjoy adding a few new healthy habits to your life.
If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a list of 100 different habits you can choose from to improve your life today.
15. Set & Stick to Boundaries
As someone with people-pleasing tendencies, this can be a really big challenge.
But this is an extremely important habit to have no matter who you are.
Setting boundaries can be as simple as saying no, sticking to your values, and setting cut off times for phone calls and texts.
Boundaries are important because they let people know what you will and will not tolerate and frankly, if you give someone an inch, they’ll probably take a mile.
Communicate with your friends and family about when you are available and when you are not.
What you are okay with doing and what you are not okay with.
And if something is bothering you, tell them right away.
Make sure to also set boundaries with your time as well as your mental and physical spaces.
By the way, saying no to someone doesn’t make you a bad person.
That’s just a story you’re telling yourself and you have the power to change any story at any given time.
16. Declutter your Life
If it doesn’t bring you joy or serve a purpose, get rid of it.
Yeah, Marie Kondo the crap out of your life!
Seriously though. Clutter in your physical life can wreak havoc on your mental health.
Not only should you declutter your physical spaces but I also recommend declutter the people, habits, and thoughts that no longer serve you.
This means removing those toxic friends from real life as well as social media.
Tossing out that habit of watching Netflix for 5 hours every night and replacing it with reading a new book, listening to a podcast or watching a Ted Talk or seventeen.
And reframing those self-deprecating thoughts with ones that lift you up.
Take stock of what’s improving your life and what isn’t and get rid of the things that aren’t adding value.
17. Put your Mindset First
Your mindset is the most powerful tool you have.
Everything you see if based on the filters you put them through before you actually consciously make note of them.
Meaning, you only see things based on your perspective.
This is why you can have two people look at the same painting and see two completely different images simply based on their own interpretation, their own life experiences and their filters.
Your mind also has the power to create your reality.
Focusing on your mindset means observing your thoughts instead of reacting to them, practicing gratitude and meditation, choosing new thoughts that serve you better and choosing to get out of your head and ego and into your heart and intuition.
18. Pick up a New Hobby
Find something you like to do and go do it!
Notice I didn’t say go ask all your friends what they like and go do it. This hobby is for you and you only. If your friends enjoy it too great, but the point is to find something that YOU enjoy doing.
Something that fills you up.
Whether that’s painting, taking a photography class, skateboarding, running, creating meditations, busting a move, the list is endless.
Pick up a new hobby that makes you happy and make a healthy habit of doing this often.
19. Smile at Strangers
If you could make someone’s day and it didn’t cost you a single cent would you?
That’s what smiling can do.
And it’s free.
This healthy habit is kind of a weird one because like, what??
But here’s the thing, you have no idea what anyone else is going through and you have no idea what one smile can do for somebody.
I don’t know about you but when I see a stranger smiling at someone else, it makes me want to smile even more because it makes me happy.
We’re so busy rushing around the least we could do is smile at a stranger.
Not only may this make someone’s day but spreading positivity will bring even more positive things back to you too.
It costs zero dollars to be nice. So just be nice to people.
20. Ask for Help
Asking for help is one of those things that no one likes to do.
It’s uncomfortable and awkward.
We would just prefer to figure it out ourselves.
Which usually takes 3x as long and is that much more frustrating.
Asking for help is one of those habits that we all need to work on in the new year.
Because frankly, if you want to get somewhere, you will get there a whole lot faster if you stop and ask for directions from someone who’s been there.
Create Healthy Habits One Day at a Time
It’s easy to look at this list of habits and jump on all of them when you’re excited but then fall off the tracks a week later because you went too hard.
You created the old habits one day at a time and creating new habits is going to require the same thing.
Are there tools and techniques you can use to create new habits quickly?
But choosing to replace one not so great habit with a new habit is the best place to start right now.