12 HEALTHY (AND SUSTAINABLE) HABITS THAT HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE
I used to hate routine… Can you believe it? The only regular habits I had were terrible things like picking my nails and leaving cupboard doors open. But routine + healthy, positive and sustainable habits are now what help me thrive!
When I say sustainable, not only do I mean that they’re good for the planet, but in a literal sense, these habits are also very easy to maintain! They aren’t difficult, strenuous or something I dread… Most of them took nothing but a simple switch in mindset and have had a huge impact on my life.
So who knows, maybe some of these will resonate with you and have a similar result? Try them out!
Stretching Every Morning
The first thing I do at the start of every day… Streeeeeetcchhhh! I open the windows, get on my yoga mat and focus on nothing but my breath and the way that my body feels.
It’s the perfect start to any morning – I couldn’t recommend this one enough.
Treasuring my Belongings
About 12 months ago, everything was disposable to me. I had no connection to anything that I invited into my life and I would go through clothing and products like they were pages in a book. But after 12 months of slowly adjusting my habits, I now love everything I own, and only let things into my life that are purposeful and intentional.
Although it might sound weird, treating your belongings like members of your family saves you a whole lot of money, waste and unwanted stress on the planet – trust me on this one!
Carrying my Zero Waste Kit everywhere I go
For most people, the only things they have to remember before walking out the door is their phone, wallet and keys. But for me, I can’t leave without my little zero waste kit! In there I have a jar, bamboo cutlery, reusable straw and a fold-up tote bag.
It has saved my butt in so many ways by helping me avoid a ton of unnecessary waste from ending up where it shouldn’t. If I can remember my keys, I can certainly remember my kit!
Buying plants, not “things”
As I mentioned, I used to be a serious shopper! I found satisfaction in buying an excessive amount of things that I never really needed, and that weren’t purposeful or adding value to my life in any way. But now, when I feel the urge to shop, I just buy houseplants instead!
They fulfil my shopping “need”, they add vibrant life to my home, they purify the air, they sharpen my focus, they’re something for me to look after and maintain, and they’re basically my new obsession. Instead of buying an excessive amount of clothes, I buy an excessive amount of plants… I’m pretty happy about it.
Making/Growing my own food
My vegetable garden has changed my life – seriously. I never thought that at 23 years old I would become an obsessive gardener, but hey… I do have an old grandma soul after all!
But alongside growing my own produce, I’ve found that making my own food, beauty, cleaning and household products from scratch has been seriously amazing for me. I know exactly what I’m putting into my body, rubbing onto my skin, and using around my home, and I know exactly where the products have come from and how they were created – it’s a very liberating process.
Focusing on what I CAN control, instead of things that I can’t
There’s no point stressing over things I can’t control. There have been many times in my life where I’ve worried too much about what other people are doing and let their impact weigh heavy on my shoulders. But what I’ve learnt in recent times, is that I can’t let myself stress over things I can’t change.
I can only control myself; my emotions, my thoughts, my attitude, my actions, and the way that I respond. I have the ability to choose how I feel, so now, when I feel myself getting frustrated, I shift those emotions onto myself and the only thing I’m responsible for – ME!
Picking up Trash
Now I bet you’re probably wondering, “how can picking up other people’s dirty trash possibly change your life?”…
WELL, not only is it just a good deed and a very easy way to potentially save a life… But the real reason it’s changed my life is because the process has made me so much more aware of my own waste and what I invite into my life. It educates me on the types of products that are creeping their way into the environment and what I should continue to avoid.
If I’m picking up someone else’s rubbish, why would I want to put it back into the world and replace it with the things that I purchase? I pick up trash wherever I go, and it helps me stay motivated and on track with the lifestyle I want to live!
Reading for 20 minutes every day
In 2018, I didn’t finish ONE book – can you believe it? I’m actually quite ashamed… In 2019 however, I will not let that same mistake occur! We are not even at the end of January, and I’m nearly at the end of my 2nd book – hooray!
I know this might seem like nothing (especially to people like my Mum who pretty much read a whole book a day) but for me, this is a big achievement. I try and read for 20 minutes a day, and if I’m feeling really busy, I set a timer on my phone to tell me when to stop. It’s amazing how much you can get through in such a short amount of time!
Ditching the Dryer
Dedicated Down Time
Because of the nature of my job, I used to spend hours of my day mindlessly scrolling through social media without any purpose. But thanks to the new “downtime” iPhone feature, I set a time limit on my apps so that once I’ve reached it, I can no longer access them.
I try to get off my phone before bed and reduce the amount of time that I spend staring at a screen. It really helps my mental state, helps me think clearly, and gives me more time to absorb the simple things in life, rather than other people’s content.
Taking the time to Learn
Once you leave school, it often seems like learning new things is thrown out the window… But that’s definitely not the case! You know how they say “you learn something new every day”? It’s so true – you just have to take the time to notice them!
When you do, you’ll quickly realize how valuable every day, week, month and year of your life really is! Every time I learn something new, I write it down and look back at it at the end of every week – new recipes, facts from the newspaper, things that I’ve discovered a love for… It’s one of my favourite new habits.
I live a privileged life – a very privileged life – and I often take it for granted. But for the last few months, I have been focusing heavily on gratitude; being grateful for everything I have and everything I am, with the intention of never forgetting just how lucky I am to be here living this incredible life.
I like to look at the little things, like the chirping birds, the beautiful sunsets, my health, the bees pollinating my garden… It’s the little things that make life so wonderful.
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