Changing your life does not always need to involve big and drastic changes – sometimes the little things really count. So in today’s video I’m going to share 10 simple and easy habits that have changed my life, and hopefully, they can help you too. If you’re interested please keep on watching! Hello hello! Welcome back to the Whole Happy Life! I’m Ria. Before we begin today’s video I wanted to say a big thank you to Skillshare for sponsoring today’s video.
I’m really excited to be working with them because I truly enjoy their classes, but we’re going to talk more about that later. Let’s dive into the habits. Number one: Start the day without devices if you can. I think the way in which we start our morning has such a big impact on the rest of the day. I used to start my day with reading emails, checking the news, reading Whatsapp messages, and YouTube comments, and I felt like I was starting the day on a reactive note, and I was stressed out within the first 10 minutes. So I’ve changed my approach – I try to start my day without devices in the first hour.
It doesn’t happen every day, I’m not perfect, but I do feel a lot better when I do this, so there are things that you could do in the morning – things like meditation, reading a book, having a cup of tea, going for a walk. Little things that can help with your mental and physical health, and I think it makes such a big difference to start the day on that positive note. I feel a lot better – I’m ready to take on my day, and then when I read those emails, read the news, I’m not as stressed out as I would be if I had read them in the morning. It’s interesting how that works, but I do think there’s a lot of value in starting the day without devices.
Number two: is to take more movement breaks, not just exercise. Now modern society is all about sitting. Did you know that the average office worker sits about 10 to 15 hours every day – that’s a lot of sitting! And the problem with so much sitting is it raises your risk of certain diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and many others. I’m going to put a link in the description so you can read more. Now you might be wondering – well I exercise – does that mean I can still get away with sitting so much? Well, definitely exercise helps, but if you’re sitting for really long periods of time, you still need to move, it’s still important to move.
So what can you do? I work from home and I used to wear house slippers at home, and I’ve noticed that when I wear house slippers, I’m just too comfortable and I don’t really walk around. So now I’ve started to put on walking shoes first thing in the morning, and I wear them throughout the day at home. They are a special pair just to wear at home so they’re clean, and I’ve noticed that I walk around a lot more, I take a lot more movement breaks. Because I’m taking these movement breaks I feel less stiff. I have a lot more energy and I’m walking a lot more, which is really good for my health.
Now if you don’t work from home, there are always different ways in which you can get a little bit more movement throughout the day. I have a few ideas in the description. Number three: is to do a brain dump before bed. This is for people like me who have a hard time sleeping. I don’t fall asleep immediately, I’m not like my husband, he falls asleep within 10 minutes – I do not. I tend to overthink and because I’m thinking so much, it takes a while to sleep. So what I’ve started to do now is I do a little brain dump before bed.
I jot down everything that’s on my mind – all sorts of to-do lists. I do this in the evening when I have some tea, and I find that the action of just writing down what’s going on in my brain makes it so much easier to sleep. I’m able to sleep faster, and more peacefully, and the days I don’t do this, I really do struggle with getting to sleep quickly. So if you’re someone who has a hard time sleeping and you think too much, try this out and see if it works for you.
Number four: write a simplified, prioritized to-do list every morning or evening. I tend to do this in the evening because I find that it works best for me. Now I am the type of person who needs to have a to-do list – If I don’t have a to-do list I don’t get anything done because I have no direction for my day. Now in the past, I used to write a very long to-do list with lots of things – 10 to 15 items – they were not prioritized. So two problems with that – I got overwhelmed and I ended up doing all of the low priority items and I wasn’t getting anything important done.
It just felt good to take off those low priority items. Not the best way to handle a to-do list. Now I do things a little bit differently. So I write down a list of three items – just three. So it’s really simple – three high priority item and I write them down in order of priority. That way I know exactly what I need to do what’s important and I just focus on those three things. Once those three things are done then I will make another list of three things.
By doing things this way I find that I’m less overwhelmed and I’m actually getting important things done. Number five: is to embrace your creativity more regularly – this could be monthly, weekly, daily – whatever works for you, and whatever creative activity works for you. When you look at kids, they are always doing something creative and they get so much joy and happiness from it. But as adults, we don’t do that. But I do think that there’s a lot of value in doing something creative more often.
It definitely has helped me reduce my stress and it just helps bring a lot of joy into my life. This year I started embracing my creativity a lot more often. I started doing watercolor painting in April, and then I started doing some Skillshare classes, and I quickly learned about digital art. I didn’t even know it existed. I started doing that and I’ve had a lot of fun, and that’s why I was actually really excited when Skillshare contacted me for today’s video, today’s sponsorship. If you don’t know what Skillshare is – Skillshare is an online community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people.
It’s a really great place to explore new skills and deepen any of your existing passions. And what i really love about Skillshare is there’s so many different classes, a variety of different topics. I’m personally really interested in fine art and illustration – that’s where my interests lie. They also have classes on productivity, lifestyle, film, and video. Two of the classes that I really enjoyed from this year – one was Modern Watercolor Techniques, by Cat Coquillette, and I learned a lot about different ways of looking at watercolor. She has a very modern take on watercolors. The other class I really enjoyed was Learn to use Procreate, by Jarom Vogel.
It opened up my world to a different way of looking at art. I’d never done digital art before and this class really helped me realize how fun it can be. Skillshare is an affordable option – if you’re looking for classes for less than ten dollars a month, you get an annual premium membership, and that gives you access to thousands of classes. I loved it so much after my free trial in April, I ended up getting the premium membership, and I use it quite regularly. The first thousand of my subscribers to click on the link in the description will get a free two-month trial to the premium membership, so you can explore your creativity.
Number six: is to tidy up your desk after the work day is over. Now I used to tidy up my desk probably once in a week, once in two weeks, sometimes even once a month, and the problem was the clutter just started to accumulate. I find that when I tackle my desk space every day, it does not take long – it takes less than five minutes and the clutter does not accumulate. There are two benefits of doing this – one is when I walk into my office in the morning I find that it looks very very nice, and I’m actually excited to sit there and get some work done. Before it felt a little overwhelming. There’s too much stuff everywhere – not entirely ideal, but now it feels a lot better.
And the second thing that I find is really helpful is by tidying up my desk at the end of the day, I’m signaling to my brain my work day is over -now it’s time to have some downtime. If you work from home it’s really, really difficult to have that segregation between work and home, and it just becomes a blur. So I think the simple habit of just tidying up my desk space at the end of the day tells me the work day is over – now it’s time to just relax. Number seven: is to make a dish each week or each month that you’ve never made before.
When it comes to cooking, I’m the type of person who gets into a rut really quickly because I start to make the same kinds of things every week with similar ingredients. Two problems with this – one, it’s boring because I end up eating the same kinds of foods each week, the nutrient variety isn’t that much. It’s actually a good idea to try different things, so a simple habit that I’ve started is to try to make new dishes more regularly, and by doing so, a) I am not as bored with the food that I’m eating, and b) I am actually able to have a lot more nutrients and nutrient variety in my diet.
Number eight: is to stay hydrated, not just by drinking water, but also by eating your water intake too. Now almost every YouTuber will tell you to drink more water – that it’s really important to stay hydrated, and it really is. I find the days that I drink more water I feel a lot more energetic, and my digestive system is a lot happier. Now the thing with water intake – you don’t just have to drink it in the form of fluids, you can also up your water intake through the foods you eat.
So what can you do? You could have more soups, more smoothies, more fruits and veggies that are really high in water – things like cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, watermelon, oranges – the list goes on. I’m going to put another list in the description so you have a list of really hydrating fruits and veggies. Now the advantage of having water through your food is that you actually absorb it a little bit better. Because there are minerals in the food, there’s also fiber in the food that helps you retain that water a little bit better.
Number nine: is to read books that help you gain a different perspective or mindset. When it comes to perspectives and mindsets I think a lot of my perspectives and mindsets have come from interacting with other people from my life experiences, but also from reading. Whenever I read a book, even if it’s on a topic that I already know about, something that I’m already knowledgeable in, I will always gain a little bit of a different perspective whenever I read that book, and I think the beauty of reading lots of books is that it starts to open up your mind in different ways that I personally have not found articles on the internet has been able to do.
So I do think that there’s a lot of value in reading, but trying to read books that are a little bit different from what you would normally read. I think that is what has helped me change my perspectives and mindsets the most. I’m going to put a link to the books that I really enjoyed from last year in the description. Number ten: is to practice gratitude daily with an attitude of gratitude! Now I’m not going to talk about daily gratitude lists.
I have personally tried them and they didn’t work for me. I know that they work really well for some people, just didn’t work for me. I do like doing gratitude lists once a month or once a quarter, but it’s not something that I could keep up with every day, so I do gratitude daily in a slightly different way – with an attitude of gratitude in the present moment. So let me give you an example – let’s say I’m spending time with my cat, Kendi, and I’m giving him some cuddles, and I’m really enjoying this moment.
I will think to myself – I’m really grateful that I have this beautiful kitty in my life. It’s just a very simple thing, just in the moment, I’m practicing gratitude. It’s little things like this throughout the day which help me stay grateful or carry that attitude of gratitude throughout the day. I personally find that a lot more effective for me rather than writing a list every day, so this is something that I’ve started to do this year and I think it’s really been helpful.
I’m not naturally the most positive person, I have a very pessimistic nature, but I do think having that attitude of gratitude has brought a lot of positivity into my life even though this year has been pretty bad. It just has made such a big difference to have that attitude of gratitude. I hope that you enjoyed this video! If you did please do give it a thumbs up, because you know how that makes me feel.