I love hearing about the little habits improving people’s lives. I’m all about small, daily actions that make a big difference over time. Here are 5 habits that have been improving my life lately.
I have loved listening to podcasts lately. This habit makes my commute to and from work so much more enjoyable. My favorites right now are the 5am Miracle with Jeff Sanders, Life Chats with Liv B, The Rise and Conquer Podcast, and The Real Life Podcast with Jeff and Alyssa Bethke.
- Learning a new Language
I am planning a trip to Italy (!!!) next year and when I’m there I would love to not be totally lost because of the language barrier. So, I am learning a new language for the first time since high school and loving it. I looked into several language learning apps and Duolingo seemed to be the best fit. I genuinely look forward to working on my Italian and learning new words and phrases. If you’re interested in learning a new language, I would definitely recommend Duolingo.
- Full Body Workouts
Previously, I had a workout split that included separate Upper Body and Lower Body days and that worked for me for a long time. However, lately I have found myself gravitating toward full body workouts. I have been loving this change in my routine. I find it to be more beneficial in increasing the frequency that I hit each muscle group weekly. (Side note: I am sure to place a rest day in between full body workouts, as to not overwork the muscles and give them proper recovery time).
- Reading During Lunch Breaks
I have started incorporating reading into my lunch breaks each working day. Not only does this allow me to get intentional about working on my reading goal for the year, but it gives me a little refresh in the middle of my day. I can spend 30 minutes doing something productive and enjoyable, as opposed to worrying about what needs to be done the rest of the day or staring at my phone screen (more on that below). I’m currently reading (and loving!) An Edited Life by Anna Newton.
- No Phone When Waking Up
Y’all. I know everyone is talking about this right now, but it is for good reason. I have started turning off my alarm in the morning, immediately turning my phone over, and not looking at it for a good 30 minutes after waking up. This has made all the difference. It makes for a much more peaceful start to my day. I’m not giving other people control of how I feel in the morning and saving all the texts, emails, and social media for later in the day.
Have you tried any of these habits? What has been improving your life lately?