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Do you know that every small habit accumulates to a bad or good outcome?
Yes, every toxic and healthy habit will cause an outcome. Whether it’s working beyond your work hours, exercising for 30 minutes, or listening to your favourite podcast.
As James Clear says in Atomic Habits, ‘every small habit is a compound interest of self-improvement.’ Therefore, it’s important to develop healthy mindset habits that will help you maintain your positive mindset.
For me, developing healthy mindset habits has been a struggle for many years, but it wasn’t until I experienced burn out at the end of 2020 when I realised I needed to change my lifestyle.
This meant developing healthy mindset habits that will help me to both be productive and relaxed.
In this post, I will share 5 healthy mindset habits that have helped me to maintain my positive mindset. Also, these healthy habits will inspire you to adopt your own healthy mindset habits too.
5 Healthy Mindset Habits that can Change your Life
What is a healthy mindset?
A healthy mindset habit is a habit that will allow you to become a better version of yourself. Whether your version of a better self is worrying less about the future or prioritising your mental health.
Why is it important to have healthy mindset habits?
Do you feel easily exhausted after completing your daily tasks? Is your immediate reaction powering through your exhaustion to finish your to-do-list?
It’s important to have healthy mindset habits because your mind is a massive indicator of whether you’re ready to live the life you love. If you power through exhaustion, then this is a huge indicator that you’re not prioritising your mental health; which can lead to a burnout.
Therefore, a healthy mindset habit will both prepare you for the bumpy road in your journey, as well as protect you from exceeding your limit.
Meditation has been a new mindset habit that I have integrated into my daily routine. I believe that meditation is a simple yet powerful habit that has allowed me to maintain my positive mindset.
According to Lavendaire, the purpose of meditation is to ‘clear your mind and practice being aware of the present moment.’
There are many benefits of practising meditation, including decreasing your stress, increasing your productivity and maintaining your positive mindset.
I would highly suggest watching Lavendaire’s video to understand the inner workings of meditation. You can watch her video here.
2. Schedule the week
Scheduling your week will allow you to prioritise your most important tasks, whether it’s finishing an essay or to plan an upcoming launch. Also, having a weekly schedule will help to decrease your stress levels throughout the week.
There are many ways to plan your week, including using apps such as Google Calendar or To-Do-List, or to write in a physical planner. I have found it easier to schedule my week on Sundays using a weekly planner.
3. Understand what you can control
It’s easy to get caught up in the toxic habit of worrying about the future.
From focusing on your worries about the future, it will cause you to focus less on the present moment. As a result, you miss the best moments in your journey towards living the life you love, such as the feelings of excitement over a new idea and hitting your savings goals.
Therefore, you must understand what you can control.
A simple trick I do is observe my worrying thoughts, and ask myself, ‘Am I in control of this thought?’
For example, as a content creator I worry about whether the content I produce will be valuable for you, however after 2 years in the blogging world, I understand that the only thing I can control is producing high-quality content.
This healthy mindset habit will allow you to focus on the things you can control in life.
According to Healthline, there are many benefits of reading including:
- Strengthening your brain.
- Increasing your ability to emphasise.
- Building your vocabulary.
- Reducing the risk of age-related cognitive decline.
And so on.
By dedicating over 5 minutes a day to reading, it has allowed me to focus on enjoying the present moment and decrease my stress levels. Also, reading has allowed me to improve my writing skills, so the best of both worlds.
A list of my favourite readings for the year so far:
- Discover your Dharma by Sahara Rose.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (if you’re a Harry Potter fan!)
- The Source by Dr Tara Swart
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5. Limit social media use
Having time away from social media has allowed me to prioritise my mental health and challenge my limiting beliefs.
From the age of 13, social media had been a part of my life, whether it was to catch-up with friends or to discover new influencers. However, social media became a toxic place.
During school, I became addicted to checking my social media, which involved me finding out what people were doing and whether I was missing out on anything. This resulted in my mental health declining because I questioned my personality and whether I was at fault for people not inviting me to places.
After finishing Sixth Form, I deleted both my Instagram and Facebook account. And I never went back.
There are many ways to have a social media detox, including limiting your time on social media to five-minutes per day, having time away during the weekend, or deleting your social media account completely (like I had done).
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I hope sharing this post will help you create healthy mindset habits that will both maintain your positive mindset, and guide you through living the life you love. Do you have any other healthy mindset habits? I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments below.