20 Habits That Will Keep You Young

I recently came across an article called “20 Habits to Start Adopting Right Now” so you could become more healthy and youthful, and I thought to myself, now? I need to do this right now? And there’s 20? Are you trying to set me up to fail? Who has time for 20? Do you know how hard change is?

Typically it takes 30 days to break or create a new habit. Multiply that by 20 and you’ve got 600 days which is 20 months – four months shy of two years. Seriously? And here I am getting all worked up over my life for the next two years and I haven’t even read one of the 20 suggested habits. So here’s what I’ve done, I read through all 20 and have broken them down into groups of four. The easiest are first so you can slowly build the momentum you will need to complete this darn thing. When you attempt goals with baby steps you are more likely to succeed. Or so they say.

Group 1

Get plenty of sleep – Preferably 8 consecutive hours per night.

Drink a gallon of water per day – Gulp, gulp, gulp. Your skin will thank you, too.

Get sunlight right when you wake up – And if you live in Scotland or Alaska, get a light box.

Compliment 1 person a day – That’s not too hard, but don’t make shit up.

Show gratitude – Thank you goes a long way.

Group 2

Set 1 intention and do it – *Warning* use KISS method.

Do 1 thing you enjoy each day – Go wild, but keep it legal.

Give daily pep talks – Channel Stuart Smalley. “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”

Meditate once a day – This isn’t easy, but 5 minutes with no distractions is meditating. So sit in your back yard and watch the hummingbirds.

Plan meals for the week – Ugh. This involves strategic grocery shopping so bring a detailed list or pre-order and use a curbside service.

Group 3

Track daily spending habits – In other words, don’t do retail therapy.

Take an afternoon walk – Hey! If you combine this with your daily intention, you’ve used the 2 bird/1 stone method. Way to go!

Stay up on current events – Avoid talking about politics and religion unless you’re in a safe place.

Write 1 accomplishment per day – This can overwhelm so use KISS method and think of it in terms like: Today I opened the pickle jar without help.

Group 4

Put down phone 1 hour before bed – Nooo! This is why I saved it for last because it will be the most difficult. But like a computer, our brains must be put into sleep mode.

Don’t hit the snooze button – Let’s meet in the middle – only hit the snooze button once.

Pick out an outfit the night before – Simply by picturing the tie or skirt in your mind.

Adopt a skincare regimen –  This should be in Group 1, but it’s hard to keep up. Cells reginerate faster when you clean the daily grime from your face. You don’t want to look 60 when your 40.

Make breakfast the night before – Yuck! Just unwrap a power bar on the way out the door.

There you go. Hope you enjoyed the 20 habits you need to start now! Curious to know how many of you are already doing some of these. If so, how many? Will you try to incorporate the rest?

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