We all have our habits, some of them good, like drinking a calming mug of tea before bed, and some of them bad, like skipping breakfast in the morning. A recent study debunked the 21-day myth, finding that it takes an average of 66 days to form a habit—although results vary for everyone. Regardless, it’s always the right time to start a good habit. Try one of the ideas below to start making a positive change in your life.
- Practice Mindfulness Meditation: Make an effort to rid your day of distraction, worry and stress. Mindfulness is simply the act of focusing on the present. There are lots of different techniques you can use to practice mindfulness, but one of the simplest is to just breathe. Take 5 or 10 minutes every day to sit quietly and concentrate on your breathing and your body, pushing all other thoughts from your mind.
- Consume Smarter Sweets
Making a conscientious effort to moderate the amount of sweets you enjoy is totally doable. Skip dessert and have a homemade fruit smoothie instead. The natural sugars from the fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth. Or look for sugar free alternatives to your favorite treats, like our Sugar Free Original Chai Tea Latte Concentrate.
- Read Every Day: Whether it’s 10 pages or 50, a magazine or a tome, reading every day has been shown to stimulate your brain, relieve stress, expand your vocab and improve your memory and critical thinking capabilities. So tuck into your favorite book with a mug of your favorite tea.
- Write it Down: Writing things down has many of the same benefits as reading. Vow to get organized with to-do lists, improve your mental health by writing down 10 happy thoughts a day, create book lists, write notes to your friends or simply journal each night before bed. Let your inner creativity flow.
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