It’s January, which means most of us are looking for ways to make our new year’s resolutions stick. Today I’m sharing 15 good habits to implement in 2022 that will help you do just that.
Creating new habits is something we all find difficult. Although our brains are quite good at creating new habits, they are even better at letting go of old ones. It takes an average of twenty-one days for a person to build a habit but that period is not very easy.
15 Good Habits To Implement in 2022
Get 7-9 hours of sleep every night
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults between the ages of 18 and 64 should sleep 7 to 9 hours every night. Your ideal sleeping time will depend on your own body.
To find out the ideal amount of hours you should sleep every night, go for a few days without your alarm. Record the approximate times when you fell asleep as well as the time you woke up. Do this for a few days and you’ll be able to find out exactly how many hours of sleep you need in order to be a functional human being. For a more accurate result, try to go to sleep at the same time every day.
Wear Sunscreen every day
“But Rita, I’m not leaving the house?” – I don’t care. Wear your sunscreen. Trust me, you’ll thank me in 10 years.
According to the Laroche-Posay website:
“(…)sunscreen should be applied every day, even if it is overcast outside or you’re spending much of the day inside. UV radiation is not only present on a warm summer’s day but are also present and can damage skin when the weather is cool, or there is cloud cover. This is especially the case for people with a fairer skin tone, as they have less of the protective pigment called melanin. However, people of all skin tones can get skin cancer, and should practice proper sun protection, including wearing daily sunscreen.”
So yeah, you need to wear sunscreen every single day.
10- minute workouts
I’m someone who finds working out quite daunting. But ever since I ditched the idea that, in order to workout, I need to exercise for an hour and a half straight, my mindset changed and I’ve actually started enjoying working out.
I’ve been using the FitOn app () to get my workouts in and I couldn’t recommend it more. There are a ton of workout videos you can choose from.
My favorite part about FitOn (besides being a free app) is the fact that you be super specific about what you want and you’ll find something. You can filter your search by time, target zone, intensity, equipment needed, target area, category, and even the trainer you want.
If you haven’t tried this app, I seriously recommend you do.
Try a new recipe every week
As my grandma says “there are 101 ways to cook something” so there’s always an option.
You might not like a certain food cooked a certain way but you might love it when cooked a different way. I hated broccoli. Couldn’t stand it really. But one day I was browsing through Pinterest and this recipe popped up and I decided to try it. Now I can say I love broccoli.
Create a morning routine
If you’re looking to create a new morning routine it’s either because the one you currently have is not working for you or don’t really have a ritual. The first step you should take when creating your ideal routine should be writing down everything you’d like to accomplish each morning.
Grab a piece of paper and write down at what time you’d like to wake up, how much time you would like to dedicate to your morning routine, and all the tasks you’d like to be a part of your routine.
More good habits
- Drink 8 glasses of water daily
- Add greens to at least 2 of your daily meals
- Wash and sanitize your hands regularly
- Do your skincare twice a day
This is something I started doing last year and love it.
Journaling helps you clear your mind of all the thoughts you might possibly have, which in turn, will help you think in a clear and organized way.
If you think free journaling won’t be much help for you, and you need guidance, there are a ton of journaling prompts on Pinterest |typed you might find helpful. I found this video super helpful too when I was starting out.
I love reading ever since I was a little girl so this comes in easy for me, but for you, it might not be the case. Reading takes up quite a bunch of time, and a lot of us feel like we don’t have time to read so we don’t even try. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
There are a few things you can do to make sure you read daily:
- Have a book in hand at all times (physical or digital)
- Find a time in your day where you can read without interruptions (it can be before bed, during breakfast or on your commute to work)
- Choose books you’re actually interested in, not books you’ve seen people on tiktok raivng about. They might not be for you.
Oh and by the way, when I say read daily, it doesn’t mean you need to read 50 pages every day. Even if you read 5 it still counts!
Do a Weekly Reset
A weekly reset (or weekly review) was initially popularized by David Allen in his book “Getting Things Done”. It consists of taking an hour or two at the end of each week to get yourself organized. Muchelleb has a great video on how to do a weekly reset so I’m going to leave the link here.
More good thinking habits
- Schedule a coffee or lunch date once a month with your best friend
- Set a time limit on social media scrolling
- Watch motivational and inspiring videos