7 Good Habits To Pick Up This Fall
Why wait for the new year to make a resolution? If you start now, you will have made some good habits before the end of 2018! Here are some ideas to pick up on this fall, such as drinking more water, taking time out of every day for self-care, and increasing your daily step count with a walk in nature.
Drink More Water
Especially with being smack in the middle of holiday season, drinking more water will help you to see huge benefits in your daily life. Did you know that often times when we think we’re hungry, we’re really thirsty? Try drinking a glass of room temperature water before every meal and snack, and it will not only keep you super hydrated, but it will also help cut back on unneeded calories. You can easily keep up with this habit from the comfort of your Glenwood apartment, as most buildings have filtered water throughout. Bonus points for squeezing fresh lemon into your water!
Tips For Making This A Habit: To make drinking water part of your daily routine, invest in a water bottle you love and carry it with you at all times. If you’re into tech, download the app My Water, which will help you track your daily intake of water. That way, if it’s 3pm and you’re only to 18% of your daily goal, you will be getting reminders to chug, chug, chug!
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Self-care is actually a habit that should be easy for you to incorporate, because it’s all about loving on yourself! On airplanes, they always make the announcement at the beginning of a flight to put on your air mask before assisting others, and that’s pretty much what self-care is. It’s all about taking care of yourself first, so that you will be able to take care of your family, job, friends, and all the other tasks that make up everyday life. Many things can fall under the umbrella of self-care, but some examples are massages, pedicures, or your favorite restorative yoga class.
Tips For Making This A Habit: Pinpoint the self-care rituals that most excite you. If you really anticipate the ritual (i.e. your Monday night meditation class), you will be more likely to stick to it, even when the rest of life gets really busy.
Reading is one of the best habits for intellectual development you can pick up (and no, it doesn’t matter what you’re reading as long as you’re doing it!) However, as we get older it seems harder to find the time to read. Consider having certain portions of your day only to be used for reading. These can be your subway commute, the hour before bedtime, or when you’re waiting to go into appointments or meetings.
Tips For Making This A Habit: The New York City Public Library is a fantastic and free resource available to all NYC residents. They have physical books you can check out, as well as eBooks. Put a hold request in for the books you’re dying to read, and they will email you as soon as the books are ready for pickup!
Eat More Fresh Food
While “eating healthy” can feel like a daunting task this time of year, “eating more fresh food” actually feels quite doable! Instead of telling yourself you can’t indulge in the cheeseball and pumpkin pie, simply tell yourself that you have to first eat your day’s worth of fresh vegetables and fruit, and then it’s fair game.
Tips For Making This A Habit: Jump start your day with fresh fruit. It can be eaten whole, sauteed, thrown into a smoothie, baked into muffins, or tossed on top of your oatmeal, yogurt, or cereal. Then you’ve already mastered this habit before leaving your Glenwood apartment!
If you’ve ever wondered why New Yorkers are in better shape than people in other parts of the country (no judgement!), it’s because we have to walk so much more, and can’t rely on cars to get us everywhere! By increasing our daily step count, it’s automatic exercise.
Tips For Making This A Habit: Give yourself a personal daily step goal, and aim to meet it every day by tracking it on your smartphone or with your smart jewelry/watch. If you reach your goal daily for 30 days, reward yourself with a treat!
Get Out In Nature
Whether you live Downtown, on the Westside, or on the Upper East Side, you have a beautiful park at your fingertips! Take advantage of the greenery and make a point to get into nature several times a week. This will help alleviate stress and anxiety, plus it is great for your physical body as you breathe in fresh air.
Tips For Making This A Habit: While you are increasing your step count (see above), choose to take some of those steps through a park. You’re killing two birds with one stone!
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Keep Clutter At Bay
There’s something to be said for a clear space equaling a clear mind, right? Likewise, a cluttered space tends to make us feel more on edge. Whether you’re choosing to keep on top of the clutter so that you can find things easier or so your Grand Tier home looks spick and span for last minute holiday visitors, taking care of clutter immediately helps in more ways than one.
Tips For Making This A Habit: Simply live by the motto that “everything has a place”, and put things back in their place as soon as you are done using them. Realistically, it takes the same amount of time to hang a jacket in the hall closet as it does to drape it on the back of your dining room chair.Tweet