Habits I Wish I Would Have Started Five Years Ago

You know the ones.
The ones that go on your New Years resolutions list EVERY SINGLE YEAR. And then in December, you look back on them with all of the regret because you literally made no progress. Yep. That's been me with these five things… until now. While many people wait until January to change their lifestyle, I decided last year that things needed to change. Right. Now. So instead of waiting until 2018, I made five changes that are now habits that I'm working hard to maintain every single day. All of these changes have made my life exponentially better, and I truly wish I had of started them years ago.

 

Exercise every single day.

When I was in college, I was really good at taking advantage of our campus gym. (Mostly because it was a good way to procrastinate and watch TV for an hour!) But when I graduated, I got married the next day and photographed my first wedding as a full time photographer the next weekend. Needless to say, a lot changed all at once, and I didn't know how to manage it all. I began to devote all of my spare time and attention to growing my new business. Daily exercise wasn't a priority, and over the years, it became pretty normal for me to not leave the house at all. I know, I know. I didn't realize how much this effected me until I started feeling super sluggish and moody. So, last year I finally started taking steps toward living a more active lifestyle, and implemented daily walks into my routine. I listen to podcasts while I walk so I still feel like I'm getting work done, but I have so much more energy and feel massively more productive when I get out of the house for an hour. #adultingwin

Quick tip: Get a pedometer and make it a goal to take 10,000 steps a day (or close your rings if you have an apple watch!). Having a measurable goal has been so helpful for me.

 

Drink lots of water.

This is sort of along the same lines, except I've never been great at drinking enough water. I'm more of a coffee all day kind of girl, and it's not uncommon for me to go an entire day without drinking anything else. The biggest thing that's helped me in this department is to purchase a water bottle that keeps my water cold all day (because I hate lukewarm water) and force myself to carry it everywhere with me. To be honest, I still struggle with this one… but I’m really trying.

 

Save for retirement.

Okay, but seriously - no one told me this was something I should have started a long time ago. Like, I learned a lot of completely useless things in high school; why couldn't they have taught us this?! Or in college? We had to take an entire semester long class on how to navigate campus life, but no one ever mentioned compound interest. It wasn't until my mid twenties that I realized this was something that I should have started years ago, and I feel kind of cheated out of a lot of valuable saving years that I'll never get back.

 

Sleep with my phone in a different room.

This one habit has drastically changed my morning routine for the better. Read more about that here.

 

Eat a plant-based diet.

Last May, I decided to try a vegan diet for a few weeks to see how it effected my health, and I'm at a place now that I never want to go back. Over the past 9 months, I've discovered a love for cooking that I've never had before, and I feel really good about the fact that the food I'm putting in my body is nourishing it and contributing to my health.

 

Now it's your turn! I'm curious - Are there any changes you wish you would have made to your lifestyle years ago?
Tell me in the comments below!