Good Habits How Much Is Enough?.
People are always talking about the good habits one way or the other. be it eating healthy, waking up early, drinking plenty of water, this and that.
Though practically it takes a long time to develop any good habit, and consistently stick to it – the big question here is how much of good habits are enough.
I have picked 5 good habits which most of us are crazy about to discuss here.
Lets see how much of those good habits are enough. And lets see is it worth stressing over those habits or not.
Good Habits How Much Is Enough
For as long as I remember, I was always seeking good advice from books and people around me (now social media too) which would help my personal development to next level. Till date I am obsessed with developing good habits, productivity and time management.
Anywhere I see an article which headline says “The only productivity tip you need to know” or something like “10 Good habits you should have mastered before age 30” I am totally hooked on to it.
These are some of the good habits I have been overdoing these years and now that I do them only in moderation.
1. Get Enough Sleep
While poor sleeping does harm to heart and brain function over the period, oversleeping can also increase the risk of death from heart problems by 34%, according to a health magazine.
Well, unintentionally I was sleeping for more than the required amount of 7 to 8hrs in a day for many reasons. Now I wake up as soon as the alarm goes off, immediately grab a cup of warm water and open the garden gate for fresh air. While I do this I am also sipping a cup of hot water watching my garden and distant trees and birds as I begin the day.
Furthermore, I even moved my cook and maid’s working schedule from evening to morning time. So that I will be awake to monitor them. While they are busy working, I pack the snacks, fruits, fill water bottles, pack my office bags and lay out clothes for the day. While I am doing all these things, I am gearing my body for my yoga / home workouts.
I workout for about an hr on the workout days and on the non-workout day I walk usual distance of 2kms in the evenings.
I track my fitness and quality of sleep with my Amazfit watch gifted by my hubby in 2019, the best gift for my well-being ever. With this smartwatch I can track my sleep, my fitness activity, receive calls, emails and app notifications.
I am now aware of the total time I sleep, and very conscious not to overdo it.
So, quality of sleep is important than ritually sticking to 8hrs of sleep. To get the quality of sleep you desire, it is important to move your body more, get little of workout of done and also, keep a watch on mental health.
I can never get more of the exercise, but for the past couple of months I am more than happy with my commitment to fitness.
I have been consistently walking daily in the park or in the gym nearby after my office hrs. And guess what, I have walked 49 kms total in the Jan 2020 alone.
And I strive hard to get 3x weekly power yoga classes in the early morning, but I don’t push too hard like I used to do before. I listen to my body and give it a rest whenever required.
Losing the weight is not the goal any more, being fit is.
Earlier, missing the workout schedule had caused me a lot of stress throughout the day. No more stress on a strict workout regimen. Instead I move my body more, take more steps, drink lot of water and sleep enough. Happy with this progress so far.
3. Healthy Eating and Diet
The one thing I am proud of my achievements in the past couple of years is that I have acquired a great deal of knowledge about food, health and illnesses.
Naturally, as an extremist, I have taken every aspect of healthy living seriously and tried implementing everything altogether in my life. I calculated Macros and Micros in food that I eat, weighed and cooked only the exact amount of calories needed to supplement my body and strive hard not to deviate from the schedule.
When I started realizing my obsessive healthy eating is putting stress on my regular life, I decided to be flexible and smart.
Rather than restricting myself only to home cooked meals, I started being flexible on eating out, but watched the portion size. Furthermore, I stopped being obsessive about cooking the healthy meals 3x a day, every single day. Instead I cooked only one meal a day which is a well balanced healthy meal.
I even hired a cook to prepare my meals on weekdays with minimum 2 veggies and a salad. On the weekends I cook our favorite meals to my heart’s content.
Now I don’t fret over calories but focus only on portion control. I no longer tired to go yoga or office. I have all the energy I needed for going to fitness and office.
After overcoming stress and fatigue, my mind has become free to focus more on other important things. Like writing in my blog, reading my bucket list of books, gardening, and photography.
4. Treat People Well
I take pride in how I treat people and how I pamper my guests when they are at my home. Yes I agree that treating people well, respecting them are all good characteristics of a host.
There were times people tested my patience and gave me a headache.
I have always been more understanding and more forgiving, but being tolerant to such people has put a stress on me over the period.
Soon, I started saying No to people who don’t respect me and my house.
I am no longer friends with the person who dont reply to my calls and texts.
Purposefully I stay away from people who are constantly needy and always find a way to get things from me.
I no more see the face of people who think or being arrogant with one or more of the following–
- How they are better people than me and my hubby.
- How they call themselves a hero when they are nothing but a dead weight and burden to their parents.
- How they are born with a silver spoon inside a gutter.
- How much attitude they show even when they are living off from someone’s hard earned money.
Saying No to toxic people is not a bad habit at all.
Refusing to let people take advantage of you does not make you a bad person.
Sabotaging your self esteem by treating those people is definitely a bad habit. Stop now.
Taking such small decisions in relationships, keeping undeserving people at a distance has made me feel like a super woman. I felt my self esteem has grown many folds since I have made this decision.
Life is happy now. I should have done this a long time ago, I deeply regret being hard on myself those many years, thankfully I don’t anymore.
If you were told to treat people even if they were rude to you – then stop right now.
Putting yourself first – is the best thing you can do to your body and mind.
5. Read Books
If you like reading books, know that you don’t have to read every single book recommended by the people you admire.
For example, I personally like Bill Gates a lot. Well who doesn’t?
But I can not think of reading all the books recommended by him (I follow him on Youtube).
Also I don’t stress myself on sticking to the book if I don’t enjoy it or find it hard to grab the content.
I close the book and move on to the next one.
Here are some of the books on self – development I enjoyed reading all these years. All of these books are recommended by most influential people I follow.
I am Happier Now
Before I decided to do the above mentioned habits in moderation, I gave myself really a long time to think and decide on it. I had this constant pressure on my mind that I had to give up being obsessive on those habits. I had to learn to put myself first in relationships and unlearn the things that led me to stress.
Also, along the way, I had learnt to handle the criticism well.
Looks like I have been spending a lot of time worrying and stressing on the many things so far.
Now I do everything in moderation which helped me a great deal in anxiety.
What are the other good habits you think that we have to take it easy and do it moderation?.