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Here are some healthy habits that can help you realize your full potential.
Concentrate on creativity
Many creative practices can be combined with mindfulness or meditation goals, too. Art meditation is a great way to find your “flow,” an almost autopilot state that allows you to focus on one activity for an extended period of time.
You may also enjoy gratitude journaling, which can benefit your mindfulness. Gratitude helps you reframe your thinking to more naturally notice the positives of everyday life and let go of negative pressures.
Enroll in a class
Group classes also help you socialize and meet new people. Collaborative environments like joining a sports team allow you to directly engage with one another and build teamwork skills. Classes with individual study still provide a social outlet, and you can pursue closer relationships on your own terms.
Get into meal prepping
Of course, meal prepping can also reduce a lot of daily stress and decision making. You can save time cooking and re-purpose those hours for your other hobbies, work, or play. It also reduces the amount of food you waste and allows you to buy ingredients in bulk, saving you money on your monthly grocery budget.
Self-care is so much more than a weekly bubble bath. It’s about changing your habits and lifestyle to support your needs and allow you to grow. Prioritizing your mental, physical, and financial health are all powerful ways to invest in yourself. Check out these other healthy habits to live happier.
David B. Younger, Ph.D. is the creator of Love After Kids, for couples that have grown apart since having children. He is a clinical psychologist and couples therapist with a web-based private practice and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, 16-year-old son, 7-year-old daughter and 9-year-old toy poodle.