There are some habits that help you to become an overall happier, smarter, and more well-rounded person. When life gets busy and we feel pressed for time, it can be easy to let some of these enriching habits fall by the wayside. That’s a real shame because taking time to recharge ourselves in ways that are enjoyable can have a tremendously positive impact on our energy levels, outlook, and attitude. Reading is a simple habit that can improve your life in so many ways. Take a look at some reasons why you should rekindle that reading habit.
Your brain needs exercise to stay sharp. You either use it or lose it. A House With Four Rooms advocates for a visit to your Mental Room...and reading is a great way to maintain mental stimulation and "air" out your room. You keep your mind busy during the process of reading and use various thought processes while interpreting the material. Reading is a wonderful way to keep your...
Personal finance is something many of us know little about. Sure, we pay our bills, save some money, and maybe invest a bit; however, in order to thrive financially, it’s important to really understand the power of money and our relationship with it, along with how it works and what it can do for us in the future. This post will give you a quick view of the importance of personal finance and how you can start educating yourself about it in order to manage your own financial future.
Why Personal Finance Is Important
When you understand how money works, you’ll have a better idea of how to manage your own supply of it. This will give you peace of mind and security that you’re doing all you can to put yourself in a good position. You’ll also be able to take charge of your finances. Knowing the value of a dollar and how it works will give you the incentive to truly save all you can and make...
Many of us have complicated relationships with food; I know I do. I recovered from anorexia after my divorce, and I still have a complicated relationship with food and continue to work with a health coach. Giving up your favorite food can be difficult, as well as quite emotional. Developing healthy eating habits is an overwhelming task for most people, but it can be done. One way to help is by creating new habits to stop stress eating and boredom snacking. Check out these tips.
The first step to ending emotional eating is to become aware of it. Knowing when you reach for food based on how you feel or if you’re bored can clue you into patterns. Recognizing your triggers and typical actions is key to creating better responses. You can use a food diary to track your eating habits. This diary can be as simple as a log with pen and paper or you can opt for an electronic version...
Physical activity is good for you. Sure, you know this, but who has time to go to the gym? Making time for regular exercise is probably best in the long run, but even small changes to your daily activity levels can make a difference. There are things you can do that won’t interfere with your schedule and can easily be added to your regular routine. Check out these five healthy habits to get you moving more.
Take the Stairs
You’ve probably heard this one before, but that’s because it works. Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible. These extra steps throughout your day add up. It doesn’t take much longer to walk up the stairs, and the cardio workout you get is well worth it. Starting out can be tough if you’ve been sedentary for a while, so do leave some extra time and go slow. Soon, you’ll start to notice that taking the stairs requires less effort.
Park Far Away
Another trick to maintaining new habits is to make them fun. Even things that are out of your comfort zone and may not seem like a great time can be turned into a game. Adding this element to habit forming helps to make your new routine easier and makes it stick. Staying active is one way to approach getting fit in a fun way. Use these tips to add fun to your new active lifestyle.
Invite a Friend
Working out can be a lot more fun when you have a friend with you. The two of you can chat and cheer each other on. In addition, having someone there can ensure that you’re using good form. It also alleviates boredom. Plus, there’s nothing like having a friend to drag you out of bed on mornings you just want to skip the workout.
Change Your Mindset
Changing your mindset about these new habits can truly make a difference in how you feel about them. Instead of looking at it as...
Starting new habits is probably the most difficult part of the transformation process. In past posts, I’ve talked about how it takes time and repetition for your brain to begin to create new neural pathways that make these changes become routine and increase the chance of success. Tracking your habits can help you to maintain that routine in order to reach your goals. To see how it works, I’ll use the example of adding walking to your daily routine because this is one of my intentions for my leg rehab. Keep reading to learn more.
About Tracking Habits
Tracking your new habits simply means keeping a record of how often you complete them. Using our example of walking, it makes sense to determine a goal for how frequently and how far you wish to walk. Perhaps you want to start out with a half mile each day. Therefore, you would need to track your progress each day to determine if you...
This picture is of me in 2012 while hiking across the Pyrenees Mountains in France on the Camino de Santiago (the ancient pilgrimage route across Spain). I found myself at another Crossroads in my life and searching for answers.
Thankfully, I was following the philosophy of the Indian Proverb, A House With Four Rooms by doing something daily for my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. But, I needed more.
This pilgrimage nurtured the sacred journey I was on... to reconnect and discover myself. I learned essential lessons and was reminded of many more. I had questions; I found answers.
This new experience and learning opened my life up to living in a more intentional way. I was rebuilding my life and moving on and forward in a whole new direction.
Then in 2015, I had an emergency health scare and found myself bargaining with God. I survived bilateral pulmonary emboli and emergency open-heart surgery; and even though I...
You’ve probably heard of the term “bucket list.” I've mentioned the idea of compiling a personal bucket list before and that I got the idea from one of my favorite movies because I love the premise of living life to the fullest and making dreams come true. The movie was made popular by Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson and has maintained relative visibility among western culture. What you may not have considered is whether you should start your own list and how it could benefit you to do so. Creating a bucket list and checking things off can be a way to stretch yourself and to push you toward living your best life by achieving the things you’ve always dreamed about, but otherwise might never accomplish. Take a look at this summary of what a bucket list is, its benefits, and how you can start your own.
What It Is
The concept of a bucket list is simple. It’s just a list of the things you hope to do before you die. It can be...
We’ve talked about the importance of looking for opportunities, ways to take risks and to challenge yourself to live your best life. Pushing yourself to do things out of your "norm" opens you up to growing as a person. It increases your confidence and helps you to gain new skills. You’ll encounter people and experiences you otherwise wouldn’t by staying in place. There are so many reasons you should look for opportunities to learn more and to challenge yourself. In today’s post, I’d like to offer you some practical suggestions for ways you can actually start to find those opportunities. Start with these and then come up with some of your own ideas for creating the types of opportunities that will bring you closer to reaching your goals.
Do Something That Scares You
Why not take a big leap and do one thing that scares you? This exercise is even more...
Most of us have past regrets. There are things we wish we’d done differently or hurts we can’t seem to get past. Unfortunately, if you’re holding onto those things, you can’t move forward. Living in the past prevents you from living your best life now. When you spend time dwelling on something that happened or on what could have been, you aren’t focusing your energies on the here and now. Try these steps to let go of the past and start living now.
Let Yourself Feel
Sometimes we can’t get over the past because we haven’t let ourselves completely feel the emotions we associate with it. Try to get in touch with what you’re feeling in association with these meaningful events. Take notes or journal if it helps. Then allow the emotions to flow. Be angry if that’s what is appropriate. Cry if you need to let it out. Allowing yourself to feel pent-up emotions is...
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