The 8 Best New Habits I Built in 2015 (#7 is My Favorite) 45

my top new habits

I love new habits. The good ones, of course.

They are a sign we’ve been working on improving ourselves, have dedicated the necessary time and effort to develop them, have hacked the process of ingraining a new behavior and managed to stay consistent.

That’s great.

And to show you that I’m not only writing about all that, but actually taking action upon it daily, here are the best new habits I built this year:

1. Starting small.

Whatever I put my mind to, I know I should be starting small.

It’s like that with any habit we try to develop, and with anything big we want to achieve in life actually.

Great things start small. So I learned to break projects, goals or tasks down to smaller steps, then into even simpler and tinier ones. Then, I could start without feeling overwhelmed and take one action a day that could let me feel accomplished.

2. Accepting things I have no control over.

Truth is, many of the things in life depend on outer factors, like other people, daily circumstances, or life itself.

Too many of us spend our days trying to change what can’t be changed. I’ve been aware of that for a long time now but it’s this year that I finally let go of that ridiculous desire.

I feel so free and content now that I don’t try so hard to control everything and simply accept the fact that many things aren’t under my control.

3. Working on the ones I can control.

What I can do, however, and what we should all be doing, is taking action upon what we do control. That’s our habits, our mindset, the way we react to what happens in life, and how well we spend our time each day.

4. Tracking stuff.

Since I started tracking, I’m more productive and can see things that don’t work and do something to improve them.

5. Saying what I think.

I simplified communication so much by being direct and just sharing what’s on my mind instead of trying to guess what the other person is thinking about.

I suggest you do the same. We waste a lot of time and worries daily – and even ruin relationships – by making hints, trying to please others, not asking what we want to know, not saying it when we like someone, etc.
I stopped all that.

6. Prioritizing.

That’s a habit too, yes, as it’s something we should do all the time.

Life is sometimes a constant battle against distractions. It’s our job to stay focused on what we believe in and work on what we want to achieve. For that to happen, we need to prioritize daily and put the activities and things connected to our goals before anything else.

7. Not letting others talk me out of my goals.

Now that I’ve defined what I want and don’t want in life, and am doing something to get closer to my goals all the time, I’m also ruthless with them.

Consciously or not, other people are making us live by their standards and try to talk us out of what we’ve planned. That’s just one of the many distractions on the way to building a lifestyle we’ll be happy with.

So we need to be aware of that all the time. To stay focused on what we truly want and not let other people and their opinion and expectations get in the way.

8. Being ruthless with my most productive time.

I experimented a lot and found my most productive time – the first part of the day. Since then, I’ve been making the most of it by doing my work during that period without allowing people to bother me or myself to think about or do other things.

I made progress with many other habits and changes in my behavior and mindset too. But these are the best and most practical ones.

What about you? What are the top new habits you built in 2015?

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health 21

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health

While most people pay the most attention to their physical health and work hard to achieve a healthy body, they often overlook the potential mental health issues that may have been well tucked away.

Understanding and paying sufficient attention to your mental health issues is an action that should be prioritized in every situation. What could seem like the simplest mental health problem to you might actually be affecting your life in more ways that you can imagine.

Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t ignore the signs.

1. It Is Way More Common Than You Believe.

You might think that mental illness is not present in many situations but the truth is that almost everyone has or is facing such an issue.

In fact, one in five Americans suffers from some type of mental illness. The saddest part about this though, is that very few of them seek treatment.

The person affected by the illness can even be one of your family members. Sadly, symptoms are easy to hide and even people who are severely depressed can mask their health issues from their families and avoid getting help.

2. It Can Also Affect Your Physical Health.

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It is known from a long time ago that the connection between the mind and the body is strong. Any sort of physical distress can have a huge effect on your capability to work or focus on things around you. Following this same rule, any sort of mental problem can easily affect your physical health too.

The first few things that a mental illness will affect are your mood, energy levels, sleep cycles, appetite and quite possibly your sex drive. Along with these problems and as a result of them, your immune system can also be affected and that can lead to more often colds and an overall impairment of your physical health.

People who face mental illnesses are often left unmotivated and drained of energy.

The illness blurs your mind so much that you have no energy left to function properly in your everyday life. Ask any person that has faced a major depression and they will tell you just how much they let themselves go and how they stopped caring about simple everyday things, such as brushing their teeth or taking a shower.

Physical symptoms won’t take long to appear and you will simply keep increasing your risk factor of a number of health problems such as heart disease or heart palpitations, insomnia and fatigue. It is very important that you ask for help if you feel such symptoms arising. Make sure that you consult a board-certified practitioner to be certain that a mental problem is not the cause of them.   

3. It Plays an Important Role in Your Success.

One of the most frequent symptoms of a mental illness is the lack of motivation. You just feel so tired of everything, you find that you are not interested in what others are doing and you just end up losing interest in things you used to love.

The lack of mental health can, therefore, play a huge role in your success. No matter if you are a college student, an employee or a working parent, you can easily lose sense of what’s important to you and hinder your success in whatever role you might have.

In whichever situation you might be, you will definitely need to be able to be creative and productive. Your success in your studies or your workplace might be your only source of stability and income.

An untreated mental illness can be the reason behind your reduced productivity, your lack of creativity and your overall negative attitude towards your work.

Keep in mind that a large number of homeless people are those who are suffering from a mental illness but sadly left it untreated.

Looking for help and letting the mental health professionals guide you can take a lot of weight off your shoulders. It can help you see things from a different perspective and give you the courage and motivation you need to get back on track and find yourself again.

4. It Can Affect Your Relationship with Your Peers.

Most people who face a mental illness find themselves intimidated by social situations. Even spending time with friends or family can seem like a very tiring or pointless task and they will often opt out of it. It is important to remember that this does not apply only to depressed people, as many might think, but to a large area of mental issues.

Anxiety disorders can alienate a person from their circle because of the constant fear of something going wrong, of someone not liking them or of an overall new situation. It is very common for the solution to your mental health issue to be holding the key to you getting back your behavioral health.

Mental illness can also affect your relationship with your family.

Apart from losing contact with people you probably care about, you might even end up harming them more than you think. It is not rare to see a person struggle both financially but also emotionally when it comes to helping family members that are battling mental illness.

Another very important reason to not take your mental health lightly is for the sake of your children. It is very often reported that children of people who struggle with a mental illness are abused or neglected. That can play a huge role in their lives and affect their entire lives, from childhood to adulthood.

Make Your Mental Health an Everyday Goal!

There are many places to turn to for help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, otherwise known as NAMI, can be a great place to start. Through it, you can find a suitable medical center that will provide you with the suitable health services to help you regain your mental health.

It is important that you are not ashamed of your personal struggles or mental issues. Everything is part of the human nature and the fact that there are so many people available to help comes to show just how human this situation is and how much attention we, as a society, should be paying to this important issue.


Leona Henryson is a professional writer and passionate blogger. Her goal is to help people achieve their personal self-development and mental wellness.