Looking for daily habits for a healthy mindset that you can start implementing into your life? I cannot emphasize enough how having mindset habits infused into your everyday lifestyle is key when it comes to creating a healthy lifestyle.
So many people search the internet every day looking for quick-fixes for eating healthier, losing weight, + working out consistently. The truth? There is no quick fix. It takes dedication, educating yourself, experimenting with routines, + flexing your discipline muscles.
What is the root of this healthy lifestyle tree + what truly gives it growth is your daily habits around mindset. Meaning, the habits you create to check your mental state: how you think about others + yourself, your level of stress + anxiety, finding ways to manage overwhelm, highlighting the good, dealing with negativity, working through the difficult feelings + times, etc.
Below is a long list of 18 daily habits for a healthy mindset.
No, I don’t expect you to [nor should you!] to do all of these every day… it’s quite impossible. But, even just choosing 3-5 to create habits to start with will push the needle forward in your healthy lifestyle journey.
Let’s dive in:
1 | GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
First + foremost, this should be the #1 mindset habit that you should prioritize. Without a good night’s sleep, healthy habits you’re going to try to create throughout the day [healthy eating, working out, being productive, etc] will be hard to do. Sleeping enough strengthens your ability to say NO to habits that won’t serve you + YES to the healthier behaviors. Why? Your mind will be more clear + you’ll have more energy to make better choices.
2 | CREATE CLEAR ROUTINES
Habits are everything when it comes to creating a healthy everyday lifestyle, especially when you infuse a few together to create strong daily routines. This includes having clear morning routines that set up your mindset for the day, as well as evening routines to end the day productively/positively so you can have a good night’s rest to do it all over again the next day. Also, routines around healthy eating, exercising, mindset, etc.
- Related: HOW TO CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE
3 | JOURNALING
Finding time to journal daily is a great way to create a positive mindset every day. You don’t need to sit for 10-20 minutes + write a novel. Just carve out even 1-3 minutes to jot down your thoughts + feelings to get them out of your mind + out on paper. Find a journal you enjoy taking out + writing in so you feel inspired to actually want to take it out + use it! Don’t overthink it. There are no rules you need to follow. Just write!
- Related: TIPS FOR STARTING A JOURNALING HABIT
4 | SETTING DAILY INTENTIONS
Setting a few daily intentions each day is a great way to start off your morning. When I journal, I love to end my entry doing this. Intentions are just writing out what you want your day to be like. This can include how you want to feel, treat others, what you want to work on, who you’d like to help, what you’d like to create/focus on, etc.
5 | PRACTICING GRATITUDE
You can also do this in your journal. But, you don’t necessarily need to write down things you’re grateful for [although I highly recommend doing that]. At any point in the day you can stop when you’d like to take a moment to think of the big + really small good things in your life.
6 | MEDITATING + MEDITATIVE READING
Stop overthinking meditating! It doesn’t have to be this deep, long experience where you think of nothing [literally… don’t think I’ve ever been able to do that!]. Meditating just means taking any amount of time, pausing, breathing, + checking in with your thoughts. I like to do “meditative reading” just simply reading a short 1-3 minute passage from this book.
7 | READING FICTION + NON-FICTION
Reading is so highly underrated. No one is not a reader… you just haven’t found books you enjoy! Reading allows for growth, learning, reflection, understanding of others/yourself, challenging your thoughts + opinions, etc. You can learn an incredible amount from both fiction + non-fiction books. These are my top 5 favorite self-help books right now.
8 | PAUSING + BREATHING
At any time of the day where you are feeling anything negative [stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, etc], just pause + focus on your breathing. Better yet, go outside + do this! Sometimes, you just need 10-30 seconds to refocus your thoughts so you can come up with a positive-fueled plan to take on the rest of the day.
9 | TAKING DIGITAL BREAKS
I cannot stress this one enough! Creating a daily mindset habit where you step away from technology [your computer, phone, tv, etc] can work wonders on your mental state. We don’t even realize how much we live with our faces in front of screens. Simply leaving your phone/computer in another room for 20-30 minutes at a time can really help your mindset.
10 | REVIEWING YOUR GOALS + HABITS
Part of having a healthy mindset is setting goals [big or small] for the future around anything you’re trying to improve in your life. Then, attach small habits to them + create daily routines. Reviewing what these goals + habits every day is a great daily mindset habit to keep you focused on what you want to prioritize.
- Related: HOW TO SET 3-6 MONTH GOALS + HABITS
11 | HAVE A PLAN FOR THE DAY AHEAD
You burn a lot of energy every day making thousands of teeny tiny decisions. The more decisions you don’t have to make, the stronger your mentality will be because you’ll use less brainpower. So, take just 1-5 minutes a day to write out a plan for the day + check it off as you go. Try to keep your list short, clear, + realistic.
- Related: HOW I PLAN WEEKLY + DAILY
12 | EAT THE FROGS RIGHT AWAY
Don’t know what this means? You HAVE to read this short, but incredible, book about productivity. Frogs are the things you usually put off every day, but they’re the tasks that are going to move you forward in reaching your goals. So, get those tasks over as soon as you can in the day [eat those frogs!] so they aren’t weighing on your mind.
- Related: 7 OF THE BEST PRODUCTIVITY HACKS
13 | EAT HEALTHY
It’s no secret that eating crappy food makes you feel crappy. Make the effort to slowly change your diet every day to incorporate more whole foods + less processed foods. Whole foods are what helps not only your waistline, but massively affects your mindset, energy, + mental clarity.
14 | DRINKING ENOUGH WATER
Get your water in!! It’s so important. Just like healthy eating, drinking enough water will help improve the way your brain functions + how you respond to everyday situations around you. Try drinking from a large bottle like mine HERE so you know exactly how much you’re drinking as the day goes by. Below are larger water bottles I highly recommend.
15 | EXERCISING + GOING ON WALKS
Try to make a daily mindset habit of moving your body as much as you can, not just simply a 30-40 minute workout — although I’d love you to do that! Focusing on getting enough steps in using fitness trackers like these + going on frequent walks can do wonders for your daily mindset.
16 | LISTEN TO PODCASTS
If you don’t already listen to podcasts, you need to start! Listening to podcasts daily is a key habit that helped me at the beginning of my self-help journey + it is still a clear habit for me 4+ years later. There are thousands of great podcasts like these about self-help/mindset, entertainment, learning skills, etc. It doesn’t have to be anything super intelligent! It’s a great way to simply mentally take a break for a bit without looking at a screen.
- Related: 7 REASONS TO LISTEN TO PODCASTS
17 | MAKE TIME FOR HOBBIES
Although our families + jobs take up a lot of our time each day, it’s really important to find time to fit your hobbies in when you can. So, make a list of things that make you really happy. They might be a house project, creating something, reading, etc.
18 | KEEP GOOD COMPANY
Ever hear that saying about how you are the 5 people you surround yourself with the most? It’s very true — so be very mindful of who you allow to fill these sacred spots in your life. Also, be mindful of what you’re consuming on tv/social media because it does have a huge impact on your daily thoughts + feelings.
READY TO CREATE SOME HABITS?
- Download THIS free habit tracker.
- Choose 3-5 habits from above.
- Fill them into your tracker.
- Print it + display it.
- Start tracking!