How to Set a Healthy Routine

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A lot of people out there are truly happy people, yet they still are not able to solidify a healthy, proactive routine and lifestyle for themselves. It is tough for anyone to learn to police and parent him or herself, but it is a necessary habit if you want to get the most out of life. For reasons both mental and physical, living within a healthy routine will give you a greater longevity in life and happiness. This is because of the health factors, but just as importantly, it is because a consistent, healthy routine will set you up well in multiple areas of your life. Here is a brief overview of how to start a healthy, productive routine for yourself.
Firstly, remember that it takes three weeks to create a habit. This is a scientifically proven theory, and it just speaks to how your brain works. Twenty one days of repetition is what it takes for your brain to start anticipating and needing the certain activity that you are making routine.
Start simple. The hardest part about overhauling a lifestyle is thinking about it on big terms like that. The key is baby steps. Your goal is to start making each day more productive, with that then leading to weeks, months, and years of better productivity. So start by just making your bed in the mornings. Simple acts of cleaning spark your desire to be productive, and they are contagious. Instead of stressing about what you have to do at work, or at school, or in some other area of your life, turn your brain off and fix up your room.  Make your bed, sort your laundry, take a shower. Once you get done with these things you will have a slight buzz of euphoria. This is because you will feel good about having cleaned up a few things, yourself included. This generates ambition for the day, and will help you tackle bigger, more complex obstacles throughout your day.
Engage in physical activity in the morning. Along with tidying up a few areas of your living space, exercise in the mornings. Do this in the morning because most people view working out as a burden, and this way the deed is done right off the bat. Not only will this spark your physical energy, but it will spark your mental energy as well. It is scientifically proven that physical exercise in the morning helps your mind cope with stresses that arrive throughout the following day. So, for anyone that is not a morning person, bite the bullet and work out to set your mood right for the day.
Give yourself personal time each day. Whether you are a full time student or a full time employee, or both, it is important to give yourself time each day away from your main priority. Despite overwhelming stresses from school or work, most times it is important to tune your brain out from these things, and focus on doing something you enjoy. Relax with friends or with some quality me-time. Either way, do something you enjoy each day, because this does wonders for your morale.

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