Who doesn’t want to change his or her lifestyle for the better? And who doesn’t like to quit some habits and replace them with better one?
Quitting old habits is not easy, but the beginning of a new year can be an opportunity to try, especially if we remember that we are a role model to our children and that they imitate our behaviors later on.
Therefore, start your new year by improving your habits immediately and before it is too late, according to the education and family psychology expert Myriam Imad. She recommends a number of positive behaviors that can enhance self esteem, clairvoyance, nourish your soul and even change your life for the better. It might take some time but it is worthwhile.
Positive behaviors that can change your life:
- Express your gratitude constantly and stop complaining. Gratitude has a positive influence on you and your family members.
- Smile as much as possible. You will realize that people will act differently around you and will treat you with more positivity.
- Admit your mistakes and the mistakes of others. The first step to accept yourself and reconcile with others is to admit your mistakes to correct them. This behavior will set the example for other family members.
- Work on overcoming problems and addressing them with reason, wisdom, and calmness. Small or big problems exist always however one should not surrender to them but rather try to solve them.
- Eat healthy and safe food. Ditch the bad eating habits that harm your health and your husband and children’s health. Avoid fried food and fat and avoid as much as possible the consumption of sugar. Try to cook healthy meals at home.
- Sleep early and try to get 7 – 8 hours of sleep. It will improve your health and mood and thus your productivity
- Be organized; make your bed in the morning. At the beginning of the New Year, encourage your children to be organized and more responsible.
- Exercise; stop giving excuses to avoid it. Set a daily time to exercise and it is better to find a friend or neighbor willing to join you; you can go for a walk for example in the neighborhood.
- Save money and spend wisely. If you squander your money, try to elaborate a saving plan and put as much as you can in a bank account for your children.
- Write down a list of the habits you want to change this year so that you won’t forget with time. Go through this list at least once a week and work on executing all the points. Do not surrender to your old habits easily.
- Spend more time with the family. Allocate more time to follow up on your children’s homework at home, to hold discussions and to play with them. This can highly affect their emotional, intellectual, and educational growth at the same time.
- Visit your children’s school at least once a month. Talk to their teachers; get information on everything related to them and on what you can do to help them at home.