healthy habits

Sure, it's useful to know what we weigh and to have healthy goals. Sometimes we're advised to weigh ourselves every single morning so we know exactly where we are and don't let things spiral out of control; other times we're told only to weigh ourselves once a week. But research shows that weighing ourselves frequently can be bad for our mental health: it's tied to depression, negative body image, and a bad mood. If you're one of those people ruled by the tyranny of a morning weigh-in ritual, we'd like to suggest you free yourself from it and stop wasting those first precious moments of daily consciousness staring down at your toes and despairing at whatever number you see.

Instead, here are 30 life-affirming and glad-to-be-alive healthy habits to jumpstart with all the time and mental energy you're going to save when you stop getting on the scale every single morning:

  • Close your eyes and take 5 deep breaths to center yourself for the day ahead
  • Do 10 jumping jacks
  • Do 3 downward dogs
  • Do a minute of bed-yoga
  • Try to remember your dreams from the night before and write them down
  • Take an extra-long shower
  • Make yourself a real breakfast and eat it sitting down
  • Pack a lunch
  • Wear a skirt
  • Change your earrings
  • Put your hair up
  • Add a scarf
  • Come up with a positive, intention-filled mantra for the day ("Kind, compassionate heart." "Strong energetic body." "Creative positive mind." "Funny goofy doofus.")
  • Write down something you need to accomplish
  • Write down something you want to experience
  • Go outside and look at the sky
  • Hug your dog
  • Appreciate your body
  • Be grateful for your home
  • Text someone to wish them a great day
  • Pick someone you want to reach out to later -- by text, email, phone call -- just to say hello
  • Read one great poem
  • Learn one new word
  • Let one inspiring quotation frame your day
  • Listen to one really great song
  • Enjoy every single sip of your coffee
  • Think of the next vacation you're going to take
  • Remember someone who's gone and why you loved them
  • Think about someone you love and why you're grateful for them
  • Remember that life is short so wherever you go, take the long way