5 Simple Daily Habits to Change Your Life
- [Narrator] Hey, Psych2Goers,
welcome back to another video.
Do you feel like your life is in a rut?
As the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said,
"Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny."
Sometimes we just need the right habits
to turn our life around.
With that said, here are five simple
but powerful habits that will change you forever.
Number one, work backwards from your goals.
Do you remember the last time you set goals and failed?
Don't worry, we've all been there.
Research from Oxford University shows
the best way to achieve a big goal
is a method called WOOP,
which stands for wish, outcome, opportunity, and plan.
First, identify a challenging goal.
That's your wish.
Next, vividly visualize the best outcomes from the wish.
Then think of the obstacles
that stand between you and your wish.
Finally, plan small actions to achieve the goal,
and overcome your obstacles.
A study published
in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education
demonstrated that the WOOP strategy
is more effective than regular goal-setting,
which is usually too wishy washy to get results.
Number two, do one thing every day that scares you.
When's the last time you stepped outside,
not just your comfort zone,
but then did something that truly terrified you?
It's easy to stick to what's familiar to avoid pain,
but life is never going to be completely comfortable.
Try to dive in headfirst, and embrace challenges.
Every day, aim to do one thing that scares you.
Try making small talk with a stranger,
and go skydiving, or ask out your crush.
Take opportunities to make the most of life,
but please be reasonable and keep safe.
We at Psych2Go don't want you to take up lion wrestling.
Number three, remember the end of your life.
How often do you think about the end of your life?
We know it sounds depressing,
but it can actually be exhilarating.
When you are mentally stuck in the present,
tasks seem urgent, squabbles seem overwhelming,
mistakes seem unbearable, and risks seem terrifying.
Instead, imagine you're on your deathbed
at the age of 80 or 90, looking back on your entire life.
When you reminisce
on the most significant moments of your whole life,
will you remember every little squabble and mistake?
What will you regret more, taking a big risk or staying safe
and wondering what could have been?
When you think of your life from a future perspective,
all your problems become much smaller,
and your purpose becomes much clearer.
Number four, be playful.
Life's too short to be serious.
How many of the best moments of your life were full of joy,
play, and connection with others?
Probably most of them.
How many of them were full of seriousness,
chores, and routines?
Probably not many.
All the weird quirks that made life joyful as a child
are still yours to nurture in the present
if you have a playful attitude.
We are not suggesting you neglect your duties,
but even these can be turned into games.
Any task can easily become a fun challenge or competition
if you're awarded points,
and get rewarded at the end for winning.
And number five, sleep well.
After all the previous tips,
it's time to close with something simple.
Have a good night's sleep, and you will have a good day.
Scientists recommend about six to seven hours
of sleep each night.
Any less, and your mental wellbeing will suffer,
even if you don't realize it.
Sleep deprivation causes stress hormones
to destabilize your mood,
block your problem-solving ability,
and generally ruin your day.
It might be tempting to stay up one more hour,
but one more hour of sleep will pay off much better.
Do you think you'll use these habits in your life?
Let us know in the comments below,
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if you think it will help someone else.
The studies and references used
are listed in the description below.
Until next time, friends, take care,
and thanks for watching.