How to create and maintain healthy habits for your eyes and for yourself
Why is it important to create healthy habits?
A habit, let alone a healthy habit, is defined as “an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary.” Some of us have acquired daily behaviors of eating well, or exercising. Maybe we have acquired the habit of a daily skincare, haircare, and dental care routine. Why then do so many of us lack the habit, that completely involuntary daily behavior of caring for our eyes? Why do so many of us take our eyes for granted, though we’re spending all sorts of time and money trying to make our eyes look younger, and more beautiful. I mean if we’re trying to make our eyes look their best, doesn’t it stand to reason that our eyes should feel their best too?
In this series, we will identify the multiple reasons why daily care for your eyes should become second nature. A part of your daily self care routine. We will provide expert tips, recommendations and access to the right tools and products to help you along the way.
But first, let’s dig into why it’s so important to create healthy habits.
- Happier Moods. For example, finding the time to exercise and eat healthy can stimulate the production of endorphins, a chemical that helps relieve stress, improves your sense of well being, and leaves you feeling happier. Additionally, habits such as joining a club or making social connections can help your body keep serotonin levels balanced. Serotonin is known as the “feel good” chemical, and when balanced it can lead to positive moods, feeling more focused, and a sense of calm.
- Energy Boost. Habits such as consistent exercise can improve your energy by increasing your endurance and promoting better nights of sleep. Endurance helps with the flow of oxygen to your body, making it more efficient so you have increased energy for other daily activities. A good night of sleep is known to boost productivity and memory. When you’re well rested your brain is sharper, more alert, and ready to take on the day’s tasks. Think about those nights before a big exam or presentation. Option one is the all nighter, perhaps allowing you more time to review. On the other hand, option two, getting a good night of sleep can actually improve your performance and allow your brain time to digest the information.
- Creates Accountability. Yes, building habits will make you happier, give you more energy, and lead to living a healthier lifestyle. Perhaps though, most importantly, building habits give you accountability. When you hold yourself accountable for a set of goals, you establish a sense of accomplishment. One goal begets another. Suddenly holding yourself accountable to your initial goal accumulates to building more habits. Those healthy habits lead to new healthy habits resulting in the positive outcome of accomplishing more of your goals.
Building healthy habits and creating accountability doesn’t have to happen in a vacuum. You don’t have to go it alone. Finding the right accountability partner…a friend, a coach, a set of educational resources or motivational tools can be critical in establishing and following through on healthy habits every day. We believe the same approach to building healthy lifestyle habits applies to taking care of your eyes as well. After all, everyone should have a best friend for their eyes! For more information about the importance of eye health and daily eye care routines, go to www.helpmyze.com.
Next up: Achieving your healthy habit goals