8 Healthy Habits that make a Successful Individual

  1. Water, Light, and Movement. 

Mornings aren’t everyone’s favorite thing. They can be hectic, unorganized, and purely unpleasant. Most days you feel like a fish out of water, trying to keep your eyes open, tiredly contemplating if you’re going to have the mental capability to live this day, but you will. 

Just remember: water, light, and movement. Open your eyes and take a sip of water. Getting that cold, refreshing H2O into your system first thing when you wake up kick starts your body, its circulation, and all the other systems that have (hopefully) been on vacation for 8+ hours. 

Next: light. Open your blinds. Get your eyes to spring out of their sockets (that would sure wake you up!) and look at all the beautiful colors that make up this world, or in this case your standard, quintessential-but-homey dorm room. Natural light has been proven to elevate mood and energy levels, so you might even be able to skip that morning coffee. 

Lastly: movement. Jump, dance, hop, stretch, skip, or even walk. If you get up right away, your much less likely to get back into bed and snooze the alarm that one last time. Mornings set the tone and pace for your day, so focus on yourself, and set yourself up for success. 

stretch it out like them

2) Make your bed

 “The state of your bed is the state of your head.” This may seem trivial and pointless, but it has a significant effect on your attitude and engagement throughout the day. Your room is your sanctuary. It should be a place that feels like an escape from all the chaos happening in the real world; try to keep it clean, swept, and organized. Making your bed also reinforces the idea that the little things in life matter. 

(make the right side be yours)

3) Make a list of the 7 things you want to accomplish today

Whether it’s homework, workouts, or even just plain and straightforward chores, 7 is the perfect number because it’s manageable and achievable. When you plan your goals for each day, it keeps your life organized and optimizes your productivity. 

(learning how to master spike ball can even be a priority on your list)

4) Wash your face

Regardless of whether you consider yourself a beauty guru or despise skin care, washing your face is crucial. It takes less than 60 seconds and results in more radiant, healthy, hydrated skin. A cleansed face makes anyone feel more confident, which is a vital ingredient for having a successful and killer day. When you feel good, you can surmount any hurdle. 

5) Read read read

Whether it’s 10 minutes or 1 hour, let your brain get spunky and dance in its imagination. Reading helps relieve tension and stress through immersing yourself in someone else’s tale,it gives you perspective on your own. 

6) Say thank you

You wouldn’t be where you are right now if it weren’t for others. Whether it’s your parents, friends, teachers, coaches, mentors, or even the people who walked into your life for a brief second, they did something for you. It is important to thank these people whether  they had generous or meager impact on you. Appreciation is a value that is often forgotten but forms the basis of a strong individual. We are all a team: no habit can happen without someone else previously being there for you. Just think about that for a second, then call these people and tell them you’re thankful. 

(Blair kids love their family, especially on grandparents day)

7) Go outside

We live on a beautiful planet that offers and gives so much every day— sun, rain, wind, light: everything. Therefore, embrace it and take advantage. It could be taking a walk with your best friends or playing frisbee with your dad– try to take at least 7 minutes of direct nature and sun. No phones– plug out. Disconnect to connect. Also, remember the more vitamin D in your system, the happier you feel. More than 40% of Americans are vitamin D deficient:don’t let this be you. (healthline.com)

8) Eat some breakfast

Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a breakfast fanatic, it’s important. Breakfast gives you the energy to get things done, improve concentration and memory, and reduces hunger crashes. Simply eating breakfast will turn these “not so fun” periods into an “I’m-prepping-to-live-my-best-life” kinda moments.

(Copyright, 2019, Sophia Papadopoulo)

Sophia Papadopoulo

Sophia Papadopoulo '22 has been at Oracle since her freshman year at Blair Academy and is a writer and editor. She works and manages different aspects of the Oracle and focuses on lifestyle articles centered around her interests and the Blair community. She is from Bermuda and is very happy to be returning for 2020-2021.