Do Not Eat After 8 P.M.

This week's habit is short and simple--do not eat after 8 p.m. There is light at the end of this pandemic tunnel and, more and more, we are going back to wearing (and, hopefully, FITTING into) our normal clothes rather than just PJs or our comfortable athletic wear. Over the past few weeks, I've been … Continue reading Do Not Eat After 8 P.M.

VISUALIZE the Life You Want

When I began the 52 Weeks of Healthy Habits for Bright Light Living, life was definitely different.  The habits were designed to be implemented slowly, week by week, in order to create sustainable habits.  Rather than radically trying to change all aspects of our lives, the habits were designed to be manageable.  This week, I … Continue reading VISUALIZE the Life You Want

Establish a Morning Routine

Establish a morning routine that will kickstart your day into gear. Instead of tumbling out of bed and stumbling into the kitchen to pour yourself a cup . . .(sorry, a certain song is in my head), pull back the covers with a mission and fire within you. Your morning routine could involve the following---these habits … Continue reading Establish a Morning Routine

Reach Out to Friends

[Originally posted in March 30, 2020] I say this only in jest and to illustrate a point, but . . . sometimes it feels as if the pandemic is nothing more than one large psychology experiment to see how we, humans, do without daily interaction. And I can tell you, without a doubt, social interaction … Continue reading Reach Out to Friends

Meditate

I was holding off including this habit until I became more proficient at it.  If am being honest, my meditation practice is sporadic.  It is something that I've wanted to be diligent about, but the franticness of life has been my excuse for not practicing meditation daily. Until now. . .one good silver lining of … Continue reading Meditate

Hold Tight to Your Faith

[Originally posted March 2020] For this week’s Healthy Habit, I considered at least three other “habits" to share—all changing with the evolving circumstances of COVID-19. Last week involved me trying to make my fundraising goals despite growing fears of the virus. I tried to balance the reality of the situation with my need to press … Continue reading Hold Tight to Your Faith

Do Not Compare Yourself with Others

One of the most surefire ways to feel bad about yourself is to compare yourself with someone else.  It is easy to do -- you see someone who seems to have it all going on. You see others with more money, career success, a bigger house and you think, "Ugh, lucky them."  You may even … Continue reading Do Not Compare Yourself with Others

Say Only Kind Words . . .to YOURSELF!

If you don't have something nice to say, don't say it at all. I remember seeing that phrase on a school bulletin board back in elementary school, and since then I've tried to abide by those words.  I made it a point (I've not always done this, but I try) to not bad-mouth people, to … Continue reading Say Only Kind Words . . .to YOURSELF!

Celebrate Your Small Victories

Celebrate your small victories.  This week’s Bright Light Healthy Habit sounds so simple – so obvious. But for me, it’s not. Not always. Not when there is more to be accomplished. If you are competitive like me (competitive with yourself, that is), you may find yourself impatient with the time and steps involved in completing … Continue reading Celebrate Your Small Victories

Form a ONE Minute Habit

A habit is best formed when it becomes a routine, so what better way to form a routine than to make it quick and manageable . . . like something that can be done in ONE MINUTE. I say this because one minute seems doable, right?  It's not overwhelming to think about; it doesn't involve … Continue reading Form a ONE Minute Habit

Increase Your Odds by Taking Risks

[First posted in February 2020] On Saturday, my son made two three-point shots back to back at his basketball game. I was so proud of him—not necessarily because he made the shots, but because he TOOK them. Taking those far away shots is out of character for him. He loves basketball—likes to play it any … Continue reading Increase Your Odds by Taking Risks