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Hack #2: Create (good) habits

I used to hate habits. And during my first 25 years I actively stayed away from creating any healthy, sustainable ones.

Then, in 2010, I decided to turn my life around and went on a strict diet to tackle severe eczema, allergies and asthma. I met an Indian doctor who said habits were the only way to a balanced body and a happy stomach (not to mention the mind…).

For three months I lived like a robot.

This was my schedule:

6 AM Get up
6.15 AM Take a 15 minute walk (I was in Finland and it was -20C most mornings, oh JOY)
6.45 AM Put on oil and take a warm shower
7 AM Do 10 minutes of sun salutations
7.30 AM Take herbal medicine
8 AM Breakfast
10 AM Drink hot herbal beverage
11.30 Take herbal medicine
12 PM Lunch
12.45 PM Take herbal medicine
5.30 PM Take herbal medicine
6 PM Dinner
6.45 PM Take herbal medicine
9 PM Meditate 10 minutes
10 PM Lights out

It might be apparent that my social life wasn’t exactly booming, but the program worked like a charm. My body went into auto-mode and it was given time to self-heal.

Now let me just point out that this is extreme.

I wouldn’t necessarily do it again, but it taught me the power of habits.

After this my life changed drastically and I began putting my health first. Today my life looks very different (for once, I have a social life – score) – but I still stick to some habits religiously.

I meditate 5-20 minutes in the morning, first thing. (If I don’t, it never happens later on and some morning there just isn’t time – hello life!).

I do 5-10 minutes of yoga/stretching, any (back) pain is now long gone.

And I do simple gratitude exercises every time I hop on my Vespa (almost every day) to remind myself of how lucky I am. (Or forget and drive pissed off at all the reckless cab drivers).

What are yours?

Stephanie is the founder of Helpings and the creator of all content on the platform. Watch her TEDx talk, 'Holy Shit', about digestion on YouTube, organized at King's Collage London in 2016. Stephanie is currently building her second business, a chocolate brand called kAAKAO, and she shares her experience by means of inspiring other entrepreneurs to excel in business and in life.

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