It’s a new year, and currently, many people are deciding they want to change their lives for the better. This makes sense; it’s good to change things to make a real difference in your life, and the turn of the year – in this case, the decade – remind you that it needs to be done, then so be it.
The problem that some people come up against when planning out these resolutions is to start too big. Their goals are too difficult to achieve all at once, and this makes them feel frustrated and like a failure. They give up on their goals because it just doesn’t seem to be working out.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can start slowly, take things step by step, to achieve your resolutions and all-important lifestyle changes. You can choose easy options that will help you feel better faster. Here are some of them to be starting out with.
Whether your ultimate goal is finally getting the hair transplant you promised yourself that will increase your self-esteem, changing your job for something you really want to do, or speaking to your partner about the issues in your relationship so you can change it for the better, the smaller daily changes that seem so insignificant can help you reach those larger goals more easily.
Once you make small changes that will make a difference to your life, you can then think about the bigger changes that you need to deal with first. Try it and you’ll be amazed at the difference it can make.
Get Up Earlier
If it always feels as though you just never have enough time in the morning and you are always rushing (perhaps you are often late for work, or you don’t leave enough time to eat breakfast), why not get up earlier? It sounds like a simple idea because it really is – all you have to do is set your alarm clock a little earlier and get up when it sounds, and then you will have extra time to do what you need to do.
Perhaps you can use this time to:
- Eat a healthy breakfast rather than grabbing something on the go or skipping altogether
- Iron your clothes
- Take time to find an outfit that suits you and looks good
- Make a packed lunch rather than getting takeout every day
- Catch an earlier train or park further away and enjoy a walk
By getting up just half an hour earlier you can achieve a lot more. Once you get into the routine, it will be even easier, and perhaps you can get up a little earlier every week until you have an entire hour free each morning.
Drink Water As Soon As You Wake Up
When you think about it, it’s pretty amazing that we don’t always feel terrible when we wake up; after all, we’ve not had anything to eat or drink for six, seven, or maybe eight hours straight. If we did that during the day, we would be unwell and seriously dehydrated.
Luckily, our bodies know when we are sleeping and use minimal energy, so we don’t feel unwell as soon as we wake. However, once we are awake and different body systems are at work, if we don’t refuel quickly, we can soon feel sick. Symptoms including fatigue, headaches, lack of concentration and more. None of this is good for us if we want a productive day.
So, what can be done?
The answer is to have a glass of water (and ideally two glasses) as soon as you wake up. This is such a simple change but one that can have fantastic results and make us feel ready to face the day right from the start. You can have a glass of water ready on your nightstand for when you wake up (this will help you to feel less sleepy) and you will have made a positive change.
Make Your Bed
Do you go straight from your bed into the bathroom or the kitchen and never return to the room until it’s time to go to sleep again? If so, you might be one of the many people who don’t bother to make their beds in the morning.
Why is this a problem? It’s not a problem as such; nothing bad is going to happen to you if you don’t make your bed. However, good things could happen if you do. That is, when you make your bed in the morning you are starting the day in the right way, with an aim set in your mind to be productive. This small change can help you make a big difference. Plus, when it’s time to go to sleep it’s much more comfortable to get into a nicely made bed.
Brush Your Teeth With Your Weaker Hand
Generally, we all have one strong hand and one weaker hand. Most people are stronger in their right hand, for example, so their left hand is weaker. Whatever your weak hand is, try brushing your teeth using it.
This will be tricky at first, but when you do this regularly you will build up the strength in your other hand, and you will also exercise your brain, building up neurological strength which can aid you in many areas of life.
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