Mini Habits That Could Totally Change Your Life


Eat raw fruits or vegetables with every meal. Think: a green salad, a slice of melon, some berries, some carrot sticks and cucumber slices. Not only are you getting more nutrients, you’re also getting more fiber, and you may be able to help your body lose weight, store energy, and reduce hunger.

Drink a glass of water in the morning. We often don’t have enough water in our systems and are so busy during the day that we don’t even think to stop to refill our supply. Or we fill up with lemonade, coffee or tea, but not water. Get active by leaving a tall glass on the counter or table. Or do what I do and buy a large travel mug with a lid. Fill up with lots of ice and some water, and in the morning it’s waiting for me: a nice cool glass of water. Remove toxins, boot your system, wake up.

Get up and stretch every hour on the hour. Sitting for long periods is a bad idea for your body and brain. You need a mental and physical break and it doesn’t have to be a big deal.

Pause before answering or answering people. Train yourself to be a good listener and give yourself time to think about your answer during this pause, not while the other person is speaking. Not only does this show that you value what the other person is saying (which shows acceptance and respect), but it also gives you time to weigh your attitude and your words. In a high-tension situation or stressful conversation, a simple five-second pause can keep you from exploding and ruining a relationship you cherish.

Sit quietly for a few minutes every day. We don’t have to call this meditation because it might be too intimidating. You don’t have to sit cross-legged and you don’t have to close your eyes. You don’t have to be Zen anyway. Your brain may be flying at a hundred miles an hour, but don’t say or do anything. Sit comfortably and breathe for a few minutes every day.

Spend 5 minutes a day thinking about the process you will undertake to achieve your professional goals. This’s the right kind of positive visualization. Visualizing the end result doesn’t usually help you get there. But imagine how you do it. The steps you are going to take to reach your end goal can help you take those steps at the right time.

Call, text, or email a friend or family member every day. Staying in touch has never been easier, but it’s all too easy to just connect with the people you see at work or just keep popping up on your Facebook feed. Stay connected with the friends and family you value. It only takes a few minutes to invest in a relationship, with the result that you have a powerful network of people around you, both near and far.

End your evening with a few words of thanks or encouragement. This is the kind of simple habit that can make or break a relationship for life. Before you roll over and go to sleep, let your partner know that you accept and value them. You don’t have to be fancy: “I love being with you” or “Thank you for being there for me.” ‘ sends the correct message. If you’re not in a relationship, say a word of thanks or encouragement to each other. Sounds silly? Maybe. But it can help boost your confidence and prevent a bad day from turning into depression. Write a thank you card every week.

Write a thank you note to someone who is or has been a part of your life and send it to that person. Take a break. Life happens. You score points when you’re feeling stressed, frustrated, angry, or impatient.

That’s okay, because if you can give yourself a break, you can keep an eye on things. You can’t expect to be an emotionless robot, but you can teach yourself to take a five-minute break from humanity when you’re feeling down. Walk around the block, lock yourself in the bathroom, drive fast with the windows down and music at full volume. Find the โ€œtimeout chairโ€ that suits you best and use it.

Stop and say hello to your neighbors. Make it a habit to do more than just nod your head or smile. , every time you see her leave, approach and say hello. Create a friendlier community and help those around you connect too. Some of my best friends are neighbors willing to lean over the fence and chat for a minute. Now it’s them who call to see if I need anything when they run into the store, or offer to babysit my kids when I’m not feeling well.


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