Sometimes the hardest part of the change is getting started.
With access to so much great information, these days you can easily be hit with overwhelm paralysis.
Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. It doesn’t have to be hard.
Taking that very first step and adding as you go, is what I recommend. Any small step is still moving forward, even if it’s the tiniest shift.
I feel that by changing things slowly, it not only helps keep overwhelm at bay but it also gives permanent lifestyle changes a better chance.
We want this to stick, right?
So here are some simple changes that can have a high impact on your daily life and most are so easy it really takes very little thought.
Ready to shape up your life? Let’s get going.
1. Drink more water
This one is a no-brainer but there are studies saying most of us run on dehydration. Not cool. It takes water to keep our bodies running properly. It is said that our body is more than 70% water and the brain is approximately 85%. If you are feeling low energy, foggy or low focus, try upping your intake and see how much better you feel.
I know, I know, you hear that all the time but it doesn’t have to be a huge workout. You don’t have to lift weights or get on the treadmill for hours. You just need to get moving. You’ve heard the saying if you don’t use it you lose it. Get off the couch and take a quick 20 minute walk every day. And if you can fit 2 of those in you’re doing great. It all adds up!
3. Laugh More
This is not an option. You need to find ways to bring laughter into your life. This action heals. It heals in a big way! Go out with a friend that you KNOW makes your heart sing. I used to hang out with one friend in particular, that I knew would make my stomach muscles sore for a few days. Thanks Katie!
This is one of my favorites. Gratitude can put your whole life back on track. It makes you see things from a place of being blessed instead of lack. Be grateful for even the smallest things like your morning coffee, being able to take walks, or seeing a beautiful sunset. Many don’t have those simple pleasures. Make it a game and find as many things as you can that you are grateful for at the end of each day.
Getting enough good quality sleep, at least 8 hours, helps keep you young. Did you know that during that sleep is when your body makes HGH or Human Growth Hormones? Up to 70-80% is made while sleeping. Those hormones are so important to keeping your health at optimal levels. And it’s another great reason for that much deserved rest.
6. Don’t eat after 7
This simple trick will help keep your weight down. Enough said.
7. Breath Deeper
This does everything from improving cellular regeneration, digestion and tension, to reducing pain and strengthening the immune system. All in a practice of good deep breathing.
Or Earthing as some call it. I know this may be a new concept for some of you but there are a lot of benefits that are found in this. It has been shown to have a great antioxidant effect that can protect your body from inflammation. I even went so far as buying a grounding pad since I live where there is snow 7-8 months out of the year. I would google about it to read more. It’s amazing.
9. Meditate or Something Similar
Here is another great stress reducer. Meditation relaxes your whole body, mind and spirit. There are many other techniques that work well too. I use a technique called The Healing Codes because I feel it gives added benefits. It reduces stress, clears limiting beliefs and changes old negative programming as well. Plus it’s easier for me because you can actually think about good memories or images, You don’t have to have a completely still mind. Sometimes life just won’t let your mind be quiet enough for meditation and The Healing Codes work regardless of that.
10. Find your passion and LIVE it!
Those are the things that make you feel excited in life and spur you to do more. Don’t wait for the weekends to add them, do a little each day. You’ll be amazed at how your attitude perks up.
11. More Greens…
That’s an easy one.Make the choice to add these to a couple of your meals every day. You don’t need to plan a special diet, just add them. It’s that simple 😉
12. Worry Less
Sometimes it’s easier said than done but so worth it when you change your worry mindset. Worry is a useless emotion and it seems to only bring more worry and anxiety. It is said 80-90 percent of what you fear will happen never really comes into reality. That is a lot of stress for nothing. It’s important to get a handle on this one.
13. Focus on the positive
There is a reason affirmations are so popular these days. Being positive lifts your spirit helps reduce stress and makes you feel more secure in life. Like gratitude, this is easy to add if you just look for the smallest gifts in your life.
14. Let Go
This can be one of the most beneficial acts you can do for yourself and one of the hardest to actually implement. Letting go of the things you have no control over will lift a huge amount of weight off your shoulders. Just try it and see. This one’s a 5 star.
15. Live in the Moment
Being present or mindful are common Buzz words these days. It just means to give up replaying the past and fretting over the future. You are here right now, today is a gift. We don’t know if we’ll have tomorrow and we certainly don’t have yesterday. So taking more time every day to appreciate even the smallest things can have a big impact on your quality of life.
I am always looking for the most effective and easiest ways to improve your life. If you have some suggestions you would like to add please leave them in the comments below. We would all love to find more ways to a happier more fulfilled life.