It’s the little things we do that allow us to live a better life. You don’t need to go making big changes in order to see improvement. Small changes build over time and are less daunting at first. This can encourage you to continue and stay consistent in your changes.
Science supports this theory. For example, research from Cornell University has found that small, easy changes are better for promoting weight loss. Making small initial changes can help motivate you to take on further changes to help better your life in the long run.
Yes, we are all different. However, certain activities and behaviours have been shown to universally help people improve their overall well-being. If you’re searching for ways to help improve your life by making quick, small changes to your lifestyle – consider these eight tips and tricks.
Don’t be overwhelmed. You don’t have to try all of them. Pick a few and work from there. Little steps will get you far.
Smile More Often
Smiling has been shown to significantly reduce stress, increase serotonin levels and even reduce how often we are feeling unwell. Smiling more often can also give the illusion that you look younger than you are – an added bonus!
A Psychology and Ageing study showed that when a group looked at photos of happy faces, they guessed the age of the person lower, while photos of the same person with neutral or angry expressions were higher.
Funnily enough, you don’t even need to mean it when you smile – you can fake it ‘til you make it. Research has shown that even a fake smile has positive benefits too! So, remember to get your smile on!
Take a Morning Walk
Going on a morning walk and building your routine around it can have amazing effects on your physical and mental wellbeing. Regular morning walks can even help you:
- Feel better physically and mentally, clearing your mind
- Lower the risk of heart disease, stroke diabetes and certain types of cancer
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve memory
- Increase energy
- Prevent weight gain
Morning walks in particular tend to start and end your day in a good mood. Walking also helps you to feel sleepy, meaning you’re more ready for bed when the time comes. This also results in an overall better mood the next morning!
Most of us will (hopefully) put suncream on when it’s a hot and sunny day. However, you might want to start getting into the habit of putting it on every time you go outside. Not only will this help to keep your skin looking young and wrinkle-free, but it also will protect you against skin cancer.
It’s equally as important as taking a walk in the first place! This habit truly only takes a few minutes to implement, but its benefits are long-lasting.
Spend Time Away from Social Media
Social media is now an embedded part of our society. However, research has shown that social media can have a corrosive effect on mental health. For example, social media often causes us to produce an idealised image of ourselves and our lives. That action can indeed cause damage to our self-perception and happiness.
Many people search social media for approval from others and absorb an unrealistic perception of how their life should be. This often results in a higher chance of developing symptoms of depression. Therefore, spending some time away or limiting your exposure to technology can help prevent this and boost your mental wellbeing.
Drink More Water
So I’m sure you’ve heard about needing to drink eight cups of water a day, right? Does it seem like too much? Well, research shows that drinking enough water can reduce the risk of depression and anxiety.
Even a case of mild dehydration can take its toll on our mental and bodily health. Losing just 1% of your body mass, which might occur as part of everyday living, can lead to a dip in mood and anxiety.
Our brains are 75% water. It depends on proper hydration to function properly. So, it’s no surprise that a lack of water can cause our emotional processes to weaken.
Set Reminders on Your Phone
Setting up reminders makes sense. We can’t remember everything! Offloading the responsibility of remembering certain tasks to your phone can free up mental space for other tasks.
Even better, studies have shown how reminders can help us save more money, keep up with medical treatment and even be more charitable. What’s not to like about that?
Learn How to Cook a Signature Dish
Cooking can help boost your mood and improve your mental health. Cooking has been known to actually be used a therapy. There are therapeutic cooking programmes, culinary therapies and culinary mindfulness.
All of these activities embody the same belief: the act of cooking at home can benefit your mental health. Cooking is an act of patience, mindfulness and an outlet for creative expression. You don’t need to be Gordon Ramsay – start small by learning one signature dish and practice perfecting it!
Eat Without Distractions
Distracted eating is incredibly common in our society today. Our lives have gotten so fast-paced that it seems indulgent to take time away from our day to eat without any distractions. Are you a distracted eater? Do these situations sound familiar?
- Eating breakfast in the car on the way to work
- Eating lunch at your desk
- Watching TV during dinner
If you answered yes to any of these, you are a distracted eater. But you are definitely not alone! Try to stick to set meal times and eat without any of these distractions. It helps with mindfulness around food and can help prevent overeating.
Remember, taking small, achievable steps towards your goals makes you more likely to succeed in achieving your goals.
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For further advice from our professional lifestyle coaches, contact us at Ceed today!