Human beings are generally resistant to change. We have our routines and habits that we like to stick with because we know they work. However, the only way we can grow is by stepping outside of our comfort zones. Making changes in your life can sometimes be overwhelming; however, small changes here and there in your daily routine can lead to dramatic results. Take the opportunity to make 2018 your best year ever by making a few small lifestyle changes.
1. Save Calories and Cost by Packing Your Lunch
Eating out at lunch is convenient, but the cost and the calories both add up over time. Keep your health goals on track by packing your lunch throughout the week. Don’t feel like you have to settle for the same old PB&J sandwich just because you are packing though. Include your weekday lunches as part of your weekly meal planning efforts. You can make meals just for lunches or use dinnertime leftovers. If you need ideas for nutritious meals that will support your healthy lifestyle, check out our Healthy Eating Ideas board on Pinterest.
2. Set Your Alarm 10 Minutes Earlier
For many of us, there never seems to be enough hours in the day. We have so many goals and projects that we want to tackle, and not enough time to accomplish them all. Instead of trying to completely overhaul your schedule to make everything happen at once, try setting your alarm for just 10 minutes earlier and use the extra time to work on just one task. You will make progress towards at least one of your goals without completely overwhelming yourself.
3. Add 10 Minutes to Your Exercise Routine
If you have gotten into a rut with your exercise routine, adding just 10 minutes of exercise a day can help you get back on track. Whether you have cut back on the amount of time spent exercising over the holidays, or abandoned your exercise routine altogether, adding 10-minute increments will help you slowly build back up to where you want to be.
4. Stop Procrastinating
Most of us have at least one project that we are procrastinating on. It may be a task that we know we should be working on, but we don’t enjoy it so we keep putting it off. Resolve to set aside 10-15 minutes each day to work on something you have been procrastinating on. By tackling it in small increments you will be making progress, and before you know it the dreaded task will be complete!
5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Water is essential for life, and most of us don’t drink enough of it. Skip the calorie-laden drinks, and hydrate with water instead. Make it easy to get your daily quota of water by taking a refillable water bottle with you. You can also try keeping a bottle of water on your desk at work as a reminder to continue to hydrate throughout the day.
Make Small Changes for a Better Life
Achieving a better life doesn’t have to involve massive changes. Small changes to our daily routines can add up to drastically improved outcomes over time. Make 2018 your best year yet by incorporating a few of our suggestions into your daily routine.