Everybody deserves to enjoy their life. We all think about what we can do to make our lives better. We reflect on our past decisions, and we think about the things that we should do. And, maybe it’s time to actually make these changes and commit to making smarter choices. Maybe it’s time to push ourselves forward to become the best possible version of ourselves.
Lifestyle changes can seem daunting, but they’re actually not that hard to accomplish. The key to making these changes is pursuing a series of small changes that improve your life, rather than focusing on a big, overarching goal. Want to have a more healthy lifestyle but not sure where to start? The following suggestions from Pure Parker may help you achieve health and wellness without completely upending your life. One little step at a time.
You know your diet could be better, but counting calories or cutting out carbs feels so impossible that after a week of dieting, you’re right back where you started. But improving your diet doesn’t mean overhauling all your eating habits in one go. Healthline says a healthy diet is accomplished through a series of incremental changes. For a change that’s easy to implement, commit to eating more vegetables this year. Even if you’re not a fan of fresh veggies, you can up your intake by making swaps in meals you already enjoy. Try replacing rice with riced cauliflower, pureeing peppers and eggplant into pasta sauce, or throwing a couple of handfuls of kale into your favorite soup to add nutrition without giving up the flavors you love.
No matter how much you want it, you’re not going to transform from a couch potato into an ultra-marathoner overnight. But what you can do is commit yourself to making exercise a habit, even if that habit is only 10 or 15 minutes a day to start. According to author James Clear, it takes an average of two months to turn most simple activities into a habit, which means it won’t be long before that quick morning workout feels second nature.
Swimming, yoga, and meditation are recommended thanks to their ability to improve both physical and mental health. They’re also great activities for beginners from all walks of life. After you’ve established a routine, try increasing the duration and intensity of your workout.
Starting your mornings rushed and stressed sets a negative tone for the rest of the day. By waking up just a little bit earlier, you can transform frantic mornings into a relaxing ritual that prepares you for whatever the day has in store. Whether you use the time for exercise, meditation, reading, or quality time with your kids, you’ll be more centered and better equipped to cope with everyday stressors.
Whether you’re a parent, a spouse, an employee, or some combination of the three, you probably spend a lot of time putting others’ needs ahead of your own. While that’s certainly appropriate sometimes, do it all the time and it won’t be long before you burn out. It’s time to stop treating “selfish” like a four-letter word.
While you shouldn’t be selfish all the time, it’s important to prioritize your personal needs so you can stay healthy and happy. To meet this goal, set aside time every week for self-care activities that rejuvenate and inspire you, like using spa treatments and bath bombs from Pure Parker. The Huffington Post has a few more suggestions.
And if you’ve been wanting to go back to school to get that elusive college degree, online education is the way to go. Treat yourself to convenient and affordable coursework at schools like Western Governors University, which offers top-ranked business degrees that net students up to a 267-percent return on the dollar.
Making changes can be hard, but little changes like these? Not so much. In fact, it only takes a small change to make an impact on your happiness and well-being. With achievable goals like these, you’ll start seeing yourself getting more out of life in no time.
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