The new year often comes with the pressure of making sweeping changes or setting big goals. Often, this leads to expecting unrealistic results along with feelings of disappointment and failure when those results are not reached. The good news is that positive change starts with the smallest of actions. You don’t need to change your entire lifestyle to reach your goals. By implementing small changes first, you can see significant improvements over time.
To start learning about embracing change, watch the short flash course, “Change is constant,” below. Then, read on to begin your journey to self-improvement.
- Drink more water. Most health experts recommend drinking eight cups of water eight times a day. Water is the body’s life fluid and can boost your health in nearly every way. Try keeping a water bottle near your desk or setting a timer to remember when to drink.
- Set a goal for each day. While big goals like getting a promotion or starting a family take lots of time and effort, you can take one step toward your long-term goals daily. For example, try setting a goal of helping a coworker out on a project or putting away $1 in a jar each morning for savings.
- Step outside. Exercise is vital to your overall health and wellbeing, but you don’t have to run marathons or be an athlete to see the benefits of working out. If your long-term goal is to run a mile, try breaking it down into small steps. Even starting with a short walk outside is a step in the right direction.
- Write one affirmation each day. Cultivating an attitude of positivity is essential to achieving and spreading happiness. But, simply ‘being happy’ takes long-term effort and investment in your wellbeing. Start adding positivity to your day by writing one positive affirmation when you wake up. This can set the tone for your day and can improve your outlook on life over time.
- Smile! Finally, a simple smile can make a big difference in your wellbeing! Did you know that smiling can make you feel more cheerful? Even if you don’t feel like smiling, try smiling at a friend or stranger to brighten your day and theirs.