Everyone wants to live a better life. But building a solid routine is not as easy as it sounds. It can even be too demanding, especially for those with overwhelming responsibilities. However, everyone has to start somewhere. Here are small habits to adopt that can make a significant impact over time.
1. Remember to drink water before eating.
Drinking before eating can not only help reduce weight. This also improves skin and boosts energy. How can it help to lose weight? By drinking a glass full of water before a meal, it can make someone feel already full. This will prevent them from eating a lot during their meal.
2. Eat before going shopping.
This prevents impulsive buying of food from satisfying the cravings. And most importantly, this will prevent starvation. If starving oneself becomes a habit, it can lead to ulcers and other stomach complications that may require endoscopic surgery.
4. Unfollow and unfriend toxic people and pages on social media.
Social media has become one of the biggest causes of anxiety and depression in society. It is easy to get sucked in the loop of mindless scrolling on the phone. And it just takes a few seconds to ruin the whole day of a person just because of one photo they saw on Facebook. It is toxic and not contributing anything good. Move away from it.
If people find themselves rolling their eyes a lot over a specific person’s photos and stories, it is a sign to hit the unfollow button. Be selective of whom to follow and be friends with on social media as it is in real life. After all, social media is all about connections. Make it a positive one.
5. Put the legs up against the wall for 10 minutes. Do this before going to sleep.
This is a typical yoga pose that improves the quality of sleep. It is so simple. Lie on the bed where there is a wall beside it. Just reach the legs up to the ceiling while keeping your back flat on the bed. Do it for at least five minutes, along with deep breaths. This move promotes blood flow and circulation and lowers stress levels, too.
So if falling asleep is starting to become a challenge, just put the legs up against the wall.
6. Take deep breaths when things get overwhelming.
There are just days that will not go according to plans like traffic jams, deadlines, relationship troubles, and other stressors that can make someone feel powerless and out of control. This can be managed by practicing deep breaths. Taking deep breaths is a relaxation technique that can help lower stress and anxiety levels. When taking deep breaths, it is sending signals to the brain to calm down and relax.
7. Place a bottle of water on the bedside table.
Drinking a glass of water right when you wake up in the morning has a lot of benefits. It re-hydrates the body, supports weight loss, boosts metabolism, and many more.
Drinking water first thing in the morning may be too easy to do, but the challenge is remembering to do it consistently. It can be too demanding for those who are not used to it. So here is a trick for it to stick as a routine: Before you go to bed, place the bottle of water on the bedside table. Place it beside the alarm clock to make sure that it cannot be missed.
8. Leave the phone somewhere other than the dining room when eating.
A phone is a huge distraction. When the phone is away from its owner while eating, they can eat mindfully and enjoy their meal. Leaving the phone before taking a meal is an excellent opportunity to disconnect, just be at the moment, and savor the food.
9. Apply sunscreen every day and reapply as needed.
The UVA and UVB rays from the sun can be harmful to anyone, especially those who are always exposed to the sun. Not wearing sunscreen causes the skin to age faster and get wrinkles, sun spots, and more signs of aging. The UVB, though, can do a lot more severe damage like skin cancer.
According to the experts, wearing sunscreen is not only for the people who will leave their house, but it is also for the ones staying indoors. This is because the windows do not block the ultraviolet rays completely. That is how crucial applying sunscreen is to everyone’s daily routine.
Do not estimate the power of small habits. It can go a long way in improving life.