19 Tiny Changes Now for a Better Life

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Imagine waking up every day feeling more energized, focused, and content with your life.

It’s not a far-off dream—it’s entirely possible with just a few small adjustments. In our fast-paced world, we often overlook the simple habits that can make a significant impact on our well-being.

Here is a list of tiny changes you can start implementing today for a better life. These tips can seamlessly fit into your routine and change your everyday experience. Don’t tackle everything at once. Start small, and see how these tiny changes unlock a happier, healthier you.

1. Just One Breath Rule

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The advice of starting with one deep breath a day is traditionally associated with mindfulness practice. However, I urge you to look at it from a border perspective.

Want to start morning exercises? Just do one push-up a day. Want to start daily walking? Just commit to one circle around your house or a block.

The major reason why one deep breath is important is the momentum. If you commit to one breath a day, you can easily accomplish this commitment and can then maintain the momentum of your practice. Later, when you feel ready for more, you can increase it effortlessly.

Remember, the hardest part of yoga is rolling out the mat.

2. Leaving Your Phone Downstairs at Night

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Get an alarm clock if you need instead of a phone. Leaving your phone away helps in two ways. First, it helps to avoid scrolling through news or social media late at night. Second, you will not be woken up by a random notification or message if you forget to turn on do-not-disturb or sleep mode.

You will start to sleep better and feel less stressed.

3. Not Setting a Morning Alarm

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Interestingly, just thinking about the time you need to wake is usually enough; your body’s internal clock will adjust, allowing you to wake up naturally around that time.

Not setting an alarm in the morning allows your body to wake up naturally, aligning with its natural sleep cycles. This gentle awakening ensures that you complete your sleep phases, leading to better overall sleep quality and improved mood throughout the day. 

To ease any anxiety about oversleeping, you can set an alarm for a later hour as a backup, but you’ll likely find you don’t need it often.

This approach enhances your rest and helps to start your day on a calm and peaceful note.

4. Listening to Classical Music on the Radio

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Regular radio stations often have a chaotic and loud environment. Classical music, on the other hand, provides a calming atmosphere. Even just occasionally switching from traditional noisy radio stations to listening to classical music can have benefits for your emotional well-being.

Such a shift in your listening habits can create a more tranquil atmosphere, whether you’re commuting, working, or unwinding at home.

5.  Taking a Two-Minute Cold Shower Every Morning

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If you wake up feeling depressed and low in energy, two minutes under the cold water will give you a tremendous energy boost. This practice will boost your circulation, wake up your entire body, and increase your alertness for the day ahead.

Over time, this habit can also improve your skin and hair health, as cold water helps to tighten pores and reduce inflammation. Furthermore, regularly exposing your body to cold temperatures can build your resilience to stress.

While the initial shock may be uncomfortable, the lasting benefits make this tiny change a powerful addition to your daily routine.

6. Walking Outdoors Every Day

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Walking outdoors, particularly in nature or otherwise a clean and pleasant environment, has an enormous physical and mental benefit.

We have a dedicated article discussing 21 reasons why walking in nature helps your overall well-being.

Like in other cases, mental and physical health has a domino effect on a whole life.

7. Learning To Say No

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Learn to stop saying yes when your gut says no – even if you risk daunting someone’s feelings.

Learning to say no is important. It helps you set boundaries and manage your time better. When you say no to things you don’t want to do, you have more time for things you love. It’s okay to say no sometimes.

8. Starting Each Day With a Gratitude Exercise

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Start each day by thinking of things you are thankful for. It doesn’t take long, just a few minutes. Write down or think about three things you are grateful for each morning.

It can be just a smile from your son or a big win at work – it doesn’t really matter. The practice itself is what matters most. It can make you feel happier and more positive.

9. Taking Naps

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Most busy people are in constant sleep deprivation mode.

Taking short naps will give you more energy. A nap of 20 to 30 minutes can help you feel refreshed and alert. It’s a good way to rest your mind and body during the day.

10. Keep Learning

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Knowledge is infinite. Always try to learn new things. Learning new stuff helps keep your brain active and healthy.

Read books, watch educational videos, or try a new hobby. It can also be fun and exciting.

11. Stretching

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Just a quick 5-minute stretching routine can help improve flexibility, reduce muscle tension, and increase blood flow. Regular stretching practices will make your body flexible and more prone to various injuries.

12. Deep Breathing Exercises

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We mentioned a one-breath-a-day rule. That was about building the momentum of something. Here is a specific breathing practice.

Such practice calms you down and increases focus. You can start with 2-3 minutes and increase the time as needed.

13. Visualization

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Spend several minutes visualizing your goals, dreams, or a positive outcome for your day. This can help increase motivation and focus.

Visualization is when you imagine positive things happening. Close your eyes and picture your goals and dreams. This can help you feel more motivated and confident.

14. Having a Traditional Cup of Tea With Your Loved One

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Again, a cup of tea is an example of a ritual. Having some common practices, and some family or friend traditions gives a sense of safety. It is the precious time that you will wait for.

There was a story from an elderly woman who said that she would have died ten years ago if she hadn’t had an everyday cup of tea with her son. She waited for these moments every day. It was the fuel that kept her going.

15. Not Checking Your Phone First Thing in the Morning

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The first thing most of the smartphone users do every morning is to check their phones. It’s important to realize that doing so is actually damaging. The moment you check your phone, your mind starts thinking about the content you have just seen. Then it becomes tough to stay focused on the really important things and your productivity decreases even before your day has begun.

Take some time to enjoy your morning without any distractions.

16. Practicing Periods of Deep Work

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Deep work means focusing on one task without interruptions. Set aside time each day to concentrate on important tasks. This can help you get more done and improve the quality of your work.

17. Tidying up Your Environment

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Keeping your space clean and organized can make you feel better. A tidy environment can reduce stress and help you focus. Spend a few minutes each day putting things in their place.

18. Laughing More

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Laughing is good for you. It can make you feel happy and relaxed. Try to find time to laugh each day, whether it’s by watching a funny video or spending time with friends who make you laugh.

According to HelpGuide.org, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Laughter helps reduce stress, relaxes, and contributes to an overall great mood.

19. Remembering the Basics

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There are some fundamental areas that define who we are. You are based on: 1) what you eat, 2) how you move, and 3) how you rest. It is possible to also add a fourth element – how you think.

Focusing on these four essential areas can have a profound impact on your overall well-being. Eventually, it is not that complicated, is it?

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