Humans are always out to improve themselves and their quality of life – but, at the same time, it's in our nature to be super resistant to big changes. Having huge goals in your life is exciting but also terrifying, especially if the road to reach them seems long and difficult. Often, it's the little things you do every day that make it easier to work toward the bigger changes. Here are six everyday habits you can easily incorporate into your daily routine in order to see positive changes in your life.
Visualizing is a form of meditation in which you take time out of your day to think about what you want — both in the long and short term. Take a few minutes before you go to bed or as you're falling asleep at night to think about what you'd like tomorrow to look like. Instead of worrying about areas of your life or imagining things that could go wrong, visualize yourself accomplishing tasks and having the day go just the way you want it to.
2. Wake up an hour earlier
You might think your body needs that extra hour of sleep, but you'll find that you're actually much more productive if you give yourself an extra hour of awake time in the morning. You can use it as private time to accomplish your most important goals or simply stretch out your morning routine so it's more relaxed and less rushed. You may even feel tired a little earlier in the evening, so you can fall asleep more easily and sleep soundly through the night.
3. Drink more water
You may not be drinking enough water, especially if you're exercising or sleeping with heat on in your home, both of which can dehydrate you. Drink a 12-ounce glass of water first thing in the morning -- it will help you clear out toxins in your body and give you a fresh start to the day. It also boosts your metabolism and helps keep your digestive system on track.
4. Add apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is thought to have a wide variety of health benefits. It can kill certain types of bacteria, help lower your blood sugar levels, promote weight loss and better digestion, and possibly even lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Just add one or two teaspoons to your morning cup of water to get that extra boost.
5. Swap out the sugar
Even if you don't have a serious sweet tooth, you're probably consuming much more sugar in your diet than you realize. Sugar is bad for your teeth, your waistline, your energy level and your overall heart health. Buy unsweetened products whenever possible and learn the other names for sugar, such as sucrose and high fructose corn syrup, so you're not fooled by the label.
6. Keep a gratitude journal
Countless studies have shown that expressing gratitude can improve both your mental and physical health. Gratitude is simply acknowledging the good things in your life, instead of focusing on the bad things. Each morning, write down five things you're grateful for, no matter how small or simple. This activity is consistently associated with greater happiness.
Make these simple and relatively easy changes to your daily routine and you should start seeing and feeling an improvement in your overall life and outlook.
About the author:
Mary Barbour is a professional freelance writer based out of New York City. She has written ad and marketing content for both startups and Fortune 500 companies and is also a novelist and short story writer.