Small things make a huge difference. When you start taking small steps towards a healthy lifestyle, you will eventually turn it into a healthy habit. Here are 20 small things that will improve your lifestyle for the better.
1. Keep your phone away while sleeping
Did you know that your cellphone disrupts your sleep even when it’s on silent mode? Your device is emitting a blue light that emits wavelengths, which make us think that the phone is receiving some notification, making you check every time you get a view of it. Therefore, it’s advisable that you keep your phone locked in your drawer or in some other room while sleeping.
2. Read the food labels
This is to prevent you from putting unnecessary things in your shopping cart. Once you start reading food labels, you will realise the excess ingredients in things which you’re about to consume. For example, if you find a chips packet high on MSG levels, you’d probably think twice before buying them.
3. Reply ‘okay’ or ‘OK’ instead of ‘K’
Seriously, how many seconds did you save when you typed ‘K’ instead of ‘okay’? Replying to a text message with a ‘K’ is not cool. In fact, it’s rude. So rude, that the receiver feels a bit offended and will then start avoiding making contact with you. Therefore, to maintain a healthy texting relationship, avoid using ‘K’ in your conversations.
4. Avoid using credit cards for purchases. Use cash instead.
Piling credit card bills will never let you live a debt-free life. Using cash instead of using a credit card for your purchases is a wise choice because you tend to swipe your card more often and forget about your purchases later on.
5. Keep trimming your hair, once in three months
Trimming your hair does not mean that you keep decreasing its length. Trimming off split ends every three months helps hair growth.
6. Decorate your work place with things that motivate you
A study suggests that decorating your workplace with motivational posters and quotes results in increased productivity. Pinning up motivational quotes by your heroes will help you perform better on slow days.
7. Follow the 20-20 rule
The 20-20 rule suggests that every 20 minutes, you look away from the monitor and focus on an object which is at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. That way, you will rejuvenate your vision every 20 minutes.
8. Fix a time for your meals
It’s difficult to manage time in our lifestyles. Sitting for long hours at our desks and eating there takes a heavy toll on health. Therefore, you should take control of it by making some minute changes like fixing a time for your meals. Which means, you start eating during that time and eat nothing in between. This way, you will keep a watch on what goes in that tummy.
9. Plant a sapling on your birthday
Apart from cutting cake, your plant a sapling on your birthday in an open space. Take care of it and see it growing. Plant another one the next year. Five years down, you will have a small garden and five trees you can call your own.
10. Go on walks
Walking has many health benefits. It also has a psychological benefit where it clears your mind and can help you find answers to questions in your mind. If you’re mulling over a problem, then go for a long walk and think over it. When you’re back, you will have a solution for sure.
11. During a critical situation, ask yourself this question
‘Will this matter in the next five years?’ Sometimes, we’re stuck with some petty problems that we give unnecessary importance to. Those problems then take away our peace of mind and trouble us. Ask yourself how important the problem will be in the next five years and whether it will affect you. You will notice that these problems are far too insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
12. Eat in blue plates
A new study shows that people eat less if there is a higher contrast in colours between the food and the plate. If you use a blue coloured plate as opposed to a white one, you are likely to eat less than had you eaten on a white plate.
13. Do one small activity with your left hand everyday
Doing things with your left hand is a brain exercise. It sharpens your brain and improves your grip over things. Try writing a word with your left hand everyday. It seems difficult at first, but you will improve your handwriting if you practise daily.
14. Join a club
Join a club to expand your network. To be in the company of like-minded people brings out the best in you.
15. If you’re being introduced to someone for the first time, always end the conversation with a ‘nice to meet you’
That’s because, the person remembers your name and will greet you first when they meet you next. Never leave a conversation incomplete. That will not create an impact on the person.
16. Sleep without a pillow
Sleeping on a flat surface without a pillow helps to keep your posture straight. Using multiple pillows for sleeping affects your spine adversely and can cause neck and back problems.
17. If someone has stopped speaking to you, don’t keep bugging them
You can’t keep begging people to talk to you, if they don’t want to. Politely ask the person if they want to speak to you. If not, then stop all kinds of communication with them. Stalking and continuously harassing them is not going to help. Therefore, just cut it out.
18. Keep plants at your work desk
It helps when you have something ‘green’ at your desk. You can rest your eyes by looking at the green plants and can get back to work again.
19. If you’re in a dilemma of staying home or going out, always choose going out
That’s because you won’t have to regret missing something. Staying at home is also a good option, but going out and hanging out is fun too.
20. Say thank you more often
Being grateful makes you a positive person. Saying ‘thank you’ is a small gesture that will make someone’s day. So, the next time the doorman opens the door for you, smile at him and say ‘thank you’. It doesn’t matter much to you, but it does to him.
This post is inspired from this Quora thread.