The thought of change can be scary or off-putting to some people because you’re moving out of your comfort zone and the safety net of routine. Although it can be easier said than done, change should be embraced. It can lead to a more enjoyable life, new opportunities and a fresh perspective on the world. With that said, here are seven small and manageable changes you can start doing right now to see a positive difference in your life.
Being kind won’t just make the receiver feel good, it will make you feel good as well! Whether your kindness comes in the form of a smile, compliment, connection or a good-willed gesture, your brain will respond to this as feeling rewarded. Being kind also helps with general wellbeing (ref 1).
A “glass half full” attitude can have a really positive impact on your life. A few things you can do to be more positive are practice self-talk (think about what you’re thankful for, the good things that have happened to you today and what you love about yourself, but also what you can improve on and how you’re going to tackle it), surround yourself with positive people and people who make you feel good about yourself, and don’t lose perspective – just slow it down and give yourself time to process, think clearly and focus on being optimistic.
In today’s society we are increasingly spending more time on technology; scrolling through our phones, working away on a computer or watching TV. Take some time for yourself each night to read. Reading has been proven to keep your brain active (ref 2), reduce stress and assist with a better night’s sleep.
Exercise and eat a balanced diet
Engaging in daily exercise and a balanced diet is known to help with physical and mental health. Simply going for a 30 minute walk each day and swapping your snack for a piece of fruit or something healthier will likely cause you to see a positive change in your mood and energy levels.
Write down your feelings
Write write write! Similar to reading, writing will help keep your verbal and written skills in check while also clearing your mind (ref 3). Whether you’re wanting to keep a daily journal, write three positive things down a day or unleash your creativity – writing will help you speak your mind.
Finish something you have been putting off doing
This doesn’t have to be a big task. It might simply be tidying the house up, organising a catch-up with friends or family or even fixing that broken letterbox. Either way, finalising an unfinished task can give you a great sense of personal satisfaction. You may even find you are more motivated to tackle the rest of your “to-do” list once you’re done!
Take it one step at a time
No one is expected to do a complete 180 overnight. When you are looking at the big picture, change can feel overwhelming. Sometimes it can just feel impossible to get to where you want to be. Focus on breaking the changes down into small steps such as the ones listed above and you’ll feel much better with how easy these things actually are to achieve.
Remember to keep your positive mindset and celebrate small wins. You WILL see a difference in your life.