We like big changes in the new year (or anytime really) but tend to forget that it is the little things that can make the real difference. The best thing about small changes is also that they are easier to integrate into your routine, and don’t feel so drastic – so you are far less likely to fall off the bandwagon.
Here are 10 small changes you can make to your daily routine for a healthier 2018:
1. If you have a hard time sticking to any diet, go with just one simple rule. It can be what you choose depending on your lifestyle. For example; no carbs after 6pm, no sugar, a cup of green tea each morning instead of your coffee etc.
2. Use the 20-20-20 rule at work to keep eye strain at bay. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will also help keep you focused and less exhausted
3. Employ the two-bites rule to help you eat less, especially when you have to eat out at unhealthy places. Take two bite-size morsels of whatever you’re craving. Fill up a glass of ice cold water. Eat your first bite. Chug a glass of water. Wait 1–2 minutes, then eat the second bite.
4. Make sure that half of every meal comprises of veggies or fruits, and always eat them first. Makes you less hungry and likely to over indulge in something unhealthy
5. Stretch for 5–10 minutes before going to sleep. Learn a few calming yoga poses and practice them before going to bed. You’ll sleep deeper and feel more in tune with your body.
6. Use a smaller plate than you usually would when serving food, Wait at least five minutes before refilling your plate to evaluate whether or not you really need secondss
7. Drink a glass of water before each meal. Drinking the amount of water you need each day is necessary for all of your body’s systems to function smoothly, but it will also keep you from overeating due to hunger, making it easier to take a more mindful approach to your meals
8. Take the stairs. If you live or work more than 4 floors up, take the stairs for the first three flights.
9. For every hour you spend sitting, get up and walk briskly for five minutes. For example, if you follow this rule while sitting for eight hours a day, you’ll wind up walking for 40 minutes
10. Ease yourself into getting more sleep with five-minute increments. Try going to bed five minutes earlier each night (or every few nights, if this is really tough for you) until you hit the seven to nine hours