Little steps… Big Changes : 7-Step Guide for Healthier Living

on May 19, 2017 by Erin Horst

Small changes in life can add up to big rewards.  For example, 5-10 minutes of meditation in the morning can lead to a much more productive day.   Follow through with it every day and the next thing you know your life has become much calmer, centered and focused.   Positive thinking alone can prolong your life by 10 years.   By letting go of the things you perceive are not going right and focusing on the small things that are going well you can achieve a much longer, happier, healthier living and life.

Wondering what other small changes you can make for a longer, more fulfilling life?  Here are 7 ideas:

Stop trying to multitask:

There are an enormous amount of studies out there weighing in on the pros and cons of multitasking.  The bottom line is trying to multitask can seriously take a toll on your health and your performance.  Your mental health suffers as well.  Focusing your attention on the present moment will produce far better results as well as lead to a more content and healthier life.

Get rid of the big goals and think small:

Life is made up of the small moments.  The present moment is all we ever have.  Thinking about the future and trying to map out large goals may seem like the way to go but the reality is the only control we have is over the moment we are in.  It is ok to think about the way you want your future to look but the choices we make in each moment are what add up.  Think about weight loss for example.  The small choices you make in each moment are the only thing that can create the change.

Figure out what is important to you and ditch the rest:

To make your life more simple spend a little time figuring out what is most important to you.  Once you have completed this step begin to eliminate the habits that are eating up your time.  How much unnecessary time are you spending on your phone?  Watching TV? How many times a day are you checking your email?  You will be amazed at how prioritizing what really matters to you and how you actually spend your day don’t always align.

Start moving your body:

We all know that we should exercise but we still seem to need a reminder.  Moving your body every day improves your health,  makes you feel better about yourself, can lead to a boost in self-confidence and can even lead to a more positive outlook on life.  Exercise also leads to less stress and that can lead to an increase in creativity and better mental health.

Begin a yoga practice:

Yoga aims to help us tap into our true selves and to learn how to be in the present moment.  In doing this our stress levels slowly decline.  Stress has become our biggest daily challenge in the 21st century.  It manifests in all kinds of health related problems: back pain, neck pain, endless headaches, inability to concentrate and many addictions.  A regular yoga practice can clear the mind, relax the body and help deal with the many daily stresses that come our way.

Eat Breakfast:

Starting your day with a well-balanced meal such as greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and healthy nuts will set you up for success all day.  According to one study from Harvard, it can even prolong your life!

Find Daily Routines

Having some daily routines give meaning and purpose to our lives.  Whether you begin each morning with meditation, some quiet time, yoga, prayer or exercise it can create the start of a beautiful day.  A string of beautiful days leads to a beautiful life.

Life is made up of small moments.  One of my favorite quotes is this:

“How you live your days is how you live your life.”- author unknown