New Year’s resolutions may be a faint memory as we slide into February, and many of our good intentions may have fallen by the wayside as daily life takes over. Making dramatic changes in our lives, our health, and even our outlook can be grueling, and often requires making big sacrifices. One episode of The Biggest Loser can reveal the commitment that massive change generally requires. It’s not easy. And it’s not for everyone.
But all hope for change isn’t lost. There is another way to sneak up on a healthier, happier life. And it may be far easier than you think. The world’s leading experts in personal & professional development, health and wellness have been helping users of Mindbloom’s popular Juice App, take small daily actions that lead to big, long-term changes. It doesn’t require vast amounts of time, energy, or financial commitment, and getting started right now is simple.
Here are the Top 3 Tiny Actions you can begin today and cultivate a healthier and happier 2014.
1. Get Moving
Target: Get up and move every hour.
Sitting for long periods of time is bad for your health. Increased waistlines, poor posture, weak muscles, and metabolic syndrome are all linked with excessive sitting. Avoid these traps by finding ways to stand more during your work day. Move for just a few minutes each hour, or better yet, seek ways to spend the majority of the day on your feet rather than in a chair.
Fitness and nutrition expert Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, recommends the following tips to move more:
- Get up hourly to stretch, do a few squats, push ups, or walk up the stairs.
- Invest in a standing desk (or make your own).
- Encourage walking meetings.
Mindbloom’s “Move More” Pick: Fitbit
This app connects with Fitbit’s line of activity trackers and Aria Smart Scale to get access to all your stats on-the-go.
2. Get Some Sleep
Target: Sleep at least 7 hours each night.
Adequate sleep has tremendous health benefits including stress reduction, weight loss and improved mood! According to Fabrizio Mancini, DC. author of The Power of Self-Healing, getting enough sleep is critical for overall health and well-being. A lack of sleep may leave you vulnerable to stress, illness, and weight gain. While the perfect amount of sleep people need varies, Dr. Fab recommends that most do best with 7-8 hours each night.
Here are a few simple changes you can make to ensure a good night’s sleep:
- Create a comfortable, relaxing sleep environment
- Limit screen exposure in the evening
- Try reading, listening to soothing music, or taking a warm bath before bed
- Learn to optimize your sleep with a sleep tracker / monitor
Mindbloom’s “Sleep Better” Pick: Pzizz Sleep
Pzizz is a powerful new kind of insomnia treatment that’s perfect for you if you have the kind of sleep problems where you can’t switch off when in bed. You’ll find pzizz gently eases you into restful sleep.
3. Be Thankful
Target: List 3 three things that you are grateful for each day.
According to Happiness expert and founder of GoodThink, Shawn Achor, when our brains constantly scan for and focus on the positive, we profit from three of the most important tools available to us: happiness, gratitude, and optimism.
The more opportunities for positivity we see, the more grateful we become. In fact countless studies have shown that consistently grateful people are more energetic, emotionally intelligent, forgiving, and less likely to be depressed, anxious, or lonely.
Here are a few simple steps to help build your gratitude muscle:
- Set aside a few minutes each day to unplug and reflect on your day.
- Jot down one to three things you are grateful for, no matter how large or small.
- Take an extra minute each week to scan through your lists.
Mindbloom’s “Express Gratitude” Pick: Momentum
See yourself and the world in a more positive light by focusing on moments that move you forward.
By completing these actions on a regular basis and tracking your progress, you are taking small steps to grow the life you want.
Mindbloom is the creator of popular wellness apps for all areas of life. For information about the company’s family of free apps, visit www.mindbloom.com.