You might feel as though you need to make some changes in your life, and the good news is, you don’t have to wait until the new year to make resolutions. The problem that some people come up against when planning out these resolutions is to start too big. Their goals are too difficult to achieve all at once, and this makes them feel frustrated and like a failure. They give up on their goals because it just doesn’t seem to be working out.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can start slowly, take things step by step, to achieve your resolutions and all-important lifestyle changes. You can choose easy options that will help you feel better faster. Here are some of them to be starting out with.
Wash Your Hair Less
How often do you currently wash your hair? Some people do it every day, but in most cases, that’s too much – you could be doing more damage than you realize. If you want to make a small, easy change in your life that will certainly make a difference, try washing your hair less. Cut down little by little, as this gives your hair a chance to grow healthily again, and it won’t get so greasy in between washes.
When you stop washing your hair quite so much, you’ll keep it healthy and protected, and it’s better for the environment as you’ll use less water. You can also find the right shampoo for you as you’ll have more choice if you’re not washing every day – for example, you could try a shampoo that curls your hair.
Get Up Earlier
If it always feels as though you just never have enough time in the morning and you are always rushing (perhaps you are often late for work, or you don’t leave enough time to eat breakfast), why not get up earlier? It sounds like a simple idea because it really is – all you have to do is set your alarm clock a little earlier and get up when it sounds, and then you will have extra time to do what you need to do.
By getting up just half an hour earlier, you can achieve a lot more. Once you get into the routine, it will be even easier, and perhaps you can get up a little earlier every week until you have an entire hour free each morning.
Drink Water As Soon As You Wake Up
When you think about it, it’s pretty amazing that we don’t always feel terrible when we wake up; after all, we’ve not had anything to eat or drink for six, seven, or maybe eight hours straight. If we did that during the day, we would be unwell and seriously dehydrated.
Luckily, our bodies know when we are sleeping and use minimal energy so we don’t feel unwell as soon as we wake. However, once we are awake and different body systems are at work, if we don’t refuel quickly, we can soon feel sick. Symptoms include fatigue, headaches, lack of concentration, and more. None of this is good for us if we want a productive day.
So what can be done?
The answer is to have a glass of water (and ideally two glasses) as soon as you wake up. This is such a simple change but one that can have fantastic results and make us feel ready to face the day right from the start. You can have a glass of water ready on your nightstand for when you wake up (this will help you to feel less sleepy), and you will have made a really positive change.
Make Your Bed
Do you go straight from your bed into the bathroom or the kitchen and never return to the room until it’s time to go to sleep again? If so, you might be one of the many people who don’t bother to make their beds in the morning.
Why is this a problem? It’s not a problem as such; nothing bad is going to happen to you if you don’t make your bed. However, good things could happen if you do. That is, when you make your bed in the morning, you are starting the day in the right way, with an aim set in your mind to be productive. This small change can help you make a big difference. Plus, when it’s time to go to sleep, it’s much more comfortable to get into a nicely made bed.
Brush Your Teeth With Your Weaker Hand
Generally we all have one strong hand and one weaker one. Most people are stronger in their right hand, for example, so their left hand is the weaker one. Whatever your weak hand is, try brushing your teeth using it.
This will be tricky at first, but when you do this regularly you will build up the strength in your other hand, and you will also exercise your brain, building up neurological strength which can aid you in many areas of life.