Small Changes to Make a Big Difference

by | Nov 15, 2021 | Personal Development

Do you ever feel like you want to make big changes in your life but just don’t have the time? Between work, family obligations, getting enough sleep, and trying to have fun, who has time to take care of themselves?

You do! It’s hard to make big changes when you are not in the habit of doing so. By making small, daily changes in your life, you can feel huge results. Here are five small changes that will pay off big time.

Daily Affirmations

Affirmations are short, positive statements you tell yourself to set your mindset for the day. Some people might say this is just “thinking positive,” but affirmations are most powerful when voiced out loud and in front of a mirror. It is so powerful to see yourself saying the words you most need to hear.

You can come up with your own personal affirmations, or you can find some powerful ones online. Here’s a list if you need help!

  • I have the resources to conquer the day.
  • I am full of light and energy.
  • I feel strong enough, smart enough, and powerful enough.
  • I will obliterate my goals today.
  • I am worthy of love and respect.

Try picking two or three affirmations and repeat them morning and night. By setting this intention, you are able fill your mind with positivity and rewire it to look for the good before the bad.

Set Daily and Weekly Goals

Goals are a great way to get you in the habit of change. Without goals, life can feel aimless, like you’re treading water. Before you begin your day, write down what you need to get done. Any chores, errands, or appointments should go on this list in addition to “fun” things like hobbies and social engagements. This can also be a place for personal development goals, like saying your affirmations, making conversation with one new person, or exercising.

While you might think you can note these things in your mind, writing down your goals is a powerful reminder of what you want to accomplish. A goal without a plan is just a daydream, and the first step to any plan should be writing it down.

Drink More Water

Drinking enough water is something we all struggle with but can solve so many daily problems. Our bodies are 60% water, and even losing one or two percent of that can cause fatigue, headaches, irritability, false hunger cues, and an inability to focus. Sound familiar? Drink more water.

A good rule of thumb is to drink a minimum of 64 ounces per day OR half your body weight converted to ounces. Find a water bottle you love, note how many ounces it holds, and figure out how many you need to meet this goal.

Take Your Vitamins

Taking vitamins and supplements are a great way to give your body the nutrients it may be lacking. In theory, we should be able to get most of our nutrients from the food we eat, but it can be especially difficult if we are having a grab-and-go kind of day. A good multi-vitamin is a great foundation for your health.

Multi-vitamin nutrients to look for include:

  • Vitamin D
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Folate
  • B-12

Depending on your health goals, you can include others, like:

  • Biotin to support healthy hair, skin, and nails
  • L-Arginine to help blood flow and potentially lower blood pressure
  • Melatonin to help you fall asleep faster (and sleep longer)
  • CoQ10 to boost energy levels

There are a ton of vitamin and supplement options out there. Before taking any new supplements, consult your doctor and make the best decision for your own personal health.

Go for a Walk

It doesn’t matter if it’s around the town, around the block, or around the house, getting up and moving is good for your body and mind. Getting your heart pumping and body moving will improve focus, mood, and heart health. If you sit a lot during your day, make it a point to walk around once an hour for a few minutes to get your blood flowing.

Whether you are on the go for work or chasing kids at home, including a few habits into your life can make a big difference in your mental, emotional, and physical health. Implement the five things we’ve discussed to springboard into your goals.

Need help focusing on your new daily goals? Read our blog, “Easy Hacks to Keep Your Momentum and Stay Focused.”