Fitness + Well-being

published : 2023-09-28

Small Changes That Can Make a Big Difference in Your Health and Happiness

Establishing a routine, limiting screen time, and creating goals are all ways to improve yourself

A serene morning scene with soft sunlight streaming through a window, showcasing a beautifully set mindfulness corner with a cup of tea and a journal. [Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV]

Self-improvement starts with simple changes you can easily implement in your life.

Trying to make too many changes all at once is unlikely to be sustainable.

When it comes to self-improvement, a big part involves creating goals and figuring out how to reach them.

While there are many different roads to success, there are also many broad changes that can make you feel healthier and happier — and help you reach your goals.

Creating a healthy routine for self-improvement starts from the minute you wake up for the day.

It can be really tempting to roll over and grab your phone as soon as you wake up, but there are far more productive ways to get your morning going.

Scrolling through your phone can make you stay in bed longer and possibly begin the day with negativity.

Instead, spend time meditating when you wake or writing in a journal.

If you know you're going to be tempted to reach for your device in the morning, set it far away from your bed.

This will also help you get up early if you set your alarm on your phone, since you'll have to physically get out of bed to turn it off.

By keeping your phone far away from your bed, you'll also be a lot less tempted to keep hitting the snooze button.

Try to limit screen time throughout the day, especially in the morning when you wake up and at night before you go to sleep.

Mindless scrolling on your phone can keep you up for hours — and put a damper on your routine.

Try to limit screen time throughout the day for higher productivity.

A person practicing yoga outdoors, surrounded by lush greenery and mountains, finding inner peace and improving their well-being. [Taken with Nikon D850]

Specifically, keep screen time to a minimum in the hours leading up to when you're going to sleep.

This will help you fall asleep faster and feel more refreshed in the morning.

Journaling is an extremely healthy habit to add to your routine.

No matter what time of day works for you — in the morning, before bed, or in the middle of the day — it's a great habit to start.

Journaling can be any type of writing, even if you are just writing a recap of your day or your goals for the week.

When it comes to reading, switch between books in a genre you enjoy and a book for self-improvement.

Having a balance of books for enjoyment and books to help better yourself can make reading an overall more fun and educational hobby.

Reading is a healthy habit to get into.

Mix up the genres you read to keep yourself interested.

A vision board is a great way to lay out your goals and see them come to life.

It is also extremely customizable.

You can create a vision board of short-term goals, long-term goals, or a combination of both.

You can create your vision board digitally using a software like Canva, or you can make one using a cork board, construction paper, or poster board.

To make a vision board, find photos and phrases that represent the goals you have.

A vision board filled with inspiring images and affirmations, symbolizing the goals and aspirations the article discusses. [Taken with Sony Alpha A7 III]

Once you have all your pictures and quotes gathered, you can make a collage out of them.

Put your vision board in a spot that you will see every day, so you'll be reminded of all the goals you have for yourself.

Remember that you can always add to or create a new vision board when you have new goals.

Exercise is very important for self-improvement and overall health.

A common misconception is that exercise has to be done at a gym, but there are other ways to get exercise if the gym is not for you.

If you love the outdoors, hiking, jogging, and biking are great ways to get exercise in.

You can also try something like yoga at home or in person to get your body moving.

Having some sort of routine can help with self-improvement.

At the same time, it's important to know that life happens, and there will be days when your routine isn't perfect and that's okay.

Try to create simple habits, like waking up at the same time throughout the week, making your bed in the morning, and taking time to journal to get a routine going.

Surrounding yourself with people who also want you to succeed is key.

Surround yourself with people who encourage you, push you to be your best, and don't bring you down.

Being surrounded by supportive people who bring out the best in you is essential to self-improvement.