4 Unconventional Transformation Habits

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There’s a lot of emphasis placed on the habits of nutrition and exercise to transform how you look, feel and function. But what if you’re not ready to try those things? Or, maybe you’ve tried but they just haven’t stuck?

My advice would be you’re going about it the wrong way, and you could use some guidance! However, even the thought of that can be daunting, especially if you’re feeling crummy about yourself for whatever reason.

Willpower won’t change the way you view yourself or the habits that you exercise daily. You can’t will yourself to transform your life, and you can’t will yourself to overcome the negative thoughts in your head. The good news is that you don’t have to have some huge overhaul to feel better about yourself.

Here are four easy things you can do today, tomorrow and the days after that to re-build your confidence and state of mind, eventually using these as a foundation to make improvements in other areas of your life. Give them a try and let me know how it goes!

Blow Bubbles

Okay, so I have no concrete research to back this up whatsoever, but after I spent five minutes blowing bubbles with my toddler, the world just seems like a better place. It’s definitely linked to the deep breaths (presumably of fresh air - see #4) that reduce stress and anxiety. Whether you have kids or not, there’s no reason you can’t pick up a bottle of bubbles (or make your own at home) and reap the immediate benefits. Apparently, there are adult bubble blowing events… although I’m not sure we’re talking about the same thing.

Make your bed

All those years of mom’s nagging wasn’t for nothing. Although her intentions were probably related more to her peace of mind than yours, keeping that habit will pay off. Research actually shows that people who make the bed are happier and more successful than their non-bed-making counterparts. “Bed makers are also more likely to like their jobs, own a home, exercise regularly, and feel well rested,” one article says about research findings..

Share some thanks

Affirmation can be one of the most powerful tools of empowerment. Think about a time when someone transformed your mood with a simple gesture of verbal or written praise. Haven’t received that? Think about how much it would mean. Giving that gift to another not only lifts their spirits, but lifts yours because you will be responsible. It’s a great feeling. Take five minutes to write a short note (or, if you must, send an e-mail or text) to let someone know how much they mean to you. Research shows you don’t actually have to send it to feel the benefits, but I say if you’ll take the time to write it, why not share it?

Get outside

I could link a dozen articles on the benefits of getting outside to clear your head, but it wouldn’t scratch the surface and you wouldn’t read them all anyway. Just trust me that the research shows getting outside for a walk, if even for a few minutes of fresh air, can truly transform your perspective. Scientists found that walking in nature (a park, anything not surrounded by traffic) actually changes the way the brain works and reduces stress. Don’t have time for a long walk? Try the conventional things of parking further from the front door, or pair it with an activity you have to do anyway - like taking lunch, or holding a phone call, etc. (But, really, the goal is to do it without interruption.)



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