Change starts small: 5 easy January resets that will change your life this year 3 months ago

Change starts small: 5 easy January resets that will change your life this year

I love that clean slate feel of January.

It's like we all get a fresh shot at things again – a chance to dust off all the things we didn't like or weren't happy with in the year that just ended, and to start over.

But we have all made grand plans and resolutions for the new year up through the year, only to discover that sticking to massive changes and big project like that is not as easy as our January 1st optimistic selves seem to think. And so a few weeks into the year, we inevitably fall of the wagon, and often end up feeling so bad about having failed, it can be hard to get started again.

The trick, I have found, is to make small, manageable changes. Change starts small, and you'll be amazed at how much can be achieved by just changing one small behaviour, habit or act.

Want to try?

Here are five easy things to try:

1. Spend more time offline

Connecting with people IRL is so important to both our physical and mental health.
Studies have found that social isolation is associated with poor sleep, elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol and, yikes, increased rates of mortality.

Put down your phone when you are with your family and friends. In fact, leave it at home.

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2. Cook food from scratch

The simplest way to feel and look healthier is to eat more home-cooked meals made from whole ingredients.

Another bonus is that cooking your meals from scratch means you are avoiding processed food and lots of additives and unhealthy ingredients.

3. Get outside every day

Being outside ensures that you get a dose of vitamin D from sunlight, helps keep your circadian rhythms in check so that you sleep well at night, and, trust me, you'll feel so much happier and healthier with a dose of fresh air every single day!

4. Practise gratitude

Try this: Write down five things you are grateful for in a notebook every single day for a month. You'll soon start seeing your abundance, and will be less focused on what you are lacking.

5. Be more productive

Start by writing out a list every Sunday evening of all the tasks – big and small – you have for the week ahead, and when doing them, try focusing on one task at the time. You'll soon see how much more effective that makes you.