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    12 Really Small Lifestyle Tweaks That Can Make A Really Big Difference

    Sometimes small tweaks can make a huge difference...

    1. Do you feel that you know what you need to do to live healthier, but feel that you don't have the discipline to stick with the commitment?

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    Who doesn't want to feel better? We all know that we will feel better if we exercise more and watch what we eat. But sometimes huge commitments feel too difficult and they don't stick.

    Here are 12 "tweaks" from wellness experts that can make you feel much better, without requiring huge changes to your current lifestyle.

    Time management

    My first lifestyle tweak is prioritizing time management and gratitude lists. I have a planner and try my best to always organize and manage my day, from hour to hour. I also write gratitude lists and outline what I’m grateful for which I feel keeps me humble and ultimately emits positive energy out into the world. Second, daily exercise — even if it’s just committing to carving out a short amount of time for push-ups, sit-ups and squats before going to bed or first thing in the morning. Lastly, eating well — I’m a firm believer that what you put in your body has a huge effect on your moods and how you feel. If you strive to eat healthy, your body will thank you and work at its peak. - Carrie Minter

    Slow and steady wins the race

    Work hard and stay dedicated to your goal, but make sure to take care of yourself. When building a business or raising a family or trying to rise through the ranks, we often put ourselves last. But I can promise you this, the sure-fire way to failure is not being able to finish the race because your health is suffering—mentally, emotionally, or physically. Slow and steady wins the race. Also, there are no shortcuts to the top of the palm tree. Every step is a part of the process. Enjoy the journey instead of fighting it. - Debbie Matenopoulos

    Sleep

    These really aren’t tweaks. They are more like ground rules.

    SLEEP. No less than 7 hours a night and no more than 9.

    Meditate 5 minutes a day. If you can manage more, great, but if not, try to grab 5 minutes before bed, first thing in the morning, in your car on the side of the road - basically wherever and whenever you can to just breathe and chill. This has been shown to help with everything from improving our mood, lowering blood pressure, slowing aging, and more.

    Hydrate. Really. Drink until your pee looks like lemonade. Hydration helps boost immunity, increase our energy, improve the appearance of our skin, the list goes on and on. - Jillian Michaels

    Stay hydrated

    1. Make sure you're staying hydrated: It sounds so simple, but most people are dehydrated, which can lead to feeling tired, foggy, and hungry. Aim to drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water per day. This will boost your metabolism, energize you, and make your skin glow.

    2. Find an accountability partner! It's so powerful to have a friend by your side cheering you on. Kat and I always encourage each other to do our workouts and challenge each other. - Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott

    Stress management

    Ten or fifteen years ago, my list would read something like this: regular workouts, healthy food and hydration. However, as I’ve gotten older, topics like stress management/mindfulness, being consistent, and not judging the journey are as much, or even more important to me as I make my way through my sixties. - Tony Horton

    Be soft with yourself

    Dedicate yourself to a consistent yoga and mindfulness practice.

    Love yourself. Be soft with yourself. Just be curious instead of judging yourself first. You will find that this carries over into the rest of your life, creating richer relationships with yourself and other humans.

    Take action! Quit waiting for everything to be perfect to start living your dream. Go after that dream right now! You will never be more prepared than the present. So take the leap and jump. You will make mistakes. But you will grow from those. Again, just be curious. - Jessica Branson

    Brain breaks

    The small things that are so easy to overlook are where we can make the most gains. Sleep, nutrition, healthy friendships, community, and having a meaningful sense of passion and purpose. Some great ways to incorporate that into a company culture is by encouraging “brain breaks” (a 5 minute break the breathe and meditate).

    Spend just a few minutes each morning in silence and check-in with yourself, take ten deep breaths, and listen to the sounds around you. Become present with your life. I have a super healthy diet full of grass-fed meats, organic vegetables, and herbal home remedies. I also work out when I can, forgive myself when I can't - and I’m grateful every day for the little things. These key things allow me to maintain the energy levels and clarity I need to run be an entrepreneur, single mom and run a multi- million dollar business. What’s amazing is how simple things made such a huge difference. It doesn’t take tons of money to find health, wellness and happiness. - Jewel

    Habits

    A lot of our day to day is dictated by habits. And we all know that changing a habit is hard! There are days I struggle to motivate myself to go to the gym. For me, it’s been helpful to tie my action today to how it’s going to benefit me tomorrow. So if I make it to the gym tonight not only am I going to mentally feel better because I can work through any lingering issues from my day but I’m also going to physically feel better because I’m building strength. - Jill McKay Wilson

    Schedule self care like you would meetings

    Schedule wellness like you would meetings. With a busy work schedule, doctor appointments, and our two dogs, my days are pretty hectic. In order to make sure I keep my physical health a top priority, I schedule in wellness like I would a meeting or conference call. I book my workouts and self-care appointments a few weeks out and then I do everything I can to protect those times. In this way, I set myself up for success and I’m reminded that my health and well-being is just as important as anything else on my work schedule. - Alison Hadden

    Standing up

    1) Never sit down. Do everything you can standing up. The only time I sit down is when I’m forced, like on an airplane.

    2) Stay hydrated.

    3) Walk barefoot on the earth. It’s amazing how restorative this practice can be.

    4) Laugh at yourself. We all do a lot of crazy things, chuckle at yourself often.

    5) Every day, tell someone why you appreciate them. Express gratitude - Dean Karnazes

    Half of your plate with a rainbow of vegetables

    1) Prioritize getting sufficient sleep. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day can be helpful with improving sleep quality and duration.

    2) Add 5 minutes of daily meditation or a simple breath work exercise to help you manage stress. Even 5 minutes each day will help you be calmer, more self-aware and more present in your daily life.

    3) Fill at least half of your plate at lunch and dinner with a rainbow of vegetables, especially dark, leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables like kale, Swiss chard, spinach, broccoli, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. 100% of my clients see improvements with their digestion, energy, weight management, skin and immune function when they make this change! - Liz O’Carroll

    Own the “oxygen mask theory

    Own the “oxygen mask theory.” Put yours on first, full stop. To me, that means making time for a full body massage three blocks up the street once a week after putting my son down (I carry my stress in my neck and shoulders and if I don’t stay on top of it, I’m a mess) and seeing my acupuncturist every Thursday. Combined, it’s a two-hour weekly investment that keeps me balanced and, in turn, makes me a better wife, mom, daughter, sister, employee, and friend. - Leah Wyar

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