We asked the BuzzFeed Community to share the small life changes or habits that have helped them — in some way — live a healthier, happier day-to-day. Here's what they said. ✨
(*And quick note that these habits aren't meant to be one-size-fits-all — since everyone's journeys are different. Still, we hope you'll find them useful!)
1. Unfollow any IG accounts that make you feel bad.
2. Drink a tall glass of water first thing in the morning, before you do anything else.
"I drink at least half a liter of water right when I wake up. I’m a waitress and when I work it’s hard to consume as much water as I would like, so the hydration jumpstart really helps."
3. Adopt the one-minute rule — and make your bed.
4. And speaking of your bed: don't work from it.
"I used to always do my homework on my bed since my dorm room is so small. But since I started working at my desk, sleeping is so much easier — because I’m in the mindset that my bed is solely for sleeping."
5. Make a point to notice the good in people, instead of the bad.
6. Listen to your favorite songs on the way to school or work.
"My morning walk from the parking lot to the school is just under 10 minutes — so I can get in two or three songs. It's a small thing, but it relaxes me before a hard day."
7. On Sunday, spend some time meal prepping for the week ahead.
8. Make eye contact more often.
"I try do this at least twice per conversation, which is a lot more than I ever have. Now, all of my chats feel more genuine. I leave them feeling more satisfied and assertive. Still working on it, but it’s one step closer to healthy vulnerability as opposed to constant aloofness."
9. Solve snacking by having a grab-and-go bin ready.
10. Ditch alcohol for a little bit.
"I cut drinking for a month to show myself I didn’t need to drink to socialize. I'll drink occasionally now on a night out with friends, but it’s not a several-times-a-week thing like before. I feel more energetic, motivated, and positive. I also lost weight and have the added bonus of more financial stability."
11. Find a way to get moving.
12. And remember that exercise doesn't even require you to leave the house.
"I got Zumba for the Nintendo Switch and love it! I am a stay-at-home mom with three kids and I love having something that is fun and accessible. I now do Zumba for 30 minutes everyday in my PJs. The kids will sometimes join or watch but it helps so much with not only exercising, but also with my mental health."
"Then just spend five minutes either in the morning or at night filling it in. Most will prompt you with a question to help jumpstart your thoughts. Taking a second to be thankful is a great way to start or end each day."
15. Spend at least 10 minutes with the sun every day.
16. Count macros instead of calories.
"By doing this, I never feel restricted by what I eat. Unlike counting calories, I’m now more focused on meeting my daily goals than restricting what I eat to stay under it."
17. When grocery shopping, stick to the perimeter of the store.
18. If life's timing is right, think about getting a pet. 🐶
"After a car accident, I was off work for a year and gained a lot of weight. During that time, my fiancé and I talked about getting a dog, and after a lot of research, we adopted one. Getting a dog changed my life. I spend more time outside, being active and walking it. I've lost the weight, and in turn, developed a healthier lifestyle — drinking more water, cooking more, getting enough sleep. I never thought adopting a dog would change my life so much, but I'm now in such a great place because of our puppy, and my supportive fiancé!"
19. Keep your space clean — in a way that won't stress you out.
20. If you're having trouble sleeping, try CBD oil.
21. And ditch your phone at night, too.
"No phones in bed! As soon as I'm going to bed, I plug my phone in on the nightstand and don't touch it until the alarm goes off in the morning. It's helped with getting my sleep cycles back in order."
22. Eat more plants and less sugar.
23. If you have a long to-do list, remember that it's OK to go slowly.
"With a big list of chores, don’t think ahead. Just begin with one job, no matter how small. You’ll pick up momentum as you go. And be more lenient with not finishing *everything* right away. The key is not beating yourself up over it."