We asked the BuzzFeed Community what small things they were doing to improve their lives in 2017. Here’s what they had to say:
1. Read when you can.
“I travel a lot for work, and I’m shocked by how little I’ve read despite the dozens of books in my bookcase. I’ve decided to take better advantage of all of my time on planes, and read at least one book every two weeks.” —myrandaw
2. Take a step back from social media…
“I suffer from severe anxiety that gives me chest pain on a daily basis, but after deleting the social media apps off of my phone on New Year’s Day, my anxiety has been considerably lower. I’ve barely even checked my accounts since, and so far I haven’t missed it.” —shannac4d5985331
4. Quit skipping meals.
“I used to eat a small breakfast, skip lunch, eat a sweet when I thought I was going to faint, feel guilty, and only pick at dinner. Now I eat three regular meals a day, which keeps my blood sugar stable, and I don’t beat myself up if I want a snack. The ritual of preparing and eating meals also helps me eat more mindfully.” —study
5. And juice! Juice! Juice!
“I dug my juicer out of the closet and am now drinking fresh juice four or five times a week. I even bought bottles so I can make enough juice for the week all at once, and have a fresh glass every morning.” —Stephanie Workman
7. (Seriously, stop forcing it.)
“I’m going to stop giving forced reactions in conversation. I’ve become so conditioned when talking to people to laugh at this point, gasp here, insert fake emotion there — it’s so exhausting.” —Felicia Peralez, Facebook
11. Start a gratitude journal…
“I’m changing my notoriously negative attitude. I’ve begun a journal with one great thing that happens to me every day, and I’ve found that no matter how bad the day, seeing that one happy thing in writing cancels out the shit.” —lisad25
12. …or a bullet one.
“Already I’ve gotten so much better at meal planning and tracking my bills. There’s something so satisfying about checking things off, and the customizable part of bullet journaling really appeals to my creative side.” —v45be1af10
13. Invest in some you time.
“My goal for this year is to show myself more love. I’m taking a sewing class and piano lessons because I’ve always wanted to, and I’m spending two whole days a month, by myself, doing whatever the hell I want — trying a new coffee shop, hanging out at the beach, binging Netflix, etc.” —Kat Pinning
15. Build peace of mind into your routine.
“I’m practicing daily meditation (even if it just for five minutes) and yoga (even if it’s a quick sun salutation or some relaxing poses right before bed). It has definitely helped me with stress management.” —e46b99dda3
16. Practice letting the bullshit just ~roll off~.
“This year, I’ve decided to react less. I tend to let people get under my skin, and it does me no good to keep getting annoyed and upset. I want to stop worrying so much and learn to let the little things go.” —SKipnees
19. And above all, be more mindful of what really matters.
“I want to live a simple life — to stop filling my home with pointless stuff or rushing through every event just to get to the next one, instead appreciate the small things like playing tag with my son, taking my dog for a long walk, or cooking a delicious meal.” —staceyface80
Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.
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