Take the Overwhelm Out of Your Day with These Four Micro Habits

When you wake up in the morning, are you ready and raring to go? Or do you start dreading the day before you even roll out of bed?

Our lives have gotten so busy; it’s not unusual to be overwhelmed. In fact, according to Gallup polls, eight out of ten Americans are feeling stressed out about their lives. What’s worse, stress leads to a whole host of health problems, and can even shorten your life.

Thankfully, you do have the ability to take back your life. What’s even more surprising, is that you can do so through something so unbelievably small such as micro-habits.

A micro habit is a small change that you make in your daily routine. These are such tiny changes that you hardly even notice them. But boy, do they ever have significant results! Let’s look at a few micro-habits guaranteed to take the overwhelm out of your day:

Start the day in thankfulness.

Before you even get out of bed, stop. Think for a moment about something for which you’re thankful. By starting the day in gratitude, you’re making a positive shift in attitude, which will help you to have a better day.

Tidy your desk.

We’re not talking about a marathon decluttering mission here, but just building the habit of putting things back when you take them out. By keeping your workspace neat, you are calmer while you work, and even have the added confidence of finding what you need, when you need it.

Connect with someone who cares.

By even just saying a quick hi or sending a text over lunch, you not only maintain but can help build the relationships that matter most. Not only will you build more intimate connections with those around you, but you’ll have that support group in place for those times when things aren’t going your way.

Slow down your meals.

Taking time while you eat not only leave you feeling more at peace and less rushed, but you will digest your food better, and even fill up faster so that you wind up not eating so much in the long run. A win-win all the way around.

You don’t have to make significant changes to shift your day over to one of peace and productivity. By adding micro-habits, you can help protect yourself against being overwhelmed, leaving you space to be the person you want to be.

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Tips for Making Your New Micro-Habits Stick

So you have decided to make some changes in your life. You’ve even come up with some new habits – small ones – to make the whole process easier. You’ve also put some of those micro-habits into motion. Good going. You!

Now comes the hard part – making the Micro Habits stick. How do you make small changes that last? Read on for some tips that will help keep you on track somewhat indefinitely:

Start with using your smartphone.

By scheduling reminders, you keep the habit front and centre in your life. Decide specific times where you want to get this micro habit done and then set up your phone to let you know when that particular time rolls around. If you don’t have a smartphone, or like the low-tech option, scribble your reminder on a sticky note and put it where you’re sure to see it. Something along the lines of “Water – 1:00 pm” should suffice to get the point across.

Try a new dialogue with yourself.

If your micro habit isn’t time-based, then find other ways to make this micro habit a part of who you are. Start with “if-then” statements. Something along the lines of “If it’s Tuesday, then today I’m taking the bus and walking the rest of the way to work,” reminds you of that small habit to walk to work more often. By paying attention to how you speak to yourself, you start to rewire the old thought patterns and make your new micro habit a more natural part of your life.

Simplify the routine.

Remember, these are supposed to be micro-habits, not major ones. So don’t get caught up in trying to make grand sweeping changes. Instead, focus on the small things that you can quickly build into your existing routine.

Take away the old choice.

If your goal is to drink more water, then stop buying soda and juice. If you want to walk more, don’t park near the building. By removing the old way, all you have left is your new way. Think about what needs to disappear out of your life to make your new micro-habits a success.

It’s not hard to make micro-habits stick. Mostly, you want to stay intentional in what you’re doing and keep focused on the habit itself rather than letting it get lost in the shuffle of day to day life. By using these tips, you’ll stay on track to make that habit a daily part of your life.