6 Easy Ways to Improve Yourself Daily
With the demands of work and family, finding time to improve your own mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing often takes a backseat.
Instead of carving out a huge block of “me” time, try making a few small changes to your daily routine. Over time, you could see big results. Here are six easy changes that you can implement right away into your daily routine to help you live better, according to a recent SmartBrief article.
- Work in 90-minute Intervals. People have daily cycles when awake. Called ultradian rhythms, they involve alternating periods of high-frequency brain activity (about 90 minutes) followed by lower-frequency brain activity (about 20 minutes). Easy, smart move: Take a 20-minute break every 90 minutes when working.
- Balance on one leg when brushing your teeth. Balance training can do a lot to help keep you on your feet and active. Experts in sports medicine say balance training helps awareness of the body’s position in space, which allows you walk in the dark without losing your balance and to distinguish the brake from the accelerator without looking at your feet. Easy, smart move: Stand on one leg while brushing your teeth, or whenever waiting in a line.
- Give your eyes a break. The American Academy of Ophthalmology says that looking at digital devices all day can cause strain and other side effects. Give your eyes (and mind) a break. Easy, smart move: Use the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes spent using a screen, look away at something that is 20 feet away from you for a total of 20 seconds.
- Read more. Science shows reading changes the way your brain works for the better. Reading rewires how your brain works. Deep reading, the kind that happens when you curl up with a book for hours, helps build up your ability to focus and grasp complicated ideas. Easy, smart move: Do not skim. Read every word and ponder its meaning.
- Fill your home with books. A recent study suggests that the advantages of growing up in a home filled with books can be measured well into adulthood. The bigger the childhood home library, the better children performed as adults in literacy, math, and processing information. Easy, smart move: We’re a little biased, but browse the CASE Bookstore for titles to add to your collection.
- Go offline at mealtimes. Turn off devices and savor your meals. This type of mindfulness gives your brain a time to rest. If you are dining alone, let your taste buds enjoy your food. If you are eating with others, encourage meaningful conversations at mealtimes. Easy, smart move: Don’t ask, “How was your day?” Instead ask, “What was the best part of your day?”