Micro habits can change your life! We often think it’s the big things in life that are important and they are, but the little things definitely lead up to the big things.
What do I mean? Well, for example, if you decide to drink an additional glass of water today than you usually do, you did something very good for your body. You gave it a little more hydration than usual. Why is that a big deal? Well, it’s a big deal because According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery at 31%.
So your body will thank you and be extremely happy about the uptake in water. Have you ever considered that the reason you are so tired, stressed or cranky is because you could be dehydrated and your body is crying out for relief? We now know that when people are dehydrated their bodies are more easily stressed, fatigued and if it is bad enough they become sick. So just a small thing like drinking more water accomplishes great things for your body and overall well-being.
A simple thing like making your bed every morning doesn’t seem like a big thing, but turns out it is. Navy Seal Admiral McRaven has a YouTube video on it and why he trains his men this way. If you make up your bed first thing in the morning it can give you a sense of accomplishment and that sets the tone for the day which will encourage you to take on other small tasks for the day.
Just a simple thing like paying attention to how you dress can make a big difference in your mood and confidence. Want an esteem booster? Dress up more often. When we feel good about how we look we feel more confident. You don’t have to spend lots of money but it you pay attention to your dress and take it up a notch you feel better about yourself. Everyone likes to look good. It can boost your mood and overall confidence. The added bonus is that people also respond to you differently because you are making a good impression. Plus you never know you will run into! If you are dressed nice, people tend to think that you perform better and have more to offer, that you have it going on etc. Now I know there is a lot more to a book than its cover. Got it! However, the reality is that most people form an impression in about 15 seconds. So, the next time you want to leave the house with the sloppy jeans and t-shirt, maybe consider something different, ditch that idea and take it up a notch.
The point I am making is small things and particularly micro-habits can change our lives in big ways. It only takes about 30 days to form a habit and then it becomes a part of you. So if you think in terms of micro, small habits what one thing would you be willing to do?