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JUST ONE LITTLE THING CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

We all have good intentions at the start of the year to set goals, whether it’s to get fitter, make a positive lifestyle choice, or to do more to help the planet, but keeping up with it as the months go by can be overwhelming. Research shows that on average, a dramatic lifestyle change typically only lasts around two months. In fact, over half of us (53%), have tried to make positive changes to our habits in the last year, but failed to keep them up.

So how do we make changes that we find easier to manage and can feel proud of achieving? At centre:mk, we believe one little thing at a time could be the answer and can have a big impact in the long run. If that sounds like you, then we’ve got a few little things to help banish the blues and give yourself a pick me up to get through the winter months.

 

  • Make a list and make it realistic. Setting goals is the first step in achieving your ambitions. The process of writing it down is therapeutic in its own right. We recommend making a list of 12 things (one to focus on for each month of the year) and then write down what you need to do to achieve them. You’ll be surprised at how much progress you can make once you have pen to paper and kick started the process.

 

  • Start every day strong. If you get into a great morning routine, then every day can be amazing. Remind yourself what you should feel grateful for in your life and make sure you eat breakfast. If you are able to, do some exercise. Getting moving in the morning sets you up for the day and gives you energy, so whether it’s a 10-minute walk, yoga, or a gym class.

 

  • A great technique for mindfulness is to concentrate on the present. This means focusing on the moment you are living right now, not the past or the future. This gives your mind a well-earned break from worry or speculation about things that have either already happened or haven’t even happened yet. You can stay in the present by noticing your immediate surroundings, focusing on one task at a time (no multi-tasking) and doing jobs that require simple concentration such as following a recipe or cleaning. If you can master the art of staying in the present, it can be a great help to maintaining that positive frame of mind.

 

  • One last ‘Little Thing’ to keep your mood positive is to give yourself a little treat every day. Whether it’s a cup of coffee from your favourite café or something as simple as a relaxing bubble bath after work, make sure you think of a little daily treat to look forward to and put a smile on your face!