Many people think that the process of self-improvement is a lengthy one that requires months or even years of drastic changes. In some cases, that’s true, especially if you’re trying to lose weight, stop smoking or stop being a workaholic.
Fortunately, some positive life changes don’t require a huge time commitment, and you can adopt some worthy habits to do every day in just 10 minutes.
Call A Friend Who Uplifts You
Some people are just naturally positive, able to find things to be happy about no matter what life throws at them. If you know someone like that, give her a call and have a short chat. When life gets tough, it’s valuable to have someone to lean on or offer an alternative perspective. Also, consider that your point of view might have the very positivity that brings a smile to someone else’s face.
You may spend hours on the phone at work, depending on your career path; however, it’s important to view a telephone as a tool that can help you stay connected to the people who matter most in life, as well.
Whether yoga interests you because you’d like to become more flexible, or you’re just looking for an activity to keep your mind centered, it’s something you can do for much longer than 10 minutes, but is also beneficial in short spurts.
Experiment with doing it at different times of the day to find out when it’s most helpful for you.
Focus On Mindfulness
Speaking broadly, mindfulness is a state of being extremely sensitive to, and aware of, the world around you. While making a point to be mindful, you may discover that you pick up sights, smells and sounds that probably would have just gone unnoticed otherwise.
By striving to live in the moment, even for just 10 minutes, you can help yourself stay focused on what’s happening currently, rather than getting wrapped up in things that might happen or instances that already have.
Pick Some Affirmations
We all need a confidence boost once in a while, and you can get yours by choosing affirmations you repeat to yourself whenever discouragement starts to rear its ugly head. The nature of your affirmations will vary based on the challenges you face. If you’re feeling weak and unable to cope with life, yours might be, “You are stronger than you think you are!”
On the other hand, if you often find yourself stricken with dread over things that are outside your control, it might be more useful to say, “Turn your panic into productivity,” or even just “You can do this!” It may seem simple, but the more often you say these things, the more likely you are to start believing they’re true and give your confidence a lift in the process.
Write In A Journal
Many people are prone to feeling extremely stressed if they feel there’s no outlet for their emotions. It can seem even worse when there are no friends or family members nearby to lend an ear.
Sometimes, whatever you’re going through may be so private that you’re not ready to open up to another person yet. In good times and bad, it’s worthwhile to pour out your thoughts onto the pages of a journal. Even in just 10 minutes, you can work through some of what you’re facing, and hopefully feel more equipped to deal with it. A journal can also be a great place to document and celebrate your achievements.
As you can see, making good changes in your life doesn’t always have to be time consuming. Try some of these tips and see how it’s possible to make every day a little brighter, or at least more manageable.