I am a firm believer in the power of small steps when it comes to promoting a healthy lifestyle. I’m a work-at-home single mom, I barely have enough time to wash my hair every day! I do, however, have time to squeeze in a quick walk, call a good friend to vent, or indulge in a cup of tea. Small steps can add up to major victories in the healthy lifestyle game, and since they don’t require much commitment on my part, I’m more likely to stick to them.

I didn’t eat oatmeal until I was well into my late 20s because I always assumed I wouldn’t like it. Then one day, I was reading about its benefits and decided to just give it a try. I’m weird about trying new foods. Hmmm, I guess that’s where Jacob gets it from! Anyway, when I finally tried it, I discovered that I actually really liked the wholesome, hearty goodness! So now I try to fit it into my breakfast schedule at least three times a week.

More Small Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle

  • I spend at least half an hour a day (in 5-10 minute increments) playing with my dogs, starting with snuggles first thing in the morning. Just the simple act of petting them makes me feel calmer almost instantly. When it’s nice outside, I take one for a walk. Only one at a time though, I tried walking three at once and almost broke my neck! That’s not exactly conducive to a healthy lifestyle!
  • When my head is stuffy or I’m feeling that brain-fog sensation, I stick my face over the opening of a huge jar filled with peppermint leaves and inhale deeply. Instead fog-dissipation! This is especially helpful when I first wake up, as it takes me a while to get moving mentally.
  • If I’m having a particularly stressful day, I play racing video games with my son, but only the kind where you’re actually encouraged to crash into things because I can’t actually steer a virtual car. There is something really satisfying about smashing into objects and other cars, and it helps release pent-up frustration.
  • Aside from an alarm clock, my bedroom is an “electronic-free” zone. No TV, no radio, no distractions. This helps me get a better night sleep, in my opinion, which leads to much happier mornings.

I’m sure I do tons of other small things throughout the day that help add up to a healthy lifestyle. The great thing about small things is that you really don’t have to spend a lot of time thinking about them, they just become part of your day.

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