25 Small Changes To Be A Happier Healthier Version Of Yourself

We have times in our lives when we feel restless, frustrated or just…off. Times when we get so busy we forget to take care of ourselves, or are in a small depression over something. Sometimes, we just need to change something, and we don’t know where to start, or the idea of a major change is overwhelming. We all take steps to grow, mature, and better ourselves. Many of these steps and habits develop slowly over time, but some of them are conscious small choices, changes of focus and efforts we make every day. Even something small that becomes a regular habit can have a huge effect on your overall health and well being. Here’s a list of 25 Small Changes To Be A Happier Healthier Version Of Yourself.

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Practice good hygiene as a habit. For someone people this is a big "DUH" and for others, they simply may not have been taught good habits growing up. Society is quick to jump on these people, but it's often lack of knowledge, not laziness. When you're well groomed, you feel better about yourself and that confidence shows in everything you do. You don't need a lot of money to make a face mask, or for simple things for a good skin care routine. Keep your nails trimmed and clean, exfoliate your body once a week and use a moisturizer. Some people can get by without any sort of antiperspirant or deodorant, but honestly, not many. Remember that by the time you smell your own body odor, everyone else has been able to smell it for about an hour. All primates - including humans - have grooming habits. It's an important way to take care of yourself daily.

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Learning to say no is an important and powerful skill. We simply can't do everything, even things we really want to, even things people might imply we're obligated to do. Personal boundaries are a necessity and allow us to be in control of our own lives instead of just saying "yes" to anything that's asked of us. Learn what you can realistically handle. Learn how to identify what you want to do instead of what you feel obligated to do, and learn to say no without apologizing.

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Laugh! Loud and often. Find a comedian or few you like that you can listen to when you're having a really bad or frustrating day. In India, they have groups of people that just stand around and LAUGH for the sake of laughter because it's THAT good for you! It reduces stress and releases a flood of happy endorphins into the the body and promotes bonding when shared.

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We lose water for our system constantly. When we sweat, when we use the bathroom, and when you breathe. Even moderate dehydration can cause headaches and sleepiness, even in the middle of the day. Make sure you're drinking enough, and drink more water than anything else. If you're overweight, cutting soda or sugary coffee drinks from your diet can help you lose weight and feel better without making a huge change. Your body craves water; give it what it needs.

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Getting at least 8 hours of sleep is vital to mental and physical health. People who don't get enough sleep suffer from a host of issues from hormone imbalance, weight gain, greater risk of heart disease and even, some studies have suggested, some types of cancer. Go to bed. Nothing good happens after 2 am anyway.

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