🌻5 Tiny Habits That Might Change Your Life


Did you ever feel like _changing your life _but didn’t know how to start? Or maybe you wanted change, but the idea of giving up your comforting routines felt too hard?

You’re not alone. Change is hard. And as much as we like to think of new weeks, months, or years as “new beginnings,” we barely change anything about our own behavior.


But what if you could make change less painful and start with small steps that are easy to implement but also powerful? What if you let yourself take baby steps first?

Sometimes, it’s those small steps that add up over time.

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Get your head out of the past.

Most people spend a lifetime worrying about mistakes they made or opportunities they missed.

They can’t accept failures and dwell on them for years, sometimes even decades.

But the truth is, you probably did the best you could with the resources you had back then. Life doesn’t come with a user manual, so mistakes, failures, and setbacks are natural.

There’s no way to avoid failure. You can only learn to deal with it.

Whether it was your fault or not, staying stuck on something that happened in the past never made anyone happy.

Letting go of the past becomes easier when you allow yourself to embrace the mistakes you made or the unfair disadvantages you faced.

Next time you fail, start by acknowledging what went wrong and allow yourself to be disappointed at that moment.

When our loved ones fail, we tell them it’s not a big deal.

We encourage them to move on and not take it too seriously. That’s what you need to tell yourself too.

You must get up, dust yourself off, and move on.

As James Altucher writes:

“Life is a series of failures punctuated by brief successes.”

Avoid (sensationalized) news.

The goal of the media is to make every problem your problem.

The moment you decide to control your media consumption is the moment you start to control your life.

Clickbait headlines, fear-mongering stories, and unrealistic beauty standards lead to constant worry, overstimulation, and increased revenue for media companies while your brain, relationships, and life are suffering.

Being exposed to negative news can lead to increased anxiety and stress while also harming your brain.

In a world where we’re drowning in information, our focus and mental capabilities are becoming increasingly precious. Yet, exposure to news makes it harder to make the right decisions and stay true to our good intentions.

The quick fix is to avoid (most) news altogether.

Unfollow negative, sensational, or toxic pages on all social media channels — no matter if it’s news sites, companies, or influencers.

Unsubscribe from emails that make you feel miserable and anxious.

If you don’t want to avoid news altogether, seek trusted, fact-based sources. But make sure to still limit the amount of time you spend on those pages.

You don’t need to be up to date on all world events _all the time. _Checking in once or twice per day is enough.

Talk to yourself like you talk to others.

Sometimes, life is hard because we make it hard.

We skip the good habits that could help us be stronger, healthier, and more peaceful.

We spend too much time around the wrong people, doing the wrong things.

We struggle to say no.

We ignore our own needs.

And we talk to ourselves as if we were our own enemies.

But life is as good as you treat yourself. You want your inner voice to be kind, compassionate, and loving — just like when you talk to people you genuinely care about.

“You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”

— Diane Von Furstenberg

You’re in the driver’s seat of your life.

And even though you can’t always predict or control everything that happens in life, you control 100% of how you treat yourself.

Talk to yourself as you talk to the people you like.

Put your emotional and physical wellbeing first and remind yourself that you can’t be helpful to anyone if you’re not feeling well yourself.

Observe your negative self-talk, identify the repeating patterns, and consciously break them by pausing, being compassionate, and reframing your thoughts.

Everyone is struggling. (You just don’t see it.)

Even though we _love _to idolize and look up to others, the truth is that everyone’s fighting their own battles.

On the outside, you’d think most people are doing just fine. But on the inside, most of us are worried about a dozen things nobody is even aware of.

Social media and trends like toxic positivity have completely messed up how we think our lives need to look like.

We expect ourselves to have all our shit togetherwhile taking Instagram-worthy photos around the clock, never missing a workout, meditating daily, and following a dozen other routines that sound nice.

And with all of that, we forget that most social media accounts are highlight reels, not a realistic representation of someone’s life.

Top influencers even manage to turn their “worst days” into aesthetically pleasing content by recording themselves crying in their picture-perfect homes.

Most young people’s expectations about a good life are messed up, and comparing yourself to others is only a downward spiral.

In reality, we’re all struggling in our own ways, and that’s okay as long as we treat each other with respect, kindness, and compassion.

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One in, one out.

The most simple and practical habit to keep your life a little more organized is using the one in, one out principle.

For every new item you bring into your life, get rid of one existing item. If you purchase a new piece of clothing, donate, toss, or sell another.

Clutter takes up space and energy. The more items we own, the more we have to take care of. And if we’re honest, we don’t need many things_to be happy or accomplished. **We need people, experiences, and routines **that make our heart dance. We don’t need “stuff.”_

This simple rule will help you avoid clutter, so you eventually only own items you truly like or need.

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”

— Marie Kondo

By being mindful of what you bring into your life and letting go of items that no longer serve you, you create a more peaceful and intentional experience.

Final thoughts

Sometimes, we don’t need big ideas to change our lives. We need simple habits to repeat frequently.

You know what to do.

The only thing holding you back from stepping up and creating a better version of yourself is you.

Contributed by Sinem Günel

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