Need to move forward, but struggling to make a decision? Maybe your home needs a makeover or perhaps it’s your diet that’s in drastic need of an overhaul. Wherever you need help, it’s never too late to work towards resolutions which will help you to live a happier, healthier, more stress-free existence. What’s more, according to Nora Rosendahl, Nelli Lahteenmaki and Aleski Hoffman, authors of The Book of YOU, the key to achieving your goals is not about making grand sweeping gestures. Rather, the focus is on taking small micro-actions which will empower you to make changes happen.
The book divides each micro-action into four categories:
- Mind: the mind determines who you are and how you act. But it isn’t set in stone and the authors believe you can train your mind. Mind micro-actions focus on mindfulness, productivity and organisation
- Food: simple changes can add years to your life, say the authors. Food micro-actions are not only about what you eat but how, when, how much and with whom
- Move: micro actions in this category are about everyday movement – small, easy actions that you can incorporate into your daily routine
- Love: this is about your relationship with yourself and others. Treating someone well triggers a positive reaction in that person, which triggers a positive reaction in you, too
Some of our favourite micro actions from the book include:
- Do a task you've been putting off: Select one thing languishing on your to-do list. Pick up that extension lead at the DIY shop, make an appointment to get your teeth checked. Just pick one thing from your nagging to-do list and get it done today. If there’s something bigger on your mind like fitting a new kitchen or buying a new sofa, take that bold step – visit the showroom, make an appointment – anything to take that small step forward
- Drop some emotional baggage: Give up a long-held grudge, forgive a friend or colleague, stop dwelling on a past regret. Unfinished emotional business weighs you down – it’s not called ‘baggage’ for nothing. Target some old business and forgive, forget and move forward
- A random act of kindness: Kindness makes us feel good, but did you know that it is also linked to happiness and health on a biochemical level? Kindness causes the release of oxytocin and dopamine in the brain, which contribute to reducing inflammation in the body and can slow the ageing process. Who could you show a random act of kindness to today?
- Celebrate colour: We've all heard that blue makes you calm, yellow is the colour of happiness etc. Wear something colourful or add a splash of colour to your home or office. You could choose one that reflects your mood or, for best brain stimulus, try one you wouldn't normally choose and see how it makes you feel