This year we want to focus on optimizing our environment by making small changes that move us in the direction of better health. It is easy to start new diets or exercise programs but without changing your environment, many people end up slipping back into the same old patterns. You cannot get better in same environment that made you sick. Instead of trying to add to your routine and make huge changes, we encourage you to start small, daily habits that build into exponential growth. Here are some small changes you can make that have a huge impact on health:
- Spend 5 minutes outside watching the sunrise every day - this helps reset your circadian rhythm and hormones every day for optimal function. It will also help improve your sleep!
- Don't look at a screen until you have finished your morning coffee - instead of reaching for technology right away, wait until after your morning coffee (or tea) to give your body time to wake up naturally. The light from technology can send the wrong daytime signal to your body and turn off early morning hormone product. By avoiding technology first thing (and spending 5 minutes outside) you are setting every day up for success.
- Put your wifi on a timer to turn off every night - by setting up your wifi to turn off every night before bed, you are reducing the amount of electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) in your environment. Constant EMF exposure can make it harder to fall asleep and has been shown to decrease quality of sleep. By setting up an automatic timer, you can help make large leaps in your sleep every night.
- Wear blue blocking glasses when on a computer - purchase a set of blue blocking glasses (a daytime and nighttime pair) to make reducing your exposure to blue light a simple part of your every day routine. Make sure your glasses block enough of the harmful spectrum of blue light and if you are unsure, check out our ultimate guide to blue blockers.
- Read 5 pages of a book every night before bed - This helps calm your mind and body before bed. It can also help you avoid using technology a half hour before bedtime to give your mind time to signal for rest and repair. Choose an actual book rather than one you have to read on a Kindle or device. This small habit can also help you tackle reading more books if it is a goal of yours this year!
By creating these small yet significant changes in your everyday environment, you are setting the stage to make optimizing your health an easy (and maybe even unconscious) choice every day. Health is a lifelong journey that we gladly embark on to be able to live the most fulfilling life. By working to continuously make small improvements to our environment, we are setting the foundation for lifelong habits, which leads to exponential growth. The more we practice habits that contribute to our goal, the more success we will have in making wellness our own personal lifelong journey.
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James Clear has dedicated his career to simplifying habits, decision-making and continuous improvement. In his book, Atomic habits, he offers framework for getting 1% better every day. if you are interested in how tiny behaviors can lead to enormous changes than Atomic Habits is a worthy read!