Take the Overwhelm Out of Your Day with These Four Micro Habits

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When you wake up in the morning are you ready and raring to go? Or do you start dreading the day before you even roll out of bed?

Our lives have gotten so busy it’s not unusual to be overwhelmed. In fact, according to Gallup polls, eight out of ten Americans are feeling stressed out about their lives. What’s worse, stress leads to a whole host of health problems, and can even shorten your life.

Thankfully, you do have the ability to take back your life. What’s even more amazing, is that you can do so through something so unbelievably small such as micro-habits.

A micro habit is a small change that you make in your daily routine. These are such tiny changes that you hardly even notice them. But boy, do they ever have big results! Let’s look at a few micro-habits guaranteed to take the overwhelm out of your day:

1. Start the day in thankfulness. Before you even get out of bed, stop. Think for a moment about something for which you’re thankful. By starting the day in gratitude, you’re making a positive shift in attitude, which will help you to have a better day.

2. Tidy your desk. We’re not talking about a marathon decluttering mission here, but just building the habit of putting things back when you take them out. By keeping your workspace neat, you are calmer while you work, and even have the added confidence of finding what you need, when you need it.

3. Connect with someone who cares. By even just saying a quick hi or sending a text over lunch, you not only maintain but can help build the relationships that matter most. Not only will you build more intimate connections with those around you, but you’ll have that support group in place for those times when things aren’t going your way.

4. Slow down your meals. Taking time while you eat not only leave you feeling more at peace and less rushed, but you will digest your food better, and even fill up faster so that you wind up not eating so much in the long run. A win-win all the way around.

You don’t have to make big changes to shift your day over to one of peace and productivity. By adding micro-habits, you can help protect yourself against being overwhelmed, leaving you space to be the person you want to be.