Recently, in my ‘Things I loved in May’ blog post I mentioned The Book of YOU http://amzn.to/29chkeq. This book promises to empower you to make change happen – one micro-action at a time because the small things really matter.
During this challenging time I am prepared to give some time each day in the hope of achieving a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life. The Book of YOU contains 365 micro-actions, one for each day of the year, grouped under four areas – Food, Mind, Move and Love. Trying to change too much, too fast, isn’t a really effective way to bring about lasting change. By focusing on very specific, instantly measurable micro-actions, you can make a difference in your life. The key to success is making small changes, to take time to reflect on each micro-action; this can have long lasting results.
There are some very simple, yet great suggestions, in this book:
- Explore your neighborhood – Put on your walking shoes and go out to explore your surroundings. Notice something new. Find a place you haven’t visited before. Admire something for a second longer than usual. When you are paying attention to what’s around you and get lost in the moment you may not only experience something new but also end up walking that extra mile.
- Your positive mantra – We spend much of our time fretting about the negatives instead of focusing on the positives. Get in front of the mirror today and tell your reflection a positive mantra. For example: ‘Happiness isn’t size-specific’, ‘Work out because you love your body, not because you hate it’ or ‘I am strong, I am beautiful, I am enough’. What are you telling yourself today?
- Get creative with veg – we all have a repertoire of dishes we bang out, week in, week out, but mixing things up and getting inspired with new recipe ideas is crucial to keeping veg on your menu long term. Today, get creative with veg. Switch up salads by using a speed peeler to add ribbons of courgettes and carrots, or grate a load of gorgeous fresh veg to make a slaw. Use your imagination and have fun!
- Read something new – Teachers encourage children to read a lot to help instil the ‘story structure’ so they learn to think in sequence while their brain still has a lot of plasticity. For adult brains, reading something new can improve your creativity – so if you love novels, maybe go for non-fiction or even poetry today, or try to learn something new.
- Best of the year – Introspective thinking and writing can have numerous health benefits. Today, look back at the past year. What do you recall? What was the best, coolest, funniest, most memorable part of the year gone by? Was there something that you really loved? Take a moment to record it.
I love the variety of micro-actions. Completing them is about taking time out for yourself, to do a random act of kindness, to appreciate the beauty around you or to use your time whilst running the bath or during an advert break to fit in some simple exercises.
There is also a brilliant app called YOU-app. It allows you to complete daily small actions for health, mindfulness, food and movement. Partaking in the daily and weekly actions makes life more enjoyable. It’s a great way to make small improvements to your mental and physical well being.
Inspiration and motivation
The Book of YOU and the app offers you inspiration and motivation to make little positive changes and to adopt new habits. I am, like most people, a work in progress but I feel that this book and app has motivated me to continue my journey.
Keep smiling 🙂