Small changes can sometimes build the biggest change. Here our readers indicate the pastimes or routines that might build 2017 that bit brighter
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. If its good enough for Aristotle, its good enough for us. So what rituals or routines can we take up to improve 2017?
We asked our readers about the one small change that has induced the biggest change to their lives here are 20 that might just construct the year ahead a bit brighter.
1 Cold-water swimming
I suffer with depression and nervousnes, and have done for about 10 years. I watched a programme called The Doctor Who Dedicate Up Drugs last autumn. I loathed the first episode, but watched the second to see how the woman trying cold-water swimming to help with her depression got on. I was surprised to see it actually helped her, so decided to give it a go. After my first swimming, I was hooked.
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2 A daily lunchtime walk
This is a good way to escape from my desk and switch off from run. Its also great to investigate the locals and discover concealed gems. It wasnt a hard habit to introduce. When I am busier its harder to step outside, but more rewarding. Those few moments away help me refocus when I get back to the office.
3 Stop shouting
I stopped roaring a decade ago, and havent raised my voice since. I used to shout at my small children when I was frustrated; it was an instinctive response, but it wasnt a constructive way of dealing with the situation, and it would take hours to recover from the regret I felt afterwards. My children often didnt understand why I was so upset. So I stopped roaring. It was hard at first( I had to count to 10 to calm down) but now I feel much better and more in control. I speak in a measured road and things to get out of here because I have gained other people respect.
Clara, the south-west
4 Baking bread
No more processed rubbish the bread I construct is wholesome and full of flavor. It keeps well, too, much better than the shop-bought stuff. “Were not receiving ” finer moment than knocking back a bowl of dough after its first fermenting. Its a great style of destressing. Lately Ive been constructing no-knead bread which savor good but doesnt ease stress quite so well. Ive also started inducing my own pizzas, which has been just as fun.
5 Mindfulness meditation
I introduced mindfulness meditation into my life to assist cope with a history of high blood pressure and depression. Concentrating on my breathing and telling myself to live in the now stopped me panicking. At first, I felt I had to lie down in a quiet room, light candles and practise for 20 minutes. But now I can do it anywhere. Even if you end up doing meditation for three minutes a day its worth it. It has helped me improve my the relationships and career. Mindfulness slows me down, helps me accept the things I cannot change and appreciate what and who I have in my life. It has built me more grateful.
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