You don’t have to wait for the New Year to come to make resolutions. Our lives don’t change only with big decisions. It’s the little things and little decisions that make our lives change for the better.

A way to a happier and healthier life is only a few steps away. Start making those steps right now.

1. Declutter your home

Decluttering has a strong psychological side to it. By getting rid of the old clothes from our closet, the unhealthy food from our kitchens and old things from the attic, we make room for something new and better. Open your closet and be brutal – whatever you haven’t worn for 6 months, give away or throw away. Open the fridge and the cupboards and remove all the junk, sugary food that only hurts your health. Don’t be a hoarder but open to new experiences and things. You’ll breathe more easily.

2. Change the weekend rut

Maybe you don’t have much time during the work days but the weekend is completely yours, so spend it wisely. A different venue can do wonders – a short trip to a new park or the nearby town you have never been to is all you need to make your day different. People start feeling depressed when all of their days are predictable and plain, but they are the only ones that can change it. You don’t have to go on an expensive trip, just sit in a car with people close to you and drive somewhere new. It will be fun and adventurous, even for a day or two.

3. Find a half an hour for you

You may get overwhelmed with daily obligations and spend a whole day without thinking about what you want at all. Change that today! All you need is 30 minutes a day to relax and decompress. You can spend 15 minutes in the morning meditating or enjoying your first coffee and another 15 minutes in the evening writing a diary to note down your thoughts and what you’re thankful for. Or you can spend half an hour in the evening in a warm bath, reading a book or listening to music. Whatever works for you.

4. Help your body be healthy

Your body is the reflection of your mind and vice versa. So, pay attention to it as much as you pay attention to your mental health. It’s important to have a healthy diet that suits you and doesn’t make you feel hungry or dissatisfied all the time. Find a balance where you are allowed to treat yourself from time to time. If you have excess weight, you don’t always have to go the hard way that’s going to cost you a lot of nerves. It’s ok to opt for a weight loss surgery as a way to reduce excessive weight and then start with a different diet from that moment on. There are many paths to the same goal.

5. Complain less, do more

It’s not all about the bad circumstances – sometimes it’s about you. Complaining won’t get you anywhere but doing something about it will. Maybe you can’t change all the circumstances around you but you can direct your actions towards a positive goal. Set at least three goals that you will achieve during the course of one year and do everything in your power to make them real. Let them be something that moves you and make you feel energized and good about yourself.

6. Spend more time in nature

Don’t allow yourself to be detached from nature for too long. Urban areas aren’t actually that good for us if we stay in the noise and hectic dynamics all the time. Find your inner self in the forest, by the river, in the park or in the mountains. There is always a piece of nature somewhere close to you – let it be your safe haven as often as possible. Nature heals our minds, bodies and souls.

All in all

Being happy is not a feeling – it’s a process. Just like being healthy isn’t something that happens to you – it’s something you work on. So start working on being healthy and happy right now!