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Little Habits that Make Life Better

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us look for sweeping changes to move life ahead, but sometimes small day-to-day moves may do more to help us figure out what we are doing and make it better. Here are a few little pointers to consider.

Ask good questions and listen – When you are working with groups or meet someone new, try to ask questions that will produce new information. Then ask more questions. That’s how projects develop and opportunities happen.

Add some art supplies to your desk – Just having pens, paper, pastels or clay gives you the chance to doodle a little. Most of my doodles are just that, but once in awhile they help me break out and see something in a totally new way.

Invite silence – You don’t have to officially meditate. Just sit quietly for a few minutes each day and let your brain wind down. That may leave room for a totally new view.

Do a brain sweep – At the end of a long day jot down everything that comes to mind. Sometimes we are so busy with deadlines that stray thoughts get shelved, never to be seen again. When you jot everything down there may be some good material in there that you might have missed. A brain sweep also helps to clean up nagging worries or vague anxieties, too.

Count the positives – At the end of the day, take time to list the things that you accomplished. Some days will be better than others, but too often we dismiss what we do with a wave of the hand. Actually listing accomplishments can keep us balanced and moving, recognizing what we do.

Stay in touch – Often we talk with our co-workers a lot, but forget to reach out to friends and relatives. Call, email or text to keep those communication circles open and your network strong. As you do this, you may be amazed at how many people you have in your circle. When something happens, and you need help, or they do, it’s good to know the support is there.

Reflect before responding – When you reply to someone, take a minute to think about what they have said. This gives them the respect they deserve, and helps you give the right response. Quickly firing back with half-finished thoughts seldom works as well.

Whatever you do to make your day better, enjoy the results, and keep looking for more. 

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Dacula, Ga. 

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