5 Small Changes That Make a Big Difference

Ever feel like you’re always in a hurry and don’t have time to slow down and relax? I’m sure that makes most of us! Today I have some helpful tips on small changes that you can adapt that will make a big difference in your day.

5 Small Changes That Make a Big Difference

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1. Get up 15 minutes early.
I know this may be hard for a lot of people and trust me when I say that I’m not a morning person, but getting up earlier than usual really does make a difference. Let me just emphasize that waking up early isn’t the same as getting up early. If you’re awake and continue to hit your snooze button several times, then you’re really not doing yourself any good! lol. I remember when I had to hurry every morning and shower, get dressed, make coffee, and rush for my bus to get to work. Every once in a while I would miss my bus and would have to wait 15 minutes for the next one to come and I dreaded texting my boss with a sorry excuse letting her know that I was going to be late. During times like that, it’s always nice to have that extra buffer time in the morning because things always come up when you least expect it. Now that I stay at home with my son, I try to get up earlier than him so that I can make some coffee and have a few moments to relax before starting my day. Having caffeine in the morning is a definite must for my new gig as a SAHM! 😉

2. Eat lunch away from your desk.
I’ll be honest, I was the person that always ate at my desk when I had an office job. It was such a common theme where I worked and it almost felt “wrong” to take a break since everyone was always working non-stop and glued to their desk all day. I finally realized that there was absolutely nothing wrong with taking time to enjoy my lunch. It was refreshing to have a mental break away from my desk and go for a walk after finishing my lunch. I remember how some of my coworkers thought it was so unusual that I would go for a walk during my lunch break everyday. How is that weird? Was I supposed to work non-stop like a robot all day?!

5 Small Changes That Make a Big Difference

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3. Be active.
Being active doesn’t mean you have to lift the heaviest weights or run until you’re completely out of breath. You also don’t have to pay for expensive gym memberships if it doesn’t fit your budget. I enjoy taking my son on walks in the neighborhood or go for a walk at the park. Sometimes I feel so frumpy and going for a walk makes such a big difference in my mood and energy level!

4. Take time to disconnect.
We’re living in an age where we’re connected to our phones, tablets, (etc.) all the time. These are things that we have become heavily dependent on to function in our everyday lives. As a blogger, sometimes I feel too connected since there are so many social media platforms out there. Although I rely on social media to promote my blog and connect with others, I know how important it is to stop and disconnect from all my gadgets. I know I need to focus on living in the moment and actually take the time to enjoy life.

5. Give yourself some “me” time.
Since I’m a busy mom, it’s sometimes hard to find some “me” time. I say that as I’m currently typing my blog post with my son napping in my lap. LOL! Thankfully, I have a supportive husband who makes sure I have some time for myself. Lately, I’ve been using that time to do yoga. I love how yoga is not only relaxing but it challenges me as well. How do you spend your “me” time?

These are my tips on how you can make small changes to improve your day. Let me know your thoughts or if you have any additional tips to share!

61 Comments

    • Polly
      August 15, 2016 / 8:19 AM

      Thank you, Molly!

    • Polly
      August 15, 2016 / 8:29 AM

      Thanks, Violette!

    • Polly
      August 15, 2016 / 8:30 AM

      Yes, it’s so important to take time for lunch! 🙂

  1. Tamara
    August 11, 2016 / 9:50 AM

    These are great tips! A “me” time is necessary every once in a while!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Polly
      August 15, 2016 / 8:34 AM

      It definitely is! 🙂

  2. August 11, 2016 / 11:10 AM

    These are such great ideas! When I was teaching full time, I remember how important it was to get out of the classroom during lunch instead of taking a “working lunch” and trying to prep or get more done. So important to get away & even socialize with collegues!

    • Polly
      August 15, 2016 / 8:39 AM

      That’s absolutely right! Thanks for visiting, Kate!

  3. August 12, 2016 / 3:01 PM

    I agree with all of these! I need to take the time to disconnect more often. I am always glued to my phone or computer, and I always feel free when I do take the time to disconnect. Definitely need to do that more often! 🙂

    BlondieInTheCity.com

    • Polly
      August 15, 2016 / 8:42 AM

      It’s hard for me to disconnect sometimes too but it’s always relaxing when I choose not to glue myself to electronics!

    • Polly
      August 15, 2016 / 8:44 AM

      Thanks for visiting!

  4. August 14, 2016 / 12:45 AM

    Great tips. “Me” time is so important!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Kisses from Berlin
    Valentina | DAILY SUIT

    • Polly
      August 15, 2016 / 8:45 AM

      It certainly is, Valentina!

  5. August 15, 2016 / 8:30 AM

    Good advice all around. In a world with 24 hour access to just about everything, it’s so important to disconnect with the outside world and reconnect with yourself.

    Stephanie @ SV CAMBRIA

    • Polly
      August 15, 2016 / 8:48 AM

      Thank you for your kind words! It really is important to reconnect with yourself!

  6. August 15, 2016 / 10:16 AM

    Great post!! I am also a SAHM and looking for ways to shake up the monotony is always on my agenda! Thanks for the ideas!

    • Polly
      August 15, 2016 / 10:48 AM

      You’re welcome! Thanks for visiting, Krysta!

    • Polly
      August 15, 2016 / 3:19 PM

      I agree!

  7. August 15, 2016 / 6:55 PM

    I’ve been trying to work on almost all those things too. Waking up early is hard for me but when I do, it makes such a difference!

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 12:35 PM

      It definitely does!

  8. August 15, 2016 / 7:26 PM

    These tips are so great! Especially getting up and walking around a bit. I have started doing that at work, even just a walk around the block, and it is super helpful.

    Thanks for sharing!!

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 12:36 PM

      Hope it’s making a big difference for you! 🙂

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 12:36 PM

      Thanks for visiting, Daniel!

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 12:39 PM

      Yes, it is so important to set aside some time for yourself!

  9. August 16, 2016 / 3:50 AM

    These are great tips! I like the idea of eating lunch away from my desk. I never do that, but I’m absolutely gonna do that!

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 12:40 PM

      You definitely should!

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 12:40 PM

      Hope you find it helpful!

  10. August 17, 2016 / 1:39 AM

    I’m so the opposite of a morning person but about two years ago I decided to stop spending my life in bed and actually get up early! Now I’m used to getting up early and it makes such a difference. Love having that time to myself in the morning to just freshen up!

    The Makeup Directory

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 12:41 PM

      I’m glad it’s making a difference for you! 🙂

  11. August 17, 2016 / 9:45 AM

    I definitely need to be better about taking time to get away from my desk at lunch, even if it’s just to take a walk! It can be so easy to feel like you shouldn’t get up because no one else does, but thanks for the reminder that it’s okay to do that!

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 12:44 PM

      Yes, it’s absolutely ok to get up and take a break every once in a while!

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 12:45 PM

      Definitely!

  12. August 17, 2016 / 12:27 PM

    I feel like I have been neglecting my active life. I need to start scheduling it in. I feel more together when I get a good work out in!

    Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 12:45 PM

      Me too!

  13. August 17, 2016 / 2:39 PM

    These are some awesome tips! I’m trying to make some big life changes right now so I need all the help I can get. 😉

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 12:47 PM

      Hope these tips help you out, Susannah!

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 1:25 PM

      Thanks!

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 1:26 PM

      Thank you, Nicole!

  14. August 19, 2016 / 5:44 PM

    I couldn’t agree more! This is so perfect! Love the ‘wake up 15 min earlier’ tip! Makes such a difference!

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 1:28 PM

      It really does!

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 1:28 PM

      Thanks for your kind words, Lily!

  15. August 21, 2016 / 9:29 PM

    These are great suggestions, Polly! Having Me Time and disconnecting are huge for me. Actually, they all are! I’ve been more active this past week and felt better about life generally. And getting outside and away from all the devices has been good. As for me time, I like to go to a coffee shop and write! So that’s not really disconnecting. But it kind of is, because I disconnect from all the other life stuff and dive into fiction, and that’s good for me, for sure! Likewise, reading a good book!

    • Polly
      August 25, 2016 / 1:31 PM

      Hi Meghan! I love going to a coffee shop for some me time! It definitely is relaxing!

  16. August 28, 2016 / 6:29 AM

    Great tips! I could certainly implement all of these in my daily routine. I will have to definitely work on getting up early to make the most out of my day and also learning how to separate work from free time since I work at home. Thanks for sharing these tips!
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    • Polly
      August 28, 2016 / 6:16 PM

      I hope you find these tips helpful! Thanks for visiting, Estrella!

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