26 Tiny Things You Need To Start Doing For Yourself This Year

God & Man

1. Use good-quality moisturizer on your face every morning, every night, or, if you live in a dry, cold climate, both.

2. Unfollow all of the Instagram accounts and Facebook friends that make you feel like shit. Unsubscribe to all of the random-ass e-newsletters that show up in your inbox even though you don’t remember signing up for them.

3. Color. Adult coloring books are becoming increasingly popular because they’re amazing. (Yes, that’s subjective, but you’d be amazed by how relaxed you can feel coloring in a beautiful and intricate page with colored pencils.)

4. Set aside time to just sit by yourself and be silent. Schedule yourself into your day. Use the time alone to meditate, read, breathe, take a bath, or, if you’re really exhausted, to take a nap.

5. Write down what you’re going to accomplish at the beginning of every work day (or the night before, if it will help you sleep better).

6. Be aware of what you’re putting into your body. You don’t need to only ingest health foods, but make a conscious effort to drink a lot of water, and balance out your meals.

7. Save more money. You don’t have to aggressively save every month, but make a conscious effort to give yourself a savings goal, and then try to meet it. At the end of each month, evaluate whether you actually followed through.

8. Dress appropriately for the weather. You don’t need to look like a knockout in a hat, gloves, scarf and parka. You just need to stay warm.

9. Stop to smell the flowers when someone is selling them at your local market.

10. Reading one article per day that you really enjoy.

11. When you talk to your mom, dad, siblings or friends on the phone, actually take the time to tell them what happened during your day. Ask about their day. Don’t spend the entire conversation looking at your work emails.

12. When there are important software updates for your phone or computer, download them when you’re supposed to. You’ll waste less time wanting to throw your phone against the wall because it’s loading so slowly.

13. When someone offers you a bite of their food, say yes.

14. Assess your flaws on a regular basis. Realize what you’re doing wrong. Keep your own behavior in check.

15. But don’t be too hard on yourself. When you’re incredibly harsh on someone, realize that you could’ve approached the situation in a kinder way. When you put in a really hard day of work and not everything goes according to plan, don’t beat yourself up over it.

16. Make popcorn on the stove top.

17. Look nice on days when you have nothing special going on. You don’t always have to dress up for a date, or an important meeting. You don’t need to dress up just for the compliments. Pick a day, and dress up because you wanted to look good.

18. Buy quality ingredients at the grocery store so that you’re excited about the food you’re cooking for dinner. Nothing brightens up a meal like pesto, good bread, or a fresh vegetable.

19. Get a lot of sleep when you’re not feeling well. Stop running yourself into the ground when your body feels weak, you have a bad headache, or you feel a cold coming on. Listen to your body and get into bed. Make yourself some tea. Have some Vitamin C.

20. Listen to comedy in the car, or on the Subway. LOL while no one is watching.

21. Take a workout class you feel completely ridiculous signing up for. Try hip hop, zumba, or kickboxing. If you can’t get a friend to do it with you, just be brave and go alone.

22. Stop showering every day (unless you have really thin hair). It’s better for your skin and your hair if you shower less frequently. You don’t need to grow dreads (though feel free to), but you should try washing your hair every second day.

23. Re: hair care, use the over-ripened avocados in your fridge as shampoo every so often. Your hair really will turn out shiny AF.

24. Smile at little kids. Smile at adults. Stop pursing your lips at strangers who are walking on the wrong side of the street. All you’re doing is giving yourself premature wrinkles.

25. Sit up straight.

26. When you’re listening to someone talk, actually listen. You will get so much more out of your experiences with people if you’re fully engaged, instead of only half-listening while you think about what you’re going to say next. TC mark


More From Thought Catalog

  • Sharanya Paulraj

    Love the article! :)

  • http://coffeeandperspectives.wordpress.com coffeeandperspectives

    Such effective tips! Thank you. Wishes for 2016

  • https://landservicesblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/26-tiny-things-you-need-to-start-doing-for-yourself-this-year/ 26 Tiny Things You Need To Start Doing For Yourself This Year | landservicesblog

    […] Source: 26 Tiny Things You Need To Start Doing For Yourself This Year […]

  • http://www.juliesjazz.com/friday-fun-37/ friday fun | Julie's Jazz

    […] 26 Tiny Things You Need To Start Doing For Yourself This Year. #2 and #17! All are simple! […]

  • http://forbiddenriceblog.com/2016/01/02/saturday-sites-week-one-3/ Saturday Sites: Week One |

    […] Twenty-six tiny things you need to start doing for yourself this year. […]

  • https://julieboulosmeetsworld.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/new-year-new-me/ New Year, New Me. | Julie Meets World.

    […] focus on me. This is something I find not many people do, but a lot more people should do. I read this really great post that was shared on Facebook about 26 things you should start doing for yourself, […]

  • http://worldofmind.us/26-tiny-things-you-need-to-start-doing-for-yourself-this-year/ 26 Tiny Things You Need To Start Doing For Yourself This Year | WorldofMind

    […] Source: 26 Tiny Things You Need To Start Doing For Yourself This Year […]

  • https://thoughtcatalog.com/nicoletarkoff/2016/01/this-is-how-introverts-handle-confrontation-in-a-way-that-extroverts-might-not-understand/ This Is How Introverts Handle Confrontation In A Way That Extroverts Might Not Understand | Thought Catalog

    […] this: 11 Quotes That Will Make You Want To Hug Your BFF Read this: 26 Tiny Things You Need To Start Doing For Yourself This Year Read this: Friendship Quotes: Only The Best For Your Bestie Read this: 4 Borderline Creepy Things […]

  • http://alyssacamille.com/2016/01/05/16-beauty-habits-for-2016/ 16 Beauty Habits for 2016! | Alyssa Camille

    […] today. Inspired by Thought Catalog’s list of better lifestyle habits for the new year (linked here), I’ve come up with my own list of beauty habits that we all should take on this year to be […]

  • http://www.bobobobo.com/baca/2016/01/10-hal-sepele-yang-harus-mulai-anda-lakukan-untuk-diri-sendiri/ 10 Hal Sepele yang Harus Mulai Anda Lakukan untuk Diri Sendiri -

    […] disadur dari Thought Catalog dengan berbagai […]

  • http://forbiddenriceblog.com/2016/01/09/saturday-sites-week-two-3/ Saturday Sites: Week Two |

    […] 11.) Twenty-six small, tiny, things to start doing for yourself this year. […]

  • http://semisweettooth.com/2016/01/14/top-five-wellness/ Top Five – Wellness | Semi-Sweet Tooth

    […] and Cashmere originally posted on her blog about this article, and I fell in love.  In it, thoughtcatalog highlights “26 Things you Need to Start Doing for Yourself Right Now.”  Rather than being […]

  • http://theclosetclause.com/2016/01/2016/ 2016 | The Closet Clause

    […] This year I’ve decided to forget about resolutions and focus on being happier, less anxious, focus on the positive and simply enjoy the little things in life. On this rainy afternoon, taking a little break from work with a hot chocolate, I found an article on the thought catalog about “26 tiny things you need to start doing for yourself right now” and I loved it. I selected my favorite things but read the full article here. […]

  • https://appearanceanddemeanor.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/internet-must-read/ Internet Must Read | appearance and demeanor

    […] Image via […]

  • http://alittleberdie.com/2016/01/14/links-i-love-resolution/ Links I Love: Resolution Edition | a little berdie

    […] 26 small things you can start doing right now (Thought Catalog) […]

  • http://gardeniasandmint.com/2016/01/15/happy-weekend-71/ Happy Weekend! | Gardenias & Mint

    […] rkv // 26 tiny things to do for yourself […]

  • http://www.alifewellconsumed.com/friday-roundup-22/ Friday Roundup | A Life Well Consumed

    […] Love Fest) 4. Gjelina’s mushroom on toast recipe. AKA crack on toast! (The Chalkboard Mag) 5. 26 things you need to start doing for yourself right now (Thought Catalog) 6. The one question to ask about every new job (NY Times) 7. Easy and affordable […]

  • http://vylette.buciorweb.com/?p=10794 Friday Link Love | VYLETTE

    […] list of 26 Tiny Things You Need to Do for Yourself, I think #4 is actually really important and why I stay up late reading most […]

  • http://www.sedivaabroad.com/sunday-inspirations/ Sunday InspirationsSEDiva Abroad | SEDiva Abroad

    […] 26 Tiny Things You Need to Start Doing for Yourself this Year from Thought Catalog […]

  • http://www.runningwithspoons.com/2016/01/17/link-love-117/ Link Love 1/17 | running with spoons

    […] 26 Tiny Things to Start Doing for Yourself This Year via Thought Catalog. … because those small things add up to make a huge difference. […]

  • http://www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com/2016/01/weekend-reading-10/ Weekend Reading – cupcakes and the cosmos

    […] 26 Things you need to start doing, now. […]

  • http://smartprettyandawkward.com/2016/01/18/faith-is-taking-the-first-step-even-when-you-dont-see-the-whole-staircase-martin-luther-king-jr/ Smart Pretty and Awkward » Blog Archive » “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

    […] How to be Prettier: 26 Tiny Things To Start Doing For Yourself This Year. […]

  • http://teapotsandlemonade.com/2016/01/19/a-little-bit-of-everything/ A Little Bit of Everything | Teapots and Lemonade

    […] 26 Tiny Things You Need To Start Doing for yourself this year (https://thoughtcatalog.com/) […]

  • http://blog.blueprintregistry.com/2016/01/21/160121-favorite-links/ What We’re Loving This WeekRoom by Room Room by Room

    […] • 26 tiny things you need to start doing for yourself this year. | Thought Catalog […]

  • https://forthegreatergoods.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/friday-finds-31/ Friday Finds | For the Greater Goods

    […] 2. A few things to start doing in 2016. […]

blog comments powered by Disqus