Obviously eating healthy, exercising, and taking time to de-stress will make you feel healthier and happier. But, when we hear those broad suggestions, we often think we have to completely overhaul our lifestyle to feel better. Sometimes, all it takes is a little tweaking of your daily routine to really see an improvement to your overall wellbeing. And, believe it or not, small changes can have a big impact on your health, weight and wellness.

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Ready to make some small changes? Here are five simple habits to help you live well:

  1. Walk During Your Lunch Break

So much of your life is spent sitting. Think about it— from your commute to and from work, to spending eight hours at your desk, you’re sitting for most of the day. So, why not use your lunch break as your time to get up and move around? Chances are it doesn’t take you 30 minutes or an hour to eat, so take a walk. You’ll burn some calories, get away from the office, and feel more refreshed when you return to work. Best of all, you’ll make fitness apart of your daily routine, without having to tap into your busy schedule.

  1. Drink Water Before Every Meal

Drinking a glass of water around 30 minutes before you eat can help with weight loss, research suggests. It helps you feel a little fuller, so you’ll be less tempted to overindulge and eat beyond the point of hunger.

  1. Stay Connected with Friends and Family

Social interactions play a major role in your overall happiness. People who maintain strong personal relationships with others are often happier than those who don’t. Simply hugging a friend, calling your mom, or eating lunch with co-workers can make a positive impact on your mood.

  1. Take time for yourself

With a hectic schedule, it can often be difficult to find time for yourself. But, with all the modern day stressors, it’s crucial to put some “me time” at the top of your to-do list. Not only does stress affect your emotional wellbeing, but also it can exacerbate a variety of health issues, including depression, diabetes and heart disease.

Take just a few minutes a day to de-stress. To fully unwind, you need to create a peaceful environment, where your body and mind can relax simultaneously. Try meditation or a bubble bath, or treat yourself to a spa treatment.

  1. Use Nature as Therapy

Research shows simply spending time outdoors in nature can boost your health and happiness. Those who stay connected with nature feel more energized, are more resilient to physical illnesses, and have a heightened sense of wellbeing. To spend more time outdoors, perhaps choose running outdoors on a nice day, versus running on the treadmill, or take an evening walk.

Turn these 5 tips into habit for a healthier, happier you.

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