Ten Ways To Change Your Life With Ten Minutes A Day  

“Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse, friends, job. Forget about the thorns -the pains and problems they cause you – and enjoy life.”

― Bernard Kelvin Clive, Your Dreams Will Not Die.
 
 
 

I’ve picked up alot of habits this year.

And nope, I won’t lie to you that all of them were pretty. I’m human too.
Still, I’m indulging in some important activities that I never used to take seriously till now.

And I’d be sharing ten of them today.
Ten super important ones with amazing results in little time.

One quick reminder though: habits aren’t created in a day. Or five.

They need consistency and consistency for a period of time, so much that even when you, for some reason or another do not carry them out, your entire self feels weird.

You know those kind of habits, yes?

Well here are ten of my favorite ten minutes, quick activities that would do wonders for you if you could give them a try!

1. Get some early morning sunshine and air.
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And by early, I do mean early early.
Laziness needs to go.
For over a year, I was dangerously low on calcium and I didn’t even realize it on time.
And apparently, Vitamin D too.
I wasn’t always a morning person and the sun would hardly ever catch me in it!
(Ignorance sure can be a dangerous thing.)
All around, it’s popular medical prescription for patients with hair loss, acne, joint aches and bones to take in some more morning sunlight for about five to ten minutes as lack of vitamin D is often suspected as one of the problems.
A dermatologist I recently came across however said exposing your entire self to the sun isn’t necessary as he usually recommends the lower body parts.
And apart from all of this, it helps with minor hormonal problems, reduces the risk of mental deterioration and even reduces fat!
Plus, if you’re not the breakfast time, like I wasn’t, this helps you get hungry (and really thirsty) after all that soaking in of rays — it’s a win win,people!
 
2. Stress yourself some more.
Yep. You read right.
And yes, this sure can be done in as little as ten minutes.
Through the little things.
I decided to do something about how inactive I usually am during weekdays (mostly in bed, writing), and as I don’t always find the time to exercise for half an hour, I did some research and found out some pretty simple ways to.
Like changing channels on the TV without the remote.
Sounds like work, eh? Good!
It’s why our Great grandparents lived longer and happier lives, they moved their butts more.
They didn’t have all that we do today that makes us naturally lazy.
Even as little as taking the stairs counts.

According to an article I read on the weekend and I quote:
“…A person weighing 160 lbs. will burn 102 calories walking up and down stairs for 10 minutes. By running, the calories burned will increase to 191. For a person who weighs 200 lbs., walking up and down stairs burns 127 calories in 10 minutes, while running the stairs burns 239 calories…”
Even the little minutes can go a long way.
 
3. Clean the surfaces we often ignore.
Like our door knobs, like our office desks, our keyboards, our steering wheels,even our Smartphones!
It is strongly believed that your smartphone most likely carries 500 times more bacteria than your toilet seat.
Yes. No lie.
The calculations vary but a lot of study confirms this.
I was shocked when I found out about this at first, but after reasoning it out, I wasn’t that baffled anymore.
We wash our toilets every once in a while (right?), but how many of us clean our phones? 
Not a lot.
And they are so dangerous simply because we disregard them, yet we come in contact with them a lot during the day.
Plus they are so easy to clean and all can be done under 10 short minutes.
 
4. Easy at the table. Savour your meals.
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Do not rush that tasty meal. Just don’t.
Food is one of the beautiful , yummy, awesomely awesome, magical things living beings enjoys (yeah, I’m a die hard foodie, and if I wasn’t in this niche, I’d definitely be in the food niche, driving you all crazy, I promise.)
Life is hard enough. Why not take your time with the good things in it?
Studies have confirmed that just by eating slower, you lose calories!
That means you can lose as much as 20 pounds in a year apparently,and you do not have to change anything but how fast you eat.
They say this is because our brains take over 10 minutes to register when we’re full and if we keep pushing all that food down too fast, we naturally overfeed.
You didn’t know this?
Now eat like you do.
 
5. Document your life.
Late last year, I came across my diary from five years back, when I was in my second year in high school and still finding my feet.
I kept the diary for close to a year and as I went over it now, I couldn’t help but grin all through.
I didn’t even know I still had this, but it was bringing back so many sweet and bitter and crazy memories and it all felt so good.
That was when it hit me, I just need to document more.
I can’t wait to be 25 and changing my baby’s diapers and reaching for some powder and then stumbling on my journal of right now.
Hehe.
I started documenting more from my birthday last year December and the video I made with my girlfriends — it never gets old.
Document more. Take more pictures. Your future self would thank you.
 
6. Exercise your brain too.
Nobody likes stressing their heads, but actually, this is a good thing.
Activities that we usually carry out for fun, (when we didn’t play all our games online),as little as memorizing stuffs, practicing crosswords ,Scrabbles,or even trying to figure out a riddle or a puzzle puts our brains to serious work, which eventually leads to improved IQ, sharper reasoning skills and even the ability to work better under pressure.
 
7. Detox your entire body.
When we hear detox, we’re thinking months of staying on a diet and exercising for hours.
Or this:
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Now while these detox processes sure are effective , so are a good number of others that don’t take too much time — precisely ten minutes and less.
My favourites?
– Drinking plenty of water. Don’t scare yourself off with trying to start with eight glasses at once.
– Green tea
– Deep breathing exercises
– Use of natural products more generally
– Dry brush your skin
– Vitamin C intake

But my favourite favourite?
Practice hydrotherapy .
How?
Take a very hot bath for about five minutes, letting the water go all over you, (especially your back).
Then take a 30 seconds cold shower.
Do this three times and then get into bed for a while.
The feeling alone from this? Literally magical!
Treat your body better.
 
8. Count your blessings out loud.
Sometimes it’s not enough to just visualize all of them up in our heads.
Because times would come when we would feel so down, we won’t have the energy or willpower to think of all the things not going terribly wrong.
So put them down, from now, and everyday.
Write them and paste them on your bedroom door, write them in your phone’s notepad and set your favourites as reminders to go off at certain hours of the week (this is how I do mine, and it works too well for me), write them in your journal, anything.
Just make sure you have them stored somewhere else apart from your head
 
9. Sit in silence.
Very few people know how to truly enjoy their own company, and without that, it’s hard to know how to maximize it.
So here it goes:
Your alone time is a good time. Bask in it.
Making out time for at least ten minutes of complete stillness and quietness, all alone, has the ability to do plenty for you.
Infact, most experts would tell you that ten minutes alone of silence and visualizing peaceful sceneairos like the beach, has the ability to thicken your grey matters and grow your brain.
Silent time is you relating with your inner consciousness, and that’s important.
 
10. Remind yourself of the law of cause and effect before your day begins.
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Everything you give out always comes back to you — good or bad.
Never forget that.
Everyday before I set out I try to think on these words carefully for two reasons:
I need to consciously treat the next person exactly how I’d like to be treated. I need to understand fire for fire would always leave me getting burnt too and I don’t need to see immediate repercussions for anything.
And secondly, because anybody who doesn’t remember this law of life and acts irresponsibly isn’t worth me killing myself over.
The law is still effective. Nothing has changed. I can choose to stay in the place of peace knowing this.
Every morning, this is my reminder. What’s yours?
 
What habits have you picked up lately and how well has it been working for you?
I’d love to hear all about it, including your thoughts generally, through the comments section.
Pretty please?
 
And one quick favour from you, if this was helpful, please use any of the social share buttons to share this with anyone you think needs to see this too. Thank you in advance 🙂
 
It’s the last week in October, darlings! Make it count!
 
Deliciously Yours To Savour,
LemonsLemonade.com.

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  • Totally with you on getting up early! I’ve tried this for a few months now and it really does make such a difference. I get so much more done as well! Ree love30

    • I know right? It’s more time magically appearing on your clock.
      I love the fact that I wake up really early now too 🙂

  • Your lists are always amazing Ima. Haha the food thing is something I’m trying to do, I tend to eat my food really fast. Also you’re so right about documenting your life, I do not journal and I barely take pictures of myself but I’m trying to change all of that. Thank you for this post. xx

    cocobellablog.com

    • Hehe, thank you Demi, I love making my list posts 🙂
      I used to be such a fast eater too, but I’ve definitely worked a lot on that.
      Thanks for stopping by dear, good to hear from you again!

  • Learning to be alone with myself is one of the best lessons I have learned over the past couple of years. My husband is often gone and we moved overseas. I now relish my alone time and have become more self-aware and confident.

    • That sounds really good!
      I’m glad you’re doing well with yourself 🙂

  • Lara

    nice one!

  • Great tips! Most of them I practice regularly. In fact, i’m sitting in silence now. I’ve never heard of hydrotherapy like that before though! Great idea! I’ll have to give it a try! Thank You for sharing!

    • I hope it works amazingly well for you
      Thanks for reading 🙂

  • huh interesting tips. I guess under pressure some do work faster.
    @hylaandpeterechols.com

    • I personally do
      Though experts would say that’s wrong.

  • Great tips! I’ve had some rough time and I’m trying to change my routine and do sth for myself. Might try this out 🙂

    • I hope you do, Filipa 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by

  • I sit in silence, do a bit of exercise daily, in fact I practice most of the stuff you listed. However, I will give my phone a terrible hot bathing tomorrow. I will scrub it with hard brush.
    Thanks imaobong for being such a blessing to us!

    • Your phone? Hehe
      Go easy on it!
      Thanks for reading, Tunji. Your comments always get me smiling.

  • I’m totally with you on waking up early. Waking up early makes me have more time in a day to do more things. I like all the tips on this post especially the one with exercising the brain.

    • 🙂
      Waking up early sure changes a lot.
      Great to hear your opinion, thanks for reading!

  • This is so great tips! Thanks for sharing

  • I’m not a morning person at all. These are great tips and I need to try harder to wake up earlier.

    • I hope you do — it’s definitely worth it 🙂

  • Nice tips!

    I try to savor my meals, but if it’s really good, I chow the heck down.

    • Lool,it’s so easy to do that when it’s freakishly good, but it goes away too fast that way!

  • These are very good tips! I do practice some of them, especially sitting in silence once in a while.

    • Good for you, Marsha, and I’m sure you see the benefits.
      Thanks for reading!

  • Being alone is a great way for me to unwind and collect myself. I also keep a journal that I write in at least once a week, and I spend at least 10 minutes on my blog everyday

    • That’s neat!
      Blogging has also been a great way for me to learn how to do more documenting down.

  • I love this list! I really do find that cleaning uncommon places does make me feel so much better. I like that you gave suggestions for detox. I’m currently beginning a much needed cleanse and these are great things I can add to my day.

    • That’s nice, always good to see people who implement these things in their lives already
      And I do hope my suggestions are helpful too 🙂

  • Our Family World

    LOL, those funny gif makes me laughed so hard! This is brilliant advice.

  • These are cool aspects to make a change, we’d be proud to tell the world. Love your gifs. Lol. Pinned this, for others to see; and for me – so I can look up for some inspiration to change, once, every few days 🙂

    • Hehe
      Thank you so much Vaishnavi, that’s nice to hear
      And I hope you see the changes for yourself!

  • hahahha awesome tips and voice. I enjoyed reading it. Will definitely move my butt more lol

    • Lol that’s good to know — best of luck with it!

  • Jasmin N

    Wonderful tips! I should definitely save a couple of these haha 😀

    • Lol you should, and give a few at least a try! 🙂

  • Hahaha That’s me at the table gobbling up all the food! Love these tips. Its good to take a step back sometimes.

  • I loved this list! I definitely need to try a couple!

  • Hahaha, you picked really good things. I´m doing almost everything! 🙂 And funny gifs, haha ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっ

    * Le blog de la Licorne *

    • 🙂
      I’m glad to hear that, thank you Gabrielle!

  • These tips were very helpful and eye opening too. I tend to eat really fast and I sometimes don’t enjoy the little things in life enough. I’m motivate to change that habit. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • And thank you for taking the time out to read.
      Good luck!

  • These tips are so helpful especially for me that I haven’t so much time in the morning. Tomorrow I will try them and I’ll let you know 🙂 – A

    • I’d be looking forward to that.
      Thank you!

  • Nick B

    Great advice! Good habits do take time and dedication to form, but they can completely change your life. Breaking bad habits is just as important as well.

    • Yeah, that’s true
      They both take a considerable amount of time.

  • CourtneyLynne

    What great tips!!! Glad to say that most of these are things I regularly do!!! Yay me!!!

    • *Happy Dance* that’s great!
      Keep growing strong 🙂

  • Jena Proctor

    These are all such great tips! I need to get it together and take better care of myself.

    • Thank you Jena Proctor
      Just try to go with one at a time, and every little progress counts!

  • #1 is so important as many like to sleep in not realizing that you get more out of your day when starting off early in the morning.

    • Exactly, more time on your hands 🙂

  • Elizabeth O.

    These are great suggestions. Whenever I’m at work, I make sure to savor the time that I have when eating. It helps me relax and be prepared for the next few hours at work.

    • Hehe I know right
      No sense in rushing those few good hours that your body should enjoy.

  • These are really great tips. I count my blessings always. I get a lot of fresh air and it works wonders for me. I need to drink more water during the day. Still working on that. Loved this post!

    • My elder sister ringed the water part in my ear for so long before I finally picked it up — and I’m glad I did 🙂

  • Yes!! I love this post! The points about getting up and moving and detoxing your body are so on point!

    Ellie
    http://Www.Maplesyrupandteacups.blogspot.com

  • I think it’s nice to change up a few of the habits we’ve picked up throughout the year! And this is a good list to help you start with the process.

    • Thank you Carol Cassara, I’m glad you think so 🙂

  • Hey Girl!
    You have a great blog! I really love this post!
    I definitly will follow your blog!

    ThnQ for sharing!

    Hugz & Kisses Miss B.

    • Thank you sweetie, that’s so good to hear! 🙂

  • Blair Villanueva

    Thank for your awesome tips! Some are quite funny but true 🙂 You can be a life couch 😀

    • Hehe, I should keep that in mind 😀
      Thank you Blair Villanueva!

  • These are pretty fantastic. Eating slower and savoring your food I thought was good, was told that once as a child . Not only did I enjoy my food more I actually ate less! Getting sun anytime is good when I can get it in a rainy country, I die for some now 🙂 I’m not sure I would want to stress myself anymore than I do already!

    • Hehe, the weather is the other way around here.
      It’s a lucky day when we get some rain!
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Nifesimi

    Always coming true Ima…great tips and thanks

    • And a big thank you to one of my most dedicated supporters — the reasons I always have to come through 🙂
      You’re welcome Nifesimi.

  • I love early mornings air. It’s the best. Grabbing a cup of coffee and heading out on my deck to think is the perfect way to start my day.

  • Document your life is a great one. I don’t keep a diary. But I try to make photos and vlog. And ofcourse my blog. It’s great to see how things change and how you looked and what you thought about. Detoxing is also a good one. Great for staying healthy and energized.

    • Yeah, documenting is something I really enjoy too, it’s beautiful how time flies by so quickly!
      And detoxing has been a favorite too, spoiling myself a lot of late 😉

  • These are awesome ideas. I love the Kate Hudson file! Made me laugh immensely as that is one of my favourite movies! I love sunshine in the morning. It is incredible.

    • Hehe thank you Janine Good!
      And yeah,the morning sun is really amazing — that natural beauty brightening up the sky and all beneath it 🙂

  • Sometimes I am amazed when I start counting my blessings out loud of how much I am blessed with. These are great ten ways to change anyone’s life

    • Yeah, “count your blessings and name them one by one” really and truly works!

  • These are all such good suggestions. It’s amazing what a huge difference a few little changes can make.

    • It is, right?
      Once we get started,the results start to show, no matter how little.
      It’s all about taking that first step.

  • Excellent suggestions.
    One must start with food… have it slowly, enjoy the taste… I tell that to my kids always.

  • NYA

    These are all good tips to good habits that can truly change someone’s routine. I think it all comes with the outlook you have on life and these would definitely help. Thanks for sharing

    • Yeah — it’s about personal values indeed.
      You’re welcome NYA, and thank you for taking the time out to read.:-)

  • I love all of these! I get up early to work but I really should take a break before the kids wake up. I would love to try hydra detox. And I have been exercising my mind every day by listening to an audio book every month.

    • That sounds good, Mindy 🙂
      I have been considering getting new audio books myself, it’s been a while.
      I usually go for calm soothing music for at least half an hour everyday.

  • Excellent advice. The picture is cracking me up. Lol.

  • Wow. This is all I need. Im quite lazy these days and I need a motivation to keep me going. Thanks.

    • And I hope this helps a lot as time goes on
      Thank you for stopping by, Eve Winters 🙂

  • its so true everything you give out always comes back. Those are words i live by everyday

    • So do I
      Always keeps me in check 🙂

  • I’ve been reflecting on this allot how I can improve my hacks and definitely waking up early and exercise in the morning are my biggest things I’ve picked up to free up time in the evening to study or write. Thanks for the rest though I’ll see how I can integrate them!

    • That sounds good — hope you keep up with them, One Tech Traveller!
      They help in the long run 🙂

  • Love this! Especially the law of cause and effect. I’ve finally made a habit of exercising regularly .

    • Yup, the law of cause and effect is pretty effective, and good to hear you’re taking exercise seriously.
      Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Keeping a journal is a good one. I used to do this and can’t helo myself laughing at my young self while reading my entry. Haha!

    • Lol, I know right
      It brings back memories everytime — definitely worth it!

  • Amazing tips and I need to try hydrotherapy as soon as possible!
    Thank you for sharing with us.

    • Yeah, you really should
      Thanks for reading 🙂

  • What a great post! I want to do all of these – every single one! None of them are difficult or unpleasant at all but sometimes day-to-day life just takes over and we forget about looking after ourselves and what really matters.

    • That’s true, that’s where discipline comes into play.
      We just have to understand how important these things are for us and set aside specific times for them.