25 Mini Habits That Take Less Than 5 Minutes

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If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.
Colin Powell

I’m a strong believer in the power of habits.

It’s what we do every single day that creates our reality and shapes who we are.

But people tend to underestimate the tiny actions they do repeatedly. When, in fact, they’re the reason for their success, or the lack of it.

Mini habits are the foundation of progress. It takes consistency, of course, but the results can be tremendous once you dedicate yourself to taking this little action that takes no more than 5 minutes.

So here are 25 examples of such habits. They’re all healthy, successful, productive and positive.

You can’t really believe in this system if you don’t try it out for yourself.
So I urge you to choose just one of the following actions and do it for some time.

And if you manage to make it a permanent part of your daily life, you’ll see changes that even hard work can’t achieve. Because in this case you’ll be combining the power of habits and consistency.

Also, you’ll be increasing your willpower without even realizing. Doing this small action takes little effort, and almost no time. But you still need to do it. And over time, you’ll be building your willpower muscle. And soon it will be easier for you to form more habits like that.

So here are the best mini habits you can develop (do each for 2-5 minutes, but do it daily):

1. Meditation.
2. Affirmations.
3. Visualizing your goal achieved.
4. Reviewing your goals.
5. Planning your day.
6. Defining 3 most important tasks.
7. Squats.
8. Push-ups.
9. Crunches.
10. Stretching.
11. Looking at your vision board.
12. Reading a few motivational quotes.
13. Breathing deeply.
14. Thinking of 5 things you’re grateful for.
15. Drinking a glass of water with lemon.
16. Getting rid of one thing you haven’t used in months.
17. Flossing.
18. Cleansing and moisturizing your face in the morning and before bed.
19. Breaking a task or project into smaller ones so that it’s easier to start.
20. Being present – stop, look around, notice things and breathe deeply.
21. Taking vitamins.
22. Tracking you sleep.
23. Writing down 3 things that will make your day great.
24. Taking a cold shower.
25. Making a to-do list for tomorrow tonight.

Nothing difficult, right?

Well, that’s what mini habits are all about – doing it once a day, without effort, and just for a minute or a few.
Which one of these do you fancy the most?

See also:

How simple mini habits can change your life
25 tiny habits that could totally change your life
60 small ways to improve your life in the next 100 days
3 tiny habits that will transform your daily routine

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How Supplements Can Improve Your Overall Health

How Supplements Can Improve Your Overall Health

Dietary requirements, allergies, intolerances, illnesses and other factors can prevent us from getting optimum nutrients and vitamins from food alone. That’s why millions of people all over the world take supplements each day, whether they are recommended by a doctor to treat a deficiency, or just to ensure people get enough of what their diet lacks.

In this article, we’ll give a list of popular recommended supplements to top up your diet and ensure you’re getting the correct dosage of some important nutrients.

Most supplements can be taken harmlessly with no side effects, but you should always thoroughly check labels and get proper medical advice if you’re unsure. For instance, St John’s Wort is widely considered an herbal remedy for depression but can actually decrease the effectivity of contraceptive pills.

For insight into your personal needs, consult with a doctor or nutritionist. Especially if you have a condition that restricts your diet, or you simply want to check that a particular supplement won’t affect any medication you take.

Popular Supplements

Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria usually taken in tablet or powder form as supplements for a healthy digestion and immune system. It helps ‘good’ gut bacteria flourish, which in turn helps your immune system to kill bad bacteria that could make you sick.

Prebiotics

Prebiotics basically enable the full effect of probiotics to take hold – think of it like a fertilizer enabling garden plants to properly grow. Find the best prebiotic supplement by visiting chemists, health stores or online.

Multivitamins

Multivitamins are a great solution for busy people. Simply pop one tablet that contains a cocktail of essential vitamins and nutrients! Most multivitamins contain things necessary for everybody, like vitamins A, E, C, K; folic acid; calcium; phosphorous; magnesium; iron; iodine; and plenty more.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is necessary to get through food sources or supplements each day because it can’t be stored in the human body. It’s an antioxidant which increases the volume of iron we can absorb from foods – therefore those with iron deficiency or anaemia should get lots of vitamin C too. It is easily found in fresh vegetables, citrus fruits or supplements, which you can buy cheaply in supermarkets.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is necessary for the body to absorb calcium and phosphate for healthy bones. Supplements help to ensure you get enough daily vitamin D, but you can get it in your diet by eating lots of fatty fish, red meat and eggs. (Vegetarians and vegans therefore should invest in supplements.)

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 facilitates the proper functioning of the nervous system and is involved in the creation of blood cells. It’s vital that everyone gets enough B12.

Though it is usually found in meat and animal products like chicken, milk and eggs – this is another essential supplement for those following a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Iron

Iron is especially vital for women and pregnant women. It is involved in the transportation of oxygen around the body in the blood, which is needed to create energy.

If you experience fatigue, you could be lacking iron or suffering from anaemia. Iron supplements are helpful to top up your blood iron, but you could also eat a diet full of spinach, broccoli, nuts, seeds, brown rice, dried fruit and red meat.

Zinc

Zinc is said to regulate immune function, have effects on memory and learning ability, and help wounds heal quickly. It’s possible to get too much zinc, so it is mostly included in multivitamins rather than a supplement on its own.

Calcium

Calcium is important for healthy bones. Since it is most prevalent in dairy products, vegans or just those who don’t eat much dairy should consider taking a supplement, or a multivitamin containing calcium.

Cod liver oil

Cod liver oil contains plenty of omega-3, vitamin A and vitamin D. It can help with skin diseases, like eczema and rashes, and can help reduce inflammation of the joints and arthritis.

Eating a diet full of fresh foods is essential for good overall health. Though if your diet restricts you from getting some of these necessary vitamins, supplements are a helpful and convenient way to replace them. Ask a doctor’s advice for help with balancing your diet, or you’re experiencing any symptoms associated with lack of vitamins.