7 Simple Habits That Can Transform Your Life in 2 Weeks

If you feel like you’re the only one getting in the way of living your best life, you’re not alone. You might feel like you’re doing everything you can to break out of certain habits, but making major lifestyle changes just can’t be done overnight.

However, even the simplest changes can completely transform your life in two weeks time. These seven habits are guaranteed to make you feel happier and healthier, from exercise you won’t even realize you’re doing (page 5) to the best way to keep yourself on the right path (page 7).

1. Drink water instead of soda or other sugary drinks

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Water is the healthier choice. | puhhha/iStock/Getty Images

We all know we’re supposed to drink lots of water, but for many, it’s easier said than done. While it’s recommended that you drink eight glasses of eight ounces of water per day, you might find it difficult to actually fulfill those goals.

If you find yourself reaching for sugary drinks throughout the day, try to make a conscious effort to grab some water instead. Your body will thank you for it, considering “sugary beverages are high in kilojoules with no other essential nutrients and regular consumption may lead to weight gain, obesity, reduced bone strength, and tooth decay,” according to Lifehack.

Next: It’s the only way to resist temptation.

2. Stop keeping junk food in your kitchen

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Get rid of any unhealthy foods. | JaysonPhotography/iStock/Getty Images

We aren’t saying you shouldn’t indulge in some of your favorite snacks from time to time. However, it’s all about moderation. If you don’t keep your kitchen constantly stocked with your favorite junk foods, you won’t have them available to keep grabbing for “just one more bite.”

Instead, make it an every-once-in-a-while type of treat. Lifehack advises keeping out anything “sugary, fatty, greasy, and salty.” If you find it particularly hard to resist temptation, avoid the junk food aisles at the grocery store altogether.

Next: This simple habit could change your life.

3. Change your toothbrush regularly

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This could be key. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Yes, something as simple as swapping out your toothbrush can truly be life-changing. Whether you use a regular toothbrush or an electric version, the American Dental Association recommends swapping it out every three to four months. If you use an electric toothbrush, you’ll just need to swap out the head.

As Lifehack explains, “Changing your toothbrush regularly will decrease the number of bacteria you are exposed to and ensure your teeth are always cleaned well.”

Next: It’s all about having the right mindset.

4. Find something to be grateful for every day

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Make a point to be grateful. | Zero Creatives/iStock/Getty Images

It’s easy to let the stress of life get in the way sometimes. You might find yourself trying to get through each day with difficulty finding good in certain situations. If you take the time to find just one thing to be grateful for every day, eventually, you may find it easier to prioritize your own happiness.

Next: You won’t even realize you’re exercising.

5. Take the stairs

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This is an easy way to stay healthy. | iStock.com/lzf

You might not find it easy to stick to a regular exercise routine. We get it; it’s tough to find the time some days. However, there are small steps you can take to ensure your body is always getting at least a little bit of exercise each day.

For example, take the stairs when you can. Go for walks on your lunch break. Park your car toward the back of a parking lot to get a little more walking in. It may seem minimal, but any additional movement to your body will only benefit you.

Next: Your body will seriously thank you.

6. Add more fruits and veggies into your diet

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Focus on eating nutrient-dense foods. | olesiabilkei/iStocks/Getty Images

Adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet is guaranteed to go a long way. Every day, make a conscious effort to reach for a fruit to snack on when you get hungry and fill your plate with colorful veggies for dinner.

After all, “Veggies and fruits (both fresh and frozen) are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, which have been shown to protect against chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer,” according to Huffington Post.

Next: This could be just the motivation you need.

7. Treat yo’ self

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Take time to relax. | iStock.com/macniak

Whether you want to celebrate all your accomplishments toward leading a healthier and happier life or you just feel like you could use some “me” time — you deserve it. Schedule in some time to do something that will make you happy, whether that’s a spa day, wandering around Target aimlessly, or indulging in your favorite sweet treat.

If you’re sure to treat yourself on a regular basis, it could be just the motivation you need to keep living your happiest and healthiest life for good.

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