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What are microsteps?

What are microsteps?

Microsteps are small, science-backed steps we can start taking immediately to build healthy habits that significantly improve our lives. Unlike New Year’s resolutions, which may become hard to keep, microsteps are too small to fail.

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3. Use "box breathing" to reduce stress

The Navy SEALS use a stress reduction method called “box breathing.” All you have to do is inhale for a count of four, hold for a count of four, and exhale for a count of four. It activates our parasympathetic nervous system, lowering our levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

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4. Don‘t sleep with your phone

Our phones are repositories of everything we need to put away to allow us to sleep—our to-do lists, our inboxes, multiple projects, and problems. Disconnecting from the digital world will help us sleep better, and deeply recharge.

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2. Gratitude through "habit stacking"

An easy way to add the power of gratitude to our lives is through what researchers call “habit stacking,” where you attach a new habit to an existing one. So every time you brush your teeth, simply think of three things you’re grateful for.

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1. Don‘t start the day with screen time

When you wake up, don't start your day by looking at the phone. Instead, take at least one minute to breathe deeply or set your intentions for the day.

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