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8 Simple Ways To Improve Your Lifestyle

Seeking to improve one’s lifestyle, in whatever form, can be a major decision and for many individuals, it comes down to the need to change their diet or their appearance. Contrary to popular beliefs, you don’t have to change your lifestyle drastically overnight to achieve that feeling of success. Changing your lifestyle is a process that is unique to each person. We’re all seeking for ways to enhance our lives, and we’re constantly given advise and suggestions on how to get healthier or improve our style or appearance. Sure, you can hasten the process by incorporating these tips into your daily routine.

I’m sure you’ve found yourself in a situation when you don’t feel good about yourself. Perhaps you’re dissatisfied with your day-to-day job. Maybe you’re no longer excited about your potential, and you feel trapped between creating a healthy, positive lifestyle, your workplace or your college, taking care of your family and having some time for yourself in the meantime.

I will be honest with you. Changing your lifestyle is not an easy process, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your dream life. You need to believe in yourself and take a leap of faith. Here are some good habits that you can implement in your lifestyle to make the process easier and change your life forever.

Minimalism

All You Need is Less

You may have heard of minimalism before, and maybe you already have an idea on it. Minimalism represents living with only the things that you need, but that doesn’t mean you have to dress with the same shirt every day or eat the same meal. It is a way to declutter your life and to find less meaning in the material stuff and this constant buy-all-you-can mindset of our society, focusing on the really important stuff like the relationship with your family, friends and yourself.

You can practice minimalism by clearing your closet, throwing away the stuff that you don’t use anymore, organize the belongings you have, and stop yourself from buying all that stuff that you don’t need. Unfortunately, this means fewer shopping sprees, but trust me, it is worth it.

Read also: The Evolutionary Reason Why You Should Be a Minimalist

Meditation

Think about meditation like an exercise for the mind. Like any other exercise, it takes practice. If you’ve never done it before you may think about it as a waste of time. It doesn’t have to be that way. Think about meditation as a way to take a break from the busy lifestyle.

As a beginner, it’s difficult to sit for hours with an empty mind. Let’s be honest here, it can be boring especially if you’ve never done it before. So here is another idea. Every morning, after you wake up, just sit there for 10 minutes and say positive affirmations like:

  • I believe in myself and I trust myself.
  • I am in control of my thoughts.
  • I am thankful for all that I have.
  • I love myself and I am surrounded by love.
  • Today is a good day.
  • I am creating the life that I want.

Take your TV out of the room

Yes, you heard right. Taking your TV out of the room can really improve your memory, vision, and energy. A study from the University of Queensland (UQ) has found that watching TV can have serious health impacts in your future, including on your ability to live independently.

Now I know for a fact that binge watching your favorite Netflix series on your spare time can be addictive. I’ve been there. You can’t wait to come back from a workday, sit on the couch, watch some shows and eat some unhealthy snacks.

After you make that change, you will find yourself more peaceful. You will get rid of the drama, controversy, excessive advertising, and you will have more time for yourself, family and friends.

Now I am not saying you should get rid of the TV forever unless you really want to. You should really minimize your time watching TV and moving it to another room can really help with that. What you can do is find something else that can occupy your time.

Find a hobby

In the first year of college, my life changed. I was no longer with my parents; I moved to another city, and I had to learn how to take care of myself. Also, my college was frustrating and tiring, and I was not happy with my situation.

So I began looking for some hobbies and I stumbled upon blogging. I have never thought writing would give me such a relief. Finding a hobby can be a way of treating yourself. And you can say that you tried running, but you didn’t like it. That’s ok. There are many other hobbies and activities that can change your life forever. This is why finding a hobby is so much fun. You can try anything and everything until you find the one.

Here are some ideas you can try:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Reading
  • Creative writing
  • Volunteering
  • Cooking
  • Knitting
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Play an instrument

Strengthen your social relationships

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We are social beings and socializing is fundamental for our emotional well-being. Try to make time to be with the ones you love the most. Sit down and talk quietly with your parents. Meet with your friends to do an activity you enjoy. Visit your grandparents or chat with your co-workers in a setting other than the work environment.

Sometimes we tell ourselves that we don’t have time for our social relationships, but these are truly what matter most and are necessary for us to feel fulfilled.

Get outside

One of the main reasons so many people spend most of their time outside is because it can increase your endorphin levels. That means going outside makes you happier. It’s been shown that going outside can decrease your heart rate, stress, and blood pressure.

Just take your pet out for a walk, have a picnic or go for a run. You can say that you don’t have the time to do that, but 10-20 minutes a day can be great for your health and overall happiness. Also, did you know that a 5-year-old study showed that older people are 35% less likely to die if they increase their happiness? That sounds amazing! Who wouldn’t want that?

In addition, going for a walk can really help your diet if you want to lose some weight.

Listen to podcasts on topics that interest you

I often say that the best time to listen to podcasts is when “your body is busy, but your brain is not”. You don’t have to take the time to listen to a podcast. I often say that the best time to listen to podcasts is when “your body is busy, but your brain isn’t”. You don’t have to take the time to listen to a podcast. Just identify the times when your brain is in “off” mode (while you’re doing the dishes or cleaning, or while you’re in transit) and include podcasts on topics that interest you at those times!

Clean your workspace

If your job requires multitasking and dealing with projects all at once, it can really affect your efficiency if you don’t keep up a tidy desk. This can reflect on your work and affect your image as an employee.

It can be difficult to prioritize your work if you are not organized and some important stuff can be lost in that state of mind when you are tired and have a lot to do.

Read also: 10 Essential Habits To Instantly Become A Highly Organized Mom

So what can you do?

You find a system that works for what you have to do. Start by grouping. You can make lists for what you have to keep, what you have to throw away and what you can donate in order to prioritize your projects. Also, get into the habit of cleaning your workspace every time after you finish your work. In that way, you keep a tidy desk and you won’t become frustrated over that ever again.

So this is it, folks! Start applying these tips today, and you will see a change for the better. Just trust yourself that you can change your lifestyle and start creating your dream life today!

Please let us know in the comments if you find it useful. Any feedback is welcome!

AboutKara

I’m a writer, new mom and foodie. I love sharing what I know while making others feel beautiful. On this blog, I share my healthy lifestyle, simple meals, fitness tips and experiences.

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