Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Live Better
Making your life better generally isn’t the result of some single grand gesture. It’s something we can be working on all the time, and it can typically break down into the everyday little things we do.
Nobody has an infinite amount of time to focus on personal improvement and self-development, but you can increase your self-confidence, reduce your stress levels, create more meaningful relationships, or improve your overall health in as little as a half-hour a day.
You have nothing to lose from trying out one, several, or all of the following activities, and you’ll become a better version of yourself!
- Practice mindfulness.
Mindfulness is an awareness that comes from paying non-judgmental attention to each present moment. It can reduce your stress, increase your clarity and focus, deepen your serenity, encourage positivity, and connect you to inner wisdom. Meditation is one way to promote mindfulness, but you can also promote mindfulness through controlled breathing, intentional solitude, and positivity repeating mantras.
- Develop consistent daily routines.
There isn’t a perfect formula to develop routines. But it’s worth the investment of time and effort to set them up and stick to them. A routine means that you will know exactly which activity you’ll be doing and when you’ll be doing it from the moment you wake up. A routine will limit you incrementally, so you’ll always complete habitual activities at just the right time.
The key to saving precious time in the morning and having a productive day is to adhere to a morning routine. Common elements include personal hygiene, making your lunch the night before, and spending a set amount of time doing something relaxing. Consistency will help you sleep better, reduce stress, and prepare you to face the day. And a happy, healthy morning starts with an effective bedtime routine.
To set routines, break down your tasks into steps, then schedule things by starting at the end of the time frame and work backward. Routines work because you won’t be wasting time trying to make decisions about ordinary things, such as taking 10 minutes to choose an outfit, or 15 minutes contemplating going for a run.
- Give your bedroom a mini make-over.
It’s difficult to sleep well when you’re stressed or busy, even if you have an effective bedtime routine. A peaceful space will help you feel good when you go to bed every night. Quick and easy ways to do this include making your bed every morning, moving screens out (yes, even your phone!), and decluttering your nightstands and other horizontal surfaces.
- Prepare your own meals.
Preparing your own meals each day helps you control your health, plus it’s cheaper than eating out. It’s also a tasty way to expand your cooking abilities or learn a new skill. And, as a bonus, you’ll get to brag to your lunch mates when they want to know where your delicious food came from!
To increase your benefits, don’t eat your meals at your desk. Taking breaks during work is good for you, and it’s important to strive for a healthy work-life balance all day, not just after office hours. Taking time off during the workday moves you another step toward a healthier, more balanced life.
- Complete all those productive little tasks.
All at once, commit to finishing all those nitty-gritty little chores stranded on the bottom of your to-do list. This helps you refrain from doing too much at once later on, and it motivates you to finally conquer those trivial tasks that have been making you cringe. You’ll be so relieved after they’re done.
- Treat yourself.
When was the last time you treated yourself to a fancy manicure or a relaxing massage? Did you see an ad for a silly game you want to download and play, or a tempting new lunch spot you’ve been craving? Well, this is your week to do it! You deserve it, so just go for it!
- Reconsider your goals.
Whether they’re detailed on a spreadsheet or lingering at the fringe of your consciousness, you’ve probably set monthly goals or New Year’s resolutions for yourself. But are you following through on them? Are there outdated ones you can revise or eliminate? Are you confident you’ll achieve them all? Take some time to positively reflect on what you’ve achieved, and ponder where you’d like to be. If your 30 minutes isn’t up, write out some steps you could take to achieve them.
- Rekindle an old friendship or meet up with a new colleague.
Hanging out with good people encourages better lifestyle choices. So, if you’ve waited too long to connect with an old friend, reach out and tell them you’re thinking of them. Consider an old-fashioned physical letter! Snail mail will definitely make their day brighter, and yours, too.
Or, if you have a new colleague you haven’t met, invite them out for coffee or lunch. You just might make a new work friend, and you’ll both build your professional networks.
- Clean up.
Cleaning relieves stress, builds positive self-awareness, and serves as a form of mindfulness. Enjoy all these desirable benefits with one activity by taking 30 minutes to straighten up your desk, office, bedroom, kitchen cabinets, or dishes.
- Go outside.
Exercise is great, but to some people, it sounds like a great idea but it’s difficult to get up and do. A simpler option is to just go outside for 30 minutes. Take a short walk, go for a relaxing bike ride, or just sit in a park and read. Being outside is good for you in many different ways. It improves your creativity, helps you age more gracefully, makes you happier, and may even inspire you to exercise.
Give these easy tips a try to see if you can improve your life. Developing better habits will make you healthier and happier much longer than a half-hour a week. Don’t you feel better already?