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Ten Simple Ways To Improve Your Life

by Nicole Waite 2 months ago in advice

Changing Your Life Starts With These Simple Changes

Ten Simple Ways To Improve Your Life
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You may be surprised to find that improving your life all starts with a few simple changes. In fact, sometimes a small tweak in your routine can have a huge impact on your happiness. Here are 10 of the most effective habits that can improve your life!

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Exercise

Making an effort to do regular workouts is one of the easiest ways to improve your health. You may not be able to run marathons, but you can take the steps to work out on a regular basis. This is the best way to get the most benefit from physical exercise.

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Consider switching up your workout. While you may have developed some good habits that work for you, don’t be afraid to try something different. When you have a few days where you want to get back on track with your exercise, try something that’s not as intense as what you usually do. Simply switching up your workout can put you in the right mindset to get back into the swing of things. Try to look for physical activities that work in your area, so it’s not too time-consuming or expensive.

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Find a workout buddy. If you are shy about going to the gym, talk to someone who also exercises to go with you. They can keep you accountable and hold you to your goals. Plus, having someone around who is for the same goal is motivational and inspiring.

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Sleep

It seems counter-intuitive to put effort into getting more sleep. After all, you’re asleep. In today’s fast-paced world, sleeping is becoming a new luxury. We spend an average of four and a half hours a night in bed, and many of us wake up tired. That’s enough to make anyone unhappy. The good news is that in today’s high-tech world, there are ways to improve your sleep quality, and you don’t have to suffer through restless nights. A few tweaks to your sleep routine can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep and a bad one. Put your phone in another room. Yes, that may mean you miss out on your favorite YouTube videos, but you’ll sleep better. As a result, you’ll be more productive during the day, too.

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Eat well

The common problem is that we do not pay enough attention to how our food is prepared, or how much sugar or salt we are using. Cutting out the bad food and encouraging the good stuff is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Eat more greens and less processed foods to feel better on the inside and out.

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Being mindful

The simplest way to make your life better is to be more mindful. This doesn't mean that you need to become ascetic. You're allowed to sit down and relax after a busy day. You're allowed to take a break from technology and a busy schedule. But take time to slow down and reflect on what you're doing. It can take a lifetime to get to the top of the mountain. Make it easy on yourself by choosing to take one step at a time. Taking control Take some time to get organized and get yourself on a budget. Once you have some boundaries in place, you can spend time focusing on the things that really matter to you. Countless studies have shown that people with low levels of positivity are more likely to have a long list of negative habits.

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De-clutter

There is a very strong link between clutter and feelings of stress. How does it work? When you have piles of things around you that need to be sorted, you are constantly distracted from the task at hand. You’re on the lookout for things to do instead of actually doing them. You become focused on getting something done, but are consumed by the chaos around you. It’s no wonder that clutter is often a symptom of a general lack of control.

Give back

We all know that volunteering is a great way to relieve some of the stress in your life. But why stop there? It’s also a great way to improve your relationships. Since we all have a desire to help others, showing up for a couple of hours each week can have a big impact on your life. Being able to connect with others in a meaningful way can change how you feel about yourself and can improve your overall quality of life. If you can’t find a community event that corresponds with your schedule, try to find a way to help your local homeless population. You could also consider supporting a local cause that helps people.

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Prioritize your relationships

Successful people understand that relationships are the most important part of life. If you have an amazing spouse, you have a successful life. If you have a close friend who’s always there for you, you’re likely to have an amazing life. If you have a great boss, you have a great life at work. When you get more involved with others, your happiness, confidence, and focus improve as well. Find a way to meet other positive people. The most important friendships begin by sharing life experiences with people who you enjoy.

Connect with others

Chances are, if you've made it this far in your life, you've found a great deal of satisfaction from connections you've made with others. You may find that being part of a group of friends who are all working towards the same things gives you a real sense of purpose. And it's probably because it reminds you that everyone has setbacks and it's how you deal with them that defines your success.

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Plan out your day

Avoiding decisions makes your life harder and more stressful. The key to planning is to imagine how your week will go. Get some clear expectations of how much you will get done each day and when you’ll have time to do the things you love. Track your progress

“The reward of any habit or change is in the practice, not the outcome.” – Stephen Covey

You will improve at something if you practice it. The more consistent you are, the more benefits you’ll reap from your new habit. Use a notebook to track your progress, and monitor your feelings as you are improving.

Set goals

Setting goals is the single most effective way to improve your life. When you set goals, you set intentions, which are the instructions your brain will follow in order to accomplish your goal. What would your ideal life look like? What can you do today to start the journey toward living that dream? When you have a plan for what you want to do, you'll stop procrastinating and start doing it. Write down your goals in a journal and cross them off as you accomplish them. This is extremely powerful. People who write down their goals have 30% better success with achieving them.

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Nicole Waite

Nicole Waite is a freelance writer who loves giving back to the community. Twenty percent of all tips will be donated to The National Kidney Foundation to help find a cure for kidney diseases.

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