How To Improve Your Life
Updated: May 23, 2019
Get outside in nature
We all love staying indoors, locking ourselves away from the world and binge watching our favourite series. Sometimes, it's nice to sit cosy in your comfiest onesie and chill on the sofa. But if this becomes a regular habit on a daily basis, it can make you feel suffocated and connected from the world.
Being outside in nature has been proven to reduce stress, helps productivity, and overall can make you a better person. Also, walking gets your endorphins flowing round your body, which scientifically makes you happier.
I always make sure to get outside, even if it is for a short walk. I have a dog, and not just any dog, a Labrador, and we all know Labradors need a lot of exercise. So walking her helps me get outside and breathe some fresh air.
When I stay indoors, I feel very stuffy and de-motivated, that's why it is important to get outside, even for a short time.
Now, before you go and grab some trendy workout clothes, this doesn't mean you have to go and join a gym. By all means, joining a gym is a great way to stay in shape and get fit. It's also a great way to meet new people and connect with the world. But simply, getting around 20 minutes a day of walking can benefit your health a lot. Exercise gets your endorphins flowing, and can also reduce the risk of heart disease, chronic illness and stress. Now I can probably speak on your behalf by saying, we all could do with a little less stress in our lives.
Exercise doesn't have to be a grueling, intense high intensity workout, it can simply be walking your dog, jogging with a friend, hiking, or playing your favourite sport. Whatever floats your boat, get those endorphins flowing.
Listen to your favourite, uplifting music
I don't know about you, but I can't go a day without listening to some form of music. Listening to my favourite music instantly puts me in a good mood. It makes me feel more productive and makes me want to move more. Uplifting music can reduce stress, reduce anxiety and even help you sleep better. Music gives you a natural high.
It can even give you motivation if you listen to music whilst cleaning or working out. Listening to music can inspire you to push yourself further.
I myself like listening to music a lot during the day, I usually listen to music when I'm driving (I have a spotify playlist for this). I created my own spotify playlist of my favourite tunes to uplift me as a drive. Another favourite playlist of mine at the minute is the 'Your favourite boy bands' playlist. This features some of our most favourite boy bands and their classics. You can't beat a lovely boyband ballad.
Music has also been proven to increase memory and make you smarter!
So put on your favourite tunes and dance like no ones watching!
Spend time with loved ones
This can include family, friends, partner, or even your pets! Spending time with people and animals you love makes you feel loved in the world and that you are a part of something. Harvard expert Daniel Gilbert once said that this is one of the most important components to overall happiness and well being. Studies showed that loneliness can lead to stroke, heart problems and a decreased life span!
Friends are important to share life's problems and news which overall increases happiness and quality of life. Good times are better shared with loved ones.
Get enough sleep
Sleep is vital to good overall health and energy. Getting enough sleep protects your mental health, physical health and quality of life. Your body rejuvenates and heals during your sleep too. Research has shown that a lack of sleep can contribute to illness like heart disease, infections and poor mental health. How can you smash the day without the energy to do so?
Mental health issues such as depression can be strongly linked to sleeping patterns and a poor quality of sleep. Therefore, it's important to allow time to get at least 8 hours if you are an adult and around 9 hours if you are a teenager. If you have been feeling a little low lately, check you have been getting enough sleep.
Get your vitamin & Water intake
I know this can be easier said than done, but it is important for your body and mental health to get your recommended daily vitamin and nutrient intake, or at least get close. If I can explain this is another way, this is like putting dirty petrol in a car and expecting it to run well and efficiently. Truth is, as you know, it won't run as well as it could if you put clean petrol in it.
Eating a balanced diet is important for both physical and mental health. Constantly eating bad food can make you feel sluggish and bloated. Whereas eating healthy food can give you energy to smash the day ahead. In turn, feeling bloated and sluggish can de-motivate you and make you feel lazy, which makes you less productive during the day.
It is also important to eat plenty of fibre, how you gut feels can affect how you feel emotionally. It is important your gut can digest your food properly as it will prevent you from feeling sluggish. Healthy gut foods include: fruits, vegetables and whole grains, beans, pulses, live yoghurt and other probiotics.
It's ok to enjoy yourself and have a treat now and then, just be mindful to eat healthy the majority of the time. A lot of us have a sweet tooth so it's ok to treat yourself now and then.
Along with eating the right food, drinking enough water and staying hydrated is equally as important. Fun fan, adult bodies are 60% water, and our blood is 90 percent water, and is vital for bodily functions and healthy kidneys. To function properly, the body needs water. It can also help you lose weight.
Water has a lot of different jobs in the human body, for example, water acts as a lubracant for your joints and your spine, long term dehydration can cause joint and back pain.
Water also aids in producing saliva, which helps digest your food and keeps your mouth clean.
Blood contain 90 percent water, and blood helps carry oxygen to all parts of the body, which is detrimental for good health and survival.
Water boosts skin health and beauty. Spots and premature wrinkles can be caused from long term dehydration.
There are so many benefits to keeping hydrated with water, some of the others include:
- increased physical performance
- helps airways as the body restricts airways when dehydrated in an attempt to minimise water loss
- maintains good blood pressure
- flushes out body waste
- the digestive system depends on water to function properly
- reduces the chance of a hangover
Keep your house, car and work space tidy
Now, I bet you read this point and though, no thank you. But hear me out, keeping a clean, tidy and minimal space helps your mind keep clear as well. It puts you in an overall better mood and makes you feel better as a person. It also helps you find things quicker and easier, and minimises cleaning next time which saves you time.
Another reason to keep things tidy is it reduces stress as it's one less thing to worry about. Which one would you prefer? To walk into a nice and tidy kitchen? Or to walk into a kitchen full of unwashed plates and dishes?
Additionally, when there is one less thing to worry about, it is less distraction and more motivation for you to be productive with your day.
Set budgets and save
Whoever said money doesn't lead to happiness is a little bit wrong. Now, I know that money does not equal complete happiness, but it is part of the solution. When you end up in financial difficulty, it can be stressful to think about how you are going to pay bills and afford to live overall.
Setting budgets to make sure bills are paid, and to make sure you don't overspend can help you big time financially. It can help you have better control of you finances. Which overall, can make you feel more in control of your life.
Also, if you can, make sure to save at least 10% percent of your monthly salary. Saving can help you in times of struggle and help you towards any goals you have, for example, a car, a mortgage on a house or even travel goals.
Set goals and targets
Goals give your life focus, purpose and a chance to grow as a person. If you don't aim to achieve something, or you don't continue to grow, you will feel complacent with yourself and your life. Setting yourself goals and targets help you achieve your potential, be successful and make the most of your time. If you don't set goals, you wouldn't be able to see if you are progressing or not, if you do set goals, you will be able to see how close you are to achieving your targets. Also, you develop motivation when you start to achieve your goals as it helps you build the confidence to achieve something else.