10 Easy Things To Do To Instantly Improve Your Life
Improving your life doesn’t have to be about making one big change. Sometimes, it's the little things we do day-to-day that make big changes. Positively turning your life around doesn't have to be overwhelming, so we've come up with 10 easy things that you can do every day that will make dramatic changes in the long run.
1. Wake Up Early
Seriously, this one is very hard for me. Getting up early, when it's cold and dark outside, is the last thing I want to do. My bed is so comfortable and warm! But getting up early and making time to focus on things that matter to me - such as meditating, exercise, and coffee - set me up for a productive day. I'm not overwhelmed at last minute things that pop up because I've had ample time in the morning to mentally prepare myself for the day ahead.
My best friend bought me a Wake-Up Light for Christmas and - no joke - it works wonders! It has an automatic light control that stimulates a sunrise 30 minutes before the alarm is set to go off, just like a natural dawn sunrise. Try it for yourself and let us know if it works for you!
2. Make Your Bed
Start your day on a productive note and make your bed first thing in the morning. It takes less than two minutes, and if you accomplish nothing else during the day, at least you have a freshly made bed to crawl into at night.
3. Take 10 Minutes To Visualize Your Day
Mindfulness, meditation, whatever you want to call it, take at least 10 minutes out of your day to sit with yourself with no distractions and visualize your day. In a perfect scenario, what would it look like? Imagine yourself accomplishing everything you want. We are true believers in the Law of Attraction - that a thought has no other role than to try to become its physical equivalent. Whatever you are against becomes your experience, and whatever you are for becomes your reality.
4. Start A Gratitude Journal
Much like #4, actively focusing on the good things in your life is bound to bring more good into your life. When we begin to notice all of the amazing things that have happened throughout our day, more amazing things are bound to enter our lives. Stop thinking about what you are against, and refocus your attention to things you are for.
5. Check Your Bank Statements
Every two weeks, thoroughly look through your bank statements and look for expenses that you can cut out. You will be surprised at how much money you can save on items you were blindly spending money on. Keeping on top of your financial health is very important, so make it a point to always know what's coming in and out of your bank account. Less surprises mean less anxiety.
6. Put Your Phone Down And Read A Book
Are you glued to your phone checking social media before bed? Do you fall asleep browsing through Pinterest? Instead of mindlessly scrolling through your feed, put your phone down and pick up a book. Reading just 10 minutes a day can dramatically reduce stress, especially before bed. Try disconnecting and notice the difference it makes after only 10 minutes. You'll be amazed!
7. Call Someone You Love
Pick up the phone and call - not text - someone important in your life. Maintaining relationships is important for our emotional health and helps you sustain a positive outlook on life and wards off feelings of depression, anxiety, and anger.
8. Stop Talking & Start Doing
Instead of talking about all of the things you want to accomplish, actually do them. Don't let excuses or let circumstances get in your way. Write that book, take that class, start that side business. Less talking, more doing.
9. Declutter Your Space
There's no denying that a cluttered space can make you feel anxious and overwhelmed. Take some time to thoroughly declutter all of the papers that are piled up, throw out or donate items that you no longer have a use for, put clothes away, and clean your space so that it's a place of calm and not stress. Keeping your space neat and organized will help with productivity because your less likely to lose things and have more time to focus on your daily tasks.
10. Get Outside
Being outside has so many benefits to our overall health, so take a walk around the block, eat your lunch outside, or just sit outside for a few minutes. Being in nature helps with concentration, creativity, and reduces stress. Even if it's just for 5 minutes, go outside and breathe.