Improve Your Life With These 15 Healthy Habits

Improve Your Life With These 15 Healthy Habits

Greatly change your life in small, simple ways.

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Improving your life can be a hard transition, but these 15 habits can help!

1. Wake up early

Although it may seem a like a very difficult task to wake up early, especially if you're one of those people that likes to sleep in longer, it has more pros than cons. Not only will you more likely be on time to class or to work, but once you make it a daily routine, you will find that you have more time to do things when starting the day earlier.

2. Prioritize

Find what's most important on your to-do list and do what needs to get done.

3. Be organized

Have a plan for the day or the week and follow through with it. Through planning and organization you give your life and responsibilities more structure, and this may reduce any overwhelming stress you have about the tasks you need to do.

4. Exercise

One of the best things you can do for your body is condition it. Dedicate some time to physically take care of yourself. The good thing is that there are so many ways to do so, whether through walking, running, playing sports, etc.

5. Eat healthy

Another aspect of maintaining physical wellness that ultimately affects every other area of your body and your performance in your daily tasks is food. Make sure to be conscious of what you eat and try to incorporate whole foods into your diet that energize you and improve your overall health.

6. Challenge yourself

Challenges are not always negative. In fact, they bring your life more excitement and enable you to expand your horizons and try new things. Don't be afraid to do something you've never done. The best way to get to know yourself is not through living within your comfort zone, so challenge yourself and see how high you can reach.

7. Be efficient

Don't stress over working hard. Instead, find ways in which you can work smart. Being efficient allows you to get more work done in a non-overbearing manner.

8. Stay engaged

In other words, be open to meeting new people and exploring new experiences. Be present in every moment and show a genuine interest in getting to know others. This will allow you to build strong relationships, deal with different types of people and discover what you like or don't like.

9. Be curious

Never stop learning about the world in which you live. Aim to be more knowledgeable about as much as you can.

10. Set goals for yourself

Setting realistic goals for yourself is a good way to establish clearly what it is that you want to achieve, and it can motivate you to not only pursue your short-term goals but also create bigger ones.

11. Save your money 

Be wary of what you spend your money on. Sometimes we buy things that we don't really need, so it's important to make sure to think before you decide to buy anything.

12. Show gratitude

Being grateful has a lot of powerful in your life and in the lives of others. It allows you to focus on the good, and this can be very uplifting.

13. Have fun

Life isn't always about work, work and more work. Having fun is part of a healthy, balanced and happy life, so never feel like you're missing out on any responsibilities when you're hanging out. In fact, having fun should be one of those responsibilities.

14.  Read

Reading is one of the best ways to gain knowledge about any given topic, and it's something that definitely has the power to change the way you think.

15.  Relax

It's so vital to find time to unwind and simply relax. We find ourselves in a cycle of studying, work, and other obligations that we often forget to just chill out. Relaxing in the form of meditation especially is a good way to rejuvenate and temporarily forget about the rest of the world. By relaxing, you will find yourself recharged and more able to work effectively.

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.
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High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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To Whomever It May Concern; It's Time To Forgive Yourself

Personal growth is cultivated through successes and mistakes, beating yourself up over the latter is counterproductive to progress.

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We've reached that point in time again where it seems that the general population in its entirety has recommitted to improving themselves with the start of a new year. While it's refreshing to have a renewed determination to eat better, be kinder, or achieve the goals you had attempted at last year, the beginning of a new year can also prove to be a source of anxiety. As many sit down to put their goals on paper in hopes of making them more attainable, it's all too easy to be bombarded by all of the reasons that ones' ambitions are beyond what that person is capable of.

Memories of past short-comings and words of self-deprecation uttered in moments of perceived failure are compounded by a general fear of the unknown for what the future holds. In my own experience, I've come to understand that the limits we place on our capacity for achievement, happiness, and growth are the direct results of not forgiving ourselves. So many goals are set with the intent to receive some form of external validation to indicate that the world has forgiven our flaws and deemed us worthy, but if we can't forgive ourselves and see our own worth, then how can we possibly expect anyone else to?

In the safety and comfort of your own imagination where you are free to envision your best self, living the life you have always hoped for, the only person that can condemn those ideas for being unrealistic is you. When we allow that sardonic voice from the back of our minds to inhibit our dreams, we permit that voice to embed itself in our conscious thoughts and put trust in our inadequacies rather than our capabilities.

For those who have yet to forgive themselves of their own trespasses, failures, and mistakes; the next time you have the thought to better yourself or your life and find it being attacked by memories of deficiency, do not concede to those assailants with the belief that you are incapable of becoming and achieving anything you choose. Instead of willing away those thoughts that remind us of what we are trying to grow from, face them, face your old self with forgiveness, and decide how you're going to become someone better because of who you were.

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