5 Things You Can Start Doing Right Now to Improve Your Life
I decided that I needed to start improving myself and my life about thirteen or fourteen years ago and I’ve become a bit of a self-help junkie. It’s been an interesting journey for me and I still have a lot to learn. It hasn’t been an easy road but it has been completely worth it. I’ve dedicated myself to self-improvement and at the end of the day I’ve realized that even though it’s hard at times, so is being miserable. Dieting, for example, sucks, but if you ask me being fat and on the verge of diabetes sucks more. If you’re thinking about improving your life then you should without worrying about the end goal and just start with today. Here are five things that you can do to bring immediate improvement to your life starting today.
- Improve your sleep – Sometimes I see people online promoting sleep hacks and I’ve seen people talk about training your body to sleep just a few hours a night and I have stayed completely away from that stuff. I just make sleep a priority. I stay busy and dedicated but my sleep time is sacred. When I sleep well, everything improves. Some quick tips for improving sleep are to not do anything in bed besides sleep. No TV, no devices, not even reading. Charge your phone in another room, don’t keep it by your bed. There are some medications that can improve sleep that don’t have a lot of side effects but I don’t recommend this route unless almost everything else has failed.
- Increase your physical movement – Exercise is proven to be a natural anti-depressant but you don’t have to break a sweat to improve your life. Even walking for twenty to thirty minutes can do a lot for you. There is research that indicates that walking stimulates the two brain hemispheres alternatively and it has a soothing effect. Walking is extremely effective if you need to clear your head. If you can walk outside and get some sunlight you should. I got low on vitamin D years ago and it absolutely shut me down. I was skeptical before that and now I make sure that I get sunlight or take a supplement.
- Cut out social media – Let’s be honest, social media was fun once. It was kind of like that new relationship that was interesting and fun but got toxic and controlling. I started noticing how I felt physically and mentally whenever I’d get on social media and it wasn’t good. This how it usually goes when we get on social media. Somebody spouts off their stupid opinion about “toxic masculinity,” we see pictures of our friends having fun without us and wonder why they didn’t invite us and assume the worst and then we compare ourselves to someone else who apparently has it all together. I know that I found myself looking at it compulsively even though I wasn’t at all enjoying it or feeling like I was getting any benefit out of it. It was just something to do when I was waiting in line or sitting on the can. I don’t like that I was reaching for phone, mindlessly and I’ve felt a lot more grounded since I’ve made an effort to do something different.
- Stop complaining – Complaining is a habit and a completely useless one at that. Nothing productive or useful comes from complaining and it actually makes things worse. It will only make you more upset about something without solving a problem. Complaining can cause you to feel like a victim and that’s never good. Victim type thinking is one of the worst things that you can do to yourself. I often make the argument that taking on the stance of a victim is the best way to become the villain in your own life. Complaining is useless and wasted effort. It’s okay to be angry about things but work through it quickly and move on. Try to imagine what would happen if you put the same effort into building and finding solutions.
- Change the station – It’s too easy to tune into all the negatives in the world through social media, YouTube or whatever. Instead of watching a soap opera, watch an educational documentary. I mostly mean this metaphorically. You can dial into the drama in life or you can dial into what will help you learn and help you grow. There are great podcasts, great videos on YouTube, great books and so on that will motivate you, empower you and get you moving in a positive direction. If you’ve read this far, chances are you are already doing it. Not only do I write articles but I’m also on a podcast so go listen to the Orion Way of Life Podcast and get some education and some entertainment. You can choose what to pay attention to and you should. This is one of those things that you have control over so stop wasting your time and energy in areas that you can’t control. As soon as you get done reading this, look up a motivational video online and then notice how you feel after you watch it compared to other things like social media.
There are so many quick easy things that you can do that will help make a big difference in your life. The most important thing is to figure out which things work for you. Believe me, if I can do it, you can do it. Change is hard but so rewarding. Stay with it.