Improving your life doesn’t necessarily mean you have to make big changes. Instead, it’s something you can constantly work on improving – and it typically comes down to the little things you do every day.
We’ve compiled a list of five simple activities you can partake in throughout the week to help you become a better “you.” Whether that means increasing your self-esteem, reducing stress, fostering deeper relationships with your loved ones or even achieving a healthier lifestyle.
Develop a consistent morning routine
Our morning routine sets the tone for our day ahead, allowing us to better control our schedules rather than our schedule controlling us. Setting aside just thirty minutes every morning to partake in a consistent routine can help boost productivity levels.
Think of someone like Elon Musk, or Jeff Bezos for example. It’s no coincidence that the most successful people have one thing in common – a morning ritual that gives them a head start. Don’t have a morning routine yet? Start by setting your alarm a little bit earlier every night – you might find that creating structure in your mornings becomes progressively easier as time goes on.
Develop a consistent bedtime routine
You can’t have a happy, healthy, productive morning without a stable bedtime routine. The truth is, there really isn’t a perfect answer on how to make a bedtime routine for yourself – but the important thing is to make one that works for you and stick to it.
For example, every evening after work, I enjoy walking my dog, and afterwards I like to spend some time on the couch digesting the events of the day. After I’ve eaten dinner, I shower, get into bed and read a chapter of my book before falling asleep. Of course, it’s not always exactly like this, but the consistency helps me fall asleep better and prepare myself for the day ahead.
Make yourself a nutritious meal
Now, I’m not saying you have to make yourself three meals a day, every single day in order to improve your life – but making yourself a healthy meal at least once a day not only guarantees that you have control over your health, but it’s also cheaper and a great way to learn a new skill.
Go outside – just do it. I cannot advocate for this simple task enough. Walk around, sit in the park and read, or go for a leisurely bike ride. Exercise is great, but getting outside for an hour every day doesn’t necessarily mean you have to exercise. Just being outdoors is good for you in so many ways. It improves our mood, helps with creativity and makes us happier.
When’s the last time you did something for yourself? If it’s been a while, maybe consider taking yourself for ice-cream this week. Or perhaps there’s a fun activity you’ve been meaning to try out or a cool new lunch spot you’ve had your eye on? You deserve it, so treat yourself!
We humans like to overcomplicate things and never make things easy for ourselves. And although we all want to be happy; we do things every day that stop us from reaching that happiness, without even knowing it. But it doesn’t need to be hard. Try out these simple tips and see if you can start developing better habits – the goal is to be a happier and healthier you. And remember, all we can do is our best.