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10 Small Things I Do Every Night To Improve My Life

10 Small Things I Do Every Night To Improve My Life

Success is holistic. You don’t leave a lot of things to chance. Instead, you constantly look for areas to improve in your life and get better. One of these areas is how you prepare for your day the night before. Improving your mental attitude and energy level the night before gets your morning started on a high. I have been able to do these things and greatly improve my life.

1. Read

Reading something beneficial before bed improves retention. Whether it is a quality book of fiction or non-fiction, I make sure I energize my brain and keep it fueled with a passion for learning. I want to get the best out of one of the most vital organs of my body, so I take reading before going to bed pretty seriously. By reading, I have become more informed and more alert the next day. Plus, reading a book eases me into a decent nice sleep.

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2. Write

Writing sort of heals my soul. Every post I write has to be done right. I understand that keeping a consistent schedule with my writing makes me a better writer. I write every night to keep the flame of writing burning.

3. Reflect on the day

At night, I finally have the time to score myself on my activities for the day. Did I do great? Where are my lapses? No matter how the day went, I focus on the good and dump the negatives. I keep a journal of appreciation to know what good I have benefited through the day. This reminds me of the many positives in my life whenever I am going through a challenging period.

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4. Plan

What is the next day going to be like? What do I need to accomplish and get going? There is always more to be done. Sometimes writing a to-do-list helps me get organized and prepared for the next day’s activity.

5. Appreciate the loved ones in my life

I appreciate those persons who are closest to me — my family. I tend to take time out to listen and find out what is going on in their lives. Doing this has helped me to stay balanced with my work and personal life.

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6. Eat healthy

I know to achieve optimum performance I have to eat healthy and maintain a pretty decent diet. I drink lots of water, as well as take in lots of vitamins and proteins to get me energized for the following day.

7. Disconnect from work

I tend to stop everything that has to do with work right before I go to bed. I disconnect. No more emails or things that challenge me mentally or get me anxious for the next day. By disconnecting, I can spend time and appreciate my space better.

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8. Picture the success of tomorrow

I try to visualize and keep a mental picture of what my tomorrow will be like. I try to be positive and have a picture that paints optimism, success, and purpose. Visually peering into your next day’s success gives the right mental flow to push in for success.

9. Relax

Relaxation could mean listening to my favorite music or engaging in an interesting conversation with my significant other. By relaxing, I can calm my nerves and excite my brain with something humorous and fun. Who doesn’t need to relax before ending the night?

10. Go to bed early

Many successful people do this. Going to bed early will certainly get your day started early. It also makes you happier and less inclined to worry or get consumed by negative thoughts. After all is said and done, you need a full night’s rest to attain better performance. By going to bed early I have been able to do wonders for my stress level, productivity, performance, and my mood. I also have myself programmed for attacking the next day’s activity early.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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