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10 Little Things To Do Today Instead Of Tomorrow To Really Make A Change

10 Little Things To Do Today Instead Of Tomorrow To Really Make A Change

Do you want to change and improve your life? There’s good news. You don’t have to completely change your life to do it. With a few quick changes you can immediately change your life, making it happier and more productive.

It may be tempting to put off starting until tomorrow, but that could result in you never starting. Take control of your life and change today!

Check out these 10 little things that you can do today instead of tomorrow to make real changes in your life.

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1. List your goals for the next five years

Sit down with some paper and write down everything that you want to achieve in the next year. Then get a second piece of paper and write down your long-term goals for the next five years. You are much more likely to accomplish your goals if you write them down and make them real. This also means you can track your progress.

2. Swap an old habit for a new and better habit

Most people have a few bad habits that they would like to ditch. Instead of just giving up your bad habit, it can be useful to introduce a new and better habit that you do every day. For instance, you may give up drinking coffee and instead aim to drink more water. Your progress with your new habit may help you totally avoid the old habit.

3. Start to exercise

There are many different benefits of exercising. Physical activity not only improves your body confidence and overall mood, it also lowers your chances of heart disease and relieves stress. If you think the idea of starting an exercise routine is intimidating, start off by doing 10 minutes of exercise in your home every day.

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4. Start going to sleep earlier

It can be very tempting to stay up super late on your nights off; however, there are lots of benefits to a regular sleeping pattern. One bonus is you will fall asleep quicker and your quality of sleep with be better.

5. Start to single-task

Although many people rave about the benefits of multitasking, science says that people actually get less done when they multitask. Instead, start to focus on one task at a time, and stay with the task until it is complete.

6. Start a new friendship

As we get older, we often lose many of our close friends. Most people wish that they had more friends in their life, so use today as an opportunity to make a new friend. Simply start by smiling at strangers and starting conversations with your co-workers and people on your commute.

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7. Start a new hobby

Hobbies are a great way to find a passion and have fun. From keeping a journal, to gardening, to starting a dance class, there are lots of different hobbies that you could consider.

8. Start a daily routine

Having a daily routine can transform your life for the better. Set a routine for your work days, and a different routine for your time off. Having a routine means you are more likely to have a productive day, and it will make sure you keep the habit for years to come.

9. Start to stand up for yourself

Being a pushover is tough; you can feel taken advantage of, pushed around, and used. Sticking up for yourself will give you a new and happier lease of life. Start by saying “no” to other people without feeling guilty or mean.

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10. Start a journal

There are lots of benefits to starting a journal. You can express your inner feelings and secrets, and later you will have a personalized document covering your life that you can read whenever you want. You can even show it to your children.

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Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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Last Updated on February 25, 2020

5 Rules for Overcoming Adversity and Emotional Pain

5 Rules for Overcoming Adversity and Emotional Pain

“Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world, the disarray. I choose to see the beauty. To believe there is an order to our days. A purpose.” – from the popular show, “Westworld”

It’s different for us all. My personal quest for purpose began with five stages of grief and one startling realization that everything’s endlessly fragile. Adversity, as it happens by rule, found me terribly unprepared, so I decided to take my time. Today, I can honestly say that I’ve grown.

Ugliness and beauty, good and evil, pain and laughter – everything in the universe consists of two forces that are opposing but complementary. In the face of difficulty, that is the only mantra you need.

Here’s how I learned it and why you should too, with five simple rules.

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1. Embrace the Complexity

Quite insidiously, adversities come in all shapes and sizes. Paralyzing physical disabilities, mind-wracking mental problems, ruthless emotional havocs, all leading to the same painful acknowledgement: all the beauty in the world cannot possibly make up for the ugliness that surrounds us. Shattered to pieces, helpless and bare naked, we sit in our therapy chairs, apologizing for being so negative.

Eventually, what it all comes down to is the nature of negative emotion. Our positives overshadow our negatives, thus wrongly teaching us that the road to well-being is paved with nothing but positive feelings and thoughts. How utterly wrong!

“If you’re not failing every now and then, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything innovative”, Woody Allen said.

It’s a classic “learn from your mistakes” rule, but in this case, it implies growing from negative experiences. Make peace with your negativities and embrace beauty and ugliness alike! Accepting this marvellously complex world just as it is will allow you to find purpose in adversity and meaning in misery.

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2. Find Balance, Regain Control

Still, accepting adversity is only the first step toward eventual victory. One can endure only so much trauma in life; if we’re not prepared to deal with difficulties in a productive way, even the minor setbacks can get us off track. Our strengths come from learning, and the best way to learn is through a series of trials and errors. Just like phases of grief or stages of drug addiction, adversities suggest a disabling loss of control, so find your way to regain it.

Some call it the coping mechanism; for others, it’s a spiritual will. However you choose to name yours, know that not all supporting systems are equally beneficial, though each is effective in its own way. Escapism was mine, but it only helped me retain the illusion of beauty. It wasn’t until I opened up toward the ugliness and accepted the naked truth that I was finally free. Whether you choose to dwell in art, religion and spiritualism, thus feeding your resilience from within or to reach out to others for help, choose wisely.

Whatever the means, the second rule is a golden one: find your inner balance and stick to it. Eventually, it will lead you out of the vicious circle.

3. Fight with Patience

My bargaining turned in depression with a single touch. Fearless and free, my dance instructor timidly put her hands on my shoulders and I realized, for the first time, just how tense, stiff and cloistered I was. And just like that, I started letting go. Adversities have their sneaky ways, but in my experience, becoming aware is what hurts the worst. It took me a year to recover from this little moment of self-discovery, and I know remember it as the edge of the rabbit hole.

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Some sufferings are impossible to console; I know that now. The only way to get through is to, well, get through. Depression and despair are only the beginning of the excruciatingly unnerving process that ravages the mind and shrivels the soul, and once they strike, there is no easy way back. So, fight them with patience. When your head starts spinning and your feet lose ground, go to your happy place. Over there, you’ll be reminded that nothing is forever, not even our little existential psychosis.

Take a deep breath and say “om”. When things cannot be combated, they have to be endured, so practice patience and learn to let go. Finally, keep repeating to yourself that this too shall pass.

4. Keep Swimming

Nothing is impossible, in the end. Your negative thoughts will gently pour into your positive ones, just as two streams come together to become a river. In the event of the inevitable disaster, one can only be as calm as still water. Suffering teaches patience, and the latter gives rise to flexibility. Ultimately, what is life than a series of unfortunate events and a handful of bright moments in between? If adversities are impossible to avoid, than learn to glide through as smoothly and patiently as water does with rocks.

Even if spirituality isn’t exactly your cup of tea, you have to admit that this is one solid metaphor. Staying adaptable in the face of change will soothe your panic attacks and keep you sane and sober-blooded. Even if you fail, you’ll know exactly how to breathe and face what’s in front of you once it eventually strikes again. Stay calm and visualize a better tomorrow; if anything else, it will give you strength to dive deep and weather the storm. And, in case there’s somebody’s hand to reach out to, grab it firmly and don’t let go.

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Being flexible against adversities takes a lot of learning, just as staying brave demands a lot of courage. It’s a long, arduous step-by-step routine, and you can reach the end only by swimming on. Persist, even when you fall.

5. Never Stop Searching for Inspiration

And, if it’s a guidance you need, where else to seek it than in experiences of others? Find it in art, in people around you, in chance encounters. The pure beauty of perseverance can be discovered where you expect it the least, so never stop searching for inspiration. If self-help literature soothes your pains and clears your mind, don’t let cynics discourage you. Your path toward reconciliation is nobody’s but yours to choose.

Ever heard of Nick Vujicic? Or Nando Parado? Inspiring people sound their yawps over the roofs of the world, sometimes voiceless, sometimes limbless, sometimes both. Born without arms, Jessica Cox became the most unusual certified pilot in the world, and you can rarely see her without a smile on her face. If you’ve already ripped all of your bucket lists and said goodbye to your dreams and plans, meet Sean Swarner, who’s officially became the first cancer survivor to climb Mount Everest. The stories just go on.

Make your own guidebook! Pen down your positive thoughts, cover your walls with quotes and devise your personal mantras. Whenever things get hard, they’ll be there to remind you of what you need to do. It’s the simplest of all life hacks, and one of the most effective ones.

Find beauty in the world, but never stay blind for its ugliness. However daunting, adversities and emotional pain challenge our inner strength, thus making us resilient and allowing us to grow. As soon as you recognize them as the wind in your sails instead of the devastating storm, the purpose will become simple and clear.

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