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These 15 Small Lifestyle Changes Will Improve Your Life Today

These 15 Small Lifestyle Changes Will Improve Your Life Today

We’ve all been there at one point in our life. We are stuck in a rut or been living a life that we know we can make more of. Problem is going about the right changes to make those improvements. It is not an easy road but with these 15 small lifestyle changes, you can get out of your rut and improve your life today.

1. The Twenty Minute Rule 

In today’s world, we want news fast and information now. We come home from a long day at work to find ourselves engaging in mindless activities like Facebook, Reddit, TV you name it.

Most of us think that these are great ways to unwind until they occupy not minutes but hours of our time.

Instead of gluing yourself in front of the TV, take twenty minutes to try one of the following:

  • Read a book
  • Write an article or blog
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Meditate

If these don’t suit you, find something that will encourage your personal and professional growth.

2. Take A Positive Angle

Life is full of numerous situations involving gray areas. These gray area situations can lead to indecisiveness and create chaos and anxiety in our lives. Instead of becoming overwhelmed, look at situations from a positive angle. It’ll lead you to make the best decision with less emotion and ego.

3. Go For A Run

Running is not only good for you, its free. It just takes buying a good pair of running shoes and hitting the road. Running also boosts your immune system and improve weight loss.

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4. Put The Soda Down

You know who you are.

    As much as you like the taste of Diet Coke to get you through the 2 p.m. wall, soda is terrible for you. Diet and regular sodas have both been linked to obesity and kidney damage. Try switching to tea or water in the afternoon which has tons of health benefits.

    5. Drink Water

    Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Your body is made of approximately of 60 percent water and drinking water helps support body functions as digestion, body temperature regulation. It also helps boost your metabolism.

    But that doesn’t mean start pounding liters of water immediately. Bring a water bottle with you and start working your way to the recommended guideline of eight cups throughout your day.

    6. Don’t Go to the Grocery Store Hungry

    We’ve all done this. We come back from the gym or home from work and we haven’t eaten since lunch. We start acting goofy and looking for the first thing to stuff our face. Going to the grocery store on an empty stomach sets the stage for a disastrous shopping cart filled with unhealthy snacks and overeating.

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    When you are ready to head to the store, eat a health conscious meal. Not only will make you feel better, it’ll make your choices at the grocery store more health conscious and reduce the chances you’ll pick up the pack of Oreos on the way out.

      7. Start Reading

      Just like your body needs to exercise, so does your brain. Reading gives your brain the mental workout it needs to stay sharp and improve its performance. It can be intimidating at first but starting out with short books that are easy to read will help gain confidence in attacking those Game of Thrones books everyone has been talking about. Some books that are great to start with are The Great Gatsby and The Old Man and the Sea.

      If you want to read more about the benefits of reading, check out 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Everyday.

      8. Learn to Say No

      This is a tough one. We want to make people happy and sometimes, not saying no does more harm than good. You may end up with more projects and commitments than you can handle.

      First, know that is acceptable and OK to say no. Second, say no to things that you cannot be of value or service to others. Doing these will help make your life stress free and seamless.

      9. Stop Walking Down The Street Glued to Your Phone

      Everyday, more and more of us on walking down the street face down glued to email or Facebook. Sooner or later, someone is going to get really hurt because we aren’t watching where we are going. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen people almost get hit by cars crossing a street because they were texting and walking.

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      If you need to look at your phone, stand off to the side on a busy sidewalk or find a place where you can sit down.

      Just don’t be this guy.

        10. Eat Breakfast

        Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When we wake up, our bodies have been deprived of food and water. Skipping breakfast leads to being Hangry while reducing productivity and our energy levels. Make sure you start your day off with a protein packed meal and a glass of water to give you a much needed energy boost.

        11. Get Rid of the Negative Nancies

        You know who they are. They are the people in your life that always have something to say about what you are doing, complain when you all out on Saturday night, and never say anything nice about anyone.

        These people will weigh you down. They will never encourage you. They will continue to hold you down and keep you from doing you. Start hanging out with those closest to you who are positive and encouraging. They are the ones who want you to achieve your goals and have a good time with you on the weekends.

        12. Live Within Your Means

        We all hate bills. We hate debt too. When the two combine together, they can put a huge damper on our quality of life and effect our chances to save for the future. Money is a big stressor and its important to live within your means otherwise, you could be in big trouble.

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        Create a budget that allows you to pay your bills and give you a chance to save for the future. Ask friends for help or someone who can get you on the right track . Try these 8 Steps to Creating a Personal Budget to get your started.

        13. Stop Complaining

        If you don’t like your situation, change it. Complaining gets you nowhere,making you look unreliable and unattractive to others. Start with #2 and become more optimistic. You’ll find that things aren’t always bad as they seem and it’ll put you in a position to learn from every experience.

        14. Ask For Help

        Every successful entrepreneur, doctor, actor has received some form of help from their loved ones and family. They were encouraged, loved and supported to be what they wanted. Think about your parents and how many times they have helped you get to where you want to be. Everyone needs it and it’s OK to ask for it.

        When applying these 15 lifestyle changes, find someone you trust who will help you stay on track. When the going gets tough, those people closest to you will give you the support and help you need to get over that hump. If you don’t know how to ask for help, offer help to others who may need it. Not only will it make you feel good, it will make you feel better about asking for assistance in the future.

        15. Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

        Steve Jobs said it best during his famous speech at Stanford University. It is truly one of the greatest and most inspiring speeches of our time.

        If you have not seen it, watch the link below.

        Steve Jobs Commencement Speech

         

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        7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

        7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

        Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

        Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

        This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

        One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

        Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

        Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

        1. Gratitude

        Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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        The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

        Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

        So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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          2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

          This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

          For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

          What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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          Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

          3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

          This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

          Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

          An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

          Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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            4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

            According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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            There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

            5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

            Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

            Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

            6. Rise Earlier

            The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

            For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

            So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

            Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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            7. Listen to Uplifting Music

            Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

            Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

            It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

            Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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            Reference

            [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
            [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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