5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life Today

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5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life Today

If you often feel stressed or tired, have difficulty concentrating or find life boring, it could be time to introduce some changes into your life. Here are five improvements that you can start making today.


Improve Your Diet

Does your breakfast consist of a coffee that you grab on your way to work? Is your lunch a quick sandwich that you eat at your desk? Do you regularly order takeout in the evenings because you're too tired to cook? If so, it's time to make some changes and eat in a more healthy way.

Start by having breakfast every day. If your time is limited, a bowl of cereal with milk takes just a few minutes to prepare and eat. Or, you could drink a fresh fruit-based smoothie that you made the evening before. Both of these quick breakfast options will kick-start your metabolism and reduce your hunger cravings throughout the day.

Avoid skipping meals and eat food cooked from fresh ingredients as often as possible. When cooking, make extra portions that you can freeze and eat on a day when you feel too tired to cook. When ordering takeout meals, choose healthier options with fewer calories and avoid ordering side dishes or desserts.

Do Some Exercise

Exercise improves your mood, reduces stress, and helps you control your weight. If you're bored with your current exercise routine, try something new. If you don't do any exercise at the moment, check with your doctor before starting to exercise.

Experiment with some new ways of exercising that you think you'd enjoy. If you like exercising with other people, try a new sport or go to a Zumba or aqua cycling class.

If you need to unwind after a stressful day at work, a less intense exercise class would be a good idea. A yoga or Pilates class, for instance, will help you destress and relax.

Schedule Some Time to Yourself

Everyone needs to switch off from their busy lives and spend time relaxing by themselves every day. Choose a time when you won't be interrupted and turn off your cell phone. Use the time to do whatever you want, whether it is something creative, reading a book, or simply sitting in silence.

If you can, schedule at least half an hour a day to yourself. The busier you are, the more important it is to find some time to yourself, even if it's just 10 minutes a day.  

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Learn Something New

Life is boring if you spend years doing the same things day in and day out. In order to counteract the boredom, challenge yourself to learn a new skill, language or hobby.

Write a list of at least five things you'd like to learn and find out where you could learn them, either locally or online. Set yourself a goal of either enrolling in a class or following online tutorials each week.

The saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks", isn't true. You can learn new things, whatever your age. Learning something new will reignite your interest in life and reduce the boredom you feel.

Sleep Better

If you sleep well, you'll have more energy and be able to concentrate for longer during the day. On average, adults need between 7 and 8 hours sleep a night, although some people can function well with 6 hours sleep and others may need 9 hours or more. If you often feel tired or irritable during the day, it might be time to change your bedtime routine.

First of all, bring your bedtime forward by 15 minutes each night until you go to bed early enough to sleep for 7-8 hours before your alarm goes off.  Relax before bed by drinking a hot milky drink and reading a printed book. Applying relaxing aromatherapy products to your pulse points or placing a lavender bag on your pillow can also help you drift off to sleep.

Avoid going on your phone, tablet, laptop or watching television for at least an hour before bed. The blue light emitted by electronic devices has been shown to make you more alert and therefore less likely to go to sleep at your bedtime. It can also reduce levels of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep, and lead to long-term sleep problems. A study carried out by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA, found that people who read printed books before going to sleep were more alert the next day than those who read on an electronic device, even if they had the same amount of sleep.

Make one or two changes to improve your life today. Continue with these changes for at least two weeks so that they become habits. Once you see the benefits your new habits are bringing, you'll feel more motivated to make further positive changes.

About the author: Seth Gowdy is the Sales Manager for Pivot Insurance and holds multiple insurance and securities' licenses. He has been part of the financial services industry for nearly 20 years. In his free time he enjoys being outdoors fishing, hiking, and geocaching with his wife and two children. Seth most enjoys helping clients with Pivot’s customized process and needs' calculators. You can reach Seth at 1-800-651-1953 or sgowdy@pivot.com.

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