10 small changes that will drastically improve your life

Do you ever feel like you’re Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day,” reliving the same mundane routines day in and day out?

I mean, sure, we all want to be Zen mindfulness gurus who wake up at 5 am to meditate and conquer the world by breakfast, but let’s be real – sometimes just getting out of bed feels like a Herculean feat.

Despite all the life-changing podcasts you listen to and get inspired by, it’s like there’s some kind of energy-sapping force field around us that drains all the motivation before we even get started. I know the feeling all too well!

So, how can we break free from the Groundhog Day cycle and become the uber-successful people we know we can be? Ok, I know what you’re thinking, but stick with me here.

1) Practice gratitude

Ah, those days you want to scream “I’m over it!” can be tough to practice gratitude. But that’s precisely why it’s so powerful. Think of it like hitting a mental reset button. Suddenly, you’re able to shift your focus to the positive, even when everything around you feels like it’s going wrong.

So, why not make a habit of thinking of three things that you’re grateful for each day? It doesn’t have to be anything grandiose – just small things that bring you joy. Maybe it’s that first sip of hot coffee in the morning, a cozy spot on the couch, or even just the beauty of a flower or a scenic view.

When you start to notice these moments of beauty and wonder, it’s amazing how much of a difference it can make in your overall mood and outlook on life.

2) Take a walk

All right, listen up folks. Taking a walk might seem like a simple and mundane activity, but don’t let that talk fool you. It can be a total game-changer! Not only does walking get your blood pumping and your body moving, but it can also do wonders for your mental health.

When you take a walk, you step away from the hustle and bustle of life and just clear your mind.

Listen to music, take in the scenery, or just enjoy the fresh air. It’s the ideal reset button to return to your day feeling refreshed and recharged. Did we mention the extra steps you can get in or the chance to explore the neighborhood? What are you waiting for? Go ahead and lace up your sneakers – your body and mind will thank you for it.

3) Create a morning routine

Not necessarily at 5 am, but if you’re a morning person, more power to you. For the rest of us, starting the day can be a bit of a struggle. But fear not, because creating a morning routine can help make a world of difference in how you approach the day ahead.

Start by making your bed, do a few light stretches, journal, visualize how you would like your day to play out, and savor a delicious cup of java or tea. You’ll be surprised how much more centered, focused, and energized you will feel.

Ditch your phone first thing in the morning and take time for yourself before diving into the chaos of the day. A consistent morning routine can help you feel more organized and productive and set the tone for a successful day. It’s worth a go, don’t you think?

4) Connect with loved ones

Spend time with people who make you feel happy or supported. And if you’re not feeling up to socializing with your fellow humans, connecting with your pets can be just as beneficial.

Snuggling up with your cat or taking your dog for a walk can be a great way to still feel connected and supported. Plus, let’s be real, who needs human love when you have a furry friend who thinks you’re the absolute best thing in the world?

5) Practice self-care

Let’s face it, we all have those days when the world feels a bit too much.

That’s why taking some time each day for self-care is so important. Whether it’s taking a long, relaxing bath, getting lost in a good book, dancing to your favorite music, or indulging in a hobby – make it a daily habit to do something that brings you joy.

But here’s the thing – practicing self-care also includes setting boundaries. When we don’t set boundaries, we’re essentially allowing others to control our time and energy.

By setting clear boundaries and communicating them with others, we’re taking control of our lives and making sure our needs are met. It may seem daunting at first, but trust me, the sense of empowerment you’ll feel is worth it.

6) Declutter your space

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Decluttering your space can have a surprisingly positive impact on your life, even if you’re not a Marie Kondo-level organization guru. When we have a lot of clutter in our physical space, it can create a sense of chaos and overwhelm that can spill over into other areas of our lives.

It can make it harder to focus on tasks, create feelings of stress and anxiety, and even affect our sleep.

Decluttering can create a sense of calm, and (obviously) make it easier to find what we need. Start small by tackling one area at a time. Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit the bill in terms of bringing you joy or serving a practical purpose. And don’t forget to celebrate the small wins.

7) Spread positivity

Doing something kind for someone else can be like throwing a pebble into a pond and watching the ripples spread outwards. Your act of kindness can inspire others to do the same, spreading positivity and creating a supportive environment for everyone. And who now, you might even make someone’s day – or even their life!

Approaching the world with a positive attitude and spreading joy and kindness wherever you go is like carrying a ray of sunshine in your pocket. It may not be as easy as it sounds, especially when we’re dealing with our own challenges, but the impact it can have on others – and on ourselves – is immeasurable.

8) Learn something new

Don’t worry! Learning something new doesn’t have to be all work and no play! We’re also not suggesting you turn into a walking encyclopedia or bore your friends with random trivia.

Picking up a new hobby or trying a new activity can help you break out of your routine and reinvigorate your sense of curiosity and wonder.

Learn to salsa dance, try your hand at watercolor painting, or take a cooking class. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn calligraphy or play an instrument but never had the time or opportunity. Why not learn to code or speak a new language?

The beauty of learning something new is that it can reveal hidden talents, expand your horizons, and push you to grow in unexpected ways. So go ahead and give it a shot – who knows what you might discover!

9) Spend more time in nature

This small change can have a profound impact on your life. It can reduce stress, lower your blood pressure and heart rate, and improve your mood as well as cognitive function.

One way to incorporate more nature into your life is to make a habit of spending time in a green space. Take a deep breath, feel the sun on your skin, listen to the sound of birds and rustling leaves, and let yourself be present in the moment.

Even if you don’t have access to a backyard or large outdoor space, you can still download an app for natural sounds, and grow potted plants on your balcony, windowsill, or inside your home. Even better, try your hand at growing your own herbs and vegetables.

10) Practice daily journaling

Writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you process your emotions, gain clarity on your goals and priorities, and track your progress over time.

It can be a powerful tool for self-reflection and self-discovery, allowing you to better understand yourself and your experiences. It can be a fun and creative outlet for self-expression.

Ready with your pen and notebook yet? Start jotting down your thoughts and musings – you might be surprised at how much it can help you thrive.

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Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Ideapod to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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