Are you stuck in a rut? At work? In a relationship? In your eating or drinking habits? Why stay stuck?Here are tips to help you get out of that rut and improve your life, now.
In Episode 13 of my podcast, I spoke about how I am Getting a Grip on Disordered, Mindless Eating and Drinking. In that podcast I mentioned one thing I did that has had a major impact in my life (number one below). It was such a simple change, and it got me thinking about things anyone can do to instantly improve their life and emotional outlook…
Ways to Improve Your Life, Now
1. Set the table and just eat. With no distractions.
This is something I recently started doing at dinner time, and wow, what a difference it makes! Not only am I focused on my partner, I’m focused on my food, which allows me to eat more mindfully, in a fully engaged manner. That, in turn, helps stop me from hoovering my food, and allows me to appreciate and truly taste the meal in front of me.
2. Get up 30 minutes earlier…and do something for YOU.
Getting up earlier is decades-old advice that’s still a common practice for those who are happy, productive, and successful. But here’s the thing: don’t get up earlier to prep lunches, do laundry, or make breakfast. Get up early and make that your YOU time. Whether you read the paper uninterrupted, pin inspiring quotes or images, journal, meditate, exercise, or sit in nature with a cup of tea or coffee, make this your sacred time and watch how good you feel the rest of the day.
3. Try something new.
Try anything! Take a class. Make a new recipe. Drive to work a different way. Listen to a different radio station.
According to neuropsychologist Dr. Kathryn Papp, when we learn new a skill, “It may create new connections between brain cells by changing the balance of available neurotransmitters and changing how connections are made.” In plain English, doing something new literally changes your brain and improves it.
Doing something new isn’t just invigorating, either. It’s a super way to step more deeply into a hobby or passion, and could be the catalyst for a real move in that direction. And you never know who you might meet or what a new experience could yield!
4. Start journaling.
The benefits of journaling are many…it can help you:
- Process emotions and ease stress or depression
- Set and achieve goals
- Spark creativity
- Stoke feelings of gratitude
It doesn’t matter what you write about, or what form you choose, whether that’s listing, writing letters, documenting your day, or simply writing what you are thankful for. It’s all good, and it’s all good for YOU.
5. Get out into nature.
Not all of us have a scenic view drawing us like magnets out of our homes, but we can all get outside for a little bit each day. Spending time in nature is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself, period. Don’t believe me? Google it.
So take a short walk. Eat outside at your favorite cafe. Step onto your patio or balcony for the time it takes to finish your morning beverage. Just make sure you leave your phone behind. 😉
Volunteering for a cause that resonates with you makes you feel good, and helps others too. It’s always a win-win, and it’s also a superb way to network, just in case you are looking to change careers, or relationships.
7. Clean and organize your space.
You know how you feel when you do a major clean and the whole place is spotless, for like five minutes? You feel good. Proud. Organized. Efficient. So why not feel like that everyday?
If you tend to be of the, ahem—messy/hoarder ilk—this might seem like an overwhelming endeavor. The key is to pick one room or area a day, set your phone timer for 15 minutes, and go at it like mad in that space. Once It is clean and organized, keep it that way by cleaning up after yourself daily, cleaning as you go.
This 31 Days of 15-Minute Organizing post breaks down organizing into chunks, so you don’t have to. And in case you want to access and print the Daily Cleaning Schedule in this post, you can find it there, on day 31.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, as they say, and it’s also a common trait of successful and content people. When your space is free of visual clutter, you also clear the mental clutter.