We’ve all experienced it at one time or another: the feeling of inadequacy, the nagging though that there ought to be something more for us in life. The bad news is there is no elixir that can magically make our lives better, but there are small changes we can make to improve ourselves and enrich our lifestyle. Even the cheapest vitamins can help us health wise—the key is consistency and prioritizing our wellbeing. Lift yourself up and become a better person with these small lifestyle changes starting today!
- Take twenty – give yourself 20 minutes each day doing something that’s not related with your work and something that you enjoy doing. It can be meditating, learning a new language, or reading a book.
- Eat breakfast – many people skip breakfast because they’re hurrying to go to work or school, or sleep the morning away. Keep in mind that breakfast remains to be the most important meal of the day. Skipping meals, especially breakfast, reduces our energy levels. Make time to eat a leisurely breakfast and your body will thank you.
- Go for a run or a swim – You can get a quick and natural boost by running, swimming, or brisk walking for 15-20 minutes, thanks to the serotonin our body produces and releases when exercising. Physical activity also facilitates weight loss and boosts the immune system. If those activities sound too strenuous to do right away, start by walking for 30 minutes, and then increasing your pace as you get stronger.
- Quit smoking – this is a big step, especially for those who have been lighting up more than half of their life. If you smoke and want to quit, there are programs and support groups you can join. You can start by decreasing the number of cigarettes you smoke in a day.
- Look on the bright side – you know how annoyed you get with someone who does nothing but complain? If you’re not happy with the situation you’re in, do something to change it. Look on the bright side of things to keep you going and make the world a better place not only for yourself, but for others too.
- Choose water – put that soda can down and go for water instead. Soda intake has been linked to kidney damage and obesity, no matter how “sugar-free” soda varieties claim to be. Water is definitely better, as its supports most of the body’s functions, including regulating temperature and digestion.
- Take the stairs – if you have a choice between riding the elevator and climbing the stairs, take the latter option. If you live on the eighth floor, take small steps by taking the lift to the seventh and climbing the rest of the way up. As you get stronger, increase the number of flights you climb. It’s good exercise!
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help – asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It’s the complete opposite, as asking for help is a sign of being brave to face the fact that there are aspects in our lives that we have no clue how to go about. It’s alright to ask for help, especially from those you trust.