From time to time, everyone feels a little blue. Our lives seem to stagnate, we realize that we’ve been procrastinating for too long, and we simply feel useless and demotivated. We fear that we’ll never achieve anything. And at that moment, we really need to snap out of it.
It’s easier said than done, of course. How can we find motivation if the lack of it is what is causing our problem? Well, the sad answer is that the only way to do things is to do things, without regard to how much you really don’t want to. Start small, change just a few things about your everyday routine, and work from there. Here are some ideas for lifestyle changes that’ll make you feel active and productive in no time.
1. Get up earlier
The early bird catches the worm. You know it’s true. There are many benefits to waking up earlier – it gives you so much extra time and it makes the organization of your day so much easier. It gives you extra time for a good, healthy breakfast, and it improves the quality of your sleep. While it may be a bit difficult in the beginning, this is actually a habit that is quite easy to adopt, since our natural clocks are already set to sound the alarm at the break of dawn. Getting up earlier will help you do much more during a single day than you do when you get up late. You’ll be more productive and you’ll achieve more in a shorter time.
2. Limit screen time
Too much screen time is obviously bad for us. It can affect everything from your self-image and social skills to your body weight. In order to avoid these detrimental effects and lead a healthier life, you should make sure you’re not looking at any screens longer than you have to. Unfortunately, in today’s world, this could easily be the most difficult bad habit to break, so beat yourself up if you find yourself scrolling through your facebook more often than you’d want or you indulge in two episodes of your favorite show instead of just one. However, if you set a time for TV and social networks and try to respect that decision as much as possible, you’ll leave your time free for some more meaningful activities.
3. Be proactive about your health
Of course, you’ll go to the doctor if there is a problem you need to solve, but do you give the same attention to your health if there isn’t an immediate issue? Regular check-ups are very important, and even though they can be a bore, they pay off in the long run. Don’t neglect your dental health, since your smile is just as worth taking care of as any other part of your body. It is also one of the first things people notice about you, so why not make it as radiant as possible? The experts in a dental lab can help you find the best way to improve your dental health, and in the process your smile as well. Be as thorough about all the other aspects of your health, and don’t forget to pay regular visits to your gynecologist.
Benefits of regular exercise are well-known, so what are you waiting for? It doesn’t have to be the gym; there are many alternative ways of exercising. Go for long walks or walk to work. Go swimming or join a dance class. Find something you like and you’ll stick with it more easily. The exercise will help you focus on your tasks, it’ll make you feel better, and can even improve your self-image!
5. Learn a new skill
It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular. Learn how to knit, for example, and make yourself a new scarf for your birthday! Uncover the secrets of decoupage, and make sure you’ll always have birthday gift ideas in the future. With all the tutorials on the internet, it doesn’t have to cost you a penny to learn a new craft, and the fact that you can do something that you couldn’t do before will cause a wonderful sense of accomplishment, and it’ll give you something to brag about.
Hopefully, this gave you some ideas about how to make your life more productive and fulfilled. Try some of these, and make sure that your next birthday is full of happiness and satisfaction.
About the author: Mianna Korben is a passionate writer currently living and dreaming in Europe. She’s unapologetically a lover of premium makeup, fashion and champagne with a bit of a bag fetish. She unleashes her creativity by writing articles where she covers health, fitness, motivation and beauty topics.