When it comes to the way we live we can often be striving to improve things. It might be for many different reasons. It could be for your health, it might be to improve the wealth you have or simply just to feel better. So how do you do it and why do you do it?
These questions can often give you the answers that serve as your motivation and inspiration for making things better for you.
Are you drinking too much?
There are many things that we take for granted in our lives. Perhaps not seeing them as harmful, that we might not perceive to be a problem, but they can be an issue if not handled correctly or highlighted earlier enough. Drinking too much alcohol is one of them.
There is a blurred line between drinking socially or as and when to become an alcoholic. In between you will have people relying on it, drinking more than they should be, or feeling dependent on it in some way. All problematic, just not perceived to be as serious as alcoholism.
The best advice would be to question your attitude towards drinking. Is it a want or is it a need? Try and cut back what you drink if you fear it is more than necessary. Maybe avoiding having it in your home or challenging yourself to go without for a while and see the difference it could make.
Could you give up any vices?
We all have, perhaps, vices that we shouldn’t have when it comes to our daily lifestyle, and smoking is one of the most common. This can be extremely addictive, and along with that be very harmful to your health. So it might be time to consider giving it up or looking at ways you can do it.
It could be that you try vaping instead, and test out an E-Liquid to see if you can feel the difference. Some of the herbal options can help in other ways as well, and it is less harmful than smoking a cigarette. You may want to give up and go cold turkey, or speak to your doctor about other options you might have to help you slowly beat the addiction.
Are you eating the right things?
Maybe your diet is the biggest problem you have these days, and with so much available to choose from I can see why.
A busy lifestyle can often mean that there is an excuse not to cook proper meals, or to rely on convenience foods and junk. Take out options are too easy to order, and we seem to want fast food rather than savouring the time to cook.
However, these types of meals are laden with sugar, salt and fat. Not that great for a balanced diet if you’re relying on these daily. Working on your diet and focusing on balance can really help you to have more energy, feel better and look better in terms of skin tone and condition and even your weight.
It is worth it to spend time to plan your meals, prepare in advance and use appliances like slow cookers to take any of the stress out of preparing meals from scratch. It could also end up saving you quite a bit as well.
Exercising could become your secret weapon
Exercise is one of those things we know we should do more of, but yet perhaps don’t do it as much as we should. The fear of exercising meaning you need to join a gym and attend gruelling sessions is enough to put even the most devoted off doing it. But, exercise doesn’t need to be so strict and tough. It is more about making the choice to be more active on a daily basis.
This could mean a brisk walk, it could mean a home workout you follow from a video on YouTube. It could be a swim in your local pool or a dance class you attend with friends. Being active can really help improve your energy levels and your mindset.
Is your mindset positive or negative?
Your mind is a powerful tool. It is one of the biggest things that control our decisions and what we do in our lives. So if you find that you’re a little off with your mindset at the moment, try and work out whether your focus is positive or negative.
Negativity can really take over without you even realising it. It will manifest in your thoughts, the language that you use, your actions and your future outlook.
If you notice this try and counteract it with positivity. Think of positive things instead, force a positive thought, and even fake it. It will soon develop as a new habit and you will begin to feel much richer in life.
Could your career be holding you back?
Your career can often be the one thing that is holding you back when it comes to your lifestyle, and in truth that can be because it governs hinge parts of your life.
You spend such a large proportion of your time working, that if you don’t enjoy what you do, it doesn’t bring the money you need for the lifestyle you want, things can get disheartening. It is no surprise that a big reason for depression, stress and/or anxiety in our lives is down to our careers and jobs.
If you feel that your career is holding you back, work out the reasons why. Find your motive for change and then go ahead and do it. Look for a new job, learn new skills so you can change your career, get your eye on that promotion and climb up the career ladder. You can do it.
How are the relationships in your life?
Finally, how are the relationships in your life? Are they good, are they settled, are they bringing you joy and happiness?
Often it is the people that we surround ourselves with that can really impact our lives, in a good and a bad way. Think about your friendships, your partner’s, the people you work with. If they lift you up and whether they make you feel good. Don’t surround yourself with negativity if you don’t need to be.
I hope that this has made you see some of the ways that you could improve your lifestyle.