ElizabethMae
Wellness

8 Easy Ways To Improve Your Life

Making changes that will improve your life doesn’t always have to be a major lifestyle adjustment. There are small, mindful things you can do each day that will help you see changes in your mood, thoughts and behavior over time. Start by adding these 8 simple things to your day–to–day life and enjoy the results.

Put down your phone

Americans spend an average of 11 hours per day using electronic media – aka looking at digital screens. While technology has made tremendous strides in improving our lives, it has also come at a cost. We are so connected to the digital world, we often lose sight of ourselves and forget to have meaningful interactions with our friends and family. Instead of scrolling through Facebook while you wait for your coffee, make small talk with the stranger in line with you. Instead of checking your email while at dinner with your significant other, keep your phone in another room and enjoy a thoughtful conversation instead. Taking a break from the saturated world of social media, will help you take in your surroundings and improve your overall mood.

Stop over–committing your time

You know those times when you desperately need to catch up on sleep, but you take on one more work project anyway? Or, when you want nothing more than to sit on your couch, with a glass of wine and catch up on Scandal, but you agree to take your niece for the night instead? Over–committing your time can be a tough habit to break, because we have been conditioned to believe that putting others before our own personal needs is the right things to do. The polite thing to do. But, protecting your time, mood and physical/mental health is important. Remember, no is a complete sentence.

Stop comparing yourself to others

Practice kindness, with yourself. When someone else succeeds – in a relationship, in their career, in a hobby – that does not mean that you have failed. There is enough room for us all to succeed, by our own definitions of success. Understand that you are on your own path in life, and comparing yourself to others is a sure–fire way to breed unhappiness.

Stop spending money on coffee shops, gym memberships and late fees

Keeping your finances in order can be daunting, but financial freedom has a lot of benefits. Take a look at your spending habits, and start cutting out small luxuries that could save you money. This will help you save money, for larger purchases, such as a new car, international vacation or mortgage. Cut out that coffee shop run and you could save over $1,000 a year! You can also save money by working out at home, not letting late fees sneak up on you and packing your own lunch.

Start bullet journaling

Bullet journaling has been all the hype for a couple years now, but you might be hesitant to try it out. After all, you’ve got your planner and lists to keep you organized. But, bullet journaling is so much more than that, and can really improve your well being. Keep your notes, journal entries, to–dos, appointments, lists and random thoughts all in one place. Plus, with all of the tapes, stickers and markers for bullet journaling, it will help your creativity as well!

Learn something new

You may be done with school, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to (or should) stop. Studies have shown that successful people devote their time to being lifelong learners. Building space in your busy life to improve a skill, learn a new trade or enlighten yourself on a new concept is crucial to your health and wellbeing. These online classes will introduce you to a new idea and can be used as a catalyst to jumpstart your creativity. Not into those? Try these options instead!

Stop multi–tasking

There is scientific research proving that we can not multi–task. Our productivity decreases, we make more mistakes and our creative output is lowered. Not only that, but believing you’re good at multi–tasking is actually just an illusion. In reality, we are bad at ignoring distractions and as a rationalization, we convince ourselves that multi–tasking is increasing our productivity. Instead of switching back and forth between tasks, block of sections of time to focus on only one task. Remove distractions, such as texts, phone calls, and email and practice mono–tasking. You will be amazed at how much more efficient you become, while increasing the quality of your work.

Practice gratitude

One of the best ways to increase your awareness is to write down three things you are grateful for each morning. Consider your life thoughtfully, and jot down the things that you are appreciative that day. This will help you keep your perspective on the positive throughout your day.

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14 Comments

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    Shauna
    October 25, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    These are amazing tips thank YOU 💖 working on not overcommitting myself

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    jenn
    October 25, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    all of these are on my 2018 list but why not start now, right? I desperately need to bullet journal but I feel like ill go down a rabbit hole of doing nothing but haha

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    Morgan Shaw
    October 25, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    I love stop multi-tasking something my mind does to much and then nothing gets done! Also, being addicted to your phone really does affect my mood! If i see something sad on social media. Thanks, for your tips! Morgan

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    Lisa
    October 25, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Great tips, sometimes, we make things way too complex!

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    Lorna Holowaychuk
    October 25, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks for the great advice !!!

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    Heather LeGuilloux
    October 25, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Great tips for growing and evolving as a person.. I think I am personally really trying to not compare myself to others (which can be tough in the blogging world) and to share my own authentic and creative side and hope that others enjoy or find my shares valuable. Thanks for the insightful post!

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    Cassie |White Sands and Cool Breezes
    October 25, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Such a great list. Thanks for the reminder. I need to work on putting down my phone 😕

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    Jessica
    October 25, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    All great tips!! And things we should be reminded of often. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Nadalie Bardowell
    October 25, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    These are really great tips, in fact I try and follow a very similar guideline. I recently canceled my gym membership to save money and will be working out at home.

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    Dominika
    October 26, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Hi Elizabeth, today’s post struck a bell with me. I love to add value to my life and improve my life as well. I love bullet journaling my self-care progress, my mood and ofcourse gratitude helps me too.

    http://dominikagoodness.blogspot.com.ng

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    A-
    October 26, 2017 at 2:36 am

    I’ve always wanted to start bullet journaling, but I’ve never known where to start. Maybe I’ll take a look around online and really commit myself to it. It seems so relaxing and a great place to put all the thoughts jumbling around inside my head. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    A- simplylovely90.com

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    Kara
    October 26, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    I love this.. simple reminders but things we often forget or don’t recognize often enough 💜

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    Stephanie
    October 27, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Loved these tips! It’s so important to bullet journal & organize your life.

    Stephanie
    lifestylebystephanie.com

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    Jenny
    November 2, 2017 at 12:43 am

    I totally agree! Everything you said here is what I think of sometimes…what used to be my biggest insecurity is always comparing myself to others that eventually lead to depression, sadness and low confidence, it’s never a great feeling!

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