How to Improve Your Life Right Now

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I thought I would post some quick changes that we all can make that can pay off big for the rest of the year.

Consider taking advantage of the following ideas to see big payoffs in no time:

  • Getting healthy doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money, time, or energy. Go outside more often for a walk, even if it’s only a quick 10 minute walk. Studies have shown that once you get up and get active, you will usually surprise yourself and stick with it for longer. The struggle is just getting out the door.
  • Wake up earlier, even if it’s only 10 minutes everyday. You can spend the extra time getting ready in a leisurely fashion, have more time for breakfast, do a quick cleanup before work, or even get into work 5 minutes early (hello, boss’s pet). You can even organize your day before everyone starts working or complete one item off your to-do list with the extra time.
  • Get a full night’s sleep. If you want to look and feel rested, you need to actually get your rest. Try going to bed a little earlier so you can get at least a full 7 hours of sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, try performing night yoga or breathing exercises before you go to sleep.
  • Meditate and practice yoga more. It can reduce stress and even help you get fit.
  • Try a 7-minute workout app on your phone. I try to complete one set before I shower because it really adds up over time and can get you fitter in no time. It’s also only 7 minutes of your day and can kick your adrenaline and metabolism into overdrive for the rest of the day.
  • Perform simple exercises while cleaning, like lunges while you vacuum and toe raises while you wipe countertops. 
  • Exercise during commercials. Did you know that the average hour show has about 14-20 minutes of commercials? Instead of fast forwarding through them, try exercising during that time. Boom, 20 minute workout complete without even thinking about it. It will also force you to do as much as you can during those short bursts of commercials. If you hate the idea of exercising, clean and declutter with the extra time instead. 
  • Drink hot water or tea instead of coffee in the morning. This one is so hard for me as I’m a coffee fiend, but even if you make the swap just one day per week, your body will thank you for it.
  • Start a mindfulness journal. I actually don’t do this, but it seems to help so many people in both the short- and long-term.
  • Eat at home more. Eating out can be tough on the waistline and pocketbook. Instead, hone in on your cooking skills or make it a family event by cooking with your kids or spouse. (Here are some of my favorite 2-night meals).
  • Be productive when you’re surfing the web so you don’t waste too much time on social media (here are some tips on how to be more productive online).
  • Restart your New Year’s Resolutions. They don’t have to be a January 1-8 kinda thing. Just revisit what your resolutions were and vow to try better for the rest of the year. (Here are some of the best resolutions that pay off big).
  • Read more about the beauty effect of diet and exercise. 

What are some of your favorite quick tips to improve life as we know it?

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