8 Ways To Make The Way You Live Life A Little Easier

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If life was meant to be an easy ride 100% of the time, then we wouldn’t be able to learn things. We also wouldn’t be able to go through amazing times. The majority of happy times are brought on because we had to go through struggles. Good times are amplified by the adversity – we feel as though we’ve earned the positives by striving through the negatives. Human brains get bored of things very easy, so if we’re handed things on a plate with no hard work involved, the dish served to us doesn’t taste anywhere near as nice. 

 

With that said, it would be nice if we could go through life feeling a little smoother and more confident in ourselves. The struggle is necessary, but too much of it can lead to some long-term issues. As human beings, we don’t deserve to have terrible lives filled with pessimism, fear, and anxiety. We, instead, deserve to face battles with vigour and self-belief. We deserve to go through life with smiles on our faces, regardless of where we might stand at that particular time. 

 

Some people are able to go through life and treat it like a piece of cake. Many are able to constantly see the good in every situation and battle through whatever task they have with consummate ease – or it seems that way, at least. The idea that life is surprisingly straightforward is a concept that many successful and happy people have no problem with understanding. 

 

So, if you’re a person that isn’t in the best possible place mentally, physically and spiritually, then you probably want to change a few things, right? The chances are that you would rather wake up every single morning happy with where you are and what you have ahead of you. How can you do that kind of thing, though? Well, here are a few ideas:

 

Go Out And Try Things 

 

The first option is one that might bring a little worry and anxiety to you if you’re not the most self-confident human being on the planet. It’s something that would improve your life so much, though. Actually going out and doing something makes such a difference. Sitting around and thinking about doing stuff is pointless – you may as well have not even had the motivating thought in the first place. The confidence you get from knowing the result of your action(s) is amazing. Even if you fail, you learn what you have to do. Those that go through life more confident and assured than others are simply ones that have tried more times – that’s it.

 

Do What You Enjoy – And Lots Of It

 

If you actually live the way you want to, then you’re going to be in a better headspace each day, right. Now, of course, this isn’t something we can all do 100% of the time, but we can certainly work towards it. People that live life for others never reach the kind of satisfaction and happiness they need – make sure you’re not one of those people; do take care of your health by living it for yourself. When you have time, do what YOU want to do, not what you think you should be doing. If you can, get a job in a field that YOU like – not what society expects of you.

 

Make Your Home A Little More Convenient 

 

When things are good at home, you tend to feel a lot better with regards to outside factors. You don’t need to live in the perfect home, of course, but making sure you’re content with your abode should be high on your list of priorities. Whether it’s installing a 5000 litre water tank in the garden or finally getting everything cleared up like you said you would – be sure to get those jobs sorted. It’ll do a lot of good. 

 

Work Out A Little 

 

If you’re not a sports fan or a fan of working out, then this idea might seem a little annoying – fitness freaks can be quite insufferable at times! Exercising will make you feel more confident in yourself, though. It’ll allow you to believe in yourself physically while making you feel better socially in your head. You don’t need to sign up to a gym or a club – simply walking or jogging for half an hour would suffice. 

 

Adopt A More Positive Mindset

 

Being positive is hard to do when you’re naturally quite pessimistic. You can’t just turn it on like a switch. You can train your brain into behaving in such a way, though. Stopping yourself from being a negative person would save you from a lot of stress. You wouldn’t think of all the worst scenarios every day, and you’d be more content overall. 

 

Do Your Best To Ignore What People Think 

 

You obviously shouldn’t ignore absolutely everyone, but this world is full of doubters. People out there will dislike you for absolutely no reason – these are the kinds of voices you should ignore. They’ll say something bad about you, and then forget about what they even said. They hold no value. 

 

Eliminate Toxic People And Things 

 

Negative aspects of life can be such a killer when it comes to your pursuit of being happy and living the smoothest possible life. This idea is similar to the idea of doing what you enjoy, but it’s simply the opposite side of the coin. Get rid of toxic people and toxic things. You might feel bound to them right now because they’re part of your life and, thus, your identity, but once they’re gone, you’ll be so much happier. You don’t have to rip the band-aid off immediately as that might be too difficult, slowly removing these things from your life would make a lot of sense, though.  

 

Don’t Compare Yourself With Others  

 

This is another killer. When you look at others, you tend to only see the good things about them and the parts that you wish you had. Focus on yourself – everyone has their flaws. Social media has played a big part in people feeling insecure and not being able to live how they want to. Scroll through people’s lives less and focus on building yourself up. Nobody’s better than anybody – that’s a fact.

3 Ideas on How to Keep Busy At Home

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Even before lock down measures stretched across the world, the house was getting a little boring. There are only so many times you can bake a tray of cookies just so you have an excuse to wash the dishes, after all. But it’s important to keep busy, whether there’s a global pandemic going on or not. It keeps you interested in your home. It means you don’t dread waking up every morning fearing there’s nothing to do, it means that you can get something done. 

 

But where do you start? You’re all out of puzzles. You’re tired of rearranging your bookshelf. The thought of dusting or vacuuming once more makes you feel ever-so-slightly nauseous. These are the first few things that come to mind, but they are not the last, so here are three ideas on how to keep busy at home. 

 

Get Into Shape (Finally)

 

Okay, so you can’t go to the gym, and you may even be unsure if you want to go out, but you can still stay healthy while working from home, and you might finally fulfill your yearly resolution to get into shape long before you consider it a lost cause. 

 

Whether you’re eating less fast food because everywhere is closed or having the time and the energy to go for a run around the backyard, you can make the most of having what feels like all the time in the world. Furthermore, a quick workout is a great way to break up the day so that you won’t feel like the minutes tick by too slowly for your liking. 

 

Clear Out This Mess (Finally)

 

Clutter is something that seems to grow exponentially, and it doesn’t matter how much you try to forget about it or cram it away in the attic, it persists. 

 

Knowing you have an abundance of clutter will wreak havoc on your mind. You know that unless you do something, it will only get worse. Sorting and getting rid of your clutter can be a cathartic experience. You can take a trip down memory lane but also clear some space in your house and your mind. 

 

Learn Something New (Finally)

 

The devil makes work for idle hands, so give them something to do. There are thousands of things you can explore while stuck inside. You can learn an instrument, learn to paint, try knitting, or crocheting. Just do anything to keep you busy. 

 

Learning something new isn’t just a way to keep you busy, though. It’s also fantastic for opening your world to different things. This will allow you to find new hobbies that can stay with you even after the pandemic finishes. You can get the whole family involved so you can try this journey together and support one another along the way. 

 

Staying Busy (Finally)

 

Whether you live alone or with your family, keeping busy is essential to staying firmly in love with your home. If you’re unsure of how to spend your time while you wait around to get back outside, then consider trying out one of these, two of these, or even all three.

Achieve Your Fitness Goals the SMART Way

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January is one of the hardest months of the year. We’re feeling the pinch from Christmas, the weather’s terrible, and we’re trying to start the year on a positive note after weeks of overindulging during the festive period. If you’re finding it difficult to stay motivated for your fitness goals in 2020, you’re not alone. Many of us are guilty of setting unrealistic targets and then giving up when we (understandably) struggle to achieve them. If this sounds all-too familiar, then read on for how to meet your fitness targets in 2020 the SMART way.

 

While the SMART acronym is more commonly applied to achieving in business, it can also be an excellent strategy to use in your personal life and goals. Here’s how:

 

S – Specific (simple, sensible, significant): This means not giving yourself a vague target. Let’s take the example of improving flexibility. If you give yourself the resolution of ‘I want to be more flexible,’ there is no way of measuring how or when you have achieved this, or in fact what you are even trying to achieve in the first place. Instead, set a specific goal, for example, ‘I want to touch my toes in forward fold.’

 

M – Measurable (meaningful, motivating): This relates to the specificity of your target again. Being able to touch your toes is a goal you can measure – you’ll know when you have achieved it.

 

A – Achievable (agreed, attainable): Giving yourself a realistic and attainable way of achieving your goal. One of the most common fitness pitfalls is to assume that you’ll see an improvement overnight and become discouraged when you don’t, or to give yourself an enormous mountain to climb. If your overall goal is improving your flexibility, don’t expect to go from nothing to yoga every single morning at dawn. Instead, use the simple goal of wanting to touch your toes, and break down how you intend to go about that. What about including three spine rolls into your usual exercise routine? Or before bed? Start with an achievable breakdown of how you are going to reach your goal.

 

R – Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based): We’ve already talked about having a measurable result (i.e. touching your toes) but have you made sure you have everything you need in order to do this? This particular goal is nicely resource-free, and it’s a great first step to achieving what you want if that’s the case. But if your goal is to improve your swimming, is there a local pool? How are you going to manage this alongside your everyday responsibilities? Consider the club fitness facilities to ensure you have everything you need.

 

T – Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive): When are you going to achieve your goal by? Relating this back to making your target achievable and not expecting immediate results, when is a realistic time for you to have managed to reach your goal?

 

Remember, often the only thing standing in your way is you. Break down your targets and be SMART about them to see real results. 

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