If you feel scattered, battered and tired, you’re not alone. Even people with successful careers, solid relationships and strong health can struggle to feel like they have it all together. The good news is that you’re probably doing better than you think. If you’re hoping to take a step in the right direction, read on for 5 quick ways to boost your well being and get your life in better order.
1. Use Helpful Technology Tools
Apps exist to organize your life in every facet you can imagine. Use a GPS tile tracker to never lose your keys again, download a progress journal app to make reaching goals into a game, and get a digital wallet app like Rubix to simplify finances and increase your earnings. Your phone is probably always somewhere nearby, so make the most of it and turn it into a productivity machine.
2. Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
A quality night’s sleep can make an enormous difference in your day’s functioning. Set a bedtime tonight and stick to it. Avoid looking at screens for an hour or two before bed, or at least use a blue light blocker in the evenings. Follow a nighttime routine like a bubble bath, toothbrushing and a good book.
3. Move Your Body
Even a walk around the block or dance around the kitchen can help boost the dopamine in your brain and get you feeling a lot better. Bonus points if you can get your heart rate up and improve your cardiovascular health. Every little bit counts and the efforts you make today will add up to make a huge difference in the long run.
4. Remember To Be Grateful
Psychologists recommend using strategies like reframing to encourage positive thinking and even make physical changes in the way the brain sends and receives messages. A tough day can be thought of as an opportunity for growth, and there is always something to be thankful for. Making a list of these things might help you to solidify your positive thinking, and you can look at the list whenever you need a pick-me-up.
5. Hydrate Throughout the Day
It can be surprisingly easy to forget to drink enough water. The recommended amount of water to drink in a day has been contested over the years, but generally, it’s thought that at least a 64-ounce daily amount is ideal. Many people suggest up to twice that amount! You can get started today drinking more water and you’ll likely start feeling more refreshed quickly. Fill a large water bottle and sip it throughout the day: Even better, get one with a straw to make the drinking easier and more mindless. If you can’t stand water, try a squirt of flavor in your water to make it feel like a treat.
Baby steps add up to big successes, and taking the first step is much easier if you focus on one thing at a time. Whether you choose to get more to drink, download an e-wallet or set a bedtime, that one change might be the thing that acts as a catalyst into more positive changes. Your future self will thank you.