Have you felt a little stuck in a rut?
Here are 20 things you can do right now that will improve your quality of life.
1. Treat yourself to a meal out
Been craving sushi all week? Go for it. Go get that food you’ve been really wanting. You can get it to-go and enjoy it at home, or just go out to a restaurant by yourself with a nice book.
2. Start investing your time in a hobby you love
So you totally love reading, or maybe painting, but you just haven’t had the time for it. The truth is that you always have the time—you just don’t make the time. And you should, because you deserve some fun time to yourself.
3. Join a class
Has there been something that you’ve always wanted to learn? Maybe you want to learn Spanish, or to play the violin. Sign up for a class today. What are you waiting for?
4. Start a 30-day challenge
For less of a commitment, start a 30-day challenge. This is a great idea that Matt Cutts talked about in his TED Talk. There’s always that one thing that we’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t got around to. Watch the video to find out why 30 day challenges are so amazing.
5. Call a loved one
Shoot them a text, or give them a call. You know that talking to them will totally make your day.
6. Make a list of everything you’re thankful for
Okay, this might sound super cheesy, but practicing gratitude is a great way to boost your spirits. Sometimes, we all need a little reminder of how lucky we are.
7. Watch something funny
Did you know that laughing is actually really good for you? It can lower stress, strengthen your immune system, and even burn calories. Plus, it releases endorphins, which will put you in a better mood. Put on your favorite stand-up routine or watch a funny movie.
8. Start working on your self-talk
Right now, analyze the next ten thoughts that pop up in your mind. Are the majority of them negative, self-deprecating, or defeatist? Slowly start working on your positive thoughts. It will greatly increase your quality of life.
9. Hit the gym
Get your sweat on. Remember: you’re only one workout away from a good mood.
10. Drink water!
Stay hydrated. Your body will work more efficiently and you’ll be more energized. If you’re like me and forget to drink your H2O, bring a water bottle with you wherever you go.
11. Organize the house
That clutter laying around your house isn’t just unattractive. Studies show that clutter can actually lead to higher stress levels.
Start organizing your house. You’d be surprised how satisfying it feels in the moment—and certainly after it’s done.
12. Plan your day
Sometimes, we can get down in the dumps a little just because there are so many things to do. But really, if we just had a plan, it would all be totally doable. Make a plan for the rest of your day and stick to it. Don’t forget to leave a little room for relaxation!
13. Wear your favorite outfit
Looks aren’t everything of course, but it’s undeniable: when you feel attractive, you’ll feel happier. Put on your favorite outfit and admire yourself in the mirror!
14. Start saving up for something you’ve always wanted
Is there something that’s a little out-of-range financially that you’ve always wanted? Perhaps it’s a big screen TV, or maybe a beautiful bass guitar.
Make a little section of your bank account devoted specifically to that one thing, and start setting aside a small portion of your paycheck every week for that thing. Think about it: even if you just set aside $20 a week, you’ll have $1040 by the end of the year!
Meditation isn’t only good for you mentally, but physically. Set aside a little time to clear your mind and focus on the present.
16. Plan a day trip!
Been so busy that you’ve just had no down time? Today, schedule a day trip for a few weeks from now with a few loved ones to a nice place somewhat close by, whether that’s the beach, a hiking trail, or an awesome city. You’ll have something awesome to look forward to!
17. Help somebody out
Another cheesy one, but really—isn’t it the best feeling to help somebody? Go out of your way to assist someone in a time of need, whether that’s a stranger or your best friend.
18. Try yoga
Yoga is unbelievably healthy for you—it makes you strong and lean, but also works on areas that other workouts don’t, like flexibility and balance. Plus, it’s very relaxing.
19. Have a glass of red wine
Red wine (in moderation!) is very healthy. Plus, it’s delicious and can help you unwind after a long day.
20. Go on a nature walk
Go outside and appreciate nature. Take a camera along, and maybe a blanket, a picnic, and a book. Relax and soak it all in.