8 Ways to Improve Your LifeLife expectancy in the UK is 81 years… That’s it. 81 years to make the most of our short time on the earth. Before you die you want to look back on these years and know that you’ve lived the best life possible.
There will of course be times you feel frustrated and stuck in one place, there will be times you wish you could re-do…. But it is important to ask yourself as you’re going through life… Is this something I really want? And if the answer is no, maybe you should re-think why you’re doing it.
"You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind."
8 Ways to Improve Your Life
Here we have a list of 8 ways you could improve your life. Things that many of us do that have no positive impact on our lives, through cutting them out you create more time to do the things you love, with the people you love.
Self-criticism - “even your worst enemies don’t talk about us the way we talk to ourselves.”
Be careful of the way you talk to yourself. Instead of being negative and putting yourself down, why not make an active effort to encourage yourself and have an ‘I can do this’ attitude in your mind. The more you focus on this and practice it the more it’ll become a daily habit and brighten your overall self-image.
The mindless habit of channel flicking through programs that you are uninterested in is a particularly addictive one. By all means watch television, it is a great way to relax and can be informative, but spending time inside flicking between programs you don’t care about is a waste of time, it makes you feel irritable and uninterested. Get up – make plans and do something with your day!
The average UK commute to work is 58 minutes door to door, do this twice a day and you’re looking at just under two hours a day/10 hours a week travelling. Why not think about where you’re living and move closer to work so you can use this time in a productive way. If moving is not a possibility, think about making the most of the journey, download music or a podcast that interests you, take a book or arrange to facetime a friend. Don’t just spend the time scrolling mindlessly through your phone.
Draining relationships can occur at work, at home, in your social group or in your love life… Wherever you go you run the risk of being forced to spend time with someone who is draining and potentially manipulative. It is important to be able to spot this and not get sucked into their way of thinking. This constant flow of negativity is not something you want to encourage, try and keep your distance as much as possible.
Too much social networking
The increase of social networking and online presence has brought about with it an increase in levels of depression. An unrealistic image is being projected onto those connected through social media as to how much fun the people around you are having. It is worth taking a step back every now and then and remembering that people only upload the positive aspects of their life.
Talking about people behind their backs
This habit is a dangerous one to get into as when you’re feeling frustrated and talking alongside someone else it is easy to get caught up in the moment and say things you don’t mean. By all means confide in your good friends if someone is troubling you as expressing your emotions is important, but don’t make it a habit to bad mouth those around you to anyone and everyone – it’ll come back to bite you.
Clock watching – “Don’t wish your life away”
It is a popular habit to ‘wish this could be over’, ‘wish we could be there already’, and ‘wish the weekend would come sooner’. Be careful what you wish for… Before you know it it’ll be the end of your life and you’ll have spent the whole time waiting for tomorrow. If you find you’re doing this every day at work, maybe it’s time to start considering a career change?