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18 Small changes to make in your life

Updated on January 21, 2017
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This article was contributed by Partha Barua who enjoys writing an occasional blog while sipping his coffee.

Feeling a little lost? Disconcerted? Confused? Do you want to leave your job? Your college? Do you want to give up and just into a deep sleep?

The thing about life is that it is a sum of how you live each day. So before you take any drastic step, take a step back and reflect on how you live your life. That alone will predict the rest of your life.

So, here I am, challenging you to make 18 small changes in your life; changes which will make you happier, healthier and more positive.

 I am, challenging you to make 18 small changes in your life; changes which will make you happier, healthier and more positive.
I am, challenging you to make 18 small changes in your life; changes which will make you happier, healthier and more positive.

1. Wake up Early:

You need a max of eight hours of sleep, but if you sleep beyond that eight hours, you are simply wasting away your time. Waking up earlier, even if it’s an extra 30 minutes earlier, will give you more time to do the things you like, to prepare for the day and get a head-start when everyone else is sleeping. If you are a college student who wakes up at 9 and then simply rush off to college, then it is high time you change your timetable. Or if you are an office goer, and you do the same thing i.e. wake up and rush to work, then you too need to change your routine. It is time you take control of your life.

2. Get the right amount of sleep:

Every person needs at least 6 hours of rest to feel rejuvenated. And no human being needs to sleep for more than 8 hours. So if you belong to either of the categories, i.e. sleeping less or sleeping more, then you need to change your sleeping patterns. Sleeping less will affect your memory retention and all your cognitive abilities like reasoning and problem solving will function at a below optimum level. Sleeping more, on the other hand, makes your body sluggish, lazy and inactive.

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3. Drink a glass of warm water:

Drink a glass of warm water every day upon waking up. It kick starts your digestive system and helps you lose weight. If that isn’t a good enough reason, then Lifehack below tells you the benefits of drinking water on an empty stomach:

http://www.lifehack.org/449117/when-you-drink-water-on-an-empty-stomach-after-waking-up-these-8-amazing-things-will-happen

4. Exercise regularly:

Weight loss alone isn’t the reason why should exercise
Weight loss alone isn’t the reason why should exercise

By regularly, I don’t necessarily mean every day. I know that you are an incredibly busy person. So instead squeeze in 30-40 minutes of exercise every 4 times a week. And weight loss alone isn’t the reason why should exercise. It releases endorphins which significantly improves your mood and also de-stresses you and your body.

5. Eat soaked almonds:

Almonds help in weight loss; they are an excellent source of nutrition, are good brain-food and help to improve skin and complexion. It is recommended that you soak your almonds, and then peel off the brown cover because it contains tannin which inhibits nutrition absorption. You can soak it overnight and pop them in the morning, or soak them in the morning and pop them in the evening. Whatever works for you.

6. Plan your day:

Planning gives you some direction of how to spend your day.
Planning gives you some direction of how to spend your day.

You don’t plan your day in the morning like most people seem to recommend. You plan your day the night before. And don’t add a long list of To-Dos. Pen down the most important things that you need to accomplish (not more than 3 or 4) and do them. In that way, you accomplish what needs to be accomplished and you also feel good about yourself. Planning gives you some direction of how to spend your day.

7. Groom Yourself:

Ever been around that guy with the untamed hair or dirt in his toe nails, or the girl who smells strongly of some perfume? Too much perfume or cologne, even if it is Burberry or Gucci, is bad. Too much of everything is bad, and that includes perfume. And not to mention wild hair or dirty nails or scaled skin. Take some time out of your day to brush your teeth, take a bath, use soap, cut your nails and smell clean. Not like a perfume shop.

8. Read more:

No, I don’t mean Sylvia Day or Jeffry Archer. While these are good entertainment books, you need to read something which gives more value. Value, in the sense, that it teaches you something new and helps you broaden your mind and your outlook. Read self-help book, motivating books, autobiographies, biographies – there is so much to choose from. Pick books from authors like Robin Sharma, Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill. These authors will introduce you to a whole new perspective in life. They did it for me, and I am sure they will do it to for you.

9. Reduce online time:

A must for all of us. Now, when I say reduce your online time, I don’t mean to reduce the amount of time you work because most work today is related to internet either directly or indirectly. What I do mean is that you must reduce the amount of time you spend on facebook, instagram and pinterest. You usually waste away about 2 hours of your day looking through your feeds and envying all those ‘friends’ who are enjoying their lives. But if you are a very social person, why not go and meet your friends or invite them over and have a face-to-face interaction?

10. Take calcium supplements/Drink milk:

For those of you who dislike dairy products or have even advised not to take dairy products, then here is news: your bones are not going to last long. My mother is an excellent example. She is currently at home with a frozen shoulder. And from what she describes, it does not sound like fun. And my mom isn’t even that old. So go ahead and take those supplements (with consultation with your doctor) to have strong, healthy bones. And for those of you who drink milk or have an egg every day, you are already one step ahead.

11. Learn something:

You come home and you crash into the bed or in front of the T.V. Why not instead utilize your time learning something you always wanted to? You don’t even have to go anywhere. You can sit at home, relax and learn anything that you want online. If you wanted to learn about finance, there are books you can download on kindle or videos up in Khan Academy. Or perhaps you wanted to learn French or Japanese. There are plenty of free (and paid) apps. All you need to do is find something to use your time more effectively.

12. Smile often:

A popular aphorism: it takes only ‘17 muscles to smiles and 43 muscles to frown’
A popular aphorism: it takes only ‘17 muscles to smiles and 43 muscles to frown’

Very often we are caught up in work, frowning our way through life. There is a popular aphorism that it takes only ‘17 muscles to smiles and 43 muscles to frown’. While science disowns it, the idea is to smile. It only tells us that there are many benefits to smiling: firstly, it releases endorphins which are, like we’ve already covered above, happy chemicals and secondly, it lowers stress and anxiety.

13. Spend time with family:

If you live with a family, carve out at least an hour a day to spend time with the people you love, care and cherish. If you live alone, then perhaps you can call your family every day even if it is for five minutes-to just hear their voice and let them hear yours. Don’t get too caught with your life that you forget your family.

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14. Don’t get caught up in your worries:

How many of us are guilty of that! We are in a world where we are burdened by worry, anxiety and work. While it is very natural and everyone deals with it, you must remember not to get caught up in a web. Robin Sharma insists that one of the best ways to combat worries is to write down all that is killing you. Then there will be two or three among them which you will be able to eliminate and the rest are probably things who can’t do anything about anyway.

15. Appreciate people more often:

There are so many people who meet on a daily basis. How often do you appreciate their value in your life? Or even give them as much as a compliment? You don’t. Because you only think about yourself. Human beings are social animals, and we need people around us to keep ourselves happy and floated.

16. Dress Sharper:

 Better get a bronze gilded armour than a fake plastic one
Better get a bronze gilded armour than a fake plastic one

The way you dress is important, no matter what anyone else says. They are first impressions; an armour as you go out into the world. Better get a bronze gilded armour than a fake plastic one. I am not asking you to splurge your money on amassing clothes. What I am asking you to do is spend money on quality clothes which will last longer. And dress according to the place you are going. Don’t wear a thigh-slit skirt to work or a stuffy pant-suit to the movies. Paris Hilton might have said that ‘life is too short to blend it’ but one of the key survival tricks in life is to know when to blend it.

17. Reflect:

Reflect on your day. Practice stillness. This is something that is going to change your life. Throughout the day you are surrounded by noise. What you need is some calm, no disturbance time to connect with yourself.

18. Bullet Journal:

Haven’t we all tried to start a journal or a dairy at some point of our lives? How many of us really see it through? A numerically very small group. Bullet journals are just another way of reflection – on paper. Simply bullet your entire day before you go to sleep, adding things like, ‘Exercised’, ‘Drank vegetable juice’, ‘was depressed’ or whatever and also, list your small wins. At the end of the week, look back and see what you've done or accomplished in the week. Our days simply go by because we fail to keep tabs on them. Keeping a bullet journal will ensure that you have some idea of how we live yours days. And if you are unhappy with it, then you know that you need to change.

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