- Quality of Life & Wellness
A Beginner's Guide to Self-Recreation
Start Small. Changing your life begins with changing your mindset. Wake up, stretch, have a warm cup of coffee with that Pumpkin Spice creamer you like so much. Make a list of exactly what it is about your life that you're so desperate to revise, and compose a practical plan of action.
Develop an Exercise Routine. Whether we're willing to admit it or not, exercise does wonders for the body. Your days of gasping for breath after tackling a single flight of stairs are over. Pull up that article you pinned three months ago and get a head start on that perfect beach body every woman drools over. You'll feel great, and look even better.
Catch and Release. Take this opportunity to mend broken relationships and develop new friendships. Send a card to an old friend or family member, and be sure to include a heartfelt letter reminding them that they're appreciated. Cut people off, if necessary. People come and go - it's a fact of life. But some need a gentle push. If they're hurting more than they're helping, it's time to get rid of them in the nicest way possible. Join a dating site and don't be ashamed about it. This is the twenty first century after all, and your friend didn't bump into her new boy toy at Starbucks, she met him on Tinder.
Open a savings account. You know, for that unavoidable rainy day...or month. Life happens, and it certainly comes in handy to have a few extra bucks to pay the rent or get your car repaired. Trust me, you'll thank yourself later.
Get Creative. Take a digital design class, redecorate your bedroom with the latest DIY projects, and if you've got some extra cash, mix up your wardrobe.
Give Back. Volunteering is not overrated. Often, we don't realize how fortunate we are until our eyes are opened for us. Feed the homeless, volunteer at an animal shelter, be the tutor you could have benefited from in high school. By helping others, you'll automatically be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and if you're lucky, some good karma.
Go Back to School. Or if you're the next Mark Zuckerberg, consider un-enrolling. Getting an education can potentially benefit students in more ways than one. Ensure more job opportunities and avoiding having to ask the all too familiar question, "Would you like fries with that?" by obtaining a college degree.
Switch Jobs. If you're current 9-5 or part time gig is constantly leaving you both miserable and exhausted, it may be time to get back on the market. Update your resume and begin your search for a new and hopefully fulfilling career.
Change Zip Codes. If a more drastic change is necessary, pack up your life and move it. Don't just talk about it, do it. Yes, it's truly that simple - assuming you have the resources. Talk a friend into letting you to borrow their guest room (or couch) while job and apartment hunting.
Become an Aesthetic. All cheesiness aside, life is beautiful. Strive to find beauty in everything while creating peace within yourself. Practice meditation. Listen to your favorite alternative song on repeat until the mere thought of it gives you a headache. Those 1980s hippies had the right idea.
Become a Foodie. Food is amazing. I know it, you know it, your boyfriend's grandmother knows it. Locate the best restaurants and sample their most popular dishes. Pay no attention to calories, and if you're tempted to feel guilty, don't. There's nothing wrong with enjoying your favorites in moderation.
We, as milennials, don't have to settle for less. Despite what our parents or teachers may tell us, it's not too late to transform our lives. It's never too late. You can be an astronaut or a ballerina or whatever the hell the child in you desires. With equal parts nerve and willpower, anything and everything is achievable.