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5 Simple Tips to Start Living Better Today

By Sinead Duffy 6th August 2012

5 Simple Tips to Start Living Better Today

1.       Achieve More with Less

It is easy to confuse hyperactivity for productivity or growth, however being busy all the time does not necessarily mean progress.  If you find yourself mindlessly clocking up hours yet not making the progress you had hoped for then, maybe it is time to review your goals and priorities.  With clarity and focus, you can achieve more in less time.

 

2.       Avoid Negative Relationships

Do whatever is necessary to break away from the people in your life who don’t make you feel good about yourself. You know who I’m talking about. The people who don’t appreciate your worth, who undermine you, who constantly moan and complain. I call this type of person a “Small Mind!”  A Small Mind holds you back, sabotages your growth, diminishes your self-esteem and, often without your realising, makes you feel bad about yourself. Starting today,  be aware of who you choose to spend time with and seek out those who bring positive elements into your life, rather than drain them away.

 

3.       Get The Happy Hormones Going!

If exercise isn’t already part of your daily routine, now’s the time to change that. Alongside all the physical benefits of exercise–better sleep, weight loss, bone and muscle strength, cholesterol and cardiovascular health–there are numerous mental benefits, such as reducing stress, elevating moods, developing brain power, and lifting depression. Find a physical activity that fits your personality and schedule and then start turning it into a habit.

 

4.       Keep It Simple

Clutter brings chaos. This applies for both physical and mental clutter. The more stuff you have, the more difficult it is to manage. As you grow, you’ll discover how much more free and meaningful life can be when it isn’t weighed down by material things. Plus, when you consume less on a regular basis, you’ll develop a keener sense of appreciation for those items that are worth keeping around.

 

5.     Ditch a Few Rules

Rules are like road signs. Following a few can help keep you on track and keep you safe. Too many, though, and life becomes a hectic mess as you try to sort out which ones to follow where, until you’ve totally lost track of your original path. Not to mention all the stress and guilt that piles up while trying to follow all these demanding–and sometimes conflicting–rules at once. Cut loose from these rigid ways and experience the incredible freedom of a life that goes beyond the tyranny of rules.

 

Start improving your life right now! Determine the goals you really want to achieve, exercise daily to keep your body and mind healthy and happy, spend time around those who make you feel good, declutter your mind and living spaces and break some of those rules that have been confining you for too long.

What simple tips could you use to begin living a better life today?