This tumultuous world continues to force changes upon everyone. Everything from the climate to health concerns to global power shifts makes it impossible for you to live from day to day the way you did even one or two years ago. The good news is that, despite all the irresistible changes you are facing, you still have the choice to live a style of life of your choosing.
You may not be about to make too much of an impact on the world economy, but you can decide for yourself how to deal with it. This is a good time to make some decisions about how you are going to live in a way that is best suited for you and for those you love. To help you focus on possible decisions and commitments, here are five possibilities you can consider that may help you improve your lifestyle in the right manner.
One decision you are sure not to regret is choosing to reduce your carbon footprint significantly. The first step in becoming ecologically responsible is taking an inventory of your current behaviour to determine what needs to change. Even the most environmentally conscious individual can find personal areas that need improvement. If you are completely carbon neutral, you can still help your community become conscious of how to slow climate change. From eliminating single-use plastic to utilizing cheap electricity to buying clothes on consignment, you can find unique ways to go green.
Gain a New, Realistic Financial Philosophy
The best time to reflect on your finances is probably when you are about to make a new budget. If you have not created a new budget in the last six months, you are overdue. Making a budget will allow you to see in black and white the choices you have made about where you want your money to go. Now is the time for you to evaluate those choices and remake decisions. You may avoid some of the common errors often made in establishing household budgets.
Commit to Regular Exercise
When it comes to lifestyle changes, perhaps the most commonly advised activity is exercise. Given the many types of exercise, lack of variety cannot be the main reason adults choose to be sedentary. Everyone who does not exercise feigns a good reason or two or for their inactivity. Thus, it is tremendously important to remember the benefits of exercise:
- Improve physical and mental health
- Reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, and other illnesses
- Lose weight
- Control blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol
- Increase muscular strength and bone density
Cut Down On Distractions
If there is a defining device of the 21st Century, it is likely the cellphone. A study recently concluded that the average smartphone user checks her or his phone up to 110 times each day. Of course, the little screen we carry with us is not the only distraction that intrudes on our thoughts, projects, and relationships. We are also distracted, amongst other things, by annoying individuals, social media, and personal anxiety. The key to limiting distractions is intentionally establishing inviolate boundaries against each type of distraction.
Make a Chronological Wish List
The problem with an end-of-life bucket list of things you intend to experience before you die is that you often delay fulfilling those wishes until you are incapable of living them out, or they become impractical. Instead of a bucket list, create a wish list and make sure to live out at least one of your dreams every year. Planning out your list chronologically makes fulfilling your wishes much more practical and probable.
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