Recharge Your Life: 5 Small Changes that Can Make a Big Difference
You want to recharge your life. No, I’ll rephrase it; you NEED to recharge your life. It’s time to make a change in your everyday actions to boost your mental and physical health. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you need to change absolutely everything you’re doing right now. After all, nobody likes change, do they?
So, let’s start with five small changes that will make a huge difference in your life.
Focus on the Positives of the Day
There are days that you dread. You don’t want to get up and go to work. You’d much rather curl up and hide from the world. But this negativity is doing you no favours. You desperately need to make a change, as it’s draining your life entirely.
Focus on the positives of the day ahead the minute that you wake up. There is always something good to look forward to, even if you have a stressful project at work waiting for you.
Know you’ll be stuck in traffic again? Fill the thermos with coffee, set up your favourite playlist and enjoy the time alone to sing like no-one’s watching (well maybe the driver in the car beside). Car’s in the garage yet again? Think about the exercise you’ll get with more walking! There is always something good that comes from a negative.
Remember the Things You’re Grateful For
Being grateful isn’t exclusive to Thanksgiving. It’s worth practicing gratitude on a daily basis. Start your day by thinking of 3 things that you are grateful for and focus on them throughout the day when things start to go wrong.
Be grateful for your health, the love of family, support from friends, or even a roof over your head. Some things are so easily taken for granted without realizing. The more you do this, the more you’ll realize that your problems are “first world problems” and not as big a deal as they actually are.
Avoid Comparisons with Others
It’s easy to start comparing yourself to others. Parents, business owners, students, and others do it on a daily basis. You think that someone else has it better, because of the posts that you see on social media or misconceptions about a business or job. People do fake it and the fact that you’re not where they are (if they even are) doesn’t mean you’ve failed.
Everyone has different goals. We also can’t see what’s happening behind closed doors. Comparing yourself to others will drain your energy. Focus on what your life goals are and on meeting them.
When you talk with someone, actively listen to the things that they say. You’ll learn a lot more about them than you would if you did all the talking. This helps to build deeper connections and will lead to building lasting relationships.
It’s actually quite difficult to actively listen. Most people spend most of their time talking about themselves and what they do. They forget that a conversation is a two-way street. If others don’t feel like you care about them, they will start to break away from the relationship.
Change Your Afternoon Snack
It’s time to look at your diet. This isn’t about a big change, so start with just one aspect of your diet for now: your mid-afternoon snack. In most cases full with sugar or carbs, like chocolate bars or cookies. It’s time to switch it for something that will give you a better and healthier energy boost.
High-protein snacks are much better for you. Try some cottage cheese or peanut butter with fruit. You can add a bit of cocoa powder if you want to feel like you’re getting your chocolate fix! These low sugar options will help fill you up for longer and help avoid that sugar high and inevitable sugar crash minutes later.
Make Your Small Changes Today
You don’t need to make huge changes to your life to recharge it. All you need are five small, easy and effective changes. In most cases, it’s about growing as a person and changing your mindset. Stop focusing on the negatives and be grateful for the little things in life. You’ll notice the difference within weeks (if not days)!