If your life seems to be in a rut and you want to make changes this year, these tips can help you do just that. It can be far too easy to get into a routine where you lose sight of the things that bring you joy, especially for women that are always focused on everyone else’s needs. Following these tips will help you live a life by design that helps you to find genuine joy.
Learn To Say “No”
Improving your lifestyle and clearing your schedule to make room for living your own life starts with learning how to say “no”. Many women find that saying “no” is difficult for them and they wind up over obligating themselves to things they do not really want to do. Learning how to say no is a lot easier than you think, but it takes practice.
There are nice ways to say no and to set boundaries for yourself. Practicing how to say no to smaller things will help prepare you to say no to the larger things. One of the best ways to improve your life is to free up time to do the things that you want to do.
Learn how to better manage the time you have. This is a simple tip but can be difficult to follow. Start tracking your time. Everyone has heard about tracking the money they spend to better control their spending. You can follow the same model to track your time. Track your time for two weeks and you may be very surprised at how much time you are wasting.
A lot of time is wasted on digital pursuits like checking in with social media, then “falling down the rabbit hole”. It is estimated that by 2024, about 1.9 billion people will subscribe to 5G services globally to stay connected. The point is, that you are not the only one wasting time with online pursuits. Unplug for a little while each weekend and give yourself some extra time for the next trip.
Self-Care Is Critical
If you want to boost your lifestyle and live a better life, self-care is a must. Pamper yourself occasionally. If you are like many women aged 18 and older, you may prefer natural products over synthetic beauty products. Some research shows that roughly 42% of women this age do prefer natural products. You may have to pay a little more for the natural products you want for your beauty routine. Do it. It will make you feel pampered and cared for.
Commit to putting your mental and physical wellness first this year. How you feel about yourself matters, and self-care can make you feel great.
If you really dread going to work every day, start looking for a new job or take it one step further and consider a career change. Many fields are on the verge of exploding with opportunities. For example, the need for speech-language pathologists is expected to grow by 29% during the decade between 2020 and 2030. You may have to return to school part-time to achieve your goal, but in the end, it will be well worth it to love what you do.
Sometimes drastic changes can be just the thing you need to turn your life around and create a life by design. Most people never regret switching careers. Most people live to regret not switching careers when they wanted to. It is never too late to reboot into a new field.
Evaluate Your Relationships
Don’t let people suck the joy out of life for you. Inspect the relationships in your life. You do not have to burn bridges, but you should put some distance between yourself and people that are negative. Psychic vampires are all around and often disguised as “friends”. If you have people in your life that literally drain your energy with their drama and negativity, put up some self-enforced boundaries that allow you to focus on people that have similar goals and that bring a positive vibe.
Life is too short to waste. You have the power to make changes that will boost your lifestyle and help you live a life by design. Happiness is not an accident, it is a choice. You can choose to make the changes you need to and choose happiness.