Life is tough, especially in your twenties. We’ve all been there. Let’s see - you’re in that sucky bottom-feeder job where your pay stinks and hours are long, you’ve moved some place new and don’t have time to meet people your age because of that crap job I just talked about, or maybe you’re just eating cookies out of the box every night because life is stressful and chocolate chips are a good solution to most shitty situations. Whatever it is, we’re hard on ourselves. Life can get busy and it’s easy to forget to focus on yourself. So, here’s a few, quick changes you can make to your daily routine that will help you pick yourself up and keep those happy juices flowing.
Yeah, yeah. You’ve heard it before and I’ll say it again - get up and get moving! Set your alarm for that god-awful hour of the morning before the sun is up if that’s what you have to do to fit this in. I promise that if you keep it this up consistently, you’ll feel happier and more energized despite that hour of sleep you may be losing as a result.
TWO: Take vitamins.
You’d be surprised how helpful vitamins can be for our mental health – especially B-Complex. This stuff is gold. B-complex vitamins help your body convert food into energy. Taking these is not only good for you, but it will give you that extra kick-in-your-step you’ve been searching for and provide you with the energy you need to live a happy, fulfilling life.
THREE: Take more bubble baths.
We’ve got to get clean right? Showering is a normal part of our days already. Why not add a few bubbles and scented candles to the mix and really soak up that YOU time? Baths are not only amazing, but they help with deep muscle relaxation. Hot water can ease muscle cramps and prevent those tension headaches work is probably giving you. In fact, if you really spike up the temperature, a bath can serve as a natural detox - activating your lymphatic system and helping your body to sweat out toxins.
FOUR: Eat healthier.
Research actually shows that eating healthy is a protective factor when it comes to anxiety and depression. Meaning – if you eat unhealthy you’re actually more likely to be anxious or depressed and making this particular lifestyle change can prevent that. This one can be tough – veggies are expensive and sometimes stress makes you want to snack on something a little more satisfying than let’s say, a bag of kale chips. Luckily, if you can resist the urge, this change requires very little added time to your day, as it’s important to eat and you simply just need to swap out that junk food for something more nutritious. This change will up your energy and make you feel better about yourself. Pair it with that exercise and vitamin B-complex and you’ve got yourself a confidence cocktail!
FIVE: Leave work at work or set some boundaries.
Pick a time, anytime, and never allow yourself to work past it. This can be difficult, especially if you’re in a taxing job and it requires a lot of hours outside the office. However, if you’ve ever been in a job that consumes your entire life, you’ll know that nothing good comes from working all hours of the day. You’ll find that if you cut yourself off at a certain point, you’ll actually be more productive when you are working – as you’ll be less exhausted, less frustrated, and more effective at your job. This change also has the potential to make you more successful in the workplace, as you’ll be fully invested when you are working and less likely to burn-out.
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