Wake up early enough to give yourself pre-work relaxing time
If you’re anything like me, you wake up seven minutes before you have to be at work. Even though you may want to squeeze out every last bit of sleep you possibly can, this is unhealthy behavior that’s making you more tired and more stressed.
Studies prove that snoozing a million times per morning is making you more tired, not less. You’re getting superficial sleep that’s making your brain woozy, because there’s no REM to make you feel refreshed.
It’s also great to have time before leaving for work to sit with a cup of coffee or some breakfast and watch a morning show, if nothing else. It gives you something else to look forward to rather than just your typical routine, and makes each day a little more special.
Use your commute for the forces of good
Your commute, however long it is, is free time to do whatever you want or need. See some advice here.
Find things every day to be grateful for
Gratitude is a huge mood-booster for your life overall. It helps you stay focused on the positive rather than on the negative, and the best part is that it’s infectious. You can infuse other people’s days with gratitude by random acts of kindness, and you’ll feel great, too. Try keeping a list every day of things you were grateful for, and end each day with a smile on your face.
Know what you eat
As tempting as it is to order out each night, there are some studies that show eating in restaurants is as unhealthy as eating massive amounts of junk food. Take care of your body by reading labels, cutting out sugary drinks, cooking as many of your own meals as possible, and eating all the super foods you hate, like quinoa and kale. It’s better for you, I promise.
Drink water, drink water, and after you’re finished drinking water, drink more water. The majority of Americans are chronically dehydrated because we guzzle alcohol and coffee. Balance out your bad habits with a good one, and keep yourself hydrated. Your skin, hair, nails and entire body will thank you when you’re not a shriveled prune at 39.
Optimizing your social media use
So many of us abuse social media to the detriment of our social lives and sanity. Find out how to streamline your use of social media and the internet without cutting it out entirely. You’ll be happier for it.
Pick your friends wisely, and work to keep them around
Your friendships are arguably as important as romantic relationships, but often, our friends fizzle out of our lives for so many reasons. Some people you’ll be glad to see go, and that’s normal. After all, you can’t stay in touch with every single fraternity brother or sorority sister, and maybe those people are just dead weight, anyway.
But friendships are of the utmost importance for a happy life. When you find people you want to be in your life, you have to make time for them, prioritize them, in order to make sure they’re there for the long haul.
Indulge your passions
Maybe your passion is photography, fashion, or hiking. Find time to have hobbies, and make sure you prioritize them. Life shouldn’t be all about work and then watching Netflix until the wee hours. We have this life to live it, and that means pushing ourselves to experience new things when often, we’d rather be snuggled in our beds binge-watching Orange Is The New Black. Don’t worry—we’ve all been there.
Give yourself what you need
In terms of emotional health, make sure your partner or friends are meeting your emotional needs. We all want to feel loved and wanted, and if you’re not being fulfilled, it’s time to make a change.
Then there’s the physical: get enough sleep every night, exercise well, plan vacations, see your family. It’s the simplest things that make us the happiest in the long term.