But no matter what the reason is, there are a few extremely simple things you can do throughout the day in order to start experiencing the high-quality life that you deserve.
Trust me, I’ve spent many mornings where the only thing I could think of was how I could avoid going to work that day. “Maybe I’ll just quit,” I’d think to myself.
But in today’s economy, you and I both know that’s not feasible. You can’t just can’t just keep job-hopping until you find the “right one”…you’ll just end up unemployed and broke.
This cold, hard truth can make you feel like you’re utterly trapped in life. But in this article, I want to show you that it is, in fact, possible to balance life satisfaction with your need to make a living.
Here are ten tips that will not only help you get up in the morning but they’ll give you the power and motivation to take on the day with a smile.
Use this short but powerful list of mini-habits to help liberate you from the drudgery of your daily duties, freeing you up to experience a new and refreshing sense of overall life satisfaction.
Habit #1: Take a big, deep, and full breath of air before getting out of bed.
There are few things more refreshing than filling your lungs right as you’re waking up. Drawing in a full breath of air while still in bed will make it easier to get out of bed. It will stimulate your blood flow, get your juices pumping, and allow the energy to circulate in your body.
On top of these massive benefits, there’s also a symbolic element to the practice. When you’re consciously drawing into your body the invisible energy all around, you’re sending a signal to yourself and the universe that “it’s time to dance…let’s do this!”
Feel free to take a few deep breaths, starting off slow and relaxed. By the fifth or sixth breath, pull in the air with some vigor and force. I always like to get a slight tingle going. Nothing says “good morning” like a few champion-sized breaths of air.
Habit #2: After you get out of bed, take just a few minutes to stretch.
When you’re sleeping, your body is in one place for several hours at a time. This causes the energy in your body to settle in, forming a kind of “energetic sediment” if you will. And when you do this every night for years and years, this “stuck energy” will begin to solidify, forming energetic blocks that lead to numerous health complications later down the road.
You can avoid these problems by taking just a few minutes to get this energy moving again. Stand up straight, wring out your muscles, stretch your body out, and massage/rub your skin. Everything will work better when your body’s energy can flow freely. Not only will you have more energy and a better mood, but you’ll be better able to avoid everything from weight gain, to sickness and disease, to cancer.
For a bonus power-up, mix in some meditative focus. Yoga is a miraculous discipline that combines breath control and meditation with stretching and holding poses. If you’re not doing yoga, you’re seriously missing out…it can literally fix anything and will completely change your life forever.
Habit #3: Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning.
As you’re waking up, your body is working hard to make the transition from dead asleep to up-and-moving. Drinking a full glass of water before consuming anything else will allow your body’s “wake up chemicals” (pardon my scientific jargon) to circulate more efficiently.
This leads to more energy, a better mood, and a faster metabolism. You’ll feel instantly refreshed and your body will also perform much better throughout the day.
Plus, it’ll feel great knowing you’re starting off the day in a very healthy way.
Habit #4: Wait until later before drinking coffee, have a smoothie instead.
Fruit is cheap, especially big bags of frozen fruit. Keep your fruit in the freezer so it stays fresh longer. And get yourself a mini-blender (I use the small, single-serve Ninja blender…it’s one of the best things I’ve ever owned).
Instead of reaching straight for the coffee, go for a smoothie. They’re tastier, healthier, and even give you a better long-term energy boost than caffeine. Plus, it will complement the water much better, giving you that extra 1-2 punch to help knock out the day. Not only that, but you can make a smoothie in less time than it takes to brew coffee.
There’s nothing wrong with coffee (see: my coffee experiment) but you’re sending the wrong signals to your body when you desperately lunge at the coffee machine as soon as you wake up. Discipline, comrade…discipline.
Habit #5: Write down your daily thought, quote, mantra, goal, or affirmation.
Listen, don’t be mediocre. Take a couple minutes to write down something you want to work on during the day. It doesn’t have to be a full page outline with MLA citations. Just a couple words will do fine.
You can write your long-term mission statement or something as simple as an inspirational thought you had recently. These statements will help you commit to self-improvement, which will allow your life satisfaction to skyrocket.
Just focus on making a 1% improvement each day, and you’ll reap enormous rewards later down the road.
Here are some examples of things you could write down:
Today I’ll pause for 2 seconds before reacting.
I am a master of self awareness.
Align my decisions with my goal.
“We become what we think about.” -Earl Nightengale
Practice forgiveness today.
Accept the things I can’t change right now.
That’s all you have to do is write something and spend a few moments focusing on it. You don’t have to move mountains here…try to do just 1% better than you did yesterday. That’s all.
For bonus points, carry it with you and check it periodically throughout the day. Just don’t let it stress you out. Don’t do it because you “have to” or because you think you “should”. Do it because you want to.
And if you don’t want to…then don’t do it. Simple.
Habit #6: Clear your mind while you’re on your break.
I used to long for lunch time to come around. And when it finally did, I got to experience a tiny bit of freedom.
However, for the longest time, I wasn’t even aware that I was severely misusing my break. For example, I’d call my friend (also on break) and complain to him about how bad my job sucked or how unfair my bosses were…
…talk about adding fuel to the fire!
Another thing I did wrong was stuff my face into my cell phone as a distraction from the reality I was engaged in. Before even getting out of the office door, I had my phone out texting, playing games, or checking Facebook.
These things are all merely distracting you and prolonging your misery. Instead of trying to forget about your job during your breaks, try accepting it.
Go find somewhere you can sit in peace where you can clear your mind. This is the proper way to re-energize yourself. Take some time to be present with yourself and reflect on the feelings you have about your job. Be honest and embrace your situation.
If you learn to accept your current circumstances, you’ll be better able to change them. You will begin to develop a higher perspective with which you can use to identify other opportunities for making an income.
But if you keep your head buried in the hole while you’re complaining about not being able to breathe, then you’ll keep being stuck in the same pattern at every job you get.
To truly change something in life, you must first truly accept it.
Allow, not resist.
Habit #7: Put things in proper perspective.
Try to keep in mind that no matter how much you hate your job, there are billions (with a ‘B’) of people who would do anything to have what you have: a home, nice clothes, a livable wage, a hot shower, the internet…the list goes on and on.
By taking just a few minutes every day to be grateful for the things you do have, you’ll create changes in life that are so profound you won’t even know what hit you.
Gratitude is an extremely powerful state to be in. And when you’re in a powerful state, you can accomplish powerful things.
Not to get all “new-agey” on you, but your thoughts create emotions and your emotions fuel your actions. So put some high-octane gratitude in your tank and you’ll supercharge your ability to take on the day.
Practice gratitude a couple/few times a day for about 30-60 seconds each time. Feel free to focus on one or several things you’re grateful for…big or small.
Habit #8: Spend time around big trees.
I don’t know what it is…but being around lots of trees, especially big ones, has a pacifying, cathartic effect on people. Whether you’re bored, tired, sluggish, depleted, or just stressed…spending time in nature will cure your ailment.
This doesn’t just apply to your tree-hugging nature enthusiasts…this is an extremely basic rule of life for all human beings. And there have been years and years of research and studies to back it up. Spending just 20 minutes in nature leads to increased vitality and well-being.
I won’t pretend that I know exactly why this is the case. Put simply: there exists some kind of magical connection between human beings and trees that scientists have yet to discover. To indigenous people, this is a well-accepted fact of life.
Don’t let yourself get so wrapped up in the “rat race” that you forget about this crucial habit. Make it a point to spend 20 minutes a day in nature, especially around big trees.
Habit #9: Make absolutely sure that you carve out “Me” time.
This is probably the most important item on this list. No matter what your responsibilities are in life, your most important responsibility is you.
You’re never too busy to take care of yourself. It is a need. A must.
If you don’t take care of yourself, then you’ll eventually be too depleted to take care of everyone/everything else. Self-sacrificing does not benefit anyone and you’re insane if you think it does.
The people in your life want the best version of you they can get. Everything you do will be done better if you’re energized, rested, and calm.
No matter how much you think you have to do…it is absolutely essential that you take 10-15 minutes to sit alone in quiet. You cannot do anything well when you’re panicked, anxious, or stressed. Slow down, take a deep breath, and relax.
Make this a daily ritual and you’ll see the quality of your life skyrocket. Not only that, but others around you will be more enriched by your presence. You’ll be able to get more done in less time…and it will be of much higher quality.
Spend time doing whatever it is that helps you relax and attain peace. Whether it’s sitting in silence, reading a book, taking a bubble bath, or just listening to music, it’s extremely important to nurture your own sanity and serenity.
Habit #10: Give back.
When you take care of yourself, life takes on a whole new meaning. You become healthier, happier, and stronger. This means you’ll be able to take care of others more effectively.
By practicing the above habits, you will have sufficient spillover resources to give back. Whenever you get paid, take 1-2% of your income and give it to someone who has less than you.
This will positively impact your life in more ways than you can imagine. It feels amazing to help other people and it will make you realize just how fortunate you are. This will make your day-to-day existence way more rewarding.
It will lift your spirits and open you up to receive more abundance in the future. In this world, you give what you get. When you help others live a better life, than others will help you to live a better life. Again, it’s another one of those magical facts of life.
Even if you can’t spare any money, give some of your time. Volunteering just an hour of your time per week will enrich your life immensely.
If you really think about it, what’s the point of living if you’re not giving? Give to yourself first, then to your family…and give whatever spillover you have to help other people.
Do these habits for just one week in your life and your day-to-day existence will radically transform right before your eyes. Life will become not only more tolerable, but also extremely freeing and way more enjoyable.
Remember that this is a list of habits. You’ll have to make them a part of your life if you really want to see amazing results. Set your cell phone alarm to help you develop these habits. Once you begin seeing the results, you’ll start doing these things automatically.
Life is tough when there’s no meaning in it. So make sure you utilize these habits. Now that you’ve finished the article, it’s time to put these habits into action.
You don’t need to do everything on this list. Just pick out the things that resonate with you.
When the demands of everyday life are depleting your energy, it’s critical that you build habits that energize you and replenish your energy.
Take care of yourself, comrade.
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