Has the change in seasons got you down? Are you feeling a little overwhelmed with all you’ve got planned for spring, without a clue where to start? Our contributor, Arin Agase, shows you how to find energy and motivation below!
The countdown to spring begins now! Bring on the sunshine, warmer temps and a tan—oh, how I miss my tan. This time of year is especially tough for Chicagoans. We’ve pretty much had it with freezing temperatures, the constant gloom and parkas. Now that we’re in the homestretch, I’m starting to get my spring-clean on! It’s just as important to keep your mind ‘clean,’ as it is to keep a home tidy. So, in honor of the changing seasons, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ways to improve life. These are simple, daily habits that can make your day a lot brighter. Anything else you’d add to the list? Tell us in the comments!
- Wake up earlier: Studies show that waking up earlier can make you more optimistic, productive and proactive.
- Create a to-do list: Maximize your time by creating a to-do list of things you want to accomplish throughout the day. You’ll feel less anxious as you’re crossing things off the list. There’s nothing better than crossing something off a list. Who’s with me?
- Unplug: Step away from your phone. Seriously. Just a few hours away from technology can do wonders for your well-being. Have a picnic in the park with a friend (sorry, Instagram—you won’t capture this one!) or get outdoors and just enjoy the scenery. You’ll be glad you did.
- Be positive: Surround yourself with positivity. The people you spend your time with ultimately help shape who you are (whether you realize it or not). Negativity can drag you down, and that’s no fun!
- Drink more water: Sometimes, the simplest habits are the most effective. Water helps to prevent muscle fatigue, boosts metabolism, increases your energy levels and so much more! I’ve struggled with this one myself, but trust me, you’ll notice a difference.
- Laugh: Life isn’t that serious, so let it all out—laugh, a lot. Humor can decrease stress, anxiety and physical pain. There’s also nothing better than a good, old-fashioned belly-laugh.
- Learn something new: Have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano or a new language? Whatever it is, go for it! The benefits of learning a new skill are aplenty.
- Travel: Even if it’s just an hour from your house, get out and about! Explore new areas and travel. It’s so good for the soul. Those memories will last a lifetime.
- Read: Ah, the pleasure of a good book. Improve your knowledge and vocabulary. It’s a great way to relax before bed, too! Get that screen out of your face.
- Have fun: Simple, and to the point—have more fun. Seriously! Work can wait.