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Each year we have the opportunity to start a new chapter in our lives. While many of us make New Year’s or birthday resolutions every year, those resolutions rarely last for longer than a few months. However, if we change our approach to making daily habits a regular part of our lifestyle, perhaps we could make positive changes to our lives that last for years to come, without any pesky annual resolutions.
Many of us fail to make long-term changes because we focus on conquering obstacles that are either too big or too ambiguous. Then we get discouraged when we don’t see instant results. But what if we changed our perspective and honed in on making smaller, more manageable changes in our everyday lives? This guide from Real Life with Heather provides tips for implementing daily habits that will improve your life and help you achieve the bigger goals for overall wellness.
Boost your self-confidence.
One of the most important qualities to have when you’re trying to achieve any goal is confidence. Take steps to enhance your self-confidence, and you’ll quickly realize it’s a powerful tool to have at your disposal. For starters, set realistic goals for yourself. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big, but when you have no practical and reachable goals, the path to achievement simply becomes too murky, and, eventually, you will abandon it altogether.
Begin by implementing self-care in your daily life. Whether it’s getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, working out, or taking a vacation, self-care reduces stress, helps you feel better, and improves your self-confidence. Furthermore, it’s helpful to spark positivity in your life by having a set of affirmations to repeat throughout the day. For instance, verbally remind yourself that you are a thoughtful friend, a good parent, an excellent employee, and so on.
Follow your entrepreneurial dreams.
If you’ve ever thought about becoming an entrepreneur, but you never really acted on it, it’s more attainable than you think. Start by spending some time each day researching ways you can start your own business. Not sure what business you want to run? Take a look at the benefits of e-commerce, which can be a great side hustle and bring in a good income if you go about it the right way. In addition to picking the right products to sell, you can run a successful online store by using the drop-shipping method. This way, instead of shipping and handling the products yourself, you hire a supplier to deliver the goods to the customers. You’ll also save money with drop-shipping since the overhead and upfront costs are lower than other e-commerce models.
Set personal goals.
If appearance is your concern, make reasonable changes to add pep in your step every day. This can be as simple as a wardrobe makeover or a little more complex like skin or tooth correction. For example, if crooked teeth or gaps contribute to low self-esteem, it’s never too late for orthodontics. The right treatment will help you achieve the smile you want and can be fairly simple. Plus, some dental insurance includes orthodontic coverage, which makes treatment more affordable. If you want braces or clear aligners, you can find plans that may cover 50 percent of your treatment. You may even be able to find coverage for at-home treatments like Byte or SmileDirect.
Practice personal hygiene.
Personal hygiene is another essential factor in a thriving everyday life. Showering, brushing your teeth, grooming, wearing clean clothes, and other forms of cleanliness not only help you stave off sickness but also help you feel generally better from day to day and build your confidence. One often underappreciated aspect of hygiene is dental health. Your teeth and gums have a lot to do with your overall health, and neglecting to care for them can lead to a host of health issues. If you’re not going to the dentist, now is the time to start. And if you’ve been pushing it off because your dentist charges too much, or because the office is too far of a commute, you should consider switching to a different dentist.
Manage your time.
Another way to implement good habits in your life this year is to manage your time better. There’s no doubt about it — life gets busy. However, on most days there is more spare time than we’d like to admit. Step back for a moment and take an honest assessment of the last few days. How much time did you spend watching TV? Surfing social media? Engaging in negative self-talk? Even when life is at its busiest, there is time to be productive and engage in positive habits when you manage that time correctly and use it intentionally.
Money is a source of stress and tension for pretty much everyone at some point. And as much as we intend to save, many of us forget from time to time or never really get around to it. That’s where automating your savings comes in. Setting up your bank account to automatically put a portion of your deposit into savings is a great way to stash money away for the future. Essentially you’ll be a professional saver without even thinking about it!
Make this a year of purpose and action. Improve your confidence by setting realistic goals, practicing self-care, and reminding yourself of the positives. If you want to start your own business, consider working in ecommerce. Remember to maintain your personal hygiene, know that it’s okay to tackle appearance issues, and to manage your time with intentionality. Finally, start enhancing your financial future by setting up automatic savings. Big life changes happen with everyday decisions.