If you want to improve your memory, stay healthy, or be happier, this article is right for you. Here are seven ways to be less stressed and feel better about yourself.
Creating Lots of Reminders
One of the best things I have ever started doing was creating a reminder for everything. Doing this simple task helps massively with everything in my life. Creating reminders can help with remembering what to buy, your to-do list, school assignments, and more. All you need is a phone.
Hopefully, you know by this point that reminders are awesome! If you want to create some, all you need is your phone’s voice assistant (Siri, Google Assistant, Bixby, Alexa). Just ask them to create a reminder for the time you would like. If you want a specific date, specify it. Otherwise, it will default to today.
If you like, you can take this further and see your reminders on your Home Screen!
If you use an iPhone, here is a tutorial.
If you use an Android, here is a tutorial.
Getting Enough Quality Sleep
Sleep is vital for feeling good and having a happy life. When you get enough quality sleep, you will feel more alert, less anxious, and be able to focus better. Sleeping well also decreases your risks for chronic issues, including heart disease, type two diabetes, and obesity.
Getting good sleep is also easy for most people. If you have a sleep disorder, this does not apply (obviously 😂). Try keeping your room cool and dim, not drinking water too soon before bed, and limiting blue light exposure at night in order to improve your sleep. If you are interested in an in-depth article, check out “Sleeping for Success.“ It dives into everything you need to know about getting enough quality sleep!
Drinking Enough Water
Water is vital for human health, of course. Drinking enough can make you feel more alert, reduce your risk for chronic illness, and even improve your athletic performance. It is difficult for many people to remember to drink enough water. This includes me.
An effective way to remember is to set water reminders. You can follow the same steps at the beginning of this article to learn how. Be sure not to make your reminders too frequent, as you may develop notification fatigue. Notification fatigue is when you have so many reminders that they start to feel normal and you stop paying attention to them, putting you back at square one.
Getting Plenty of Exercise
Exercising enough can make you feel more alert, decrease your risk for health issues, and even improve your sleep. There are many ways that you can get adequate exercise. Adequate exercise is not going outside and running for two hours, but that is great! It is a 30-minute walk, a 15-minute run, or some yoga. Check out “10 Exercise Myths and Mistakes” and “Exercise for Teenagers: A Complete Guide!”
Practicing Being Mindful Daily
Mindfulness or meditation helps drastically reduce stress. There are many forms of meditation, but one of the simplest types is just breathing. Just two minutes of deep breathing can change the course of your day. Mindfulness can reduce your stress drastically. If you are interested in other methods to reduce your daily stress levels, check out “Stress: Types, Treatment, and Prevention.”
It is easy to practice this form of mindfulness. Just find a quiet place to sit or lay down. Clear your mind and breathe for a few minutes. Although, you probably have a phone or smartwatch so you can try a meditation app. Open the app store and choose one of the many apps available. Many will require a subscription for advanced features, but this is unnecessary.
Having Good Personal Hygiene
As simple as it sounds, many people do not do easy things like brushing their teeth twice a day or making their bed. Having good personal hygiene will make you look better and feel better. Brushing your teeth daily, doing your hair, making your bed, and keeping your room clean, are all great examples of good personal hygiene.
Humans are social animals. Socializing isn’t just fun, but it’s good for you! Having enough social interaction will make you feel better about yourself, reduce your risk of depression, improve your memory and cognitive skills, and maybe even help you live longer! Simply going out for lunch or seeing a concert are fun things you can do with your friends or family.
It is also vital to consider the importance of in-person social interactions over online ones. When you socialize with somebody online, it does not have the same benefits as speaking in person. Texting and calling lack emotion and do not develop a good relationship compared to physically being with another person. If it is difficult to see somebody in person, try using a video calling service like FaceTime. Services like this allow you to see the other person, helping you be social and have better interactions with them.
In conclusion, there are many ways to increase your quality of life. Examples include quality sleep, practicing mindfulness, and being social. All of these small factors can build up to seriously change your life for the better. I hope that this article has helped you improve your life in some way.