People are creatures of habit. They like doing things they are used to, and every change is something to run from. While some things are okay to stay, others should be gone from your life, or at least could use an upgrade.
There is nothing bad in bringing a little change into your life, it can help you grow, reinvent yourself, and make you happier. Additionally, familiar habits can be the reasons you didn’t grow or move forward in your life. If you are ready to revamp your lifestyle and add life to it, here are some of the ways to do it without overwhelming yourself.
1. Get a buddy to help
A ‘buddy system‘ is a proven way to get things done, especially those that are hard. This is a great strategy to quit smoking, for example, or start working out in the gym. It’s also a great way to make some significant changes that you have been afraid of for a while.
Your buddy can be anyone you trust who won’t throw shade or judgment on your goals. They will support you, “hold your hand” when you are scared, and give motivation when you seem to falter in your efforts. That way you will have your motivator and support in one to improve your life and make it better.
2. Go slow
Deciding to revamp your lifestyle is only the first step in doing so. Afterward, you will have to put things in motion to work toward those goals. Sometimes it will be easy, and other times you will have a hard time moving from that first step you made.
The best way to approach any change — small or big, is to take it one step at a time. Once you know what you want, take a piece of paper and write down what you need to do to get it. Create a plan that you feel comfortable with and start on it at the pace that doesn’t make you run away from it.
3. Choose a hobby
Hobbies are a great way to learn something new, have fun, and express yourself. If you always wanted to learn how to paint — do it. If you wanted to take ballet lessons — go for it. There are classes for every age, gender, and experience. Having a hobby is not only a nice way to fill your time, but also to add life to it.
You will feel happy learning new things and doing something you like so your body will produce serotonin — a hormone boosting your mood and making you feel great about yourself. The key to choosing the perfect hobby is to find out what makes you excited. Some hobbies are all about learning, like language classes, while others are more intended for relaxing, like pottery.
4. Be more physically active
It’s a known fact that physical activity makes your body produce feel-good hormones and improves mental health. The great news is that not all physical activity means you have to go to the gym or exercise vigorously.
Walking, jogging, and hiking are also a great way to get your body moving and revamp your lifestyle. Start with something simple, like a stroll after dinner or going to the national park on weekends to hike in nature. Many fitness programs offer a free first class, so you can try what you like and see if it’s a good fit for you.
5. Have fun
Fun is more than partying on Friday nights. It boosts your mood, let’s you unwind, and more importantly, brings in positive vibes into your life. Having just a bit of fun, like getting your face painted by Creative Faces or taking pictures in the photo booth, can brighten up your day. If you want to lose weight but don’t feel pleasant going to the gym — go dancing.
It’s fun, you will meet lots of wonderful people, and still get a healthy dose of physical activity. Just think of the things you always thought fun but never had time to try, and then go and do them. Your body and mind will appreciate you doing something other than chores and work.
6. Change your style
Fashion is evolving all the time, so changing your style, even a little bit, maybe a perfect way to add something new to your life. Start with something small, like adding a new color to your wardrobe that you never wore before. Take a trusted friend with you shopping for advice and encouragement, since sometimes it’s a big deal to add something new to your clothing.
This small change will make room for bolder ones, like buying a piece you wanted to wear but were afraid it won’t look good on you. Changing your fashion style is about stepping out of your comfort zone and having fun discovering something new about yourself. Take one step at a time and soon enough you will find all sorts of garments that were made for you.
It’s not easy to change, but it’s far from impossible. The moment you decide to revamp your lifestyle, stop for a minute to think about how you can do it so you stick to your plan. Every beginning is hard, but after every milestone, you will feel more empowered and proud of yourself.