By a Guest Author
A life well lived is one that actually involves living. Even with the best intentions, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily rat race and forget about your hopes and dreams. In fact, with so much pressure to perform, you might not have the energy to even try and ultimately give up. Living a full life, one that you dreamed about, sometimes means changing everything you’re doing right now. Putting it off until tomorrow usually ends with it never happening. If this sounds all too familiar, now’s the time to take action. It’s never too late to create a life that you really want.
Identify What’s Missing
Before you can create your dream life, you need to identify what’s missing. Maybe you want to earn a college degree and find a better job. If so, don’t let a lack of money set you back. You could apply for a student loan to help you go back to school. You can customize the amount you borrow, which will help reduce the amount of interest you have to pay back. In addition, you can use the money to finance other college-related expenses like books, a new laptop or even a home office setup. The most important thing is that you do it for yourself, no matter how long it takes you to finish.
Focus on the Now
Another thing that can hold you back is worrying about the future. Far too often, we tend to worry about things we can’t control, or things we can’t change. It’s this negative emotion that can also hold you back from pursuing the life you want. While it’s not easy to change the behavior, try to focus on the present and what you can do today to feel happier. Over time, you may find yourself worrying less about the future and focusing more on the now.
Living your dream life should also involve utilizing self-development tools and practicing self-care. It’s about treating yourself like the king or queen you are. Indulge in your favorite spa treatments, enjoy a lunch out, or just spend a lazy Sunday afternoon napping. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much the little things bring about happiness.
Do Something Different
How many times have you felt like you’re in a rut? If it’s more often than not, you need to take action. Be spontaneous and do something you’ve never done before. Take a solo trip, learn a new language or tell your crush how you feel.
Invest in Your Health
Your health also plays a role on how you see the world and how you treat yourself. Eat a diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables and lean meat. If you’re a vegetarian, you should supplement protein with soy-based products. You also need to start exercising regularly if you’re not doing so already. Shoot for 30 minutes a day of cardio and at least 15 minutes of weight training three times a week. Not only will you get in shape but you’ll also boost your mood. Regular exercise is a known mood booster, which can ease feelings of depression and anxiety.