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  • Like, how are you really doing?

  • In these trying times, everyone is struggling with something behind the scenes, whether it be mental health difficulties, financial problems, relationship struggles, or school issues.

  • Life can feel so difficult sometimes.

  • In perspective, life is really short, considering we spend about 26 years of our entire life sleeping.

  • So, how do we make the most of life, knowing the uncertainties?

  • You have to ask yourself, "What does it mean to live a full life and how can I achieve this?"

  • Here are eight habits that can help you live your best life.

  • Number one, take care of all aspects of your health.

  • Do you eat a well-balanced diet?

  • While maintaining all aspects of your health may seem tedious, in the long run, you'll be happier and healthier.

  • Put in a little time and effort every day to take a walk, eat some fruits and vegetables, or take some self-care time to help prevent dealing with health problems later on in life.

  • After all, prevention is much cheaper, less stressful, and, overall, healthier than trying to treat any symptoms.

  • Knowing this, try to get into the habit of treating yourself with the same love and care you treat those you love with.

  • Number two, self-reflect.

  • Have you tried journaling before?

  • If so, how was it, and did you enjoy it?

  • Many people don't like to journal because it seems too time-consuming or they feel pressured to have the prettiest, most expensive supplies.

  • However, what's really important is taking the time for self-reflection, whether it be by jotting down your thoughts on a scrap of paper or recording a voice memo.

  • Taking even five minutes a day for self-reflection can help you immensely.

  • It allows you to figure out your values, what you truly like and dislike, and learn from past experiences.

  • So, try to figure out what reflecting methods work best for you and be authentic about it.

  • Number three, maintain social connections.

  • Do you make it a habit to prioritize social connections?

  • While it's hard during a pandemic, it's more important than ever.

  • Everyone needs a support system, no matter how independent or introverted they may be.

  • Try to make it a habit to maintain social connections with friends and family, even if it's simply a quick conversation once every few weeks.

  • It'll help you lead a balanced, well-rounded life.

  • After all, your ups and downs are meant to be shared with people who love and care about you.

  • Number four, focus.

  • Have you ever tried to multitask?

  • While it's tempting to do so, according to a study by Stanford University, multitasking is one of the biggest myths out there.

  • In reality, your brain cannot properly do two things at once.

  • Instead, it switches between them rapidly, giving the illusion of multitasking.

  • You'll end up taking the same amount of time or longer to do the tasks with a significant decrease in quality.

  • This means you should try to get in the habit of focusing on one thing at a time.

  • If you're doing work, shut off the television.

  • You'll likely end up doing higher quality work faster.

  • Once the work is done, you can fully enjoy your show afterward.

  • Number five, live in the moment.

  • When something exciting happens, is your first instinct to take your phone out and snap a picture?

  • Many people claim they do this so they can look back on and remember fond memories.

  • However, which is really going to bring you more enjoyment: a photo or fully experiencing moments with your friends and family?

  • In the end, your thoughts and emotions are likely going to give you more enjoyment and fulfillment than trying to take a photo for social media.

  • With this in mind, try to put your phone away and truly enjoy the people and experiences you get to be a part of.

  • Number six, manage your inner critic.

  • Do you have a little voice in the back of your head telling you that you're not good enough, you're gonna fail, or you're not attractive enough?

  • There is a lot of pressure to be flawless because we see perfection from social media around us everywhere.

  • This can lead to low self-esteem and a constant feeling of not being enough.

  • While it can be hard to fix the root cause of low self-esteem, you should try to recognize when you're being too hard on yourself.

  • If you can get into the preemptive habit of realizing when your inner critic is getting the best of you, you can break the thought pattern.

  • Try to remember that no one is perfect, and that's what makes people so uniquely beautiful.

  • Number seven, complain less.

  • What's the worst day you've ever had?

  • At the end of it, did you let it all out and have an hour-long rant session with a friend or family member?

  • Complaining can be stress-relieving, but if it gets out of hand, it can end up doing more harm than good.

  • For example, by complaining about something you can't change, you're giving it more power to ruin your day.

  • Also, you're more likely to be resentful and hold grudges against people you may not even see again.

  • This extra burden can weigh you down without you even realizing it.

  • Instead, try to let go of things you cannot change, especially past experiences you didn't learn anything from.

  • Remember that at the end of the day, complaining too much doesn't make you happier, so why waste time on it?

  • And number eight, don't be afraid to take action.

  • What's something that you've always wanted to do?

  • Many people are afraid to try new things, whether it be fear of failure, thinking it's already too late, or not being able to find the time.

  • However, there really is no better time to take action than the present.

  • You can't assume you won't be good at something unless you try.

  • And even if you want the best, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy yourself.

  • It's never too late to try something new.

  • So, try to make time to do something you've always wanted to do.

  • Do you think you'll try to implement some of these habits?

  • Even though we can't fully control what happens to us, we can at least have positive growth mindsets.

  • If you try your best to maintain healthy habits, chances are, you'll end up living the best life you can.

  • And, in the end, that's all we can do.

  • So, you don't have to worry about being perfect or trying to control everything.

  • Doing your best is enough, and you are enough.

  • Do you think these habits will help you in life?

  • If so, how and which ones?

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8 Habits to Help You Live Your Best Life

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    Elise Chuang posted on 2022/09/04
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