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How to Start Living – Not Just Existing

(Gloucestercitynews.net)(August 26, 2020)--If you’re the type of person who goes to work purely for the paycheck and to make ends meet, this can have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing. We only get one shot at life, so making the most of it and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is important. Many of us dream about having a better life, but never consider it as a real possibility. Here are a few tips on how to start living, not just existing.

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Take Up a Hobby

If you live your life by a strict schedule, every day can feel like Groundhog Day. There is more to life than going to work and coming home to sleep, so if you want to try something new, why not take up a hobby? Many of us have passions and dreams that we’re too afraid to pursue, so whether you enjoy swimming, dancing or regular exercise, taking up a hobby and doing something you love can be a great way to switch up your routine. Any hobby you do can be a good opportunity to socialize with others and expand your circle. 

Smile More

While it may sound like a simple tip, smiling more can have a profound effect on your day to day life. When you smile, a ton of feel-good hormones are released which can boost your mindset and help you feel more positive and upbeat. Smiling is known as the easiest and quickest way to feel good. Whether you’re having trouble at work, problems in your relationship, or dealing with grief, putting a smile on your face can make all the difference. 

Have Gratitude

Having gratitude for your life and being grateful that you’re on the planet right now can change the way you think for the better. If you continue to exist unconsciously, you will look back on all the missed opportunities and have regrets. No one wants to be at death’s door and feel they had an unfulfilled life, so appreciating everyone around you and never taking anything for granted is important. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can check out sites like Masculine by Design, which is full of helpful content that can teach you how to change your life and overcome self-limiting beliefs. 

Speak to Strangers

Every day, there are many opportunities to interact with strangers. Whether it’s your daily commute to work, your favorite spot for lunch, or having a drink at your local coffee shop, having the confidence to say hello to others can be a great way to spark conversation and make connections. You may even make long-lasting friendships once you build confidence. 

Travel More

There are lots of people who feel trapped in their environment and don’t see a way out. If you fall into this category, having some time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life to go traveling can be a great way to broaden your horizons and meet new people. There are tons of benefits that traveling can bring, meaning you will return home with a fresh outlook on life.

Many people adopt the mindset of work to live, rather than live to work. If you’re not happy in your role, or there is another aspect of your life that brings you down, it’s time to revamp your way of thinking for the better. All the tips above can help boost your confidence and self-esteem, and help you get the most out of your life.