How To Make Positive Lifestyle Changes

Sometimes we get bogged down in our routines but how about making some changes or trying something you’ve always wanted to have a go at but kept putting off?  Why wait? It’s time to take the initiate and stop playing it safe – follow your passions! Life is filled with endless possibilities and there’s nothing to lose by trying something new.  You can make positive lifestyle changes that will give you a new and exciting outlook on life.

How to make positive lifestyle changes

Today I’m sharing some ideas on how you can make positive lifestyle changes:

  • Learn a new language, either by signing up for a class or doing it online. It’s the perfect way to meet new people and discover new cultures.  It can also open up a world of job opportunities.
  • Do volunteer work. It will make you feel good about yourself, but most importantly it offers you the chance to give something back to the community and make a difference to the people around you. It also provides you with an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.  You’ll meet new people and have fun too.
  • Change your diet – eat less processed food, eat more fruit and veg and drink more water. Find new and exciting recipes.soup-1006694
  • Redecorate a room in your house, you could even try a bold colour. A fresh coat of paint and rearranging some furniture can make you feel like you have a completely new home, a beautifully decorated room can significantly enhance your mood.
  • Stop smoking!  Giving up smoking is one of the healthiest decisions you can make. I gave up over 5 years ago. You can do it too  🙂
  • Practise mindfulness or take up yoga. They can reduce stress and anxiety, and increase your happiness and sense of well-being.buddha-1297531
  • Is social media distracting you? Do you often find yourself reaching for your phone when you’re doing other things?  Give up social media for a week. Enjoy the shift in focus from what everyone else is doing to what you want to do. Appreciate the beauty of the world around you, finish a project you abandoned, read, garden and visit your friends.
  • Create a bucket list – 10 things you want to do before your next birthday.  It will keep you motivated and focused on what you really want to achieve.
  • Check out classes in your local area and learn a skill you always thought would be fun. You will meet new people who share your interests.
  • Have a makeover – try a new hairstyle, a new outfit, get your makeup done by a professional.  It could give you that boost of confidence you need to find your dream job, an ideal partner or new friends — a whole new and exciting life! Enjoy the new you.
  • Start growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs.  Reap the health benefits of fresh food and enjoy cultivating your relationship with your garden and the earth; you may even see a little tinge of green on your thumbs.carrot-1085063
  • Think of something you would enjoy creating – a scarf, a painting or even writing a book – and then make a start this week. Don’t put it off any longer.
  • Sleep more – go to bed early at least once a week.  Treat yourself to a weekend lie in. Getting enough sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight and mind.
  • Set yourself weekly or monthly goals and do your best to achieve them. Goals clearly set out your intentions and desires, the things you really want to achieve, and it gives you a sense of achievement when you complete them.
  • Create a positive affirmation that empowers you to embrace a positive outlook.  Replace, ‘I can’t’ with ‘I can and I will’. (Read some of my positive affirmations that might motivate, uplift and inspire you on another of my blog posts.
  • Spend more quality alone time with your partner. Surprise your loved one with a romantic evening or overnight hotel stay or go on a day trip to the beach – walk barefoot, enjoy a picnic, eat an ice-cream and build a sandcastle. Have fun together!beach-193786
  • Buy a new or used instrument and look on YouTube for instructional videos. Learning a new instrument teaches you perseverance and enhances your coordination.  It’s also a fun stress reliever too.
  • Change your job, if you’re unhappy update your CV and try something new.
  • Join a gym, dust off your bike, walk more or go swimming. Get more active. Research shows that physical activity can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Ask a friend to teach you to do something that they are good at and offer to teach them something else in return.
  • Plan a holiday to that place you’ve always dreamed about visiting. Going on holiday not only makes you feel good, you also reap the health benefits too – it can cut your blood pressure, it can help you sleep better and bounce back from stress.  Start saving now!aircraft-1362586
  • Adopt a pet, there are huge health benefits to owning a pet, it will increase your happiness – stroking and playing with a pet can reduce your blood pressure and stress levels, and increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine your body produces, making you feel calm and relaxed. They are also great company.
  • Read more, books are a great source of relaxation, knowledge and inspiration. I read every day  🙂
  • Do a random act of kindness at least once a week. Do something unexpectedly nice for a friend, relative, partner or a complete stranger – pay for someone’s coffee, send a card or leave a love note.

Believe in yourself, you can begin to make positive changes today.

Keep smiling  🙂

Claire

x

UK Fibromyalgia

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70 Responses to How To Make Positive Lifestyle Changes

  1. This is a great list! I have done most of these things. I should try making a bucket list before my next birthday.

  2. tara pittman says:

    I love this list and found many items that I can do. Planning a vacation is one that I need to do.

  3. Wonderful tips – there are so many things on this list that I have tried on here and that have made such a big impact on my wellbeing. H x

  4. Rachel says:

    Loving this and there is something quite satisfying about growing your own food, I have tomatoe plants every year without fail x

  5. I definitely want to take up yoga, it will help me practice mindfulness and allow me to get rid of stress and negativity.

  6. I definitely need to take some of these on board. Regular exercise and a diet change are my first points x

  7. Sarah Bailey says:

    It can be so hard to make positive lifestyle changes sometimes – this is a great resource for trying to get you on the right track 🙂 X

  8. “Do a random act of kindness at least once a week.” I wish everyone do this for others! Making the world better in one simple step

  9. Liz Mays says:

    I think these are some great ideas. I’d love to try something totally new like learning a new skill.

  10. Amy Jones says:

    Amazing tips. One of my biggest problems is social media, maybe I should really quit it for a week

  11. She Joh says:

    This is a great list, a lot of these ideas I could starting applying to my life immediately. Thanks for all the good ideas!

  12. Erin Ek Rush says:

    I really like this Claire! It’s so easy to get a bit stuck in life and what a shame as there are so many amazing things to do! I think it’s easy to make ourselves busy with things that don’t make us happy. I’ve been de-cluttering and strangely it’s been making me take a look at habits and activities I do that don’t make me happy.

  13. Elizabeth O. says:

    Being positive will not only make you a better person but it will also make you achieve more. I love these lifestyle changes because they will definitely improve your lifestyle.

  14. All these tips are so important and relatable! Thank you for sharing! I needed to read this!

    xoxo

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Some great tips here, and some of them I am regularly doing now myself to make life a little bit easier. Thanks for an inspiring post!

  16. Linda Hobbis says:

    This is a really great list. I think the trick is to pick one or two and concentrate on those. Otherwise I find I just get distracted – and then get stressed again!

  17. This is a lovely post Claire. I love every tip here.

  18. Hannah says:

    I need to try and stay away from social media a bit more because it really can put me in a bad mood x

  19. Jemma says:

    This is a brilliant list! I’ve been investing in myself this year and it’s really beginning to pay off.

  20. Kathy says:

    I think these are all wonderful ideas. I think changing a diet and exercising are my main goals to change. I need to eat a bit healthier and I could exercise a bit more too.

  21. Anosa says:

    A lovely list of positive changes options you’ve shared I want to learn a new language and start to volunteer again.

  22. Great post! I’ve just started growing my own basil and it’s doing so well I may try with another herb now.

  23. Jessica McDonnell says:

    This is such a good post. I really want to make some positive life changes too, I’m getting a bit stuck in a rut with the same things. I really want to learn a new language.

  24. My family and I like to go camping during the summer. We cut out all screens and delve into nature for a few days a month. It is a nice positive change of pace.

  25. CourtneyLynne says:

    Mindfulness changed my life! Once I changed how I viewed thing, my life got way better!

  26. These are great ideas. I have always heard that if you give something 2 weeks, you’ll have a much easier time to stick with it.

  27. With so many things you can apply and do to make every day a positive one despite of the condition, all is attainable just focus and be determine.

  28. Lexie Lane says:

    I like your ideas, sometimes it is really hard to make positive lifestyle changes. I will try these ideas, thanks!

  29. Nikki Jenner says:

    What nice ideas you have! I like to make positive lifestyle changes too. Thanks for the nice tips!

  30. What a great bunch of positive ideas! I need to take some of these on board, and get practicing some of them. Thank you for sharing x

  31. Ali says:

    These are all great ideas and even changing one or two small things in your life can make a great big difference.

  32. Out of all those amazing activities and recommendations, I would go for the very first one which is learning a new language. It also goes to a part where you learn about different kinds of people as well and their culture. It molds you into a better, defined you when you make yourself be attracted to anything outside your norms.

  33. Nicole Escat says:

    I think I need more sleep. I have been deprived from a good sleep so I need to change my habits from now on.

  34. Jessica says:

    I am learning a new language and it does help on how I view things daily. It gives a unique motivation. Next is I would love to try fixing my diet.

  35. Lisa Rios says:

    Life is all about ups & downs and every now & then we all need a push to lift yourself & move on. These are some great tips to stay positive, I love the volunteer work idea & would love a holiday when to make sure I have the break that I needed!

  36. Robin Rue says:

    I try to go to bed early at least once a week. I need that recharge that it brings. I have even gone to bed right when the kids did and it felt wonderful.

  37. Krystle Cook says:

    I couldn’t give up social media for a whole week but I have given it up for a whole weekend once a month. That break is amazing.

  38. Echo says:

    I love this! It’s so easy to forget that small changes can affect us in big ways.

  39. Love this list I already do a few of these, I even have a bucket list 🙂

  40. Berlin says:

    Great list you have there. Yup, starting tongrow our own vegetables now. And I hope it would be a success.

  41. Positive life changes is all about taking away the negative, getting rid of things that make you sad, and just focusing on what is good for you.

  42. After being on the road for 6 weeks around Europe and eating anything, i can’t wait to get back eating healthy again! It has such a positive change on your attitude to the day

  43. very interesting points to make a life worth living, i’m happy that i am getting on the positive lifestyle this days but i still have many things to work on, your post is definitely very helpful

  44. My husband always tells me I need to try yoga. I need to invite more positivity in my lifestyle. Will make sure to bookmark this post for reference. Thank you so much for this.

  45. Great suggestions especially like weekend-lie-in. Many people are chronically sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation increases perception of pain.

  46. Laura H says:

    If only I could give up social media for a week! That’s definitely a goal of mine, hopefully one day I’ll achieve it?!

  47. Jodie says:

    So many amazing great ideas- thank you for sharing them!

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