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Simple Steps to Improve Your Life

by Guest Author David Garcia

Simple changes can make a big difference in your life. Here are a couple of them:

Change Your Eating Habits

A nutritious diet can reduce fatigue and help you keep a healthy weight. While this kind of lifestyle change isn't easy, you can set yourself up for success with small steps:

• Reduce added sugars

• Eat slower

• Drink more water

If you aren’t a coffee drinker, learn more about how adding some coffee to your diet can help you have more energy and potentially raise your metabolism.

Keep a Journal

Writing down your thoughts helps you check in with yourself and withdraw from the world. To get the most out of journaling, keep the following in mind:

• It doesn't have to be perfect.

• You'll write more consistently if you designate a specific time to journal.

• You can start small and use prompts to help you.

Exercise Solo

Exercise is an essential part of staying healthy. Not only does it build muscle and reduce the chance of falling for seniors, but it also releases endorphins, which are brain chemicals that contribute to a sense of well-being. If you hate going to the gym, there are plenty of ways to get fit at home — for all ages.

• Learn tai chi from YouTube videos

• Play Wii Sports

• Use a fitness app

Take a walk around the neighborhood

Practice Meditation

Meditation helps relieve stress, which is why it's such an important resource for introverts. If you've never meditated before, start with simple breathing exercises to get in the habit. To learn more about meditation and reap its many benefits, take in-person or online classes with respected professionals.

Set Healthy Boundaries

Being able to say "no" is essential to everyone's well-being. Introverts can especially benefit from learning to set healthy boundaries, including with themselves. When you're overwhelmed, give yourself permission to step away and practice self-care.

Get Fresh Air

Being outdoors is a great way to get out of your head and live in the moment. The following are excellent options to get some fresh air:

• Doodle with sidewalk chalk

• Plant flowers

• Have a backyard picnic

Learn Something New

Even if you dislike public spaces, you can still acquire new skills and knowledge. For example, you can get books on creative writing or watch online videos to learn how to cook.

If you want to make a major life change, you can even go back to school. You can pursue a degree through an accredited online college. Just make sure you compare tuition rates beforehand to find the most affordable option.

Unplug From Electronics

Many of us check our smart devices constantly. Unfortunately, that puts you at a greater risk of stress. If you are an introvert who feels easily overwhelmed by the barrage of media, unplugging can help them relax.

Embrace Creativity

Many introverts are naturally creative, but not everyone knows how to tap into their imaginations. If you want to jumpstart your creativity:

• Talk to yourself

• Declutter your home to limit negativity and improve your focus (this is also a great way to reduce stress)

• Visit a new place

• Put on your favorite music and dance

The world is generally built for extroverts, so introverts need to take care of their mental well-being. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce stress (from keeping your home neat and tidy to getting outside for some fresh air) and ensure you're ready for social interactions.

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