It’s a little difficult to really think about the future in the modern world. It’s all about what’s happening right now, about what can make us feel good in this precise moment. Forget about tomorrow, or a month from now, or a year from now – it’s too far away! We live in a culture of instant gratification and all of us long for overnight results and minimum effort to go with them, and it’s unhealthy, unrealistic, and generally unattainable. While most of us understand all this, it’s still not an easy thing to look past the present moment and try to invest in what might be coming our way in the future. Luckily, we’re here to provide some insight. Good habits can make our lives a lot easier, and here are some of the ones you’re bound to appreciate several years from now.
Start Getting Up Early
While you might not think of yourself as a morning person, in truth it’s all about habit. Getting up early doesn’t sound inviting when the bed is so comfy and opening our eyes means immediately jumping into chores, but it’s one of the best ways to start your day well. Early morning is incidentally a great time to finish a workout or go out for a run, especially if you’re the kind of person who sits down as soon as they come back from work and finds it hard to move from the couch. You’ll find it easier to get organized and do things properly instead of always rushing around to get dressed, fix your hair, and find that file you need for the office. It’s simply a good way to save time, but also to stabilize your sleep schedule – if you always go to bed early and always get up early (even on weekends), you’re less likely to suffer from insomnia or have difficulties waking up. Your body will get used to the rhythm.
Prepare Your Meals in Advance
We all want to eat well, but it’s so damn hard to find the time to cook every day, and it’s even harder to resist the sugary snacks and greasy food when they’re so readily available at every corner. Meal prep, however, makes both of these problems easier to handle. If you take one day of the week to do all your cooking everything will be a lot faster, and it will ensure you always have healthy food to take with you so you won’t have to rely on fast food restaurants and vending machines when you get the munchies. Here are some beginner tipsthat you can look at.
Have a Good Skin Regimen
One of the things most people regret in their fifties is that they simply didn’t care for their skin enough during their twenties. Too many late nights when we went to bed with an unwashed face, too many popped pimples, not enough sleep, and not enough moisturizer – all of this can lead to a dull complexion and premature wrinkles. The best way to prevent that is to choose a good skin regimen that works well with your skin type. Use SPF every day to prevent sun damage, cleanse your face properly, and hydrate it to restore that healthy plumpness. You’ll feel much more beautiful if your face doesn’t need any makeup to glow and your complexion is radiantly healthy.
Books are a very inexpensive form of entertainment, they can be bought anywhere, and they feed both your soul and your intellect. Immerse yourself in a novel and you’ll meet new worlds and new people, and let books take you on a fun journey with each new chapter. It doesn’t matter whether you read a classic or something from the bestseller list, all that matters is that you allow yourself the simple pleasure of reading. It will improve your focus and analytical skills, expand your vocabulary, and even reduce your stress. The benefits are many, and the cost is minimal.
Turn Off The Tech
Five years from now, can you imagine yourself saying, “Oh damn, I really wish I spent more hours browsing Facebook and arguing on Twitter. That really made me feel so fulfilled!” No?
While technology is very useful and can be quite relaxing, we can become so focused on it that we stop paying attention to what’s going on in the real world. We get immersed in online drama and we zone out completely while we keep scrolling through Instagram, and then we wonder – where did all that time go? You don’t have to throw away your phone, but turn it off occasionally. Unplug and go outside. Spend some time with friends and family and ban all devices in the room, or go hike in nature, or meditate in the garden. The internet isn’t going anywhere, it will be fine without you for a few hours.
Keep your goal in mind – imagine who you want to be several years from now, and then work towards becoming that person. Adopt good habits and let them make your life easier.
Scarlet is a passionate writer and regular contributor at highstylife.com interested in fashion, lifestyle, and health. She loves traveling, you could say that she is a real travel addict, especially when she has a chance to visit some exotic destinations. She would tell you that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places.