Ever notice how we seem to go through phases in life? Whether it’s our career, relationships, mental or physical health – these phases seem almost inevitable. They’re going to happen no matter what.
What if I told you that although we cannot necessarily control the aspects of each phase we encounter – we can have an influence on them! We can influence these phases with our daily practices. Even our practices will evolve with each phase too.
As of recent I have begun making some bigger life changes as I feel myself transitioning into a new phase of life. What that phase is – I couldn’t tell you, but I can feel it coming and I’m ready for it. 🙂
With that being said I want to share 10 practices and changes that I have implemented along the way to help me seamlessly transition into each phase of life.
Journaling has become a major part of my life. So much so that I now journal 2-3 times a day. Every morning I bullet journal while waiting for my coffee to brew. At night I bullet journal again to recap my day. In between I journal to reflect through certain situations, to clear my head and get my thoughts in order.
Yes I know, intermittent fasting is the “trend” right now…but I’ve been doing it on and off for years. Within the past couple months I have gotten back into it again (making sure I’m doing it in a way that’s healthy and safe) and I’m loving it! This one is for sure a change for the better. I feel healthier and less bloated, which is an added bonus.
To go along with intermittent fasting, I have brought green tea back into my diet. Not only does this keep my mind off of eating while I’m fasting, it has helped me cut my caffeine intake way back. Before I began to drink green tea again I was consuming anywhere from 4-6 cups of coffee a day.
Now that I’ve reintroduced it – I’m drinking one cup first thing in the morning, before my tea, and that’s it. (Well unless I’m having a really tiring day – then I’ll have a cup in the early afternoon).
This one is a biggie! Meditation is one of those things that I cannot go a day without. No ifs, ands or buts – I meditate every single morning. This allows me to clear my head before starting the day, and brings me to my most centered state.
Exercise is also something that has become a staple in my life. Well really just movement in general. If I go a day without at least five minutes of movement it throws me off in a major way. Movement alone boosts my mood and energy to higher levels and really sets the tone for me to feel my best.
This is one that I most recently started implementing into my life. Having fresh flowers on the table has become a biggie for me. It brightens up my apartment and just seeing them when I walk past instantly brightens my mood as well.
Yup – I have officially gone back to eating vegan/plant based. My choices to make this change stemmed from some things I saw while working the fair last weekend. No need to get into detail, but I am so happy with this decision. I forgot how healthy it makes me feel and how great it is for my body.
Having quality time with the ones you love, or in my case Nala (my dog), is so important. The time we have here on Earth can be cut short at any moment. So I find that it is super important to spend quality time with loved ones.
On the other hand it is also important to spend quality time with yourself. Self-care is something that most of us tend to forget to do. We get so caught up in the chaos of everyday life that we forget to take care of ourselves. Take the time to spend at least 5-10 minutes a day on yourself.
Like the nerd that I am – I’ve always loved to read. To me there is nothing better than a good book. For a while I had fallen off with my reading (Netflix may have sucked me in), but now I’ve gotten back to it. My most recent obsessions have been self-help/motivational books. I’m actually currently reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. If you haven’t checked it out – I highly recommend that you do so!
This is one of the biggest changes I’ve made within the past couple years. I used to never feel as though I could be myself around anyone. I was so nervous that no one would like me for who I am – especially since the few times I let my true personality shine around others they didn’t like me.
I’ve come to realize that it wasn’t my personality that caused those people in my life not to like me, it was them. If someone doesn’t like you for who you are then they’re not worth keeping in your life. This realization has been a huge game changer for me. I now let my personality shine through and have been loving life since making this change.
Change Is Good
I always urge others to make changes that will better their life. No one has to implement the same changes as the person next to them – but it is so important to do what is best for you. If you feel like you’re in a rut, make a change.
Change can be a scary thing, but you’ll know when it feels right. When you start to feel comfortable and dull in every aspect of your life, change it up a bit. Whether it’s a new workout routine, a new diet or deciding to be you – it is worth taking the next step to switch it up.
Do what feels right for you. ❤