You know those people who seem to have their life together: they’re organised, proactive, fit and happy but somehow also manage to include down time in their busy schedule?
We tend to be jealous of these rare kinds of people because they do everything they’ve dreamed of and are surrounded by loved ones in a calm, happy environment.
I happen to live with one of these people and I’ve observed her, as well as the lifestyles of the world’s most successful people to bring to you tips and advice on how you can improve your life too.
The following examples are based on the daily routines of the most successful people in the world, including Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Oprah, and Disney’s CEO Bob Iger.
Take a walk each day or schedule a time to do light exercise. Most of the world’s successful people exercise early in the morning to guarantee that they get it done.
They do not exercise for two hours, more like 20 minutes. Just a small amount of movement to wake yourself up and keep active.
Rise and shine.
Get to bed earlier and wake up earlier. These people wake up before 8am and as young students it is always best to get 7 – 8 hours of sleep, so aim to get to bed before 10pm.
Successful people like Oprah, are big fans of meditation. It’s been proven to reduce stress, increase creativity and heighten our focusing abilities.
Meditating before bed is an excellent way to calm the body and prepare for a restful sleep.
Plan your day and week in a diary or to-do list. It can be stressful trying to keep track of everything that needs to be done, so a physical list can be very helpful.
Plus, it’s very satisfying crossing off a task that you have completed, giving you a sense of accomplishment!
Read a good book.
Reading has been scientifically proven to improve your memory, reduce stress, and increase focus and concentration.
Since reading can also improve your sleep, it is best to read for ten minutes or so before bedtime.
Reduce phone time.
Staring at a blue screen, such as phones, tablets, computers or TVs before you sleep convinces your brain that it is daytime thus making it harder to fall into a deep healthy sleep.
Overusing technology can also cause migraines and depression. You should be off your phone for at least half an hour before sleep, perhaps dedicate this time to meditation and reading.
Today’s most successful people focus on lowering stress levels more than anything else.
This is because stress can lead to weight gain, health problems and higher chances of early death. So, you shouldn’t exercise if you are stressed, only exercise when you are mentally and physically healthy. Consuming sugar on a daily basis increases stress levels, as does caffeine and cigarettes.
I wish you all the best at adopting a new lifestyle to fit your needs!