8 Small Improvements to Live a Blissful Life

Whether you’re about to graduate college or you’re making a career change after 10 years in a field, we can all agree that we’re all striving to live a life of bliss. Regardless of what stage in life you’re at, it’s important to focus on living a healthy, happy life. Today I’m sharing eight small improvements that will help you live a more blissful life. If you’re into feel-good posts that will help you create your best life, keep reading!

1| Declutter your life

One of the best decisions I’ve made was to go through all of my possessions and declutter everything in my home from my closet to my car. If you’re looking for a decluttering challenge for beginners, I posted one on the blog earlier this year that will definitely help you begin this journey. Decluttering is essential for living a blissful life because it repairs the spaces in your home that cause the most stress. Whether it’s the junk drawer that’s always overflowing with miscellaneous items or your basement, if there’s a space that irritates you every day—it’s worth taking care of so you can feel calm and productive in your home.

2| Make time for family and friends every week

Surrounding yourself with people who you enjoy spending time with is the best kind of therapy. I LOVE Sundays because it means heading over to Josh’s parents house at 3 for an afternoon walk and enjoying family dinner; or when the girls from work get together for sushi Fridays. Regardless of how you incorporate time for friends and family, make sure to do it consistently. Being with people who lift you up will always be a positive source of love and encouragement. (AKA bliss, #amiright?)

3| Spend time outside

I feel like a broken record with this but I simply swear by it. I grew up next to a lake all my life and loved being by the water. Watching the sunset, or sitting outside on the patio for dinner are opportunities to get yourself immersed in nature even if it’s for a few minutes. Nature itself is a special form of therapy, so take time to sit outside on a nice day for lunch with your coworkers or take your reading outdoors on your porch for an hour. You’ll soon see the benefits of what spending more time outside will do.

4| Develop a solid morning and night routine

Begin the day right by removing this one habit from your morning routine, and focusing on developing a good routine that will help you enjoy your mornings, and will help you want to get up and be productive. Creating a morning routine that you love is important. For your night routine, make sure that you’re giving yourself time to prepare for the next day to remove any stress from your morning like making sure your meals are packed, your clothes are out, and your bag is at the door so there won’t be any room for problems. Beginning and ending your day stress free are essential for living a blissful life.

5| Do something active

I know. I know. You’re sick of everyone and everything telling you the importance of working out and you don’t want to run on a treadmill for an hour. Well, you don’t have to do that.  The important part of working out for healthy living is finding workouts that you actually enjoy. No one has time to do something they hate. I promise there is a workout out there for you that you will love. Be open to trying different classes at your gym or YouTube videos. The options are endless, so find something that works for you and your schedule. Working out will help remove any stress from your day and that itself is enough to incorporate this in your routine for blissful living.

6| Rethink your to-do list

To-do lists can be overwhelming on a Monday morning when we have 14 tasks to cross off before noon. They can be counterproductive when we are given last-minutes tasks and it pushes us off track for the day. Rethink how your to-do list is laid out by allowing yourself more flexibility with finishing tasks. If you have a report due at the end of the week that you’re working on, but your boss says, “I need a data analysis by the end of the day;” you need to reschedule your tasks to get that analysis done first. Instead of making a concrete list for the entire day filled with work from 9 to 5, leave blocks of time for wiggle room for last-minute requests or for overflow of work for enough time. Don’t stress, but make sure you give yourself the time and flexibility to get everything done. Always remember to take the day with one task at a time instead of worrying about the next project you have to think about. These reminders will make your office life blissful when you’re not stressing every hour of the day.

7| Schedule “me time”

You should ALWAYS treat yourself to self care and a little extra time for yourself. Why? Because we are living in a world where it’s becoming normal to work ourselves into the ground, and that’s not okay AND you won’t feel any sense of bliss in your life by doing that. Taking a break or time off from work, and scheduling time where you can do something you love is important whether it’s reading, working out, watching Netflix, or coloring. You’ll feel good knowing you’re giving yourself time to unwind and spend it doing something you enjoy.

8| Balance saying yes and no

I recently wrote about saying yes and taking risks on the blog, and it was a difficult post to share because I was reminded that I stopped taking risks and felt lost because of it. The truth is, it’s important to say no but it’s equally important to say yes when a good opportunity arises. It’s okay to be afraid, but you can’t say no ONLY because you’re afraid. Saying yes to an opportunity can bring you to a wonderful adventure, so don’t let fear control your decisions in life. This tip goes without saying that you’ll be gifted with nothing but bliss from incorporating this in your life.

What other improvements can you think of that help YOU live a blissful life? What tip from this list do you need to work on in your own life? Make sure to share in the comments below!

 

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  • Samantha Carter

    Thank you so much for sharing these tips! I desperately need to get back into a routine in the mornings and evenings! Life has gotten chaotic and left me all out of whack, and I know getting those routines back in place will help. I also have to make time to read, at least a little every day, to keep my sanity!

    • You’re so welcome! I completely understand what you mean about wanting to get back into a good morning and night routine. Having those routines will help you SO MUCH! I promise 🙂

  • All on POINT! I need to get a set nighttime routine in place, and go to bed earlier. I know that’d help me sleep better and feel better overall.

    • Yes! There is always talk about having a great morning routine, but we tend to let our night routine fall by the wayside a bit. That means we might not get good sleep, etc. Thanks, Summer!

  • I love all of your points! Getting outside more definitely changes my attitude and outlook for my day. My chickens have really enjoyed the company as well! 😉 My next big thing is to tackle my morning routine. I have tried a few different techniques, but so far no luck. Going to check out the posts you have linked for help!

    • I completely agree with you, Erin! Getting outside for me helps my mood improve so much. Just the other night, I decided to take my blogging work out on the porch to enjoy the evening weather. I was so productive in a short amount of time. It’s amazing what a little good weather can do for your mood and productivity.

  • This is so so good. My morning and evening routines have been thrown off since starting a blog. Even though I’m super happy I am writing, I’ve been staying up late and neglecting some of my favorite routines. I think it’s time to get back into it. Thank you for the reminder!

    • You’re welcome! I know exactly what you mean because I’ve been there too, girl! I promise you’ll feel a lot better know you have a solid morning and evening routine in your life.

      • I ended up writing a whole post about my morning routine and linked back to this post as my inspiration! It publishes Wednesday. Thanks again for helping me get back into a good morning routine!

  • These are wonderful tips! Just this winter I started checking Instagram when I woke up, and it turned out to be a bad idea. I never realized how much clutter weighs me down until I started getting rid of it.

  • Alissa Carpenter

    I can’t say enough about scheduling “me” time. I literally put it in my calendar as a non-negotiable thing just like a meeting. If it’s not written down for me… it will never happen. I love how you put more perspective on the to-do list too!

  • Lauren Norton

    These are great tips! My routine is what needs work in my life. I’m so bad about keeping one! It doesn’t help that I don’t sleep well often so I’m either not tired at night so stay up too late or I wake up too early and get get moving – or I sleep in until 2 and then feel like it’s pointless to be productive at that point. Ha! I’m working on it though! Thanks for the tips!
    xoxo Lauren | Glitter & Grandeur

  • De-cluttering and me time are two that I definitely need to work on! I always feel so guilty when I take time out to simply read a book or watch a movie, but I know my body both needs and deserves some time to just relax. I’m always working on some sort of project or blog post and end up leaving myself exhausted.

    I am also obsessed with collecting things so clutter is something I struggle with a lot! I need to go through my things and get rid of things I don’t use, and find better ways to organise all the things I actually want!

    http://www.thesmalladventurer.blogspot.com.au/

  • Yes to all of these! I believe a good declutter is the secret to success, and being a “by the lake girl” myself, totally agree that getting outside is vital.

    Another of my favorites: don’t fight sleep! Stop burning the midnight oil!

    Xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com