Written by: Holly Schaeffer
Most of us have found ourselves in a situation where we said “I wish I’d known better back then.”
Well, we can’t turn back time, but we can take the present into our own hands and work towards a better future. And while we cannot be certain that we have all the puzzle pieces in place, we can still do our best to ensure we live a life without any regrets. Here are some choices to make right now so you don’t have to regret it later.
Invest in yourself
Who do you want to be? What do you want to do in your future? How do you want to look?
Regardless of which one of these questions appeals to you the most, it’s important to ask them. By taking the time to contemplate them, you will have a better idea of what choices you need to make to live a more fulfilling life. Whether you’re looking at your education, physical shape, career change, or even your wardrobe, think about your choices in terms of investing in yourself.
While it’s vital to have a perspective on who or what you want to become, it is also crucial to accept yourself for who you are right now. If you spend a lot of your time hating yourself or feeling you are not good enough, you will have no time left for being happy or working on self-improvement. It is a long journey to self-love, and it starts with one step: caring for your needs. Making time for yourself and your own needs comes a close second.
Did you ever remember some special moments from your life and think “Why didn’t I get a picture of that?” Well, when the moment is gone, it is gone, and you can never take it back. While you shouldn’t allow yourself to get distracted from the present by constantly taking pictures, don’t be shy to pull out your phone and snap a photo when you feel like it. And if you’re worried you’re missing out on all those adorable moments with your pet when you’re not at home, you can rely on your home security system to catch your beloved pet in action.
Get out of your comfort zone
It’s great that you have your limits and that you know what you want to do, but you don’t want to end up allowing your routines to limit your horizon. Don’t be afraid to do some things that are not typical for you, and you might be surprised how events unfold. Stepping out of the comfort zone might be necessary, especially when you are progressing and making changes in your life.
Say no more often
No is often not a nice word to hear and an even more unpleasant one to say. However, by saying yes to everything and everyone, you are diminishing your time and yourself. Practice on the little things, like refusing to go grocery shopping when you are too tired, then move on to more challenging refusals. Say no to people who push you around, to the boss who wants you to stay overtime without paying it, and to family members who are abusing your kindness.
Nurture good habits
Healthy habits in the present mean you will have fewer problems in the future. This includes a balanced, wholesome diet packed with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and a healthy source of protein. It is also imperative to be as active as possible. Take a walk, go jogging, hit the gym, go dancing – whatever makes you feel energized.
Nurturing healthy habits is not enough if you nurture the bad ones alongside them. Try to get rid of drinking alcohol or large amounts of caffeine, quit smoking, and make sure you never skimp on sleep again.
Choose your company well
The goal in front of you is not the only important thing. What matters are the people who join you on the path towards it. Many negative people will suck your energy right out and leave you sad, anxious, and even depressed. Avoid toxic people at all costs, even though it might prove difficult sometimes.
Choose to spend your time with the people who encourage you to follow your dreams – the ones who support you when you are having a bad time, the ones you can count on. You will be grateful to have made this choice.
Spend the money and save money
Financial decisions you make now will determine the level of comfort you will have in the future. If you’re not sure about how to handle your finances, you might want to consult an advisor who will give you the guidelines on how to make the most of your earnings. However, make sure you don’t become too obsessed with saving money for kids, college, or whatever your goal is. Indulge from time to time. Travel, see the world, buy that pretty dress you’re staring at every day from behind the shop window. Live life.
Your life is what you make of it. Your everyday choices might often feel inconsequential, but when you’re aware of the bigger picture, they can all guide you towards a happier future. Try to observe these choices we’ve talked about as guidelines for a fulfilling life, and embrace them one by one.