Everyone wants to live better. This includes not only material well-being, but also your health, emotional satisfaction and comfort levels as you pursue your everyday activities. Sometimes it only takes a few small changes or enhancements to accomplish this. Let's look at 5 strategies to help you live better and smarter.
1. Get the Most Out of Airports and Hotels
Frequent business travel is often stressful. Both airports and hotels are often tiring and monotonous when you spends lots of your time in these places. There are, however, ways to make them more comfortable. If you're a frequent traveler, it's worth the investment to join a program such as Priority Pass that gives you access to premium lounges. Even if you don't use some of the amenities such as massage (which is great for relaxing in between flights), these lounges are much more comfortable than the general waiting area. There are several ways to get access to airport lounges. Purchase memberships, use airline miles, or buy day passes.
Another travel hack to try is staying in comfortable corporate housing or extended stay hotel rooms. These type of suites provide kitchenettes and a more spacious setup designed for guests staying more than a night or two. This really makes a big difference when you're in a city for a week or longer. You feel like you're returning to a home (if only a temporary one) where you can do a little cooking rather than a typical hotel room.
2. Make a Strong Digital Impression
In this age of social media, it's surprising how many people don't give much attention to how they present themselves. Whether you're seeking a job on LinkedIn or a romantic connection on Snapchat, tweaking your profile and photos helps you look your best. For starters, get some professional quality headshots. It's fine to post selfies now and then, but don't rely on these for your profile pictures.
Take the time to fill out your profiles in some detail. Consider your goals on each platform. LinkedIn, for example, provides plenty of space to elaborate on your career goals if you're seeking a job. Even on social sites like Facebook, take the time to reveal interests, abilities, and affiliations that make you more interesting to browsers. At the same time, use discretion and remember that potential employers as well as old high school buddies are likely to read your profiles. The point is to make your profiles stand out (in a good way, naturally) and contain more than name, rank, and serial number.
3. Focus on Ergonomics at Work
Whether you work in an office, at home, or at your favorite cafe, your posture and overall comfort impact your health in a big way. Poor posture contributes to back, neck, and shoulder problems. On a more subtle level, your posture even affects your state of mind. It's worthwhile to pay attention to the ergonomics of your work space. This includes the way you sit (and for how long at a time) and the height of your desk and computer. Pay attention to these and other factors related to your comfort and identify areas that are causing stress or discomfort.
Recent research suggests that sitting all day is bad for your health. One way to avoid this habit is to switch to a stand-up desk. There are also desks that offer you the choice of sitting or standing for variety. A comfortable chair is a must. A fitness or stability ball is also good for sitting as well as performing exercises and stretches. When working, be sure to take many short breaks from sitting in one place. Even short walks help to clear your mind and re-energize you.
4. Create a Bedtime Ritual to Sleep Better
The amount and quality of your sleep really affects your energy levels all day long. Over time, lack of sleep contributes to stress and health problems. People who have trouble falling asleep often go to bed at random hours. They also do things like watch TV, engage with computers, and other activities not conducive to sleeping.
Try to follow a familiar ritual. Go to bed at roughly the same time every night. Before sleep, read a book, meditate or listen to relaxing music. Avoid large meals, caffeine, or alcohol close to bedtime. Focus on unwinding for at least an hour before bed makes it easier to fall asleep.
5. Find a Way to Help Out
Many people assume that they're too busy to volunteer. Yet if you look honestly at your schedule, you could easily give up a couple of hours per month that you spend watching TV or posting to social media sites. Giving back to the community isn't a sacrifice; it actually makes you feel more connected and useful. You learn more about what's going on in your area and meet new people.
Do some research on who local organizations dedicated to helping the community. Choose a cause or organization that appeals to you, whether it's a food bank, a women's shelter, a literacy program, or somewhere else where someone needs your assistance. You'll find that this type of activity is as good for you as it is for the people you're helping.
These are some simple life hacks that will improve many areas of your life. Everyone's life consists of many daily habits. These habits either support or sabotage our well-being. Paying close attention to your habits and, when appropriate, changing them, makes you healthier and happier.