The lifestyle choices you make now will affect the rest of your life. It takes patience and consistency to experience lasting change. Here are ways to make positive choices in important areas of your life.
1. START WITH PRAYER
Center your mind on Jesus for a few minutes every morning. Turn over to Him the things that burden you. Seek wisdom and to know Him more deeply. Ask for the strength of the Holy Spirit to guide you through the rest of the day.
2. CREATE A SCHEDULE
Post college and young adulthood is the season where you are free from parental authority and guidance. It’s all the more reason why you need to develop — and stick to — a regular routine each day and throughout the week.
3. DIVIDE UP TASKS
Keep an eye on deadlines. Take a large project and break it down into smaller, manageable tasks. Work on projects a little at a time for longer periods to avoid any last-minute opportunities for stress to sneak in.
4. EARN YOUR RECREATION
Make that favorite TV show or live concert a reward for accomplishing a chunk of work. You’ll not only feel a sense of achievement, but the break won’t feel like slacking.
5. EAT NUTRITIOUS FOODS
The occasional burger or pizza is a staple part of the college experience, but for everyday meals, choose more nutritious options. You’ll have more energy, better productivity, and a stronger immune system if you’re giving your body what it needs.
6. MOVE YOUR BODY
Hit the gym or take regular 20-30 minute walks around your office building, campus, or neighborhood. The fresh air and movement is also a great way to clear your head and lift your spirits.
7. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Your body and mind both need to recharge. Adequate sleep improves memory, concentration, and mental clarity. You’ll feel and perform better after a good night’s rest.
8. KEEP GOOD COMPANY
Your choices mimic those of your peers, so choose friends with healthy habits, too. What’s more, you’ll find that nurturing, positive relationships will prove emotionally and professionally valuable throughout your life.