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LIFESTYLE

A Condensed Guide to Feeling Great and Staying on Track

Mable Yiu

Maybe work suddenly became unreasonably tough, or you’re experiencing drama with friends, or you just aren’t getting the sleep you need. It happens to the best of us: sometimes, life just gets you down. As with anything, however, there are many little things you can do to lift yourself up in a big way. This article will discuss a few small tasks you can do for yourself to stay on track, feel great about yourself, and wake up with a smile each day.

Make lists. If you’re finding it hard to get mundane tasks accomplished, you are definitely not alone. At some point or another, we all find ourselves glued to the couch watching Netflix, even though we know there are errands to do and emails to write. Writing a daily list of the things you want to accomplish before bedtime is an easy, efficient way to make sure that you don’t end up sleeping in until 2pm. Keep in mind, lists don’t have to be heavy or detailed. Beforegoing to sleep, try compiling a manageable assortment of tasks to accomplish the following day (picking up groceries, calling a relative, going to the gym, etc.) This should encourage you to wake up at a reasonable time and get started on a productive day.

Keep a calendar. Especially in the summer, it can be difficult to remember what you have on your schedule. Between work and seeing friends and family, keeping track of what your plans are for the day can seem impossible. We recommend giving yourself a break and keeping a calendar to help you plan ahead. Luckily, iPhones and Androids are equipped with calendar apps, so you can manage your schedule and have it at your fingertips. If you’re a pen-and-paper person, a desk calendar is a seamless way to stay on top of your plans.

Keep a coin jar. Let’s be honest: coins can be somewhat of a pain to carry around. They’re heavy, take up lots of wallet space, and are usually worth very little. Because of this, it’s not uncommon for us to lose them in bags and pockets, or forget about them altogether. One effective method to make use of your change is to keep a coin jar. At the end of each day, empty your coin wallet into a glass jar. Many banks offer machines which count your coins and give you the amount back in cash. Taking your change to these machines once a month can be a surprising treat after a long day -- after all, we often forget how much change we really hold onto!

Maintain a healthy diet. Everyone loves to indulge in rich ice cream or macarons now and then, but ultimately, the best way to feel great about yourself is to stay on top of a healthy diet. This doesn’t mean you have to place uncomfortable restrictions on your food intake, but rather, balancing your diet with fruits, vegetables, proteins, and yes -- some occasional sweets. Drinking lots of water each day is a must, and fortunately, there are many ways to do so. Perrier, organic juices, and fruit infused water are just a few ways to stay hydrated and happy.

Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, so the most important thing to do when managing your daily life is understanding where your focus should be. Best of luck!

By Matt Bernstein