Tips for living life to the fullest

You only have a short time on this Earth to live your life. Although it feels like time moves very slowly when we are younger, we realize that as we age, it seems like time will not stop. Each year goes by faster than the last and it’s hard to soak in all of the precious moments that we are creating because we are so focused on work, school, or other more challenging aspects of our life. We need to cut this out and instead, focus on what is in front of us. This is hard to do because we live in a world that is so centered around work, social media, and technology, but it is possible. If you want to know how you can live your life to the fullest, keep reading! 

Let go of bad vibes

Say no to negativity and focus on happiness, love, and healthy relationships. Huffington Post says: “We’re attracted to negativity because it entertains us, and it does so by allowing us to delight in misfortune — a thing no one would bother doing if they were happy. It’s not that happy people walk around in bubbles of ignorance; they just know what a mess of self-loathing is involved with all that outwardly projected hate and they avoid it by not participating — which makes them seem uninteresting.” All this does is drag us down and make us unhappy. Let’s find a way to spread positive and happy vibes, to make ourselves and the rest of the world a happier place!

 

Don’t let anyone hold you back

I cannot stress this enough – do not let anyone hold you back from doing what you want to do. Do not let their fears get in the way of your success when it comes to a happy life. If you want to jump off a cliff in Jamaica, do it. Don’t let someone tell you that there could be a shark waiting for you. If you want to skydive, do it. A lot of the time, people hold you back because they are jealous. With social media being in the front of our lives, people constantly play ‘keeping up with the Jones’’ in everyday life now. Ignore those telling you no, or giving you horror stories, and do what you want to do, when you want to do it.

Say yes

There are so many unique opportunities for you out there and the only way you will get to experience them is by saying yes. A lot of the time, saying yes will get you out of your comfort zone and that is a good thing, in my opinion. According to Forbes, “Fear is a valuable thing. It keeps people safe and encourages caution when caution is due. But it’s also a limiting thing: Not everything you’re afraid of deserves fear or caution. And sometimes, moments of bravery are what is needed to make your life better.” Saying yes opens more doors for you, creates a more fulfilling and colorful world for you to live in, and it also promotes positivity in your life and others’ lives around you.

Take care of your body

Just like we only have one life, we only have one body and if we do not take care of it starting at a young age, we will pay for it in the future. This means: eating healthy, working out, getting sun, drinking enough water, limiting sugar (especially artificial!), drinking less caffeine, keeping up with appointments, and more. I once heard that your mouth is the starting point for health. If you don’t take care of your teeth and gums, you are failing your entire body. If you are by me, Metro Decatur Dental Group PC is the go-to dentist! Dr. Simms is not only gentle but cares about you as a whole. They offer cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and general dentistry, as well. They have a state-of-the-art office, offering safe dental treatments, so if you need wisdom teeth removal in Decatur GA, you can rest easy knowing they have you covered.

 

Do what you love

When it comes down to it, the only way you will live life to the fullest is by doing what you love. That is what it all stems to. Gone are the days when you have to sit at a desk for 10 hours straight, to pay your bills. While I believe technology can put stress on our lives, I also think there is a huge benefit to using it daily. There are so many ways to work remotely now and I believe that everyone should take advantage of them. Businesses do better when their employees are happy and employees are most comfortable when they have the freedom to do what they want and need in life. 

 

Put down your phone

Put that phone down and focus on the moment that is in front of you. Being a blogger is very hard, but when I do it successfully, I have found that I am less stressed, create better memories, and I have enjoyed my day more than when I constantly video my day. Having our noses on our phones (looking at other people’s days), is limiting how great our day can be and we are not forming the connections with our family and friends like we used to. Put the phone down and spend much-deserved time with your people.

Convincing Your Parents To Move Into Assisted Living

As we get older, living independently can get harder. If your parents are beginning to struggle, it can be very difficult for both you and them. An assisted living facility can be the safest place for them to be, but elderly people won’t always like the idea of this. They might worry about losing independence or dignity, especially if they are already using an all-terrain mobility scooter, but you can help them to feel better about the idea.

 

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Number #1

First, approach the topic in the right way. Don’t bring it up as though you have already decided for them. Instead, mention that there might be some options available to make their life easier and more fun. 

Number #2

Some spend time together researching assisted living centers like Aegis Living. Offer to take your parents for a visit to see what they like and don’t like about the options nearby. If they’re willing to go, this is great, but don’t push the subject if they’re not. Drop the subject and try again another day.  

Number #3

Use a teachable moment to encourage. If one of your parents has had a fall or is beginning to struggle with tasks like cooking or getting dressed, use this to gently raise the subject again. Point out how lucky they are that it wasn’t a bigger issue, and ask what they would do if things got worse or they were hurt in an accident. Don’t frighten them, but encourage them to consider who would look after them. This might encourage them to reconsider thinking about living somewhere where they would have access to more help. Go gentle, but a reality check could be a big help. 

Number #4

Try not to push too hard. While it’s important to get them the help they need, pushing too hard will have the opposite effect. Pick your moments. For example, if your mother is complaining that they don’t see their friends as often, or your father is unhappy with managing the garden at home, use this to gently broach the subject. This can help them to feel they are making this decision themselves and for the right reasons. If they’re in control, the process will be much smoother. 

Number #5

Ask your friends to see if anyone you know has an elderly relative who is doing well in a local assisted living community. Do your parents have friends who have already made the move themselves? Get these people to talk to your parents and tell them about the good parts of these communities. They can discuss their worries with someone who understands and can better put their minds at ease. Knowing someone in the facility can help too, as they will already know someone and find it much easier to make friends when they arrive. 

Lastly

If you can’t find a facility where they will already know someone, find somewhere that offers the sort of activities they enjoy. If they can settle in and get to know the other residents through cards, dance classes, or a gardening club, they’re sure to settle in much faster.

Making An Individual Contribution To Fighting The Climate Crisis

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With a deepening climate crisis, it is becoming ever more clear that we need to be taking much better care of our environment. Whether the focus for doing this should be on governments, businesses, or the individual may be something that world leaders cannot seem to reach a consensus on, but it does remain that we should all be doing something. And instead of waiting around for governments to tell us what we need to be doing, we should all be taking decisive action right now to reduce our impact on the planet. After, it is the only one that we have. 

 

Here are some areas in which you should consider making improvements in your life. 

 

Water Conservation

 

While 70% of the planet may be covered by water, most of this is not drinkable. There is less and less drinking water available and many countries are facing a crisis point. Some areas of South Africa recently came very near to having to permanently turn off their municipal water supply because of a lack of water. Fortunately, citizens got behind water conservation measures and reversed the trend. However, it is still estimated that within the next five years two billion people will be without clean sanitary water that they can live off 

 

Our clean water supplies are getting used up in several different areas. Many industries such as agriculture will use vast amounts of water in production, and across the globe individuals often treat water as an infinite resource, which it is not. 

 

Reducing your water consumption is something that you can do to help the environment. This starts by not flushing the toilet as often, not leaving taps running, having showers instead of baths, and not using a hose to water your garden. You could look at getting Team Poly water butts to collect rainwater which could be used for flushing toilets and watering your garden. Making good use of natural water delivery systems takes the pressure off the valuable water reserves that we all so vitally need. 

 

Switch To A Green Energy Provider

 

With many major power companies still burning fossil fuels to create power for our homes, it is clear that this is an area that needs improving. While you may not have the power to change this as an individual, if enough people start to switch to green suppliers, this will push the major power providers to change the way that they do business or face extinction. 

 

There are many great green energy suppliers out there, many of whom are great in the way that they manage their customers and run their businesses. Check out the credentials of a few operating in your area, compare their prices and services, and ditch the smog-producing power companies that we just don’t need in society anymore. 

 

Then, look for ways that you can improve and reduce your energy consumption by switching off unnecessary appliances and lights when you are not using them.