15 habits that will take you out of your comfort zone and change your life for the better

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They may not seem very pleasant at first, but the result is worth the effort.

1. Wake up earlier
Ideally before sunrise. While others are asleep, you can calmly tune in to a productive day in silence.

2. Start your morning with physical activity
Does even the very thought of it hurt you? But a workout in the morning will help boost your energy, and you can devote the evening with a clear conscience to other activities.

3. Take a cold shower
This procedure is recommended to be done regularly to improve blood circulation and skin condition, relieve stress and improve your mood.

4. Watch your diet
Install a calorie counting app and keep a food diary. You’ll be surprised at how few substances your body needs and how much sugar and fat you consume. Eat lean meats and vegetables, and try to reduce your cereal intake. And always listen to your body!

5. Be honest with yourself
This is probably the hardest, but most valuable habit. Make a list of people you have good or bad things to say to, and describe your feelings about them in letters. Some you can hand those letters to and observe how it has affected your relationship. Also, think about what you experienced in the process of describing your feelings and emotions. This is an important experience.

6. Keep track of expenses and learn to save
From car repairs to a cup of coffee, track every penny you spend for a few months to develop the habit of being conscious about your finances. And try paying for everything you can in cash. The need to physically feel the money in your hands and part with it will make you think twice before making another purchase. And the habit of saving money for a rainy day will help you more than once in life.

7. Practice speaking in public
You never know when this experience might come in handy. The practice process itself will improve your communication skills and give you confidence.

8. Make time to read
Reading fiction makes us smarter, increases our emotional intelligence, and can even help with stress and depression. Get in the habit of putting things off regularly and setting aside some time for books.

9. Get a hobby or side project
In the hustle and bustle of the workday, it’s often difficult to find a couple of hours for other activities, but they are worth the time spent. A variety of interests is the key to a balanced life. But don’t rush from one thing to the next, pick something you enjoy and pursue it.

10. Meet people
See an interesting person? Come over and meet him or her. New people bring new opportunities into our lives. Don’t miss your chance!

11. Do volunteer work
Volunteering and charity work helps us feel like we are part of something bigger than ourselves. It’s a wonderful experience that everyone should have.

12. Develop patience
No one likes to wait. Everyone has important meetings and urgent things to do. But sometimes things don’t go according to plan: flight delays, breakdowns, incompetent people piss us off. However, putting yourself in stress and snapping at others is not the solution. So every time something happens not your way, just stop and breathe.

13. Achieve your goals at the limit of your abilities
Start simple and raise the bar until you need to make a really serious effort to achieve the stated result. If you run 1 km every morning, 10 km will seem like an unrealistic goal at first. Set it for a year and gradually increase the load. And when the goal is reached, you will be surprised at what you can do.

14. Give up your smartphone before bedtime
The blue light from the display has a negative effect on falling asleep, so put your smartphone away a couple of hours before bed and let your brain set up for a healthy rest.

15. Don’t dwell on the past.
Everyone has occasional regrets about the past, and it’s important to analyze your mistakes. But it is so easy to wallow in despondency and anger over things that cannot be changed. Don’t turn these toxic emotions into a habit! Learn from past mistakes, but don’t let them define your future.