Getting Your Life on Track

Life can get messy as the years go by. If you feel like you’re falling behind, take a deep breath and check out these easy tips for getting yourself back on track in all aspects of life.

Your Love Life

Your love life is a complex part of who you are, and most of us want to end up with a life partner at some point. If you don’t understand the direction your love life is taking, it can be discouraging and even confusing.

You might even get desperate and start thinking about how to get your ex-boyfriend back when he broke up with you. But for simpler love life solutions, consider these tips:

Get advice. You don’t have to write in to Dear Abby, but you can and should seek out relationship advice. Read up on dating blogs or ask your friends for some insight. Are you too clingy? Do you get passive aggressive, like your ex claimed? Seek out the truth.

 Embrace yourself. If your friends claim you have passive aggressive tendencies, then that’s a character flaw you could work on. You should never, however, change your personality to suit a guy. So what if he wants a “yes” woman? If you’re assertive, stay that way. If you’re dramatic, stay that way. You get to keep who you are.

 Get rid of unhealthy trends. Freud might have been right when he said we try to date our parents. (Weird.) If your boyfriends tend to treat you in the same unhealthy ways your parents did (distant, clingy, abusive, pushy) then you should take a step back. You deserve better. Don’t get stuck in relationship patterns.

Your Home Life

Do you share a bathroom with a ton of roommates and you’re over the age of 30? That needs to change. Owning your own space is a big part of getting your life on track, so consider these easy tips for improving your living situation:

Find a community. For you, “community” might mean moving closer to friends. It might mean a literal sustainable community like Starling at Big Lake in Edmonton. Wherever you have people, go find them. Where you put down roots plays a big role in your future relationships.

Commit to moving out. Often, we don’t move out from roommate or parent-basement situations because we don’t have a strong incentive. Moving out would cost us more money! Why should we move? Do whatever it takes to give yourself that incentive. The sooner you get your own place, the more you’ll feel like a responsible adult.

Figure out your budget. When you don’t know how much you can afford, getting your own home can be stressful. Do some studious math and see how much you can afford right now. Don’t be afraid to go small, or buy a duplex and rent out the other half. Where there’s a will (and smart financial planning) there’s way.

Your Health

Do you walk the fine line between feeling like a couch potato and a local celebrity? Don’t worry, find ourselves there at one point or another. This is often tied to our health – both mental and physical. Follow these easy solutions and you just might find yourself with an abundance of energy like you’ve never felt before:

  • Lose weight the easy way. Until you lose extra weight, it can be hard to achieve your other health goals, like regular exercise or fewer snacks. Instead of feeling stuck, try Fastin or another diet pill to get your weight to where you want it, sooner.
  •  Take a class. If you have a hard time committing to an exercise routine, try taking a class. When you’re forking over money to take tae kwon do, Irish dancing, or yoga, you won’t let yourself skip just because you’re not in the mood.
  • Take your vitamins. Do you get cravings a lot? Your body is making you crave things–but it doesn’t want ice cream, cheetos, or pickles. It wants a specific nutrient that you’re lacking. If you start taking vitamins on a regular basis, your cravings might go down–since you’re giving your body what it needs.

Your Love for Adventure

Have you ever had a friend say, “Come on, where’s your sense of adventure?” Well, if you decided to take a look but still couldn’t find it, then keep on reading.

There’s plenty to see and explore in this world and there’s a million and one reasons why you should take the time to take life by the reins and seek out an adventure. Experiences help you retain positive feeling so if you’ve been feeling down, maybe it’s time to get out there and start doing something about it:

 Do something a little scary. Adventure tends to come with a small sense of risk. Think of adventurous things like sky diving or surfing, or staying in a foreign country.  Adventure is all about getting outside your comfort zone, so pick something you enjoy and add a bit of danger to it. Do you like cave tours? Go on a self guided one. Do you like nature? Hike in the mountains.

Travel far away. Few things do wonders for your sense of adventure like taking a trip. Take a trip down under to the caravan parks in Cairns and you’ll get the luxurious beauty of a resort stay while experiencing the adventure and sunshine of Australia.

 Find adventurous friends. We tend to do what our friends do. If you have docile friends who like to stay home and knit, you won’t go on too many adventures. Friends who love to hike in mountains, go surfing, and explore the unexplored will help you regain your wild side.

The real secret to getting your life on track is just taking action, as often as you can. The more you commit to taking care of your life and the way you interact with others, the better off your love life, living situation, health, and sense of adventure will be. You might never have it all together but you can start working towards a better life and a brighter future.

It all comes down to being proactive and taking your life into your own hands. You’re already on your way. After all, you made it all the way to the end of this article. Give yourself a pat on the back and a cold drink, then go out in the world and make a name for yourself.