Simple Ways to Improve Your Quality of Life

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You deserve to be happy! If you need to put a little oomph back in your step or simply realize there is always room for improvement, check out these simple and inexpensive ways to improve your quality of life!

Get a Library Card

No one can argue the benefits of reading. It keeps your brain sharp, improves your analytical skills, and enhances your vocabulary, but if those benefits are not enough to get you turning pages, consider reading’s stress relieving capacity. Reading a good book is like going on a mini vacation (without all the hassle of luggage, flights, and jetlag). You can live out a dream, solve a mystery, or travel through time from home, riding the train, or on a break at work. It’s an instant escape from everyday life and a great way to relax and de-stress.

Worried developing a book habit will cost you? I will be the first to admit scooping up each new release can start to wreak havoc on your bank account, but there’s no need to go buying every book you want to read. There is a magical place called the library where they hand you whatever you want to read for free, you just have to promise to bring it back! Crazy right? In all seriousness, I have have more of an appreciation for the library now at twenty-something than I ever did as a kid. I now reserve my book purchases to stories I know I will want to read again and again, and give everything else a test drive from the library. Getting a library card is free and easy, all you need is some form of identification and usually a piece of mail with your address.

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Buy a Good Pillow

The quality of sleep you get each night is so important to your overall well being. While a new mattress might not fit into the budget, purchasing a new pillow is a great way to improve your sleep and overall quality of life. A good pillow is definitely worth the investment, but make sure to take your sleeping preferences into consideration. Certain pillows are better for people who prefer to sleep on their side, while others work out better for back and stomach sleepers so do your research.

To find out more on why a good night’s sleep is so important, and how to get one, check out wellness blogger Sophie J’s article for The Daily Quirk.

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Adopt a Pet

We often underestimate how important companionship is to us as human beings. Having a furry friend around can go a long way towards improving your mental health and mood, especially if you live alone. Pet adoptions cost substantially less than buying a pet from a breeder or pet store, and give a deserving animal the same chance at a better quality of life you’re working towards.

Keep in mind that adopting a pet is a big responsibility and not something you should consider if you’re not prepared or able to give an animal the care and attention is deserves. If you don’t have time for a pet of your own, consider volunteering at a local animal rescue.

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Try Yoga – or any sort of workout

We all know working out releases endorphins, which instantly boast our mood, and of course working out improves our health in the long term, but how many of us really keep up with a steady work out routine? I know I’m guilty of falling off and on the aerobic workout wagon more times than I can count, but there is one workout I never stay away from too long, yoga.

Yoga is great for both body and mind. It improves strength and flexibility while helping you to step away from everything for a few minutes and focus on the moment.  You don’t need to join a gym, have a bunch of special equipment, or a large work out space to get the full benefit of yoga either.

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Make time for Friends

As I said before, we often forget we are meant to be social creatures… and by social I don’t mean tweeting, emailing, and texting. I mean we, as human beings, get a serious boast from being around other people. Making time for friends and family is incredibly important to your quality of life and overall well being. Even the busiest schedule has a small piece of time that can be set aside to be spent with people you enjoy.

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