Providing meaning to your life is important. We’re all driven by a search to find a purpose or meaning, whether it’s through our jobs, our social relationships, or even our hobbies; finding meaning is important to happiness. However, when we’re too busy searching for the purpose behind our lives, we don’t take the time to realize that we provide the meaning all on our own.
The meaning behind your life stems from your actions, how you live, what you do, and most importantly, what you don’t do.
If you feel like your life doesn’t hold meaning, you should revaluate how you live and where you find the most happiness. Just creating some healthy, weekly habits can change your entire outlook. Look at these six weekly habits that have the power to add meaning to your life.
1. Get Some Exercise
Find time in your busy schedule for yourself. Exercise is important, not only for your physical wellbeing, but your mental wellbeing as well. Just pick three days of the week to get some exercise, even if it’s just for twenty minutes or so. You’ll find that you feel better, your brain feels recharged, and that you have more energy for the rest of the week.
2. Turn Off Your Phone
It’s hard to get through the day without constantly checking your phone. It connects you to others, your email, and you may even need it for your job. However, too much phone time can force you to lose balance in your life, and with the people around you. No matter what’s on your phone, it can never replace the importance of face-to-face interactions.
3. Give Time to the Intellectual
Instead of watching Netflix or HBO, spend time reading scholarly articles or books. Your brain needs exercise just like your body, which means you need to challenge it on a regular basis. Take time out of your week to learn something new. There are several websites or weekly publications devoted to recent discoveries in science. Or, you can pick up a philosophical work by one of the greats, as long as you haven’t read it previously.
4. Eat the Same Breakfast or Lunch
Although this may sound boring, think about how much time you spend worrying about what you’re going to eat. Precious time is wasted simply questioning what to eat at a certain time of day, but by creating a routine, we limit the amount of time we waste trying to decide. In addition, eating the same meal for breakfast or lunch ensures that our bodies will react positively to the food.
5. Spend Some Time Planning Fun Activities
The workday can get boring, especially around Thursday afternoon when you start to get close to the weekend. If you’re like me, it probably gets boring a little earlier. Spend some time each day planning something fun you’ll do later that evening or on the weekend. It will give you something to look forward to and make the day a bit easier to manage.
6. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Making mistakes is frustrating, but it happens all the time. Everyone knows this, yet they tend to beat themselves up when it happens. Getting into the habit of writing your mistakes or worries down will help you realize how small they actually are. It also provides an outlet that allows you to devote attention to those issues; just writing them down could be enough to let your brain relax.