These are the top habits and random tips, tricks & advice for a fulfilling single life, to help you thrive and make the most of it.
Navigating the intricacies of singlehood (especially in your 30s) is an opportunity for profound self-discovery and growth. Taking your time to savour this period in your life doesn’t mean you’re prolonging it or embracing singlehood forever. It means you’re utilising this time to work on yourself, your life and your self-relationship. So when you do find someone, you’ll be at a better vantage point to enter and create a healthy relationship with someone else.
Your single period is the perfect time to eliminate bad and negative habits, and instead, start developing and fostering healthier, more positive ones. These habits will improve the quality of your life and well-being. They will help you lead a happier, more fulfilling single life, which will help you attract better things, people and relationship. As a dedicated single life coach and embracing singlehood expert, my goal is to provide you with guidance on how to alleviate loneliness, enjoy and love your own company, and truly flourish during this unique phase of life. The following, are the top habits and random tips, tricks & advice for e fulfilling single life, and making the most of it for as long as it lasts.
Morning Routine Habits
Starting your day with purposeful morning routine habits is like laying the foundation for a fulfilling single life. These habits set the tone for your entire day, influencing your mindset, energy and productivity. These conscious actions establish a sense of accomplishment and clarity, helping you approach each day with a positive outlook. The Top Habits and Random Tips, tricks & Advice for a better single life, nestled within your morning routine, can become a powerful tool for boosting your overall well-being.
1. Make Your Bed Every Morning:
This simple act sets a positive tone for the day, providing a sense of accomplishment right from the start. It also helps you keep your space neat, be a more tidy person and make a habit of it. This task has been linked to increased productivity and a sense of accomplishment. Research by the National Sleep Foundation shows that making your bed can contribute to better sleep quality and a more organised mindset.
2. Start Phone-Free:
Avoid the urge to check your phone or social media as soon as you wake up. Allow yourself a peaceful moment before diving into the digital world. A study published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology highlighted the negative impact of early-morning social media use on overall well-being. By delaying your digital engagement, you’re giving yourself a valuable opportunity for mindfulness and calm.
3. Brush Your Teeth with the Opposite Hand:
It might sound odd, but this small change can awaken your brain and challenge your routine. Neuroscientists suggest that this simple act can stimulate brain activity and enhance cognitive function by engaging different areas of the brain. Alternatively, you can also do some other daily tasks with your opposite hand.
4. Clarity Before Decisions:
Ever woke up, and even before your morning coffee, you started deciding that you don’t feel like doing or working on something? Give yourself time to fully wake up before making important decisions. Your rested mind will thank you later. Studies have shown that decision-making is influenced by factors like sleep and fatigue. Allowing yourself time to fully wake up before making important choices can lead to more rational and informed decisions.
5. Smile at Yourself in the Mirror:
How about this, instead of pinpointing all of the things you dislike, that are wrong with you… Focus on something positive when you look at yourself. Greet yourself with a smile in the mirror – a simple gesture to boost your mood and self-confidence. The act of smiling, even at yourself, triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. This can instantly boost your mood and increase feelings of self-worth.
6. Begin with Gratitude:
Whether it’s for your health, for waking up or for the day ahead, make sure to start your day by expressing gratitude. Starting with a positive mindset can set the tone for a fulfilling day. Research in positive psychology emphasises the benefits of gratitude in enhancing overall well-being. Starting your day with a thankful attitude sets a positive tone for the rest of your activities.
Your working habits play a crucial role in shaping a better single life. Whether you work from home or in an office, these habits directly impact your efficiency, focus, and work-life balance. By consciously adopting these working habits from the Top Habits and Random Tips, tricks & Advice for a better single life, you’re enhancing your ability to manage tasks effectively while preserving precious time for self-care.
7. Ditch the Bed Office:
Designate a workspace away from your bed (and bedroom if possible) to maintain a clear boundary between your work and sleeping space. When you work from bed you’re also negatively impacting the quality of your sleep. And you’ll inevitably be less productive in your work and tasks. Not to mention, it can get very depressing very fast to spend the whole day in bed. The Sleep Foundation recommends maintaining a clear separation between work and rest spaces to improve sleep quality and mental clarity.
8. Clean Space, Clear Mind:
Prioritise tidying your workspace before diving into tasks, and on a regular basis. A clutter-free environment fosters focus and productivity. Make a habit of putting things away when as soon as you’re done with them. Clean as you go allong, and don’t let it all pile up. A study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that a clutter-free environment can lead to increased focus and reduced stress levels.
9. A Place for Everything:
Ever looked at a pile of mess, or a disorganised room and felt lost? Had no idea where to even begin? Practise the “put it away” rule. Return items to their designated spots to avoid unnecessary clutter. When you put things away right away, it’s so much easier to maintain order and be tidy. Psychology experts even suggest that an organised environment can positively impact mental health by reducing feelings of anxiety and overwhelm.
10. Separate Work and Meals:
Keep your eating space separate from your workspace to fully savour your meals and reduce distractions. When we’re distracted, we also tend to eat more as our stomachs and brains are connected, and it takes longer for your body to feel full. You also need to take these breaks to recharge and regain your energy. The Harvard Business Review highlights the importance of designated meal breaks to recharge your cognitive resources and maintain optimal productivity.
11. Breaks for Balance:
Regular breaks rejuvenate your mind and prevent burnout. Use these moments to clear your mind and let it rest, recharge, away from work-related thoughts. I used to take advantage of every break to “utilise” my time and ended up doing the opposite. The Pomodoro Technique, a time management method, has been proven to enhance productivity. Short breaks during focused work intervals help sustain your energy and creativity, and prevent burn-out.
Lifestyle, Hygiene & Health
Embracing a well-rounded lifestyle, complete with hygiene and health habits, is an essential step toward a better single life. These habits contribute to your physical well-being, mental clarity, and overall happiness. These lifestyle habits, interwoven with the Top Habits and Random Tips, tricks & Advice for a better single life, empower you to create a life that is vibrant, health-conscious, and deeply satisfying.
12. Venture Outside Daily:
Get out of the house at least once a day, and avoid staying indoors (especially remaining static) all day long. Embrace the outdoors daily to breathe in fresh air, soak up vitamin D, and maintain a healthy connection with nature. The Journal of Environmental Psychology reports that spending time in nature is associated with improved mood, reduced stress, and enhanced cognitive function.
13. Walk at Least Once a Day:
A daily walk is a gentle yet effective way to clear your mind, boost your mood, and stay physically active. Also, it gets you out of the house daily and regularly. Many studies have shown that daily walking is linked to a lower risk of chronic diseases, improved mental health, and increased life satisfaction. Moving your body and being in nature can also help you with battling your anxiety, and spend some quality alone time.
14. Cook and Nourish:
Preparing your meals not only ensures a healthier diet but also instils a sense of accomplishment and self-care. Cooking is also very therapeutic, a useful skill to learn, and a great way to spend quality time with yourself. Studies have shown that it’s not only healthier (and cheaper) than eating out. It also improves your overall health choices, as well as your well-being.
15. A Longer Shower/Bath Once a Week:
While I’m a huge fan of showers, I usually try to limit them to 5-10, so as to not waste too much time or water. That said, treat yourself to a luxurious, longer shower or bath once a week. It’s a small indulgence that can make a big difference. There are a few studies that show the importance of self-care practices like longer baths or showers in reducing stress and promoting relaxation.
16. Don’t Skip Steps in Your Routine:
A consistent routine is vital for a fulfilling single life. Skipping steps may seem harmless, but research shows it impacts your well-being. Skipping once can quickly become a habit. Research and studies found structured routines reduce stress and boost productivity. Each step, like making your bed, cleaning your face or practicing gratitude, serves a purpose. Embrace your routine, mundane to meaningful, for a more organised and balanced life. It’s a key part of your self-discovery and growth journey in singlehood.
17. Fuel Your Motivation:
Create a cycle of motivation by pairing together two elements or aspects in your life. For example: Listening to audiobooks motivates me to walk more, and walking motivates me to listen to more audiobooks. This is great when you want to do something more, but are struggling to motivate yourself or be consistent. Your motivation cycle needs to consist of a combination of your needs, drive, incentive, and disillusionment.
Personal Development & Growth
Your journey toward a better single life is incomplete without a commitment to personal development and growth. Cultivating habits that nourish your emotional resilience and expand your horizons enrich your singlehood experience. Embracing the Top Habits and Random Tips, tricks & Advice for a better single life in the realm of personal development empowers you to respond to challenges with wisdom and engage in continuous self-improvement, leading to a more fulfilling and empowered single life.
18. Pause Before Reacting:
Have you ever reacted or responded in the heat of the moment, and ended up saying something you regretted? Perhaps made things even worse? Or just gave someone who didn’t deserve it, a peace of your mind, emotions and energy? Take a moment before responding to situations, messages and people. This practice promotes thoughtful communication and reduces impulsivity. Often, when we take time to relax, it puts things into perspective. You may even discover that it is not worth your time or energy, and that no matter what you say, it won’t make a change or impact.
19. Try to Keep Calm Under Stress:
Stressing yourself out in stressful situations will not make it any better, in fact, it will likely make it worse. In stressful moments, remain calm and collected. Cultivate techniques like deep breathing to navigate challenges gracefully. The Mayo Clinic suggests that deep breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques can help manage stress and promote emotional resilience.
20. Reflect on Your Own Actions & Words for Improvement:
Instead of dwelling on mistakes, or start blaming everyone else, ask yourself what you could have done differently. This mindset fosters personal growth and encourages you to learn and do better in the future. Even in situations where you were wronged, make a habit on focusing on reflection on your own actions and words. Self-reflection is a cornerstone of personal growth. Psychologists highlight how reviewing past experiences can lead to greater self-awareness and behaviour modification.
21. Find Joy in Small Acts of Kindness:
Engaging in acts of kindness, whether big or small, cultivate positive emotions and strengthens your connection to others. You’re not only harbouring a healthier, happier mindset, you’re also spreading it to the people around you. Research published in the Journal of Happiness Studies indicates that performing acts of kindness can significantly boost happiness and life satisfaction.
22. The Art of Walking Away:
Sometimes, the best response is no response, and more often than not, a response only fuels the fire or just changes nothing. Walking away from negative situations preserves your inner peace and prevents you from unnecessary confrontations. The American Psychological Association recommends disengaging from conflicts that are not productive or healthy, preserving your mental and emotional well-being. It’s also important to be attuned with yourself and learn when to engage and when not to.
23. Face Your Fears:
More often than not, fear prevents us from moving forward and taking leaps of faith. When uncertainty strikes, ask yourself, “What’s the worst that can happen?” In most cases, your fears may seem less daunting in the light of day. There will also always be fear present, and if we always let it dictate our decisions, it will only hold us back. Psychology Today suggests that confronting fears through rational analysis can diminish their emotional power and help you make more informed decisions.
24. Choosing Growth in Every Decision:
Before making a decision based on laziness, ask yourself: “What’s the easiest/hardest choic?” Then, choose to be the person who doesn’t constantly take the easy way out. Embrace challenges that lead to growth, even if they seem difficult at first. Choosing the path of growth paves the way for a fulfilling single life. The Harvard Business Review emphasises that embracing challenges and choosing the path of personal growth leads to increased resilience and adaptability.
Expenses, Spending & Saving Money
Managing your finances through mindful spending and saving habits is a pivotal aspect of crafting a better single life. Financial well-being directly influences your peace of mind and sense of security. Integrating the Top Habits and Random Tips, tricks & Advice for a better single life into your financial routine empowers you to make informed decisions, reduce stress, and create a solid foundation for your singlehood journey.
25. Mindful Consumption:
If it ain’t finished yet, don’t get more of it, and avoid accumulating items that go unused. Commit to buying only what you genuinely need and will use, at the time that you need it, not before. Embracing the Minimalism in life advocates for intentional buying, reducing waste, and focusing on items that genuinely add value to your life. It allows you to live your life with intention and purpose.
26. Don’t Spend if You Don’t Have it:
I know it’s hard to resist the temptation, but if you can’t afford something, then you don’t buy it. And don’t put it on a payment plan. Wait until you can afford to pay it in one payment. Stick to your budget and spend within your means. This discipline ensures you’re building a solid foundation for your future. Especially when you’re single and financing yourself alone. Studies found a direct link between financial stress and negative health outcomes. Sticking to a budget promotes both financial stability and mental well-being.
27. Selective Outings:
I know, it’s hard to limit going out, especially when trying to keep in touch with everyone. But restaurants and bars are the biggest money suckers. I mean, you can buy at least one bottle of wine for the price of a glass at a bar. So why not suggest a night in and drinking instead at someone’s home? It’s also so much cosier and more effective for connecting and bonding. Be intentional with your social outings. Choose experiences that align with your interests and values.
28. Pre-Cook & Prep Your Meals:
Cooking and meal prepping not only save money but also allow you to explore your culinary skills and savour homemade delights. And as I mentioned before, you’re also spending valuable time alone. You’re also wasting less time by cooking or preparing food every single day. The American Heart Association emphasises the health benefits of home cooking, including a reduced risk of obesity and chronic diseases.
29. Digital Detox:
Other than spending some time away from social media and screens (which tempt you to buy and impact your well-being) regularly assess your subscriptions, mailing lists, and apps. Clearing the digital clutter can lead to a more focused and intentional online experience. You also have way less temptations to purchase shiny new things, you otherwise wouldn’t have even found or noticed.
30. Financial Insight & Monitoring:
You know that dreaded feeling you get every time you go to check your accounts? So awful that you often avoid it? Yet, it’s this that makes us less financially balanced and responsible. Keep a close eye on your bank account and monitor your expenses regularly. This practice empowers you to make informed financial decisions and plan for the future. Studies suggests that tracking expenses and monitoring financial goals leads to greater financial responsibility and control.
Embracing singlehood is about nurturing your relationship with yourself, fostering personal growth, and building a fulfilling life that brings you joy and contentment. By adopting these habits and advice, you’re setting the stage for a thriving single life that celebrates your individuality and empowers you to make the most of this precious time. Success in singlehood is a journey, and each step you take contributes to your overall well-being and happiness.
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