There comes a time every year, usually around the end of the year, when we consciously think about what is to come. We make a plan with respect to this new beginning in hopes that things will be different. The plan could be about changing old habits, making new ones, learning something new, or achieving personal growth.

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We all have days where we have to drag ourselves out of bed and, for lack of a better way to describe it, just feel “blah.” There are many reasons why you may feel less than inspired about life, from high stress levels at work to a poor diet or lack of exercise, but the good news is that you don’t have to let it ruin your day.

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Where in your life would like to see transformation? Maybe it’s improving your character and becoming a more patient and compassionate person. Maybe you want to excel in your career, or start exercising more often and eating better. I believe as human beings we are motivated to seek autonomy, personal growth, and a sense of competence. We all have the ability to become better people and fulfill our potential, but it’s easier said than done.

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Many people don’t put in their best effort unless they have to. When was the last time you tried to skimp by and just do the bare minimum? We’ve all been there and it probably won’t be the last time we battle with motivation. I struggle with motivation when I don’t care about what I’m doing or when I lack interest. Sometimes my lack of effort comes when I am feeling drained of energy and am overwhelmed with responsibilities. Either way, when I get in a funk I have to be intentional about giving my full effort and making the most of my experience. So what can you do the next time you start getting negative and are struggling with enthusiasm and engagement? Here are twenty tips to help you be at your best and make the most of each and every day.

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Many people tend to make things more complex than they have to be. Even when the answer is right in front of us we may overlook what is already there in search of a more complex approach. The same thing happens when we go looking for self-improvement, or ways to be happier and live a more fulfilled life. Trained to look over the simple explanations, we oversee them by a long shot. Happiness doesn’t have to be complex and difficult.

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You should never underestimate the role of nutrition in your brain’s day-to-day functioning. The right foods can have a demonstrative effect on your mental health and the brain’s ability to retain information and function at a high level. By contrast, the wrong foods can deliver significant setbacks that, over the course of time, inhibit your brain’s full potential.

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Stress is one of the top causes of physical and mental illness. People experience stress from many sources, whether it be money, work, relationships, or personal health. If we’re not aware of our stress levels it can catch up to us and leave us feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. If you have ever had one of those days where it was difficult to get out of bed and you just felt emotionally and mentally checked out you may have been experiencing some burnout. When we start to notice emotional and physical changes it’s important to manage our stress.

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