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  • Writer's pictureDr Maike Neuhaus

How to feel alive and live life to the fullest

Feeling alive and living life to the fullest is the epitome of flourishing. Unfortunately, it can be a challenging task for many people.


With the daily demands of work, family, and other responsibilities, it can be easy to get caught up in the monotony of everyday life and forget to truly enjoy it, pursue one's purpose and prioritise mental wellbeing.


However, there are a few simple steps you can take to help you feel more alive and make the most of each day.

How to feel alive and live life to the fullest
How to feel alive and live life to the fullest

One of the most important things you can do to feel more alive is to make sure you are getting enough sleep.

Sleep is essential for good physical and mental health, and a lack of sleep can make you feel sluggish, irritable, and unproductive. Make sure you are getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night and try to establish a regular sleep schedule.


Another important step you can take to feel more alive is to exercise regularly.

Exercise has been shown to improve mood, reduce stress, and boost energy levels. Even a short walk or jog around the block can do wonders for your mood and energy levels.


Eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help you feel more alive by providing your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly. Avoiding processed foods and sugary drinks can also help you feel more energized and focused.


Spend time outdoors and in nature.

Being in nature has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health and well-being. It can help to reduce stress and anxiety and improve overall mood. Whether it's taking a walk in the park, going for a hike, or simply sitting outside on a sunny day, spending time outdoors can help you feel more alive.


Set goals and work towards achieving them.

Having something to work towards can give you a sense of purpose and direction, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from achieving your goals can be incredibly fulfilling. Whether it's learning a new skill, starting a new hobby, or taking a trip you've always wanted to go on, setting goals can help you make the most of your life.


Spend time with the people you love.

Whether it's family, friends, or a romantic partner, having people in your life who care about you can be incredibly meaningful and fulfilling. Take the time to nurture your relationships and make sure you are spending quality time with the people who matter most to you.


Understand your values and live by them.

Values are the things that are most important to you in life, and when you understand and align your actions with your values, you will find that you are living in a way that is true to yourself. Take some time to reflect on what your values are, whether it's family, career, health, or something else.

Importantly, once you have a clear understanding of your values, make a conscious effort to align your actions with them. This could mean making time for your family, making a career change, or taking steps to improve your health. Living by your values will give you a sense of purpose and fulfilment, and help you feel more alive and in control of your life. Remember that values are not set in stone, they may change over time, it's important to reassess and realign your actions accordingly.


Take time for yourself and do things that bring you joy.

Whether it's reading a book, taking a bath, or going to a yoga class, taking time for yourself can help you feel more centred and balanced. It can be easy to get caught up in the demands of everyday life, but taking time for yourself can help you feel more alive and fulfilled.

Pursue personal growth.

Committing to personal growth and continuously setting new goals is another essential aspect of feeling alive and living life to the fullest. Personal growth is a lifelong process that involves continuous learning and development. Setting new goals for yourself is a great way to keep pushing yourself to grow and improve. Whether it's learning a new skill, taking on a new challenge, or pursuing a new interest, having something to work towards can help you feel more alive and engaged in your life. Personal growth can be achieved in many ways, it could be through reading, attending classes, and workshops or just by taking on new responsibilities.


Set goals.

It is important to set realistic and achievable goals, and to break them down into smaller steps, so that you can see progress and be motivated to keep going. Remember that personal growth is not just about achieving your goals, but also about the journey, the process of learning and growing, and the person you become in the process. Embrace the unknown and be open to new experiences, this will help you to learn and grow as a person, and in turn, you will live a more fulfilling life.


Feeling alive and living life to the fullest requires a combination of self-awareness, self-care, and intentional living. By understanding and aligning with your values, committing to personal growth and setting new goals, you will be able to live in a way that is true to yourself and make the most of each day. Remember, life is a journey and personal growth is an ongoing process, so embrace the unknown and be open to new experiences.


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