Taking control of your life can seem intimidating. However, take comfort in the fact that everybody feels frumpy, grumpy and not terribly together at some point in their lives. There is no magic bullet solution for everything at once, but if you make changes on a sustained basis, you will see results.

Revamp your diet

It's simple really. Cut down on carbs, fat, sugar and salt to feel great, lose weight and be healthier. If only it were that easy, though. Stay away from temptation zones like bakeries, chippies and McDonald’s.

Instead opt for healthy and yet tasty sandwiches, salads packed full of colour and flavour. To ward off sugar cravings, eat sweet fruits such as pineapple, melon, peaches and grapes. Your skin, body and mind-set will thank you for it.

Spice up your love life
Forget about boring classified ads in the local rag, that's so yesterday's news! Online dating is booming with something to suit everyone. It's a great way to test the waters before diving in completely. Remember to be generous with the details on your profile and thoughtful in your responses to other people.

At Jazzed Australia, there's no room for a bad response with intriguing questions such as 'what are your secret talents?', 'do you think a sixth sense exists?' and 'what does it mean to be powerful?.' To find lovely singletons near you, check out

Of course you should be cautious when meeting new. There are some really useful  safety tips here to bear in mind. On the first few dates it’s a good idea to meet in a public place. Trust your instincts, they won't let you down. Be kind, honest and your truest self, and the right person will come along.

Start a fitness kick
Baby steps. Don't expect to go swimming between continents just yet. Start small with your workout and build up cardio resistance, strength and fitness in a slow yet manageable way. Get into a routine and don't break it. This will mean that you won't slip back into despondency.

Also, try exercising for fun instead of out of necessity. If you like walking, join a walking group that takes scenic routes around the city. If you enjoy dancing, join a samba or swing dance class. 

Get a new look 
Altering your look is one of the easiest ways to achieve a feeling of growth and change. There have been countless articles about this for women, so let's focus upon men. Go to an excellent barber and discuss the best way to grow and shape facial hair. If facial fluff isn't your thing, then go for a different haircut.

After this, take the trendiest friend you have, on a shopping trip and buy some new duds, including trousers, button-down shirts and casual t-shirts. 

Do what you love   
Embrace your passion, no matter what is it. There is no time like the present, and with our lives all zipping by at the speed of sound, you don't want to one day leave this planet with regrets. So take up scuba diving, learning Italian, pole dancing, yodelling or whatever floats your boat. 

Resource box

BBC Good Food
Healthy, tasty, hearty foods that are easy to prepare

Ask Men – Image Overhaul
A fashion guide for men who want a change of image when they start dating again

Live Your Passion
How to live your life with passion, from Oprah’s online magazine


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