It is easy enough to say that you should be eating right and exercising to stay healthy, but this advice can be simplistic. Working toward becoming happy should always be the top goal, with building healthy habits as a pit stop along the way.
1. Eat more fruits and vegetables. This is one of the best secrets to improving your physical well-being. Fruits are high in vitamin C. You should also be eating bright produce, as these foods are higher in anti-oxidants.
2. Get the sleep your body needs. Sleeping is known to curb excessive snacking. Plus, when you wake up in the morning you will feel fresh and well-rested rather than exhausted.
3. Learn to spend some quiet time with yourself. Some choose to meditate during this time, but others journal or just spend time outside thinking. This can significantly decrease stress.
4. Make a point of moving each day. You do not have to engage in intense exercise each time, but you should get out and walk, garden or ride a bike. This will increase your potential life span and lower your risk of contracting certain diseases. Plus, exercise releases endorphins that will make you feel fantastic.
5. Get rid of negativity in your life. If there is something wrong with your body, work on fixing it. Start by visiting a doctor, and getting an check-up. If you do not have enough time to go visit a doctor in person, make sure to atleast use an online doctor consultation before you start exercising.
6. Start writing in a journal. When you feel any intense emotion, keep note of it. This outlet can help stomp out some of your negative emotions.
7. Create a mission statement for your life and things you hope to accomplish. It should be short and to the point. Remind yourself of this statement each day as you aim to fulfill your life’s mission.
8. Learn when to say no. Do not be afraid to turn down offers you are uninterested in. You will be much happier when you are not dragging yourself around simply to please others. Eliminate that stress from your life.
9. Get out of the house at least once a day. Isolation can lead to anger, depression and a sedentary lifestyle.
10. Take a class at the local college. This is healthy for your brain and could even enhance your social life.
Author: Nat D visited India first in 2003. She has been living in India for the last 6 years teaching yoga to school children. Currently, she is also involved with icliniq, helping people with problems connect with psychiatrists in Delhi, and which aims to bring healthcare to the poor and rural areas in India.