Now more than ever, it’s important to take care of you. Mind and body. In this blog, we’re laying out 12 very important tips for a happier, healthier you, because it’s vital that we keep on track of what matters most, besides, we’ve only got one body and brain for our whole lives, so looking after it should be a top priority.
Giving is one of the most wholesome things you can do. You don’t have to have a lot of money or have plenty of available assets. You can set your self a target to give one compliment a day, one kind gesture. Giving at times when you may be struggling your self can be a form of therapy. It teaches you to be grateful and aids you in your journey to a happier lifestyle.
With plenty of immediate access to social media channels, influencers with perfect bodies and celebrities on TV, it’s easy for people, especially the younger generation, to feel like their body isn’t perfect. But guess what? No one is. Your uniqueness is the one thing you’ve got to stand out from the world, so when the time comes that you embrace it, expect to welcome a rush of happiness and improved mental health!
Eat a Nourishing Diet
Your body is your temple and you wouldn’t find greasy, beige foods in a temple every day, would you? It’s vital to eat nourishing foods. We’re not saying don’t treat your self, it’s important to indulge now and again in your favourite foods! But, it’s also important to eat plenty of fruits, veggies, greens, organic foods and drink lots of water. Your body will thank you for it! You’ll take advantage of feeling more energetic, less fatigued and less bloated.
Make a Plan
Planning the next 6 months, 1 year or even 5 years of your life isn’t essential no, but on average younger people who planned what they’d like to do in the future, had a higher chance of succeeding. It doesn’t have to be a detailed plan, just a brief flow chart of what you want to happen. Highlight goals, time frames and anything else you want to achieve. Looking back and checking, changing and jotting down updates will give you the clarity you need to live a happier, focused and more fulfilled life!
A great step to feeling happier within your self is turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts. Seemingly tricky at first, doing this constantly will become a habit, until you think positively all of the time. Are you unhappy with the service of the lady in the cafe? Rather than think (and say) something negative, turn it into a positive experience, “maybe she’s had a bad morning, I bet her service is usually amazing.”. This form of cognitive therapy will stick after a length of time and become routine!
You’ll become a more pleasant, cheerful human being.
Get plenty of Vitamin Goodness
Sunshine, as the majority may know has endless benefits for our mind, body and soul. It can help clear skin, replenish your senses and give you the boost you need to be a healthier, happier version of your self. While Vitamin D is important, so is Vitamin C. Ensure you’re eating fruits and veggies like satsumas and kale which contain vital vitamins that boost energy and offer that essential source of fibre.
Have ‘You’ Time
Having a down day? Go on YouTube and watch some inspiring, funny videos. Speak to a friend on the phone or put on your favourite comedy. There’s nothing better than a good dose of laughter. Feel inspired via reading books and listening to podcasts. Or, just simply take a nap. Everyone is entitled to wind down and enjoy the simple things in life, in fact, it’s essential for a fulfilled and happy existence.
You and I both knew this would be on the list, but there’s no escaping it if you want to feel fresher, healthier, more fulfilled and energetic. Put on your gym shoes and go for a brisk walk around the block. Breathe in the fresh air and pick up the pace. Practice your breathing. Meet a friend at the gym once a week. Exercise is so important for a balanced and healthy lifestyle, so however you do it, make sure your body is moving.
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Being thankful is something each and every one of us should practise in our lives. Most of us are lucky. For the phone in our hand or the TV on our wall. The food in our stomach or the drinkable water in our taps. Practising gratitude can be done in several ways. Write a list of what you’re grateful for and read it each day, or repeat it quietly to your self on the bus in the morning. Doing this is a form of meditation and is proven to ease anxiety.
Do you dread what’s under your bed or behind the sofa? Now is the time to have a de-clutter! Check the weather, when is it next going to be raining all day? Spend the day decluttering your room or house, it’s just another way of having a clearer, more focused mind. You’ll chuckle along the way with the things you find and it’ll aid you in becoming more happier, healthier and less foggy.
Avoid Negative News
The news can be extremely overwhelming, and guess what? It’s OK to take a step back from the news. If you’re finding there’s an overwhelming volume of negative and distressing stories in the news, turn the TV off, mute the radio and put your phone down. Social media can get a little bit too much, so the right thing to do is to take your self away from it.
Ask the Big Question
For a happier, healthier you, ask the big questions. “What do I truly want in life?”, “What’s next for me?” and “What is important to me?”. Asking yourself these questions every once in a while will help you touch base with what really matters in your life, whether that be starting a family, passing a test or course, or starting a new hobby.
It’s important we question ourselves in life, getting to grips with how we’re living life and if we could be happier, and therefore taking steps to do so. Becoming truly happy happens from within, so once you start following these 12 steps and listening to your mind and body, you can really start to embrace the journey to a happier, healthier you.