If you often feel sickly and exhausted, you might need a change of lifestyle that will bring new joy, enthusiasm, and spark into your life. You don’t have to turn your life a180 degrees, but a few small habit changes will certainly help you be happier every day.
Get moving but be moderate
Most adults don’t get enough daily exercise to be healthy and happy. You might hate the gym or live in an area that isn’t perfect for an outdoor workout, but there are so many things you can do to stay active. Choose an activity that is fun, like dancing, or opt for a team sport that will improve your social relationships while keeping you fit. However, don’t overwork yourself! Too much exercise can make you look older than you really are and make you feel like you lack energy. Find a good balance, and you’ll feel just right!
Go into nature
Spending even 10 minutes in nature will boost your mood and have many benefits to your overall health. It’s mainly due to exposure to sunlight, which boosts serotonin levels and makes you feel happy and calm. So, whenever you get the chance, spend some time surrounded by greenery!
Eat healthily and mindfully
When you get that snacky feeling at home, you’ll usually not be too picky and grab whatever is the closest. That’s why you need to stock up on healthy foods and snacks like seeds, nuts, and dried fruit to satisfy your munchies. Also, try to have your meals always at the same time and opt for healthy foods and smaller portions. Even if you don’t have time to cook every day, there are practical catering services that make and deliver amazing meals and snacks. They offer everything from meaty lunches to light salads and freshly squeezed juices and smoothies. By the way, try to eat slowly and really taste your food with every bite. Your meals will be more enjoyable and you’ll eat less, too!
One of the most beloved concepts in all happiness training camps and retreats is meditation. This activity has been synonymous with mental health and healthy living and for all the right reasons. Regular meditation helps to relieve stress, reduces anxiety, and helps with many mental issues. Just a few minutes of meditation in the morning can help you reduce overthinking and boost mindfulness.
Learn something new
People who enjoy learning new things and continue to do so throughout their lives are generally much more satisfied with their lives. Their brain is constantly challenged, rewired, and refreshed and they get to experience the sense of achievement every time they learn something new. So, try practicing a musical instrument, start learning a new language, or take up painting!
Do you often catch yourself watching YouTube videos long into the night or binging on a Netflix show until the morning? Well, ditch the habit and go to bed earlier. You can even set an alarm to notify you that it’s time to hit the hay. Also, don’t oversleep at weekends. This way, you’ll lose the whole morning and have a hard time waking up on Monday.
Have some tech-free time
Sure, technology is a huge commodity and an overall great thing. It allows you to watch all those funny cat videos, browse memes, and even read this article! However, it’s so easy to get addicted to your smartphone, laptop, and TV, so if you notice you’re staring into your gadgets a lot, try to break the habit. For instance, make tech-free zones in your home and limit your use of media before bed and right after you wake up. Have a real family meal without TV, read a few pages of a book before sleep, and meditate in the morning instead of checking your Instagram. This will allow you to spend more time with people you love, enjoy the real world around you, and also reduce the neck and back tension caused by screen time.
Being kind and generous is just amazing! It benefits people who need a helping hand AND it makes you feel all warm and happy inside. No matter how small your gesture is, it can mean the world to someone in need. For instance, just giving someone an honest compliment or advice, helping someone with their bags or paying for a stranger’s coffee will fill you up with good vibrations and make you feel great for the rest of the day. These little gestures will help you stay positive and happy while doing the same for someone else!
Laugh every day
Sometimes all you need to feel better is have a little laugh! Laughter improves mood, reduces stress and just makes you feel better overall. So, laugh with your family, friends, and colleagues, or just watch a good comedy or look at your pet doing silly things!
It doesn’t take much to improve your happiness and life satisfaction. Healthy eating and exercise habits mixed with a bit of mindfulness and fun will certainly make you happier every day!