Life is a race. Every year each one of us makes a new year resolution to stay healthy and happy. But how many of us actually succeed in accomplishing those? To be happy and healthy does not require lot of money and time- just a little desire and motivation. It is difficult to change ingrained habits, but if we work gradually then the chances of achieving those goals are higher. Practicing small lifestyle changes like the following in our daily routine can transform our life and give it a new perspective.
Early to bed early to rise- we all are used to using our phones and tablets or watch tv till the last minute before we fall asleep. This in turn causes disturbed or inadequate sleep. You often wake up tired and leads to a stressful day ahead. So, instead turn off your devices one to 2 hours before bedtime and get a nice and sound 6 to 7 hours of sleep. Wake up fresh and have a great day ahead.
Have plenty of water- have a glass of warm water first thing after you wake up. It helps to wake you up and your body as well. If you can remember to have a glass of water every 1 to 2 hours then its fine. But if you are someone like me, who sucks at that, then download a water reminder app. Drinking at least 2 to 3 litres of water everyday is very necessary. We need to keep our body hydrated. If it goes into dehydration you are bound to have headaches and stay groggy through out the day. And we need to avoid that.
Eat fresh and local food- Every week go visit the local market and get fresh supplies. Get in a habit of cooking your own meals. If you are unable to do so everyday, prepare your food in a batch every Sunday, so you automatically wont eat unhealthy. Throw away all that junk and packaged food. The best way is to not get it in the house in the first place. When you don’t have it in your reach, you would not crave for it. Eat all seasonal fruits and vegetable. There is a reason why you get them in a particular season. Get in a habit of planning out your meals in advance. So this way you know what you need to get from the stores. And try not to put packaged food in your trolley. And, this is very important, never skip any meal. Especially your breakfast. It should be filling and of course healthy so as to avoid cravings through out the day. Also get in to the habit of eating every 2 to 3 hours. This helps maintain blood sugar levels and keeps up the body metabolism.
Planning- Plan out your next day today. Invest in a good to do list and scheduler or planner. Some people can do it for the entire week and someone like me does it every night only for the next day. You can even find many apps for the same in your play store. Go through this list every morning while sipping your water or morning tea. So automatically your brain prepares itself for what lies ahead. Plus you don’t need to stress about things. And this includes planning for food as well. I, usually make two lists. 1 is a to do list with all that I plan to accomplish in a week and the 2nd is a daily planner wherein I chalk out my tasks for the entire day. This includes my blog, other social media, household chores and stuff related to kids. Trust me, this helps a lot in getting hold of your daily life. And so less stress and happier you.
Get your ass off that couch- Get moving honey! Sitting on that couch is not gonna help any way. Start exercising. It might be something as simple as a brisk walk. But do it every day. As we all know we need to do at least 10k steps everyday. Start with a small goal of say 3k steps and gradually go up to 10k. But this doesn’t mean you do 3k steps in one single go. No!!! You have to be active through out the day. Choose zumba or aerobics or bollywood dancing. But make sure to sweat it out. Exercising daily leaves you with lesser lethary and more energy. It makes you feel good about yourself. People having desk jobs should make it a point to take a break and leave the desk every couple of hours. Take a small walk, or Just do some stretching exercises near your desk.
Practice gratitude- everyday before going to bed, think about the best thing that happened to you that day. And be thankful for that. Be thankful for the everyday small things that we often take for granted. Practicing gratitude makes you happy like nothing else can.
Self care- everyday make sure to take out a little time only for yourself. Even 10 mins in your happy place with a cup of tea/ coffee is enough. Stand in front of the mirror and praise yourself. Every day say good things to yourself. Go to a spa or a movie or a dinner date or just chill at home. We need to nourish ourselves to be able to do that to others. Love yourself the way you do to others, or maybe more than that.
Declutter- get rid of all the excess baggage that we usually carry around with us. Declutter your closet, kitchen, house and your mind. Make room for more light, fresh air and happy thoughts. Practice positivity in your life. Give your surroundings and your Mind that much needed makeover and see that glow on your face.
Get away from haters- say goodbye to all those you put you down, who say and do bad things for you. Don’t let anybody take you for granted. Haters are gonna hate, no matter how nice you are to them. So isn’t it better to chuck them out of your life. Surround yourself with people who know you for the good in you, people who uplift you and friends who stuck with you even during your worst times.
Small things great joys- This is one thing that I always say that we need to learn from kids ‘Appreciating small things’. With the aim of achieving higher goals, we often forget our smaller goals. Unknowingly we ignore the small everyday joys that come our way. And so we miss out on many important moments in life. We should learn to appreciate these small things to stay happy. Achieving the bigger goal is going to take time, till then soak in these small joys and stay happy.
Learn to say no- Whether its unhealthy food or toxic people. Learn to say no. Often we do things just for someone else’s happiness and in the process upset ourselves. We have to stop that. We stay in a relationship with someone only because they need us, but we ignore the fact that that very person is hurting us constantly. Break away from such people. it might be someone from your family or a friend or your boss. Say no when someone offers you unhealthy food. Practicing this is difficult, but is for our best in the long run.
“Your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change..”