You only get one life in this world. And as such, you should work on ensuring that you’re living it to the fullest. While there are many elements that contribute to this, you’ll find that you can push yourself in the right direction in a significant way by working on improving your health and happiness.
If you have those two things in your life, then you’ll find it much easier to achieve success in other areas of your life (such as relationships, work, things like that). Fortunately, how you get there is not a complete mystery. There are tried and tested methods that anyone can do. In this blog, we’ll run through exactly what they are.
Review Your Lifestyle
We’re all creatures of habit. Very often, we fall into ways of being that just kind of happen. And while sometimes these elements of our lives can be positive, they’re not always. While an unhealthy lifestyle isn’t going to cause too much damage on a short-term basis, when you multiply those habits by years and decades, they can have a hugely detrimental impact. As such, it’s important to review your lifestyle from time to time. Just by conducting a little bit of analysis, you might just find that you can free yourself of a habit that’s dragging your life down. Of course, building new, healthier habits can be tough — a book like Atomic Habits can help to make it easy, even fun!
Make a Commitment
Our lives reflect what we value and prioritize. If you’re going to be healthy and happy, then you need to commit to bringing those things into your life. This may mean that you may have to minimize the amount of time that you spend doing other things; for example, if you want to be healthier, then that could mean going to the gym when you really want to just sit on the couch and watch television. This can be tough in the beginning, but it won’t be long before you begin to feel the positive impacts of your actions.
There are a lot of benefits to living in the modern world, but it’s not all positive. For instance, much of the food that you’ll find freely available in supermarkets isn’t as good for you as it could be. It’s always worth remembering that supermarkets exist to make a profit, not to provide the world with the healthiest foods. If you review your diet, you might just find that it’s not as healthy for you as it could be! You’ll feel better, on both a short- and long-term basis, once you’ve switched to healthier meals. Many people think that eating well has to be A. time consuming and B. expensive, but neither of these things is true. There are plenty of cheap and fast healthy meals you can make.
It would be handy if our mental and physical health would just take care of itself, but alas, this isn’t the case. You need to work on both of them — and both can have a profoundly positive impact on your overall well being. For your physical health, look at picking up a physical activity. This could be going to the gym, starting running, or something else, such as playing a team sport or an outdoor activity. For your mental health, it’s all about meditation, yoga, and spending time and having fun with friends.
Taking Care of the Senses
As we said at the beginning of this article: you only get one life in this world! So it’s important that you’re experiencing it in all its glory. Your senses are what allow you to interpret and make sense of the world; plus, they can be gateways towards pleasure. If you’re hearing, eyesight or sense of smell/taste aren’t what they should be, then take action. For your hearing, you should work with an audiologist — learn more about what’s involved in a hearing test, and make an appointment. For your eyesight, you should visit an optometrist and get eyeglasses or contact lenses, if required. Smell and taste is mostly an issue for smokers. You can restore your senses to their former glory by quitting (and, of course, you’ll also receive many other benefits).
Giving Up the Bad Habits
And talking of giving up smoking — part of the journey towards being healthy and happy involves giving up your bad habits. No one’s perfect, but if some of your habits are having a detrimental impact on your life, then it’ll be worthwhile working to put them behind you. Smoking, drinking alcohol, and spending too much time staring at a screen will compromise your health and happiness. It’s not always easy to move on from these habits, but with a little bit of willpower and outside advice, you can do just that.
We all spend a lot of time indoors. But should we? While it can be comfortable being indoors, there’s no avoiding the fact that human beings need nature if they’re going to live at their best. Studies have shown that spending just two hours in nature each week can have a profound impact on a person’s happiness. If you have nature close to you (and most people do), look at building some time outdoors into your schedule. You won’t always feel like it, and sometimes it may not even be fun, but you’ll be giving your body and mind what it needs.
When it comes to your physical state, remember that it’s not just how you look that matters, but how you feel. If you want to stay living well many decades down the line, then it’s recommended that you work on your flexibility. A weekly yoga session will do wonders for your flexibility! They say that you stay the same age you were when you first started doing yoga consistently.
And there we have it! Take the above tips, and it won’t be long before you begin to notice just how good you feel.