6 LIFESTYLE CHANGES FOR HAPPIER + HEALTHIER LIVING
Very often, it’s those small lifestyle changes that can make a difference and really transform your life.
- 1. Eat ‘primally’ Common sense dictates that the best diet is one based on foods we’ve been eating the longest in terms of our time on this planet. These are the foods that we’ve evolved to eat and are best adapted to. Studies show that a ‘primal’ diet made up of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, as well as meat, fish and eggs, is best for weight control and improvement in risk markers for illnesses.
- 2. Keeping hydrated – Water makes up two thirds of the body and performs a plethora of functions, including acting as a solvent, carrier of nutrients, temperature regulator and body detoxifier. Maintaining hydration can have a profound influence on our vitality and energy levels, including mental alertness.
- 3. Get enough sleep. Sleep has the ability to optimise mental and physical energy, and optimal levels of sleep (about eight hours a night) are linked with reduced risk of chronic disease and improved longevity. One simple strategy that can help ensure you get optimal amounts of sleep is to go to bed earlier. When you don’t rest well, you compensate by eating more. Usually it’s junk food. Get enough rest and you don’t need to snack to stay awake.
- 4. Try something new – A new hobby, restaurant, book, TV show or song can open the door to a new world of possibilities. Personal growth and increased happiness can result from exploring new things.
- 5. Exercise. Whether it’s a brisk walk, a quick jog, martial arts, cardiovascular exercises, aerobics, dancing in your room, anything like that will keep you feeling strong, happy and increase immunity of course. Obviously you don’t have to exercise daily because, lets face it, we don’t always have the time, unless you are an athlete, gym instructor etc, but try to fit it in a little and there will surely be the major difference in yourself.
- 6. Practise the art of appreciation. Modern-day living tends to be aspirational and we can easily find ourselves chasing an ever-growing list of goals, many of which can be material. Some of us could do with spending more time focusing not on what we don’t have, but on what we do.
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