Here are three easy things you can do now to create a happier and healthier lifestyle. If I can do this so can you.
In the past six months I have started sleeping more, running marathons, feeding my body healthy food, meditating, reading and writing unlike ever before. These daily rituals have allowed me to start creating the life I am striving towards. One full of abundance, success, happiness and inspiration. There is nothing stopping you from making the same changes to your life.
Making the following three changes in your life may have a huge impact as long as you are consistent.
Drink More Water And Earlier
Nothing starts my day better than a glass of water. I feel my body come to life as the water flows through it. Before your coffee or breakfast try having a glass of water. Place a glass next to your bathroom sink as a reminder to drink your morning glass.
“We never know the worth of water until the well is dry.” - Thomas Fuller
Before each meal have a glass of water. Before you go to sleep have some water. And, before each workout have some water. See where this is going? There are tons of articles that simply say we need to drink more water and less of everything else (coffee, soda, teas, energy drinks, beer, alcohol etc.) Try replacing one of your habitual drinks with a glass of water and I guarantee you will feel more lively.
Make Exercise Fun
I have made exercise a part of my lifestyle. It creates an atmosphere of zen, peace and clarity where I can just be myself. I enjoy the feelings I get from even a simple workout and the sense of accomplishment.
Many of us have lives that we perceive as being too busy for exercise and it becomes more of a chore rather than something for enjoyment. The key is to find something you enjoy doing for at least 30 minutes a day that you look forward to. I understand you may not have a burning passion for running, skiing and rock climbing like myself, but I am sure you can find a way to work in a few of the activities I have listed below in an effort to make exercise enjoyable and less of a chore.
Helpguide.Org wrote a wonderful article about making excercise a fun part of your everday life and it is worth a read. The key integrating exercise with something that you already enjoy doing.
Eat More Often And Earlier
I did not say eat more. Simply eat more often! Enjoy snack time and eat smaller meals. I like to have a solid breakfast early in the morning, a late morning snack, lunch, late afternoon snack and dinner. Not eating after 7PM would go very far in boosting my energy level and increasing quality of sleep, but for now I settle for my 30 day challenge of not eating after 8PM. This has proven to be quite an endeavor, but the benefits are clear in my level of happiness, energy levels and quality of sleep.
Create the lifestyle that makes you a happy, healthy and a thriving person. You will find this to be an ongoing balance act. No one day is the same and we must continue to refine our mix. If none of these are a part of your current lifestyle then try taking one and making it into a 30 day challenge. Test yourself to see if you can do one or many of them for 30 days, write them down and track the results. If you do not like the result after 30 days then do not continue with the habit. I am willing to bet you will love the result :)
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