Taking care of yourself is often the last thing on your mind when you have a full week of work ahead; sometimes there is just not enough time in the day to get it all done. The truth is that sometimes it takes effort to maintain your mind and body but this may be what you need the most. When you mind and body are not in sync it’s not possible to give 100 percent in all areas of your life. You may find yourself getting stressed and irritated easily which takes a toll on your relationships. In life you only get one body and what you do now has lasting impact when you get older. When you are young it’s easy to eat junk, not rest and burn out but eventually it will catch up with you. Don’t wait until it’s too late to make the changes for a better lifestyle. Here are a few activities you can implement to stay healthy and young.
Practice mindfulness – I have written about this habit before and people are constantly wondering what I mean by that; I simply mean to live in the present. Be fully aware of where you are and what you are doing. Too often in life we run on auto pilot, we are physically present but mentally we are far away. We are consumed about where we will get our next paycheck, or what activities the kids have in school today. When you find thought racing through your mind take a minute, close your eyes, take in a deep breath. Remember that this moment where you are right now will never happen again. Be grateful for what you have right now and trust that things will work out. Take a minute to great your neighbours as he passes by you, strike up a conversation with that coworker that you never seem to say hi to. Doing this helps you to remember that there are people experiencing much worse situations thanyou in life, always remember to be kind. Regardless of what your circumstances are take a minute to be aware of what is going on right now.
Forgiveothers – There is nothing heavier than holding on to a negative emotion longerthan you should. So often in life we refuse to forgive others because of what they have done to us not realizing the harm we are doing to ourselves. Forgiving can be hard to do, especially when the person has not apologized. How can you move past a harmful situation when you don’t have closure? Getting past these times can be truly difficult , however in order to grow in life we must be willing to move past even if there has not been full closure. Maybe someone was abusive to you in a relationship or your friend ended up telling lies about you. Or maybe you didn’t have parents who cared much about you. Whatever the situation might have been don’t let it eat you up alive. Life is too short to not experience full joy and happiness. Letting negative emotions fester it is killing you much faster than anything else will. When you let go of all the hurt you feel a load of pressure off your shoulders. Sometimes you may not consciously realize that you are holding on to hurtful experiences of the past. Take a minute and ask yourself what has been holding you back.
Be inspired – Now I know a lot of you are going to complain that sayingthis is trite and cliché. Advice gurus are always telling you to live life aloud and be inspired. It’s just one of those phrases that doesn’t mean much. The truth is that in life it’s so easy to lose sight of the little things that make you happy. People are so quick get rid of their hobbies because it’s not the most important thing in life. In reality though life stops the minute you stop having fun. If you aren’t taking the time out in your life to do things you enjoy then what’s the point. Now don’t get me wrong, life is full of sacrifices and it’s not easy out there but spending 5 minutes out of your day to read a book that makes you laugh does so much more for your happiness that you could every realize. When you start feeling overwhelmed it may because you have ;lost sight of what makes you happy. Everyone needs to take a second to get energized and be motivated by life again, take a day a do something unplanned, or do something that you love. Don’t forget that life stops the moment you stop having fun.
Have a routine – I find that having a routine is one of the most important things in life as it helps you prevent wasting energy on pointless decisions. Like whatto wear or what to eat or where you should study. When you have a plan for your day it helps you to reduce wasting time. It also helps you to be more consistent because you know what your plan of attack is and you can focus your energy on executing. Take a minute on Sunday to plan out the activities for your week
Exercise– I know you have heard it before and it’s been spoken about constantly but exercise truly is the best remedy. Too often people are afraid to exercise because they think they have fallen too far off the wagon. I haven’t exercised in a year there’s no way I can start now. Wrong. You can start now. Small changes doo add up in the end. Don’t wait until you are sick in the hospital to make a change. Whether its five minutes of cardio or a brisk walk, every step makes a difference. Exercise has been proven to reduce stress levels.
These tips can seem so simple but they are very effective. When you discipline yourself to practice these habits on a consistent basis they can have life changing events. Don’t take your life for granted, there are many persons who wish they had the opportunity to live full lives but are unable to do so. Too often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and lose perspective of what is most important.