Tips To A Happy Life
In the fast paced world that we live in, it can be easy to neglect our health and wellness. We’re so busy racing through our day to day lives – family, friends, work, social engagements – that we don’t take the time to look after ourselves. It’s really no wonder that so many of us are exhausted.
What are some simple things that we can do to improve our quality of life?
Drink, Drink, Drink
You’ve heard it a million times, and you’ll probably hear it a million more – drink more water! Think about it, the human body is 72% water. A 5% drop in fluids creates a 25-30% loss in energy. A 15% drop in fluids causes death. At this point in time, 66% of us aren’t drinking enough water. So, over half the population isn’t running on all six cylinders to begin with. It’s not really a difficult thing to remedy. Just drink one glass of water every half hour or so, and you’ll notice a huge jump in your energy levels.
Better Eating Habits
A little known fact is that heating food above 116°F (47°C) destroys much of the nutrient content. Considering that we already aren’t eating enough veggies, that’s a fairly substantial problem. Nutritionists recommend five servings of fresh vegetables per day. How many of us are actually taking that advice?
Wheatgrass is an excellent source of nutrition. It’s high in chlorophyll and has over 100 elements that the body needs. Fresh grains are another excellent source for vitamins and minerals.
A Little Exercise
Exercise is another dirty word for most of us. The thing is, exercise doesn’t have to be horribly time consuming or mind-numbingly boring. There are plenty of alternatives. If you don’t really have the time or money for the gym, or prefer to spend your mornings/nights at home, then try an exercise bike or walker.
An excellent way to get back into a physical routine is to start slowly. For the first couple of weeks, walk or ride for 5 minutes a day – exactly 5 minutes, no more, even if you think you could continue. When the 2 weeks are up, increase to 7 minutes, then 10 minutes, 12 minutes, and so on. Continue to gradually increase your activity until you’re at a level that you’re comfortable with.
It may sound a little silly, but it works. In effect, you trick your body into producing more energy. You’re building your exercise time up so slowly that your body doesn’t really realize what’s happening. Follow this method, and you’ll be comfortably exercising within your limits every day.
If you can reorganize your life a little to allow for better eating habits and a little exercise, and if you remember to drink a glass of water every half an hour or so, you’ll be well on the way to living a healthy and happy life.
Don’t forget to also take some quiet time for yourself. Meditating is an excellent way to minimize stress. You don’t have to sit around for hours, just give yourself 5 minutes of quiet time every day – even in the shower, and have a little catch up with yourself.
Finally, have a good laugh. In fact, laugh like a loon – the louder the better. You’ll be amazed at how much such a simple thing can lift your spirits.