It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the many choices we face each day. From work to relationships, people often struggle to figure out how to be happy, healthy, and productive. The best way to take care of yourself is by doing a few simple daily things: drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep, and eating real food. This might seem obvious at first glance, yet for many people, it can be surprisingly challenging to implement into their daily lives.
Get plenty of sleep every day.
- Sleep is a vital component of overall health.
- Getting enough sleep can help you achieve a positive mood and improve your memory. It can also reduce stress, which has been shown to contribute to weight gain and inflammation.
- In addition, lack of sleep can lead to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes—two chronic conditions that are already a significant cause for concern in the modern world.
Drink enough water every day.Water is the best thing you can drink. It keeps you feeling full longer than most other liquids, so you don't have to worry about overeating. It also doesn't have calories.
Eat real food every day.Real food is any food that hasn't been processed or refined. This means it's not overly processed, genetically modified, or enriched with additives or preservatives. Examples of natural foods include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes.
Processed foods are usually low in nutrients and high in unhealthy fats and sugars (like margarine). Processed foods include packaged snacks like cookies and chips, canned soups; instant ramen noodles; frozen dinners; fast-food burgers from the freezer aisle at your local grocery store—you get the picture!
How do you eat real food? It's as simple as ensuring every meal contains a few servings of fresh produce (fruits or vegetables) plus some whole grains (oatmeal for breakfast, brown rice for dinner). If your meals aren't coming from nature like this already, you'll need to make some changes to your diet to ensure you're getting enough nutrients each day!
Move your body every day.This doesn't mean you have to go to the gym and lift weights, although that's a great way to exercise if you're feeling ambitious. Moving at all will give you many benefits of exercise, such as better sleep and reduced stress levels. Try taking 10-minute walks outside during your lunch break; write emails while standing up instead of sitting down, or take the stairs whenever possible (especially when going up them). You don't need special equipment—just get moving!
Practice mindfulness exercises every day.Mindfulness exercises are about being aware of the present moment. They help you notice your thoughts, feelings, and sensations to be more mindful of how you're living your life.
Mindfulness can be practiced anywhere, any time—a walk with a friend or a 10-minute meditation session on the subway. But specific mindfulness exercises also train the mind to be more mindful over time. These include:
Mindful breathing (diaphragmatic breathing) — is a simple exercise where you focus on deliberately inhaling and exhaling through your nose while sitting or lying comfortably. Focus only on your breath going in and out, without trying to control it in any way; just let yourself naturally breathe at a steady pace that feels good for your body. If you find yourself getting distracted by other thoughts or sounds around you during this exercise, bring them back into focus by bringing attention back to each inhalation and exhalation cycle without judgment or criticism; accept whatever comes up without judging it—just observe those things as they occur but don't attach emotion or meaning onto them.
Turn off your phone and just get away from it all once in a while every day.Turn off your phone and just get away from it all once in a while every day. Don't be afraid to unplug, even if it's just for a few hours. Don't let your phone control your life! Don't check your phone while eating (or at least don't spend too much time doing so). It can wait until after breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert—whichever comes last.
Have a little patience with yourself and others every single day.Patience is a virtue. It's always important to have some patience with yourself and others. Still, it's especially important when you're trying to change your life for the better.
Patience is essential because it teaches us lessons about ourselves and the world around us.
It helps us realize that even if things don't go our way immediately, there will be another opportunity soon enough—and that sometimes we just need to wait for things to unfold naturally on their own terms rather than forcing them into being before their time has come.
This is especially true when dealing with others who might not understand where we're coming from or why we feel strongly about something (even though they may make valid points themselves). We can choose whether or not they'll come around eventually through patience; if they don't come around by themselves, then maybe they aren't worth changing!
Life doesn't have to be complicated to be good.Life doesn't have to be complicated to be good.
Your reading this article suggests that you're interested in a better life. People often overcomplicate things when they start trying out new habits and practices. They think about the wrong things or don't focus on what's important, which makes success elusive.
Here are some tips for making sure your healthy living efforts don't turn into an exhausting life of stress and anxiety: These are just a few of the many ways you can improve your life —and they all start with simple steps. Give them a try, and see what happens!