Good health and happiness are some of the most important things to achieve in life. They will allow you to enjoy life, live to the fullest and fulfil your potential. But when we’re all so busy it can seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day to do much else other than work and sleep, and it’s true- leading a full and happy life does take some thought and consideration. You’ll need to manage your time well, and make good choices where possible. Coming from someone who suffers from anxiety things can easily get tough to live through your day-to-day activities but here are some things to think about that is helpful whether you suffer from anxiety or not…
Eat Well and Nourish Your Body and Exercise for Health and Happiness
Maintaining a good diet and exercising regularly is of course fundamental to good health. Giving your body everything it needs, and ensuring you are moving around and keeping fit will do no end of good to both your health and happiness. Aim to eat a clean diet with as many fruits, vegetables, whole grains and natural foods as possible. Drink plenty of water and natural herbal teas which will hydrate your body and improve everything from skin to brain function. The exercise you’ll need to do will depends on your current weight, health and fitness levels but enough activity to get you out of breath for thirty minutes on four days a week will keep you in ship shape. This could be anything from biking or sprinting if you are already very fit- but if you’re just starting out you could try brisk walking or even swimming. It can be difficult to know exactly what you should be doing based on your age and current health, so if you’re unsure try a programme like Cenegenics. This is tailored to you personally, so will give you the best results.
Meditate Regularly and Make Time For Relaxation
It can be difficult to make time in our busy lives to indulge in relaxation. But this is so important for good health and happiness– it’s well documented that our physical health and mental health are strongly linked. Stress can cause no end of damage to the body, and can even lead to serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and strokes. Taking time out to relax and unwind gives your body chance to rest, and you’ll probably find you’re much more motivated when you do return to work or whatever you were doing too. You could spend some time each day practicing breathing and relaxation techniques (you can even do this from your desk!) You could take a hot bath, or set a day at the weekend where you just put your feet up and allow yourself to rest. When you have time off, you could take a relaxing holiday and give yourself a break from reality. You’ll feel so much better for it once you’re back home. Your mood and stress levels will improve, which should also mean you can sleep better leading to better concentration and memory. As if you needed another excuse to book that holiday to the Bahamas!
Do Things You Enjoy
Leading on from relaxation, in your spare time it’s also important to do things you enjoy. This gives you something to look forward to, and means you’re not simply working to live. Find hobbies and things you enjoy doing- writing, painting, baking, gardening, sports. Whatever it is, make the time for it and it will surely lead to you being a happier and more content person in general. Many hobbies also bring in a social aspect of your life and allow you to meet new people with similar interests. And since making friends as an adult can be difficult, this is a great way to connect with others. Hobbies also build self esteem, you get to spend time doing things you enjoy and are good at. They could even make you some money on the side too! Physical and digital crafts can be sold online on places like Etsy and it can be exciting watching your little business do well. You may even be able to help others with your hobbies. For example, many hospitals offer programmes where you can knit clothes for premature babies. Your baked goods could be sold at local fetes or bake sales in order to raise money for charity. Being able to help others with your talent can be extremely rewarding.
Keep in Contact With Friends and Family
It’s great connecting with new people and making new friendships, but don’t neglect your nearest and dearest. People who report having good family bonds and strong friendships are generally much happier than those who don’t. It goes to show that no matter how hardworking you are, how much you achieve in your career or what you do in your personal life- what it comes down to is you need people to share these things with. The people in your life are what really matter, and you will support you when you’re down and lift you up further when you’re happy. Make the effort to spend time with them where possible, pick up the phone or even make a Skype call. Keeping those relationships strong is the key to a full and happy life. As you become older your world can shrink, and keeping friendships maintains that link to the outside world and makes you feel less alienated. Friendships and family ties also give us the intimacy we all crave as humans, feeling of belonging are important at all stages of life.
There we go, just a few of the ways to enjoy life and live it to the fullest whether you have a mental illness or not. We only get one chance to live, so it’s important to make the most of it! Make simple changes today, and reap the rewards of health and happiness.
What do you do to ensure you live a full, happy and healthy life?