Over the years I have become healthier by choice, not because of some grave diagnosis, but because I wanted to feel good on a regular basis. Plain and simple. When I look back, I smile at my evolution and it continues to surprise me.
Here are a few tips for healthy living that I have learned over the year. Perhaps you will find one or two of these ideas useful.
- Behave in ways that feel good. If it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it.
- Sleep 8 hours each night. Minimum 7 hours. Do an experiment and pay attention to how you feel after six hours of sleep vs. eight hours. See if your mood and energy level improve with more sleep.
- Meditate. Take time each day, even if it’s only for five minutes, to be quiet and still. Just sit and breath.
- Get organized. Clear out the crap in your life. Even if you live with someone who is messy, you can get your own stuff organized. Do what you can.
- Eat mostly whole foods.
- Minimize alcohol and caffeine.
- Get active. Don’t just exercise. Find a physical activity you truly enjoy. (Turn off the TV. At first you might miss it, but that will pass.)
- Stretch your body regularly. Call it yoga or just plain stretching. Either way, just do it. You will be thankful when you are old.
- A few close friends is better than a lot of kinda-close friends.
- Simple moments make me happier. For instance, a picnic is better than a fancy restaurant. I can focus more on who I’m with rather than get caught up in all the fanciness.
- Drink a lot of water.
- Smile more. Notice how you feel when you smile. It feels good, right?
- Dress for the weather and bring layers. You can be fashionable and comfortable. (Wear a hat when it’s cold and mittens will keep your hands warmer than gloves.)
I often think of healthy living as taking care of my body, but it’s more than that. Be sure to take good care of your mind too.
What tips do you have for healthy living? Share in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.