Here at Mauricettes, we are looking for, like many of you I'm sure, ways to become happier in our everyday lives. How to enjoy the little things, celebrate our small victories, and be more present with our loved ones. Choosing to be happy is one of the best ways to attain peace. Being happy is not just having a life that you love but also making a positive impact on other's lives too. We often listen to many bits of advice from our family and friends on how to be healthy and happy, such as stop complaining, get enough sleep and exercise more but usually, we tend to forget those simple things that can completely change the way we feel about life. Here is a reminder to help you follow the 7 simple steps to a healthier and happier lifestyle.
1. Plan Ahead
As said by the famous personality Benjamin Franklin "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail". It is extremely important to plan ahead for everything you do to reduce failure and attain your goals. Whether it is a stressful day in office or cooking at home, planning ahead can help you attain better results. Planning is especially important when you aim to become healthy.
Note down the things that you shouldn't be consuming and replace it with healthier choices. When you plan out your food for the week, you tend to eat less junk food and processed foods, as you know exactly what you will be eating throughout the day. Usually, people tend to snack on unhealthy food when there is no plan, as it is easily available. So plan ahead your week and include all the healthy choices to have a great body and mind.
2. Reduce Stress
Everyday stress is a part of life but learning to handle it efficiently will reduce it to a great extent. Stress can have a negative impact on your health affecting your happiness. So, it is another important factor that should be addressed immediately. If you find yourself too stressed out, planning your day out will greatly help.
When feeling stressed, try some relaxation techniques that will calm your senses and help you make better decisions. Yoga is a great way to ward off stress. Join your local yoga class so you can learn poses that help in reducing stress. Meditation on a regular basis is also a great way to stay calm and ward off stress. As little as 10- 15minutes of meditation can drastically reduce your daily stress. If you are not sure how there are some great guided meditation apps to help teach you.
We all know exercise is important to increase your physical health, but did you know that it helps in boosting your mood too? Yes, when we exercise, certain chemicals like serotonin and endorphins are released into the body. These chemicals make us feel good and help us to be happier. Therefore, exercise is not only making you physically fit but also elevating your mood in an incredible way.
If you have a sedentary lifestyle where you need to sit most of your day, exercise is really important for you. It does not matter what type of exercise you choose, but moving your body is important. So take a walk in the morning or try jogging or running if you can. You may also join a gym near you or simply indulge in sports. Dancing is another great way to move your body and attain health and happiness.
4. Connect With People
Strengthening your relationship with people can bring a great sense of happiness in your life. It is usually seen that people who share strong bonds with other people and socialize more are happier. Since it increases the sense of self-worth, it is actually fruitful to nurture your relationships.
So, if you have been missing out on this, it’s time to connect with new people and make your bonds stronger with your close relationships. When you are connected you will indulge in their life and help them in many ways to be happy. This sense of helping will make you happy in turn.
5. Address Negative Thoughts
One of the reasons for losing your health and happiness is having negative thoughts. Some people find it really hard to address them and it slowly becomes a part of their life. Fortunately, there are several things that you could so to reduce those negative thoughts and make your life more productive.
The first step towards fighting your negative thoughts is to know where they are originating from. Once you know the cause, try to understand, if you are responsible for it or if there is something you could do. Most often, anxiety causes you to think in a negative way. Learn to get rid of anxiety and depression in a natural way. Make yourself open to new ideas. It will keep the negative thoughts from making a home in your mind as you will be engaged in work. Know that you can do it and believe in it until you reach your goals.
6. Stay Motivated
Staying motivated is the way to success when you are aiming to become healthy as well as happy. You may feel hopeless about something, but having faith in yourself can work wonders. Think about your overall goal and why you are doing the things that you are doing. You may sometimes feel that an idea is not working for you, but it could be too early to decide to stop.
Staying motivated in whatever you do for a longer time is sure to make your successful and happy. If you are not getting success at first, find out what is keeping you from achieving it and work hard on it. Maintain a logbook to note down your success and always look at it whenever you need some motivation. Or if you are more visual, create a vision board and hang it where you will see it at least once every day to keep you motivated on your goals.
7. Take Your Supplements
Taking care of your health is not just eating healthy, but also ensuring that your body is getting enough nutrition through the food. It is commonly seen that even if you eat a healthy diet, lack of nutrients present in it can lower your nutrient absorption and the daily recommended dose of these essential nutrients are not met.
Taking a daily supplement of vitamins and other essential nutrients will help you to get the daily recommended dose in an easy way making your healthier. Most vitamins and minerals required by your body does have a great impact in boosting your mood and making you happier. To figure out what supplements you need, think about where you are lacking whether it's energy, sleep, bone health, skin health, whatever you are needing there is a supplement or vitamin to help. It's also important to take your supplements on a regular basis to see full results. To know about the supplement that you may need, you can also talk to your doctor.
It takes a little effort to follow these above steps but goes a long way to improve your health and happiness. Always make your health a priority because it is the only thing that will make your life worthwhile. Enhance your quality of life by following these tips and also share it with your friends and family to help them have a better lifestyle. Remember, helping others brings immense joy and happiness.