15 easy changes for a calmer, happier, more successful you!
Living a happier life sometimes takes a little change. Change is rooted in an understanding that the old way did not benefit you. Once you are aware of this, you can begin to fill your life with methods that work in your favor. If you are looking to improve your life, start any or all of these 15 lifestyle changes for a successful and healthy year. You will feel more balanced and focused on what this year can mean for you, and of course you will notice more opportunities to be successful.
15 Lifestyle Changes for a Successful and Healthy Year
1. Drink more water
Sixty percent of the human body is made up of water, so dieting on this base is the most important starting point. Poor water consumption means that your muscles, joints, and organs – especially the brain – are not adequately hydrated. Inadequate hydration means they are unable to reach their full capacity, which will slow you down throughout the day.
Drinking water alone becomes boring. Try one of these out 55 Summer Fruit Infused Water Recipes For Weight Loss. Although they are summer drinks, you can enjoy them all year round. Half a gallon to a gallon of water a day is ideal, depending on how active you are. More activity means more water consumption.
2. Quit Sugar
Quitting sugar doesn’t mean that you will never consume sugar. it just means a re-evaluation how much Sugar that you eat. My general rule for any grocery item is to keep servings under 7 grams. This can be easily achieved by avoiding products that are flavored or have ingredients added. (e.g., instead of Greek yogurt with cherries, buy plain Greek yogurt, buy a bag of cherries to add the yogurt, and drizzle some honey for extra, natural, sweet taste).
Sugar itself isn’t bad. It is the refined sugar and sugar by-products that are added to what we eat and drink that are unhealthy for us.
The initial transition is difficult as you are retraining your palate. However, once you start lowering your sugar intake consistently, your tolerance begins to shift. If you’re looking for a great way to start your detox and sugar transition, try ours 14 day sugar detox plan.
3. Distribute juices and soda
Drinking fewer juices and sodas year round will allow your taste buds to adapt and not need the intense sugar taste to feel satisfied.
One of my recent favorite lifestyle changes for a successful and healthy year involves drinking juice and soda. This year I started buying bottled cane sugar soda because it feels “healthier” compared to the regular canned brands we’re all used to. I’m sick of drinking water all day, so a liquid taste for dinner is a nice way to end my day.
Instead of pouring the entire bottle into a mug, I take a double glass and pour about 1/3 of the bottle into it. This allows me to get the flavor I want to enjoy without consuming more than 28 grams of sugar in one sitting. I view drinking soda the same way I view drinking wine or brandy: moderation is best.
I still have my water on the table and I concentrate on drinking it. As soon as I finish pouring, I put the lid back on the glass bottle and put it back in the fridge. If it’s a can of soda or juice, I’ll pour it into a bottle container for tomorrow.
4. Plan meals and snacks in advance
When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas that we captured a long time ago.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Bad eating habits are common when you are hungry. It’s 2pm, you haven’t had lunch yet and the transition from “I’m hungry” to “I’m starving” is in full swing. At that moment, you are more likely to feel the urge for snacks and meals that you haven’t had in months.
The best way to avoid this is to plan and prepare ahead of time. Your day will most likely follow a consistent cycle, so you will likely be starving at around the same time each day. Take the time to write down what you eat, when you eat it, and how your hunger flows throughout the day. Maybe you need a heavier breakfast or lunch. Or maybe you need to recharge more healthy snacks in between to curb your hunger.
If you’re already feeling limited in time and want to make changes now, read through some of them The best clean meal plans of the year.
5. Take more time for yourself
Time to yourself is all about taking a break so you can have much-needed time alone. Whether you do yoga, meditate, write a diary, do handicrafts or just want to lie on the couch and think, enjoy every minute of rest.
Average life keeps us cornered and surrounded by people, either at work, on public transport, and especially on social media. Take a break and take time to yourself every day.
Here are my favorites 7 yoga poses for full body relaxation. Yoga is one of the best stress reliever products in life. Find a flow that works for you and adopt the calm.
6. Exercise daily
Regular exercise is a matter of course for a healthy and happy life. However, in addition to exercising, make sure that you stretch and move as much as possible.
Instead of the escalator, take the stairs that are right next to them. Instead of parking right in front of the store entrance, park on the other side of the mall and walk over. Take advantage of every opportunity you have to exercise without actually exercising. These are old concepts that were around, but they work well.
7. Read More
Books offer endless opportunities to escape, study, or just explore. Life is real enough for me, so I’m more likely to fly into fantasy books (Harry Potter has always been a favorite and every science fiction book by Issac Asimov). Occasionally I read a biography or a history book, but I always appreciate the quiet reading that reading gives me.
Find your genre of literature. Escape, do your research, and learn what you want. There is a book for everyone and almost all of your interests.
8. Learn a new skill
Brain activity, such as Learning a new skill can help reduce your risk of neurodegenerative diseases. Once high school / college is over, people avoid studying unless it is required for work. And even at work, once you learn the new skill, you’ll get into automation mode. Regardless of whether it’s a new language, painting, writing, handicrafts or even creating social media content. The more you face the opportunities to challenge yourself and improve your understanding of how life or technology works, the more you contribute to enriching your life experience.
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Organization works in different ways. Overcrowded desks don’t necessarily mean an overcrowded mind as everyone works and works in rooms in a unique way. The main goal should be to organize yourself in a way that makes sense to you.
Controlled chaos is real. The universe is controlled chaos, but everything has a place and meaning. Treat your space the same way. If you are frustrated with your space, find an organization system that works for you.
There are certain items I always have because I know I will need them regularly. They are not organized but I know where they are when I need them and that works for me!
10. Consume less
Consumption is one of the biggest drawbacks in our life. Television, video games, movies, social media content, news, and everything else that has to do with receiving information from other people have become the standard of living. The more you consume of others, the more you determine their impact on your life. When you consume less, you can gain more time for what is really important in life, and this often leads to greater happiness.
11. Do more and invest in yourself
With the time you have available to use less, you can now invest in yourself and the things that matter. This can be family, relationships and your life passion (s).
You have a passion You may not have discovered it yet – mainly due to its constant use – but it is there in your subconscious, waiting to be nurtured and revealed to the world. If you take the time to slow down, reevaluate, and process your thoughts, it will slowly turn out what your passion is.
Once you realize your passion, refine it, develop it further, give consistent effort, and then do what you want. Perhaps you open an Etsy shop or secondary Instagram account and offer your product, thoughts, creative eye, or service to others. From there, you might start a small sideline or business that will allow you to balance your life with your job. It is up to you what you do with free time, but make sure it suits you as a person.
12. Become a morning person
Being a morning person or a night owl is a personal choice. The only difference from a night owl is that you have more time to work through the night. A morning person has a set time before they have to start their day.
We condition our bodies to either wake up early or stay up late to enjoy what we want. In most cases, people get up early in the morning and invest in their own productivity. This can include reading, recording, or catching up on messages. There are many people who can be productive late into the night. Take into account your usual workload, the amount of sleep you need to function, and the desire to rest. I’ve never heard of a morning person who gets up early to watch a show, but I know that night owls are more likely to stay up and watch TV, or start a project, get tired and watch TV instead.
Waking up earlier (between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.) gives you a set amount of time to focus on what you want. You’ll be more rested and excited to tackle the day and whatever you don’t finish, you’ll be more ready to put it aside and complete it once the day ends. Being a morning person can set the tone as an important lifestyle change for a successful and healthy year.
13. Challenge your fears / insecurities
Most of us have thoughts that frighten us. Some fears cannot be changed while others may have some control.
Heights make me restless because of course I prefer and enjoy being grounded on earth. I don’t want to forego life experiences just because of my “fear”. I try to plunge into experiences that allow me to confront heights. The more I face them and realize that everything is working, the more I can rationalize and accept that an increase is not a real threat.
Confronting yourself and your fears can be terrifying. When you take small, consistent steps to put yourself in safe situations where you can examine how you are feeling, decide what is “real”, what is not, and what can be worked on, you will come to letting go Life limits one step closer.
14. Get more social (however you define it)
I am a social introvert. For me it just means that I like to carefully choose who to transfer my energy and time with. Once I’ve chosen someone, I’m always open to buying time for them.
People are inherently social; I just tend to believe that we are being forced into social interactions and that we must all get along and be friends. Unfortunately, that’s not realistic. Every person you meet will not have your best interest in their heart and vice versa.
The goal is to find people who want to support and love you and who are willing to return the favor. Social media enables us to connect with over 4 billion people. There is someone out there who would love to meet you. Find a way to connect with them.
And of course there are people you can’t get along with. Just learn from that experience and make progress. Twitter, Reddit, and Instagram are areas where you can choose what to see and what kind of people to communicate with. Choose wisely!
15. Keep your immune system in check
One of the most important lifestyle changes for a successful and healthy year is focusing on your invisible physical health. Most of these lifestyle changes are beneficial to your mental and physical health. Outside of bacteria or other microscopic invaders, stress is another important factor in our body’s response to life.
Environmental stressors such as air pollution, work stress, poor diet, excess sugar and a host of other external stressors put a strain on your body. When your body is constantly in combat mode, your immune system cannot fight off more important invaders. Align your health with everything, find smart and healthy foods (no more processed foods) and give your body a break from the constant struggles.
Cheers to a new year full of life experiences!
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