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Tips & Tricks to Live a Healthy Life by Avoiding Laziness

Tips & Tricks to Live a Healthy Life by Avoiding Laziness

Laziness is a state of passivity and lack of desire to do anything. A lazy person does not want to change anything and has no problem with stagnation in life. There is no harm in being a little lazy, like after working hard for several hours, but if the lethargic state becomes consistent, then it can become a serious problem.

Laziness does not just affect you physically but mentally as well. People often think that mental noise is a sign of active thinking, but almost 90 percent of it is created by the subconscious mind, which means that conscious mind is doing little work. Laziness has very adverse effects on your health. It can cause mental problems, heart problems, weight problems, and more. An active life is key to living healthy and preventing serious diseases.

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Here are some of the tips and practices that can help in overcoming laziness.

Break Tasks Into Smaller Tasks

If a task is too big, you may be hesitant in doing it. It may seem too overwhelming, and you may get discouraged even before starting it. You will tell yourself that a big task will take too much time, and you will end up avoiding it. You can solve this problem by decreasing the size of the task. When the work is divided into series of small tasks, it will seem more achievable and less tiring.

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This an excellent approach to deal with lazy mentality. It is very useful for goals and everything else in life as well. You can systematically approach everything you do by taking it one step at a time.

Rest and Exercise Regularly

Laziness can occur due to a lack of lack of energy. If you do not have the mental or physical strength to work, then you will fail to do anything. It is important to make sure that you give proper nourishment to your body and mind so that they can work together efficiently. It is critical that you get adequate rest and sleep so that the mind and body are fresh for any task. Exercising is also an excellent way of keeping yourself active. It is important to exercise for at least half an hour daily.

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Find Motivation

It is possible that the reason behind laziness is a lack of motivation. You will find it tough to spend your energy working on something that you do not feel motivated toward. Always try to increase the incentive. You can strengthen your enthusiasm by using affirmations and thinking about the importance of the task for yourself. Tell yourself the positive consequences of achieving your goal or completed the work.

Focus on a Single Task at a Time

Multitasking is not a good thing as it increases absent-mindedness and automatic thinking. It reduces the activity of the conscious mind, which results in mental illness. It is better to concentrate on just a single task at a time. Give all the attention and effort to just one thing to make your brain more active. You’ll be able to give your attention to the details and enjoy the task at hand a lot more.

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Meditate

Calming the mind and keeping it free of negative thoughts is crucial. If you lose positivity, you won’t feel motivated to indulge in any activity. One of the best ways to keep healthy thoughts is meditation. You can start just by sitting still for a few minutes and breathing deeply. Try to stay focused and pay attention to your breathing. Meditation is an excellent tool for controlling your thoughts and having a peaceful mind. It easy to stay active if your life is positive, and you have a reason to move around and stay healthy.

Reduce Escapism

Escaping from a hectic life to relax is not a bad thing, but entirely abandoning your regular life and getting obsessed with escapist activities has adverse effects on your health. It will numb your mind, and you will avoid indulging in any physical or mental activity. It is important to be aware of your thoughts to lead a healthy life.

You can lead a healthy, positive, active life by making these practices a part of your daily lives.

Featured photo credit: Adam Lynch via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 17, 2018

Read this and stop feeling overwhelmed…for good!

Read this and stop feeling overwhelmed…for good!

We live in a time of productivity overload.

Everywhere you turn are articles and books about how to be more productive, how to squeeze 27 hours of work out of every 24, how to double your work pace, how to do more and more all in the name of someday getting out of the rat race. Well this is about the side effects of those ideas. If we aren’t multitasking, we feel lazy. If we aren’t doing everything, we feel like we’re slacking. We compare ourselves to others who we think are doing more, having more, getting more and achieving more, and it’s driving us crazy. We feel overwhelmed when we think we have too much to do, too much is expected of us, or that a stressor is too much for us to handle. And we respond by lashing out with emotions of anger, irritability, anxiety, doubt and helplessness.

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This season especially is the most stressful time of year. Between the holidays, final exams, family gatherings and general feelings of guilt that it’s the end of the year, it’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking of all the things you still need to get done. But if you use these tips, not only will you get the important stuff done, you’ll keep your sanity while doing it!

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    Change your thought pattern-stop thinking negatively

    When you feel overwhelmed, the first thing you do is start thinking negatively or begin to resent why it’s your responsibility in the first place! The first thing you have to do is to stop! Stop thinking negatively immediately. Instead, focus on the positive. If you’re stuck in traffic, think of how great it is to have some time to yourself. If you’re rushing trying to get things done by a deadline, think how lucky you are to have a purpose and to be working towards it. If you’re stressing about a final exam, think of how fortunate you are to be given the opportunity of higher education. After you’ve changed your thought patterns, you must then say to yourself “I can do this.” Keep saying it until you believe it and you’re more than halfway to ending feeling overwhelmed.

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    Take a deep breath/change your body posture

    When you’re stressed certain things happen to your body. You start to breath shallowly, you hunch over, you immediately tense up and all that tension drives your feelings of stress even more. Relax! Straighten your posture and take at least ten deep, cleansing, breaths. Force yourself to smile and do something to change your state. It could be as simple as giving yourself a hug or as silly as clapping your hands three times, throwing them up in the air and shouting “I GOT THIS!” Think to yourself, how would I sit/stand if I had perfect confidence and control of the situation?

    Focus on right now

    Now that you are in a better state of mind and are no longer thinking negatively, you need to focus on the here and now. Ask yourself this question: What is the most important thing I have control of and can act on right now? Keep asking yourself this until you have a concrete next step.

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    Take Action

    Now that you know what’s most important and what to do about it, do it! Start with the first step and focus on getting that done. Don’t worry about anything else right now, just on what your first step is and how to get it done. Once that’s done with, determine the next most important step and get that done.

    Let go of what you can’t control (the gambler’s theory)

    Seasoned gamblers understand the importance of due diligence and knowing when to let go. The Gambler’s Theory is that once your bet is placed there is nothing you can do, so you might as well relax and enjoy the process. The time to worry is when you’re figuring out the best odds and making the decision of what to bet when you can actually take action. I used this one a lot in college. After an exam, there is absolutely no point in stressing about it. There’s nothing you can do. And the same goes for feeling overwhelmed. If you can do something about your situation, do it, focus and take action. But if you’ve done what you could and now are just waiting, or if you’re worried about something you have no control over, realize that there’s no point. You might as well relax and enjoy the moment.

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      Relax and enjoy the moment

      Stop feeling guilty

      Finally, stop comparing yourself to others. If you are at your wits end trying to keep up with what you think you should be doing, you aren’t being fair to yourself. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t strive for improvement, just don’t go overboard because you feel like you have to. Only you know what’s really important to you, and your personal success journey so focus on what your top priorities are, not someone else’s.

      Everyone feels overwhelmed sometimes. The important thing is to realize it’s normal and that you can do something about it by taking focused and deliberate action. Happy Holidays!

      Featured photo credit: Stress Therapy via flickr.com

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