“The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will” – Chuck Palahniuk
To live by this statement of Chuck Palahniuk we need to stay healthy and fit for our entire lifetime then only we could create something which would eventually serve as an epitome for the generations to come. Being immersed in work, trying to do something worthwhile we often forget to take care of our body and mind which could potentially lead to some unforeseen problem in old age. That’s why we have come up with some simple, yet effective tips for living a healthy life.
So come on folks, here is a list of 5 simple tips to live a healthy lifestyle.
1. Stay hydrated
We all know that 70% off our body is made up of water, which makes it an essential component for sustaining a healthy body and mind in order to get all our work done without feeling any fatigue.Advertising
So it is advised to drink enough water daily to keep your thirst at bay, but while doing so don’t start living on aerated drinks or other sweet drinks because they come with lots of unwanted sugar which makes you obese in the long term and also creates lots of other problems in your body.
If you want to drink something good, you can go for fruit infused water in best fruit infuser water bottles or drink natural fruit juice to get the required vitamins and minerals besides serving your taste buds with something different and tasty.
2. Eat good food
Eating healthy food like vegetables, fruits, dairy products, etc. gives your body metabolism a solid boost of energy besides making your immune system strong which would eventually keep your body far away from any kind of diseases in long run.
Eating junk food like pizza, burgers, etc. on a daily basis adds unwanted fats in your body thus making you obese and entailing itself with lots of unwanted problems like diabetes, joint pains, etc. in the following months.Advertising
So try to stay away from excessive junk food. But if you want to eat them, you can do so once in a while or when you go for a party with friends.
3. Follow a workout regime
To keep your body strong and active, you need to follow a workout routine in your daily life. Going for exercise daily helps you to strengthen your immune system and build stronger muscles thus keeping you away from all kinds of infectious diseases.
To get started with a workout, you can get yourself enrolled in a gymnasium and work with the trainer to get your body in shape or go for a yoga session in a nearby park in morning or evening.
Besides that, if you don’t want to go out, then you can also set up a mini home gymnasium with few workout equipments like spin bikes, bike trainers, rowing machines, treadmills, etc. on your roof top and get started with daily exercises after taking a look at some of the YouTube tutorial videos to get your body fit in no time .Advertising
4. Take proper sleep
Years of research have found that our body requires at least 7 hours of sleep daily to keep working and give rest to our body parts.
So it’s advised to get proper sleep if you want work efficiently in whatever pursuit you undertake because if you start disturbing sleep routine often then you will encounter lots of body problems like insomnia, headache, body ache, depression in the long term.
Power naps of 20-30 minutes are also beneficial for all working people whenever they feel tired. This rejuvenates the body thus keeping fatigue away and gives the energy boost to work again with full creativity This helps you become more productive at work as you are less stressed and you can solve all kind of problems calmly.
5. Laugh often and avoid being angry
It’s said laughter is the best medicine for life because it helps to heal all kind of body ailments thus giving you many reasons to live as long as you want.Advertising
Laughter keeps your worries away for a long time, so laugh as much as you can each day to stay blissful from within thus giving peace to your inner soul.
Anger comes with bitter experience to sour life, so try to stay away from anger and whenever a situation arrives which could make you angry, try to calm down and take a deep breath. Then think of a better solution to get out the situation rather than remaining angry and ruining your life.
I would like to end with this quote
“Each day brings its own colors to be chosen, mixed, pigments of joy, happy moments, smiles and laughter… And which will you choose? For ‘Life’ is choice…” John McLeod, from Awakening.
Last Updated on July 23, 2019
5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life
In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.
How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:
- If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
- If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
- If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
- If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
- If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
- If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential
When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.
1. Realize You’re Not Alone
Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.
2. Find What Inspires You
Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.
On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.
3. Give Yourself a Break
When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.
Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.
4. Shake up Your Routines
Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.
Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.
When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.
5. Start with a Small Step
Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?
Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”, you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.
More to Help You Stay Motivated
Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:
- 11 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Results
- 11 Practical Ways To Stop Procrastination
- 12 Useful Ways To Get Out of Ruts
- 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity
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