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40 Simple Things You Can Do Every Day To Become Much Healthier

40 Simple Things You Can Do Every Day To Become Much Healthier

Sometimes simple changes can improve your life drastically. Here are 40 ideas.

  1. Drink one quart of water with freshly squeezed lemon juice (half lemon) upon waking.
  2. Sweat it out either in the gym, working out outside, sauna or hot yoga.
  3. Do high intensity interval training (HIIT) for 10-20 minutes.
  4. Drink green vegetable juice (e.g. made with cucumber, kale, celery, carrot, lime and ginger).
  5. Have green smoothie for breakfast (e.g. made with ripe bananas, spinach, apple, ginger and ice water).
  6. Take 1-2 teaspoons of spirulina, chlorella or moringa powder to boost your mineral intake. They’re a great addition to a green smoothie.
  7. Skip your coffee and have herbal or green tea instead. Caffeine in coffee robs you of energy and increases stress response in your body and damages overall health.
  8. Eat whole food plant-based diet. Skip anything artificial and packed with preservatives and other chemicals.
  9. Rope jump, rebound or do jumping jacks to pump up your lymphatic system.
  10. Meditate for at least 5 minutes.
  11. Hug someone. It releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones.
  12. Unplug all your devices for at least one hour.
  13. Spend time in nature, e.g. go for a walk in a park or by a river.
  14. Drink at least 2-3 litres of purified water to stay hydrated, as all the functions in the body depend on water.
  15. Avoid high sugar – high fat combination foods, such as traditional cookies, ice-cream, milk chocolate, cheesecake, etc. It causes blood sugar imbalances which leads to diabetes and damages overall health.
  16. Connect with Mother Earth by practicing ‘grounding’, i.e. walking barefoot on grass, sand or dirt.
  17. Eat a side green salad with your lunch and dinner.
  18. Eat your lunch outside in fresh air and natural light, rather than at your desk near the computer.
  19. Snack on fibre-rich and antioxidant-packed fruit and/or berries.
  20. Do oil pulling to improve your oral health and make your teeth whiter. Simply take one tablespoon of virgin coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for 15-20 minutes.
  21. Practice yoga or some stretching for at least 10 minutes.
  22. Watch your posture, especially when you sit.
  23. Take 1-2 grams of activated charcoal to help your body get rid of toxins.
  24. Get a massage.
  25. Use only natural chemical-free body care products to avoid toxins entering your body through your skin.
  26. Think of 5 things to be grateful about in your life.
  27. Smile to strangers. It will give a positive boost to your mood.
  28. Make someone laugh and laugh with them.
  29. Read a book that inspires you.
  30. Dedicate at least 30 minutes to learning a skill that will make a difference in your career or personal life.
  31. Clean up your working space, it will help you stay more focused.
  32. Create a to-do list of things that you’ve been procrastinating and start working on the one you have the most resistance to. It will help you move forward and feel accomplished.
  33. Come to work one hour earlier and do most of your important tasks before everyone else gets in to the office and the phone starts ringing. This way you’ll get more done and will be less stressed throughout the day.
  34. Listen to classical music. Studies show it boosts cognitive function.
  35. Dance to your favourite song.
  36. Do an “internal audit” to check whether you still hold any resentment or grudge against anyone. If you do, decide to forgive.
  37. Practice intermittent fasting for at least 14 hours, meaning that if you plan to eat breakfast at 8am, you should finish your dinner at 6pm at the latest. Studies show it helps balance blood sugar levels, prevent degenerative disease and burn fat.
  38. Have a power nap, no longer than 30 minutes.
  39. Wake up early, e.g. 5 or 6am. It will give you more energy and will make you more productive throughout the day.
  40. Sleep for at least 7-8 hours a night.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

Why is goal setting important?

1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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What you truly want and need

Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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