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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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