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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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