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9 Ways To Make Your Body Feel Good The Whole Day

9 Ways To Make Your Body Feel Good The Whole Day

Imagine you have just woken up from a full night’s sleep. You feel great. The challenge now is to organize your routine to make your body feel good the whole day. Follow these tips and you will soon see some lasting health benefits.

1. Do some stretching.

Stretching can get the muscles ready for the day. It improves circulation and can make you feel more relaxed as you face your grueling routine.  If you have a desk job, you really need to do this as long periods of sitting can shorten the muscles, and that can easily lead to sprains, injuries and discomfort. Here are my 3 favorite exercises:

  • Stretch your arms as far as you can.
  • Embrace your knees and hug them tightly to your chest.
  • Using the above position, stretch your arms out and then lower the knees to one side, still bent. Turn your neck gently in the opposite direction. Bring the knees back and then lower them to the other side.

2. Don’t reach for your smartphone yet!

If you are in the under 30 age group, you may well be among the 63% who take their smartphones to bed with them! That means that it is most likely to be the first thing you reach for as you wake up. Try doing the stretching exercise mentioned above first and leave the phone till later. Preferably after breakfast.

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3. Have a healthy breakfast.

They say that a great breakfast can set you up for the day. But is it true? Research shows that breakfast eaters consume fewer calories during the day. In addition, you get more energy, better stamina, and greater concentration. These are crucial to helping you feel great all day.

Some fast food breakfasts contain over 1,000 calories and 50 grams of fat!  Stay away from waffles, muffins and sugary cereals. Opt for safer choices such as:

  • Eggs or cheese to give you protein.
  • Wholemeal bread or toast.
  • Cereals such as oatmeal, muesli with fruit and nuts.
  • Unsweetened low fat yogurt.
  • Fresh fruit.

 4.  Get some fresh air.

Whatever climate you live in, you will have to go out to get some fresh air, even if the weather is freezing cold or boiling hot. There are very good reasons why you should be doing this:

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  • Walking outside on a real surface, rather than on a treadmill, is much healthier. The muscles used when negotiating sidewalks, puddles, pedestrian crossings, and a variety of inclines gives a much healthier workout.
  • If you are lucky enough to get some sun, this will stimulate the production of the serotonin brain hormone. This puts you in a better mood.
  • You are getting some real air (smog levels permitting!) which will beat the air conditioned, stuffy atmosphere in an expensive gym.
  • Lots of studies show that exercising outdoors can increase optimism, self esteem and energy.

 5. Sit up straight.

Most of us have to spend a lot of time sitting down during the day. You may be one of the 80% of Americans who suffer from back pain at some stage in their lives. The number one reason is usually a poor posture while sitting down. People often lounge on the sofa while watching TV, which is even worse. Watch the video for some tips to make sure that back pain and other issues do not ruin your day.

6. Get some lumbar support.

If your office chair does not have proper lumbar support for the lower back, then it is time to think about getting a lumbar support pillow. This will help you to stop slumping in your chair. When you buy one, make sure that there is a way it can be secured to the chair, so that it does not fall off every time you stand up!

7.  Keep your shoulders relaxed.

Have you checked the height of your desk? This could be one of the reasons why your shoulders are too high and you cannot keep them at their normal level. It may be that your office chair is too low.

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Relaxed shoulders at the right height ensures that you are not going to get pain or discomfort. It also helps to maintain the natural S curve of the spine.

You have to do one essential exercise to stretch the shoulders a few times during the day. Try this:

  • Raise your hands above your head and intertwine your fingers.
  • Make sure that your palms are looking at the ceiling
  • Perform a movement which simultaneously pushes back the shoulders and also stretches your arms up so that they are trying to reach the ceiling.

8. Learn to breathe properly.

Did you know that you breathe 20,000 times every day?  If you do not do this properly, it can lead to depression, a compromised immune system, panic attacks, and affect quality of sleep.  Watch this video to understand how to breathe correctly.

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9. Walk tall, walk straight.

If you see someone walking with good posture, one’s first impression is that this is someone who is confident and has a certain presence. But there are very good health reasons why you should maintain a good posture while standing or walking. It means that there is less strain on the muscles, ligaments, and joints because the force of gravity on your body is evenly distributed.  It also helps you to breathe correctly and has beneficial effects on blood circulation and digestion.

As we have seen, these are easy ways to make you feel great during the day. Start using these techniques today. If there are any other techniques that you use, let us know in the comments below.

Featured photo credit: Feeling good/ Camil Agapie via Photo Pin

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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