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Five Healthy Life Styles to Quality Life

Five Healthy Life Styles to Quality Life

Are you living gloomy days wondering when this will end? Want to life a joyful life? Wish to see, feel and live an enticing – actually thrilling – life filled with moments to treasure? Continue reading to get a taste of 5 lifestyle tips and tricks we have for you and which are bound to improve the quality of your life!

Eat Healthily
Eating healthily does indeed dramatically impact your life. According to much research conducted in many places around the world, continuous intake of junk food will not only raise your cholesterol and fat levels to over health threshold levels which will lead you to obesity, but it also ultimately leads you to a life style of laziness and carelessness.

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To eat healthily, try to follow these pointers which will take you up the first couple of steps on the proper nutrition ladder:

  • Eat 3 times a day.
  • The last meal (dinner or supper) has to be taken at least 3 hours before you go to sleep.
  • Avoid junk food
  • Eat fruits as part of your meals but after 1 hour from the main course – not to bloat your stomach.
  • Avoid much sweets and chocolates. Although a portion of chocolate per day (0.5 ounces or so) are said to be good for one’s health.
  • Drink at least 1.5 to 2 liters of water (not juice, coffee of any other liquid) per day – this will help your kidneys function well and prolong their activity (and hence your life)

Practice Sports
Walking for at least 30 minutes a day helps regulating your blood circulation and general health. Try to avoid walking or practicing sports right after a meal as this hinders the process of digestion, massively reduces the benefits of the sport as well as causes joint and/or stitches pain.

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Listen to Music
Music has been nominated as one of the most relaxing and spiritually boasting factors of life. Of course the taste of music is different from a person to another, but the generally relaxing music is agreed to be the soft or classic genre.

Take at least 5-10 minutes of meditation per day. To help you get in the mood of thinking about nothing, you might as well listen to relaxing music. This is bound to calm you down after a storming day.

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Have a Goal
Rather have an ultimate goal (like an eternal life you’re working towards or a humanitarian goal) and work your way towards it using milestones of goals that may or may not have something to do with the ultimate goal but do fulfill some need or aspiration in you.

There are quite a number of books, articles, research papers and statistics that have been written, made and conducted about the goal-oriented life style and its benefits. As a matter of fact, the current best seller in the US is Reveren Rick Warren’s “Purpose Driven Life”. This book leads you through a series of brainstorming sessions, out of which you will work your way (yourself) to acknowledging the presence of God, His love to you and then you will also discover the purpose of your creation. This purpose need not be evangelical on the surface, but rather through one’s own work, family and surroundings, one may be serving his/her purpose of existence once the goal is placed in front of oneself.

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Smile
As simple as it may sound, many people tend to miss it and frown instead. It takes about 17 facial muscles to smile, while it takes about 41 facial muscles to frown. Regardless of the exact number (which is indeed subject to much controversy between scientists, researchers and other experts), no one has ever denied the fact that it takes more effort to frown – let alone the tense mood one’s put in – in turn.

Have you ever heard the saying “A smile is contagious”? Well, this is quite true as most research illustrate.

Life elongating – A smile can indeed help in elongating your life (or at least not reducing it like many other factors of our life). The benefit increases if your smile actually turns into a laugh, but anyhow, the benefit remains an issue to consider.

Wrinkles avoidance/reduction – This is definitely good news for advocates of keeping the young look and feel throughout the years. Since smiling uses less number of muscles than frowning, you tend to reduce the facial tension which is one of the factors leading to wrinkles.

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Last Updated on June 2, 2020

How Setting Personal Goals Makes You a Greater Achiever

How Setting Personal Goals Makes You a Greater Achiever

Achieving personal goals deserves a huge amount of celebration but setting these goals in the first place is a massive achievement in itself.

While the big goals serve as a destination, the journey is probably the most important part of the process. It reflects your progress, your growth and your ability take control and steer your life towards positive change.

Whatever your goal is, whether it’s losing 20lbs or learning a new language, there will always be a set amount of steps you need to take in order to achieve it. Once you’ve set your sights on your goal, the next stage is to take an assertive path towards how you will get there.

The aim of this article is to guide you through how to take action towards your personal goals in a way that will help you achieve them strategically and successfully.

1. Get Very Specific

When it comes to setting your personal goals, honing in on its specifics is crucial for success.

It’s common to have a broad idea of where you want to go or what you want to achieve, but this can sabotage your efforts in the long run.

Get clear on what you want your goal to look like so you can create solid steps towards it.

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Say you have a vision on retiring early. This goal feels good to you and you can envision filling your days of work-free life with worldly adventures and time with loved ones.

If retiring early is a serious personal goal for you, you will need to insert a timeframe. So your goal has changed from “I’d like to someday retire early and travel the world” to “I’m going to retire by 50 and travel the world”.

It may not seem significant, but creating this tweak in your goal by specifying a definite time, will help create and structure the steps needed to achieve it in a more purposeful way.

2. Identify the Preparation You Need to Achieve Your Goal

It’s easy to set a goal and excitedly, yet aimlessly move towards it. But this way of going about achieving goals will only leave you eventually lost and feeling like you’ll never achieve it.

You have to really think about what you need to do in order to make this goal possible. It’s all very well wanting it to happen, but if you just sit back and hope you’ll get there one day will result in disappointment.

Self-managing your goals is a crucial step in the process. This involves taking control of your goal, owning it and making sure you are in a great position to make it happen.

In the early retirement example, this would mean you will need to think about your financial situation.

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What will your finances ideally need to look like if you were to retire early and travel the world? How much money will you need to put into your retirement fund to retire at 50? How much extra savings will you need to support your travels? You could also start researching the places you’d like to travel to and how long you’d like to travel for.

Outlining these factors will, not only make your goal seem more tangible, but also create a mind shift to one of forward motion. Seeing the steps more clearly will help you make a more useful plan of action and seeing your goal as a reality.

3. Breakdown Each Step into More Manageable Goals

The secret to achieving your goals is to create smaller goals within each step and take action. Remember, you’re looking for progress, no matter how small it may seem.

These small steps build up and get you to the top. By doing this, you also make the whole process much less daunting and overwhelming.

In the early retirement scenario, there are several smaller goals you could implement here:

  • Decide to make an appointment with a financial advisor asking what financial options would be available to you if you were to go into early retirement and travel. Get advice on how much you would need to top up your funds in order to reach your goal on time.
  • Set up and start to make payments into the retirement fund.
  • Research savings accounts with good rates of interest and commit to depositing a certain amount each month.
  • Make sure you meet with your financial advisor each year to make sure your retirement plan remains the best one for you. Research new savings accounts to move your money into to reap the best returns in interest rates.
  • Start investing in travel books, building up a library that covers where you want to go.
  • Think about starting a language course that will help you get the most out of your travel experience.

4. Get Started on the Journey

Creating a goal planner in which you can start writing down your next steps is where the magic happens. This is where the real momentum towards your dream starts!

Create a schedule and start by writing in when you will start the first task and on which day. Commit to completing this small task and feel the joy of crossing it off your list. Do this with every little step until your first mini goal has been reached.

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In the early retirement example, schedule in a meeting with a financial advisor. That’s it. Easy.

As I mentioned before, it may seem such a small step but it’s the momentum that’s the most important element here. Once you cross this off, you can focus on the meeting itself, then once that’s ticked off, you are in a position of starting a profitable retirement fund…and so the momentum continues. You are now on your journey to achieving your dream goal.

5. Create an Annual Review

Taking a step back and reviewing your progress is essential for keeping yourself on the right track. Sometimes you can be moving full steam ahead towards your goal but miss seeing the opportunities to improve a process or even re-evaluate your feelings towards the goal.

Nominate a day each year to sit down and take a look at your progress. Celebrate your achievements and how far you’ve come. But also think about changing any of the remaining steps in light of new circumstances.

Has anything changed? Perhaps you got a promotion at work and you feel you can add more to your monthly savings.

Do you still feel the same about your goal? It’s normal for our desires to change over time and our personal goals need to reflect this.

Perhaps you’d like to take someone new with you on your travels and you need to take this into account regarding timelines. Are there any new steps you want to add as a result?

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Remember, reflection is a useful tool in realigning your goal to any changes and it’s important to keep on the right trajectory towards it.

Strive to Become the Best Goal-Setter You Can Be

Having personal goals gives you purpose and the feeling of becoming a better version of yourself.

But it’s the smaller steps within these big goals that the growth and achievement really lies:

  • Whatever your goal is, make sure you get specific on when you want to achieve it. This helps you focus on the necessary steps much more efficiently.
  • Research the actionable steps required to get to the end result and…
  • Break these down into smaller, manageable goals.
  • Create a daily or weekly schedule for these smaller goals and start the positive momentum.
  • Reflect each year on your goal journey and purpose, readjusting steps according to changes in circumstance or desire.

Keep going and always have the end goal in sight. Remember the ‘why’ behind your goal throughout to keep you motivated and positive.

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