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Improve Your Health by Asking Yourself This 1 Simple Question

Improve Your Health by Asking Yourself This 1 Simple Question

I know why nutrition, fitness and health is so complicated. It is because of the internet. And because, as humans, we are naturally lazy and always looking for a shortcut.

The internet gives us way too much information. Our inherent laziness means that we are always looking for the next quick fix. The magic pill that will dissolve those last 10 pounds, make us feel energetic and alive, and fix everything in one fell swoop.

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A large part of my work involves helping people become healthy and happy. In turn, I also like to keep myself healthy and happy. Even though I have the knowledge and qualifications, I still find myself looking for that quick fix. I still find myself thinking, “Ooh that diet sounds interesting…Maybe that superfood will help me…Perhaps I could try this new thing…” But logically, I know this stuff is all a marketing scam.

I am always up for a shortcut, and I’m sure you are too. I’ve got a shortcut for you today. To improve your health, I’ve got one simple task for you.

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I truly believe that deep down, we already know the answers to our health and fitness questions. I know that if we ask ourselves just one simple question, we can make a radical difference in our lives.

What is one thing I can do today for my health?

Simple, right?

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I know that you know the answer. You can make it as simple as you like.

I don’t want to influence your thoughts too much on the matter, because it really should be a simple process. But here are some examples of just one thing you could do today to improve your health:

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  1. Go for a walk on your lunch break.
  2. Add three cups of vegetables to your dinner.
  3. Snack on a piece of fruit instead of a piece of chocolate.
  4. Research local gyms you might like to join.
  5. Organize a few friends to meet up for a run after work.
  6. Cook dinner at home instead of eating out.
  7. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual.
  8. Don’t add sugar to your coffee.
  9. Take your dog out for two walks instead of one.
  10. Restock your fridge with fresh healthy food.
  11. Meditate.
  12. Plan a hike.
  13. Book yourself a massage.
  14. Buy a new pair of running shoes.
  15. Shop at your local grocer and butcher rather than the supermarket.
  16. Drink a green juice.
  17. Look up recipes for healthier alternatives to junk food.
  18. Teach your kids how to play a new sport.
  19. Check the tires on your old bike in the garage.
  20. Get a health check-up from your doctor.

Your health could improve dramatically if you take action on this today. Imagine what your life could be like, if you asked yourself this question every day this week. This really is the most powerful question you can ask yourself.

So, what is the one thing you could do today for your health?

Featured photo credit: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Mt Balty / Drewski Mac via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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