Sometimes the worst enemy of your happiness might watch you every day from a mirror. She is a tired, exhausted, and grumpy person, who neglects her physical and psychological needs day after day. She eats unhealthy and irregularly. She sits too much and regularly skips the daily walks and exercises. She never has time to calm down in outdoor.
She might drink too much alcohol and coffee or even smoke. She probably works too much or too little. She uses very much digital stuff; she even uses a laptop or watches TV before going to sleep. Because of this she goes too late to bed and sleeps too little. Then she asks herself, where and why did she lost her happiness?
Do you see this person from your mirror always, often or sometimes? If yes, let’s start to rescue her.
Your happiness rescue plan:
- Check your menu. There should be five healthy meals per day: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and evening snack. Avoid unnecessary sugars. Prefer fish, vegetables, fruits, berries and full-corn products. They all have a positive influence both on your mood and health. Read more about happiness diet from here.
- Drink enough water. The experts say two liter is a good daily amount for an adult. Drinking alcohol increases your body’s water consumption. Flying, exercise or hot weather have a similar impact. Water is especially important for your metabolism, your kidneys, and skin.
- Enjoy daily sunlight. You are not a dwarf, your body and brains need light just like the plants do. The sunlight works like a medicine both for your mood and body. It prevents depression, tiredness, and many diseases. It also improves your mood and fastens your recovery from illnesses and surgeries. Organize your home and office so, that you get natural light as much as possible. Daylight from the windows is however not enough; you must go out. A lunchtime jog in a park. A walk from the office to home. Go to the grocery store by foot instead of a car. Take the kids to the park and play there with them. Easy!
- Start more sporty life. Regular exercise is not crucial only for your health; it is crucial also for your happiness. The right amount is two hours sweating in a week and then 1-2 hours muscular training, body balance or stretching. The best is if you give your body some exercise every day. If you are too busy, you can find some free and efficient 7 and 15-minute training from the internet. Lack of time or money are not any more excuses for happier healthier life.
- Spend more time in places you love, especially in green nature. Nature heals and nurtures you. The places, where you spend much time are influencing on your well-being and happiness. According the research, the best are the places, which have special meaning for you and which offer beautiful extensive views over the green landscapes and waters.
- Improve your sleeping habits. Do you suffer insomnia or are you just too busy to sleep enough? You are not the only one. You can’t force yourself to fall sleep, but you can force yourself to change your evening routines. Read a book instead of surfing the internet or watching videos. Eat heavy dinners and do your exercise at least 2 hours before you are going to bed. Avoid evening coffee and big amounts of alcohol. And the most important one: Try to find time to think about your life’s significant decisions during the day, so you don’t have to use nights for that. If you still can’t sleep, take it easy. The rest is important, are you in sleep or not.
- Stop worrying, start acting. If you have a lot of fears in your head, take a pen and paper and write them all down. Then evaluate, if your worries are existing in real life or if they are just your negative thoughts? Why would you waste your valuable time and energy in worrying? Can you do something to solve them? If not, accept them. If yes, change your fears to simple goals and find some concrete steps, which will help you to reach your goals.
- Learn to relax. If there is a constant crowd of things both in your calendar and in your head, wake up. Your life should not be a huge to-do-list. It should be an exciting and fun journey with great possibilities. Learn to say no to time-robbers. Take time for yourself and do nothing. If you can’t be without doing something, try mindfulness training, yoga or meditation. Start to draw, knit, or paint or buy one of colouring books for adults. They all will help your mind to calm down, relax and concentrate. As a bonus they help you to see your priorities more clearly.