5 Things you can do every day to seriously improve your life
Sometimes it’s really easy to get bogged down by negativity. Even the most optimistic of us can have a ‘glass half empty’ type of day.
There is little doubt that positivity breeds positivity, if in doubt try it: smile at someone…it’s very difficult not to smile back! Positive mental attitude (or PMA) has been proven to have massive health benefits too. A cheery outlook can help battle disease and generally give you a longer life expectancy.
However, along with a sunny disposition there are a whole host of other simple things you can do to improve your life on a daily basis:
Start each day with a positive affirmation. Repeating positive statements to yourself such as“Today is going to be a great day!” and “I am a strong person!” can really make an impact on your day. It’s that positivity stuff again, I know, but it works…even if you’re feeling a bit grumpy…this can almost trick your mind into being in a good mood!
Take Omega 3. For many, it can be difficult to obtain enough of this essential fatty acid through diet alone so it may be necessary to take a supplement. It’s great for your heart and can curb stiffness and joint pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Some research has indicated that it can act as an antidepressant and could also prove beneficial to people who suffer from bipolar, dementia, ADHD and asthma. And of course fish oils are known for their brain-boosting properties!
Breathe. It may sound silly, but many of us forget to take the time to [really] breath. Take 5 minutes every day to take some deep breaths. It will reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and clear your mind. You don’t have to suddenly enrol on a yoga course, just make time for you, get comfortable and focus on deeply breathing in and out.
Fill up with the right stuff. We all know that eating healthily can make us feel great. Yes, there is no denying that doughnut also tastes great but, deep down, you know that after that huge sugar intake, you’re going to crash afterwards and feel sluggish and lethargic. And possibly guilty! There are so many great ways to incorporate polyphenols and antioxidants in your diet, from adding berries to your morning snack or something I love at the moment is adding pomegranate seeds to my salad at lunch.
Utilise your support system. Find family and friends who support your mission to live a healthier life, and talk to them every day. Even a 5-minute phone call can be a great pick me up! If you have a problem it helps to offload it, and if you just feel a bit flat these are the people who will help put that smile back on your face.
It can be difficult to change your daily routine or even your thought processes, but it can be done. I’m going to leave you with these little pearls of wisdom. I’d be tempted to copy some of these gems on to Post-It notes and dot them round the house where you will see them often; on your bathroom mirror, on your refrigerator, or any other location you use constantly.
“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” -Tony Robbins
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” –Elbert Hubbard
“20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
Thought provoking stuff isn’t it!
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