If there was a secret formula on how to be healthy and happy, would you use it? Maybe some people just enjoy being miserable. We all know that person who always sees the worst in everything.
Health and happiness go hand in hand. Taking care of one will assist the other. No one can sustain being overly cheerful all the time, and no one wants to. It’s difficult to maintain and frankly annoying for everyone around them.
If you feel like you need a boost in the ‘happy and healthy’ department, there are a few small adjustments you can make with huge results. Here are a few to get you started.
How to be Healthy and Happy
Whether you are a ‘glass half empty’ or ‘glass half full’ type of person makes a big difference in how you see the world. The point is, either way, the glass can be filled up again.
Happiness is a state of mind. Only you have the key.
Don’t Compare Your Life to Others
Social media is not the place to feel better about yourself. Being envious of someone else’s pictures is exactly the point. People post their best photos to portray themselves in the best light.
Don’t covet someone else’s life. It’s nowhere near as fabulous as they want you to believe. Look at your own life and find what is incredible about it. Then find another one.
Don’t post it online. Once you find what you love about your life, enhance that aspect and do more of it. Wishing you had something or looked more like someone else takes away what you already do have. Remember: someone envies your life, too.
Get Rid of Negatives
Start with all the negative people in your life. If they are with you, they’re against you. Even the people on Facebook who love to post the ‘woe is me’ vague posts are just looking for sympathy and attention. Don’t bite.
Rather, unfriend or unfollow them. Just like happiness is contagious, so is misery. When you talk about your plans, your dreams, only keep the ones who support you. If they tell you can’t, show them you can.
People try to take things from us they fear. Ridding yourself of negative thoughts is essential. Start with a positive thought every day. Tell yourself nice things in the mirror every morning.
If you live with depression, you need to treat it. Talk to your professional healthcare provider. Talking about your fears and doubts takes their power away. Speaking to a professional will guide you through them.
You need to socialize with your friends. Plan a regular get-together. Coffee dates, happy hour or a movie night. If you live away from family and friends, make a date to video chat.
Hang out with people who support you, people you admire and respect. If you have kids or work off hours, it’s important to make the effort.
Live Within Your Means
There is a Spanish proverb:
“No vives la vida para la que no est?s preparado”
Don’t live a life you are not prepared for.
One of the biggest worries most people have is money. Worrying about money is depressing. Forget about the latest fashions or the trendy car. You shouldn’t want to dress like everyone else.
Set a budget and live within it. You need to budget for fun. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have fun.
Physical health is connected to your mental health. When both are taken care of, you will find balance.
You need to take some sort of exercise. No one expects you to run marathons or enter the Olympics. A simple routine of added activity will have a huge impact.
Joining a gym will open up many possibilities for you. There are classes, weights and different machines you can try. It’s also a chance to socialize with like-minded people.
An evening or morning walk can help with digestion and heart health. Fresh air and meeting your neighbors is always fun and good for you.
For the introverts, try building an exercise regime at home. You can buy some equipment or just find exercise routines online you can follow along with.
Yoga and Meditation
Stretching your muscles and body feels great. If you have a pat, watch them after a nap. They stretch it all out. They get it. Stretching just makes everything feel better, and as you increase your reach, you will notice an improvement in a clearer head and less muscle pain and strain.
Meditation is perfect for clearing your mind and getting rid of clutter and negativity. Once you get better at it, you will be able to use it a work or other stressful situations whenever you need it.
We all know the benefits of a healthy diet, so why are potato chips so good? Indulging in your favorite junk foods is fine if you only do it now and then.
Try increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes that pass through the body and cutting back on meat and dairy.
Drink plenty of water, limit your alcohol intake and for the love of all things pink, Quit Smoking. Seriously, with everything we know about cigarettes, how are they still available?
How to be healthy and happy will have a lot of variables, depending on each individual. There are things you can do each day, a few small adjustments that will help you move towards your happy place.
Most of us can’t change our situations, but we can make the most of them. Finding small ways to enhance our lives and the lives of the people we love isn’t difficult. Start small, and you will notice a significant change.
Only you are responsible for your happiness, don’t pin it on someone else. You will only find disappointment. Take charge of your life. If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for your golden years, please continue reading here.