Eating healthy, drinking enough water, and having a daily exercise routine are all standard ways we are told to be healthy. And, hopefully, we all try to do the right thing for our bodies. Being physically healthy has so many benefits. It boosts your immune system and makes you feel more awake and energized. That said, to be completely healthy, we also need to take care of our emotional and mental health. This means doing things that reduce stress and boost happiness. Here are 4 ways to live healthier and happier that don’t have to do with food or the gym!
Live Healthier and Happier #1: Make Your Home a Sanctuary
Even if you eat right and exercise, you can still feel mentally stressed. To combat this, make your home a place that you love. Set up cozy spots that you can retreat to after a long day at work. Use colors and accessories that speak to you and bring a sense of wholeness. I also recommend checking out Feng Shui if you have not. This ancient art of placement of objects is a fantastic way to harmonize your home. If you have children, set boundaries for your special space, so you are not interrupted during your relaxation time.
Live Healthier And Happier #2: Disconnect in Your Bedroom
Have you heard that the blue light from electronics can be harmful to your health? One way is that it disrupts our circadian rhythm. This means that simply looking at your phone screen before bedtime can make falling asleep more difficult. It can also affect the quality of sleep you have. It isn’t just your phone that can derail sleep, it’s any electronics like the TV, tablet, gaming systems, and computers. If you can’t get away from these things in your bedroom, at least try to not use them inside an hour before bedtime. You can also shut off and unplug all electronics for a cleaner environment at night.
Live Healthier And Happier #3: Plan Social Dates
Our social circles are so critical to our everyday lives. As we get older and our schedules get more diverse, however, it can be difficult to meet up with friends and loved ones. This is likely why social media is so popular. I find that planning things in advance is the only way to make them happen. I put social events on my calendar as though they were business appointments.
Ideally, set aside dates on your calendar in rotation of your friends and family. I know this seems a little anal, but, if you want to keep your relationships healthy, it’s worth it. And, remember, just because others aren’t making dates with you doesn’t mean they don’t love you. Take the initiative and be the one who calls first.
Live Healthier And Happier #4: Do Something Fun
Routine can be great for many reasons; however, you need to get out there and occasionally do something fun and spontaneous. Break up the routine and have a date night out. Pick up some theater tickets and see a live show. Go somewhere you have never been before. Take a different route to work. Big or small, do something new and have fun while doing it. For some inspiring ideas or help with having more fun, check out Mel’s Plan to Play!
Being physically healthy is a great start to living a wonderful life. But don’t forget about your emotional and mental well-being. Continue your healthy habits by reducing stress any way you can. We need balance in our lives, but it doesn’t often come unless we pay attention to the details. I know these four things might take a while to put into practice, but stick with them and notice the positive change.
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