I had always been that happy-go-lucky gal till I stepped out of my comfort zone and witnessed the harsh reality. By harsh, I mean challenges that I have faced, deceit, mental traumas, corporate rivalry, and, of course, social anxiety. But again these trials are a part and parcel in our lives. However, to keep yourself sane and moving- you need to seek happiness within! That is exactly what I did! The path I chose was to be happy in my own small world.
The secret of my happiness? Good health and wellbeing. Health is not only physical well-being but also emotional. Physical exercise, healthy eating, and getting away from stress are activities you do every day that impact your happiness. The question, in this case, was: How often do I strive for the relationships that matter most to me? How often am I kind to myself and think that it is okay to be as it is? That is when and how I made healthy changes in my day to day routine. I felt that happiness is more than a feeling. It is something we can all practice daily. But people are given some “happy habits” better than others. In fact, the habit most related to our overall life satisfaction – self-acceptance – is often the least practiced.
After a much haul, I love these 7 most important habits. Self-acceptance proved to be the best vital satisfaction. I hope these inferences help you guys out as well.
- Eat well
Healthy eating is one of the keys to achieving good health. It is important that you eat a varied and balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, cereals, legumes, dairy, meat, and fish. Nourishing yourself well will allow you to have the energy you need to face every day, and you will give your body the necessary minerals and vitamins for all its functions.
I was worried about keeping the line. So I opted for skimmed milk, whole grains, which contain more fiber, and lean meats. Do not abuse processed and industrial foods! Obesity is a risk factor for many diseases. Stay at your weight! Ideally, stay between 21 and 24 Body Mass Index.
Finally, I started cooking at home. Homemade food is much healthier than prepared or pre-cooked food and, of course, has much less fat and sugar! I chose healthy and low-fat cooking techniques, such as cooking, steam, and oven.
- Reduce alcohol consumption
We know that meetings with friends, parties and social events encourage alcohol consumption. It is a depressant substance that defuses and relaxes. Abusing alcohol is dangerous to health, and is not compatible with a healthy life. If like me, you have the agenda full of events where people usually drink, you can always use alternatives without alcohol. If you are still going to drink, remember to accompany your drinks with something to eat, drink slowly and with short drinks.
- Do sports
Physical exercise is essential to lead a healthy life. Choose the activity you like best: running, dance, high-intensity training, yoga, swimming. I walk every day. Frequent physical exercise improves mood, oxygenates organs and muscles, tones the skin, and burns calories. Although it was most comfortable to stay on the sofa all Sunday, it was not the healthiest. So I make sure to get up for a walk!
- Beware of abusing medications!
Do you have a cold or flu and decide to medicate with what you have at home? Medications must be prescribed by the doctor and always taken under medical supervision. It is very common that, if we do not feel bad, we will immediately turn to drugs to make us feel better. If you are going to take medication, always consult a professional. He is the only one who can help you banish false myths, and he will know what is best for you.
- The sun? Never in excess
I love to lie down to sunbathe from time to time. The sun has many benefits, such as secreting hormones from well-being and helping to synthesize vitamin C. But abusing the sun can have effects. If you are thinking of wearing a beautiful tan, it turns out that sunbathing can make your skin dry, aged and looking bad. Not to mention the burns, which are a risk of skin cancer. Be careful with the sun and always use sunscreen.
- Say goodbye to stress
Stress is a great enemy for your life. Too much cortisol, the stress hormone, can prevent you from losing weight, alter your menstrual cycles, and produce gastric discomfort and lower defenses, making you get sick. Find time for yourself every day and forget the worries of the day through pleasant activities, such as I love meditation.
- Get enough sleep
I do not ask you to sleep 10 hours each day, but 7 or 8, to keep you rested, healthy and happy. During sleep, the body “restarts” and recycles the energies to face the next day. If you do not leave your body long enough to carry out this process, it will take its toll hours later with fatigue, fatigue, dizziness and poor performance. Learn to sleep well. Because you want to be one hundred percent to enjoy everything a new day has to offer, right?
On a happy note, happiness begins with oneself! The secret to being happy is to take care of yourself and love yourself. I am sure you can start now!