How happy do you feel on a daily basis? Do you wish that you could live a healthier lifestyle, but just can’t seem to make it work? You are not alone. Many of us feel that something is lacking in our overall levels of health and happiness. Anxiety and depression are common among all cultures, and if left to fester can cause a number of other health issues. While there are some of us who do feel happy most of the time, there is always more that you could do to improve your enjoyment of life. If you think there is something that you need to improve to become healthier and happier, this guide gives you some tips.
Get Regular Exercise
When we exercise our brain releases endorphins, hormones that make us feel happy. Exercising regularly benefits our physical health and also our mental health. Anyone can take part in some form of physical activity, no matter what their level of ability. Examples of exercises that benefit our mind and body are:
Yoga – this exercise includes movements and poses that use different muscle groups. When doing yoga poses, it strengthens the muscles and improves flexibility and movement. For the mind, yoga helps improve concentration and mindfulness, as our attention is on our body and how we are feeling. Such is the power of yoga; it can be used to help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Cardio – cardiovascular exercise such as running, cycling, swimming and brisk walking all make the heart pump faster, and this helps oxygenate the blood and flush out toxins from our systems. It also benefits our mental health too by improving our cognitive abilities, short term memory, and helps us to sleep better at night.
Exercising regularly keeps us in good shape both physically and mentally, so try to incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. If you feel that you don’t have time for daily exercise, see how you can fit it in in other ways. For example, taking the stairs at work rather than the elevator might only take five minutes, but add that up over the day or week, and that could add up to a significant amount. Or, instead of sitting at your desk during your lunch break, head on out to a local park to eat your sandwich and have a walk after.
Focus on Personal Projects
What are your goals and ambitions in life? Is there anything that you have always wanted to do or learn? What kind of life do you want to be living in five or ten years? It can be hard to keep motivated and look beyond getting through the week especially if you are stuck in a 9-5 job with the routines set in place. However, for a sense of happiness and fulfillment, we need to have personal goals in mind that we can work towards achieving. It might be that you want to learn a new language, become a dance instructor, or simply to grow your own business to the point where you have financial freedom. Taking actionable steps towards these goals will help you feel optimistic about the future, and give you a renewed sense of purpose.
Seek Help if you Need it
If you have problems in your life that you just can’t seem to deal with, it can start to get you down. Maybe you are stuck in a rut at work, and it is causing you stress, perhaps you are in a complicated relationship, or you could be relying on alcohol or drugs to make you feel better about things. Sometimes the road to recovery is a long one, such as facing drug withdrawals or having to change many aspects of your lifestyle. This article about withdrawal shows an alternative option to common withdrawal medications that can also be just as damaging. These sorts of problems need to be addressed for you to lead a happy and fulfilling life. You need to seek help from a professional to work out how to tackle these issues.
Have a Social Life
Your social life has a profound effect on you and how you see the world. It is only through interacting with others that we get fresh perspectives on our problems, as well as feeling a sense of solidarity in our friendships. Having friends in your life gives you the chance to talk about your feelings as well as having someone to share the fun with. Without a social life, you are isolated, and this can be harmful to your health and well-being. Make time to go out and see your friends, talk on the phone or join groups where you can make new friends, and you will see the positive effects it has on your happiness.
Going outside and spending some time in a natural environment benefits the body and mind. It strengthens our immune systems, the fresh air feels great and oxygenates our blood, and the sights and sound of nature improves our mood and happiness. Studies show that spending time in nature brings many benefits for our health and well-being, so try to spend some time each day appreciating the outdoor world around you, whether it is an urban park, your backyard, or a walk in the wild.
Being happy and healthy is something that we all want, but for some, it can feel challenging to achieve. Something to point out is that changes do not happen overnight, and it might take a few weeks of making small changes to your life before you notice the benefits. Small changes add up, so keep at it. By making one small change today, you will make your life easier or better in some way. For example, clear out that drawer full of clutter, simplify your morning routine, or look for a new job. Soon you will notice a spring in your step and a smile on your face.