By Kara Masterson,
Guest writer, The Open Mind
The two most important things in life are your health and your overall happiness, and unfortunately, they’re also areas where many people are deficient. People let their bodies go and lead unhappy lives simply because they don’t make those areas a priority. That’s why committing to improving your health, and your happiness is one of the best choices you can make for yourself in both the short and long term. As health and happiness are linked in many ways, here’s how you can improve on them both.
Take Care of Your Body
You don’t need to have the perfect body to be healthy or happy, but you should keep yourself in good physical condition. Otherwise, you won’t feel good, and you’ll be more prone to diseases and other maladies.
Taking care of yourself isn’t difficult. The part that’s often difficult is changing bad habits that you’ve ingrained within yourself, such as eating junk food or leading a mostly sedentary life. That’s why you should make small adjustments first. Start working more natural foods into your diet, and commit to getting a bit of physical activity every day, even if it’s just a 10-minute walk. You’ll soon find that making more improvements gets easier and easier.
Incorporate Holistic Health Practices
Sometimes people hear the word “holistic” and think of crazy health practices that they wouldn’t want to try in a thousand years, but it’s good to be open-minded. Many holistic health practices have become extremely popular for people from all walks of life.
Yoga is a good example, as millions of people love this holistic workout. Visiting a chiropractor, acupuncture treatments, and Reiki energy healing are all other popular options to consider. Try different practices to see what you like.
Have More New Experiences
It’s easy to become complacent and get into the same routine, week in and week out. You work most of the week, maybe hit the gym and spend the rest of your evening relaxing in front of the TV. When the weekend rolls around, you catch up on chores and occasionally go out to a bar or restaurant.
There’s nothing wrong with a routine, but it can become boring and make you feel like a robot. You’ll feel much more alive when you seek out new experiences. Don’t be afraid to do something spontaneous. Maybe you have an impromptu road trip, or you could catch a cheap flight to a new city
for the weekend.
Improve Your Attitude
In your life, you’ve probably seen plenty of people who love to complain and be negative. And then every so often, you run into a person who is the exact opposite. They always have a positive attitude, and it seems like they’re constantly moving forward instead of focusing on whatever problems they have.
But here’s the thing—you’re in complete control of what type of person you are. It all depends on your attitude. If you accept the things you can’t control and focus on how you can improve your own life instead of dwelling on your problems, you’ll find yourself feeling much happier and more fulfilled. Doesn’t mean you need to eliminate negative thoughts and feelings entirely. Let yourself experience them, but then let them go and replace them with positive thinking. Think about potential solutions instead of just the problem.
You’d be surprised what kind of changes you can make in yourself in a short span of time. Follow the tips above, and you’ll become a much happier, healthier human being.
About Kara Masterson,
Kara is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.