9 Tips To Happiness and Well-Being

best-exercise-lose-weightFocusing on your emotional health isn’t hard, but it may be an adjustment for you. Some simple — and really enjoyable — changes are all it takes to boost happiness and well-being. Follow these ideas to strengthen your emotional health:

  • Exercise. It protects physical and emotional health, relieves stress, and makes you feel good.
  • Make time for laziness. You don’t have to be constantly on the go — that’s how you get run down. Spend a little time each day or each week doing something you enjoy that is completely frivolous. For example, watch TV or a silly movie, chat on the phone, play a game, or just listen to music.
  • Spend some time in the sun. With sunscreen, of course. But sunlight is a great natural way to boost your mood.
  • Deal with your emotions. Learn how to properly deal with stress, anger, and anxiety instead of keeping them bottled up inside.
  • Be healthy inside. This means avoiding junk food and sticking to a healthy diet. You should also steer clear of smoking, drug use, and too much alcohol.
  • Treat your senses. Do little things that make you happy and stimulate your senses, like lighting a scented candle, buying some fresh-cut flowers, indulging in a massage, or treating yourself to your favorite food or drink.
  • Sleep. Everyone gets cranky without enough sleep, so dedicate adequate sleep time every night. Or treat yourself to a nap every now and then.
  • Be creative. Spend some time learning new things, like a new language or skill (for example, music or knitting). Even just working in your garden can help you relax and feel satisfied.
  • Adopt an animal. Pets offer fun, relaxation, and a whole lot of love. They can encourage you to exercise, and tear your attention away from stressful activities.

The bottom line is pretty simple: take time for happiness. Allow yourself to enjoy life, fun, and relaxation. Be thankful for what you have, and enjoy it.

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3 Step Routine to Boost Energy

 One of the most popular excuses people rely on is a lack of energy. When we feel tired we give up early. It’s impossible to be enthusiastic when you’re exhausted. Energy is the difference between having a fantastic, productive day and merely going through the motions.

For most of my life I considered myself a low energy person. By nature I’m a night person. I’ve always been groggy in the mornings and I assumed there was nothing to be done about it. Recently I’ve come to realize that what you do is far more important than who you are.

boost-energy-RBy starting off your day with this simple 3 step routine you can create a boost of energy that lasts all day — leading to higher levels of happiness, productivity, and fitness.

Step 1 – Jump Out of Bed

Sleep feels great. When you’re in that warm cocoon between the sheets you never want to leave. I used to linger in bed, hitting the snooze button multiple times before reluctantly rising. This sets a lethargic tone for the entire day.

Getting up is inevitable, so you might as well do it quickly. As soon as the alarm goes off, jump out of bed. This energetic movement rouses you immediately. Make some other quick movements too. I usually swing my shoulders, hop around, or do a silly dance step. It might look ridiculous, but movement shakes off the cobwebs and gets you excited. Try it and you’ll be amazed how much the way you move affects the way you think and feel.

Step 2 – Exercise

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Right after getting up, take action. Have your gear next to the bed so you don’t waste time. Go straight into 30-60 minutes of vigorous exercise. You’re probably thinking, “Exercise in the morning? You’ve got to be kidding. I have a hard enough time exercising at all.” I used to feel the same way, but after starting I couldn’t go back.

Exercise in the morning has immense benefits. First, it raises your metabolism. This creates a natural buzz that burns calories all day. Second, it gives you the opportunity to plan out your day. Deciding exactly what you need to achieve helps you prioritize. This allows you to start working on what’s important without hesitation. Third, it starts the day with a positive accomplishment. Don’t you feel proud of yourself after exercise? This creates momentum and self confidence that will improve your mindset for the rest of the day.

fruit-juices-boost-energy-C-300WStep 3 – Eat a Solid Breakfast

Your body needs fuel. There is no substitute for a solid breakfast, especially if you want to get in great shape. Not eating leads to binging later on. It slows your metabolism to a crawl so you don’t burn as many calories. When I skip breakfast I feel tired, irritated, and always end up eating junk half way through the morning. Get into the habit of doing this every day and you won’t stop.

Pretty simple isn’t it? The main reason most people don’t do these 3 things is that they believe it takes too much time. This is a weak excuse. By investing time in energizing yourself you create many more productive hours than you expend.

This routine takes about 45 minutes longer than hitting the snooze button, getting showered, skipping breakfast, and leaving for work. I make time for it by getting up an hour earlier and I haven’t missed the sleep at all.

Low energy levels aren’t due to lack of sleep, they’re due to lack of movement. The nights I don’t sleep well I still follow the routine and feel as good as ever.

Just try it and see how you feel. Once you get accustomed to starting your day with energy and confidence you’ll never want to stop.

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