I’ve recently started dealing with health issues and it’s made me so aware of my overall health and well-being. Well-being encompasses feeling good mentally and spiritually, while remaining physically healthy.
Well-being doesn’t mean walking around like you’re on cloud 9 all the time, necessarily, nor does it mean you’re weirdly happy every second of every day. Our mood ebbs and flows, and no matter how much you think you know about the power of positive thinking, it’s impossible for anybody to be positive 24/7. We all have egos, and pretending that we’re happy go lucky all day every day is only pretending we don’t feel a lot of what we really feel.
This quick guide isn’t going to tell you how you can feel euphorically happy every day – simply how you can have a nice, relaxed feeling of well being most of the time. The keyword being most. If you’re interested, read on for some suggestions:
1. First and foremost: Pay More Attention To Nutrition And What You’re Putting Into Your Body.
I’m guilty of being one of those people who feel sluggish or not at 100% all of the time, but don’t actually care to look into it any further. The fact is, if you’re constantly eating junk food, then you’re going to feel bad. Junk food isn’t always just fast food, cake, and takeaways, either. It can be disguised as healthy food with clever marketing.
That’s why it’s important you learn a little about nutrition, the things you should be avoiding, and the things you should be getting more of. When you aim to improve your diet (it’s not about being perfect, just trying your best), then you will feel so much better in both the short and long term. Here are pointers to help:
– Learn a little about protein, carbs, and fats so you can put together balanced meals that make you feel great.
– Cooking from fresh doesn’t have to be hard and is better than buying ready meals.
– Don’t deprive yourself, just know that making healthy, balanced choices will fuel you better and leave you feeling fuller for longer.
– Try using an app to track to begin with, like Lifesum.
– Pay close attention to how your body feels after eating certain foods.
2. Find a Form Of Exercise That You Enjoy And Stick To It.
You don’t have to do hardcore cardio sessions on a boring treadmill every day of your life. However, you should definitely find a form of exercise you enjoy, and do your best to get into a good routine with it. Just make sure you take things slowly to avoid injury, or you’ll end up hunting for personal injury attorneys near you – not always great for your overall well being. Low impact exercises that are great include walking, swimming, and yoga. Yoga is particularly great for feeling good.
3. Don’t Focus On The Negative – But Don’t Ignore How You Feel Either.
Most people feel bad all the time because they ruminate and things they deem to be ‘going wrong’ or just not the way they wanted to. This isn’t going to make things any better, and it can easily take you into a downward spiral. There is power in noticing your feelings, accepting them, maybe even getting to the root cause of why you feel that way (note: it is down to you and your beliefs, nobody else), and then letting it go.
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