Won’t it be great to be the perfect healthy person? You’ll never eat anything unhealthy, you’ll exercise daily. You’ll be perfectly Zen at all time. Being healthy to me is consciously doing things that are healthy for you (Mind, body and spirit) continuously. You might not be perfect at it, you might eat a whole pizza by yourself (I know I have), but in every stage of your life, you still choose to be proactive about your health. Here are ten things I believe that you can start right away and begin to see amazing improvement in the quality of your life.
- Take the pressure of being perfect in every area, off of yourself. You are a living being, you will make mistakes and you should learn from them and grow. It’s okay not to be perfect every day, just keep doing your best, keep challenging yourself and keep improving. That’s already perfect in my book.
- Be clear about your goals. This applies to your health too. Some people have business goals, family goals, career goals, but no health goals. You need to have your health goals, and they should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed) and they should be written out and reviewed with a trusted buddy regularly.
- Eat fruits and vegetables every day. It surprising how people seem to reserve eating fruits and vegetables for particular days. It should be done every day, like taking a shower or brushing your teeth. And when you do eat your fruits and veggies, try to eat a variety of them
- Be completely brutally honest with yourself. Don’t lie to yourself. Evaluate your life and discover areas you are satisfied with and the ones that need improvement. Search yourself and discover what is your authentic self and purpose and be sure to live it out to benefit the people around you.
- Make a list of things that make you happy and things that make you sad. It could be as simple as listening to music or playing with your kid. Ensure you do more of the things that make you happy and reduce the things that make you sad, or handle them better. If you can avoid the things that make you sad and have a better life, that’s great, but if it’s something like queuing up for fuel and you cannot avoid it, try to change your attitude towards it, and find a way to incorporate things that make you happy into the activity.
Your body is a mirror of your lifestyle. So in living healthier and better, you can create a better body. Tiny steps in the healthy direction make big changes.
- Make a list of the unhealthy foods you eat regularly and start checking them off the list. You can remove an item weekly or monthly, whatever works for you. You can reduce the consumption to only on full moons or first Fridays of the month. But reduce the frequency and quantity of these items in your diet.
- Don’t do exercise that you hate. I don’t believe that you could possibly hate EVERY exercise. There must be some form of physical activity you enjoy. Walking, taking the stairs, swimming etc. Whatever it is, incorporate it into your daily routine and every two weeks, or every month increase the duration or intensity or frequency. Discover new ways to make it more challenging and fun for you.
- Connect with your body daily. Take out time to meditate and strengthen the connection you have with your body. Learn to listen to your body to know when it needs certain foods, or care, or it needs you to stop doing certain things to it. Listen to the messages that your body is giving to you, and appreciate it for them.
- Analyse your inner circle. Your inner circle consists of people you connect with on a more personal level. People whose opinions and suggestions you value so much that they shape your thinking and your actions. If these people are not providing you with the support you need to achieve the goals you have set, well, take action on that. You could move them to the outer circle, evaluate the things they tell you better, but you need to make changes. Your inner circle should make you feel supported and safe. They should make you feel connected.
- Spread love, peace and joy where ever you go. Every interaction you have is an opportunity to show the type of kindness you would appreciate in such a situation, so show kindness. It could be a smile, a supportive word, assistance of some sort, being able to make someone’s life easier. Do not withhold kindness from anyone.
BONUS for you (but this is very important too)
- Remain in gratitude. I did not just say, be grateful, because some people turn gratitude into a once in a blue moon event. I said, remain in gratitude. Have an attitude of gratitude. In every circumstance, squeeze out a reason to be grateful. For some situations you may need to squeeze with all your effort. But always be grateful.