Six little things that make a Big difference
The little things in life. Do you appreciate them? Are you paying attention?
Working to maintain a healthy lifestyle, is beneficial to living a balanced life. If you put forth the effort toward living a life that makes you feel better, you are sure to smile more often.
Here are six things you can start paying attention to that will improve your overall well-being:
1. Getting enough sleep. I see so many people who are sleep deprived and after a while, start to feel the negative effects. Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night, or, the amount that you need. How do you know what the right amount is for you? When you have a weekend free, let yourself sleep as long as you want without any distractions. You will be able to determine what the right amount is for you.
2. Eat well. We truly are what we eat, so try not to cut corners in this department. Eating a healthy diet will make you feel and look better. Food can boost your immune system, improve your health, give you energy, and change the condition of your skin and hair.
3. Maintain a positive outlook. When you wake up in the morning envision yourself having a great day! We have hundreds of thoughts that run through our mind all day long. Try to concentrate on the positive verses the negative. Positive thoughts truly have an impact on your life.
4. Engage in a practice that helps to remove stress from your life. Whether it’s working out, yoga, meditation, self-hypnosis, etc. Cutting out stress from your life is important. Stress can lead to other problems and take a toll on your health and your relationships.
5. Say what’s on your mind. Now don’t take this the wrong way. I’m not saying go tell everyone you know how you really feel, to unleash pent up feelings you have been holding back for quite some time. Be open and talk to the people in your life about your feelings. Discuss how you feel your relationship could improve and be honest. Relationships with open lines of communication fare best. You don’t want years to go by holding back something that could have made your relationship stronger because you didn’t want to rock the boat or make someone feel uncomfortable. Passive aggressiveness is a relationship killer.
6. Live a harmonious life. Like a pie with many sections, devote quality time to yourself, friends, your significant other, work, family, and to a higher power or spiritual practice (if you believe or have one). Again, it’s all about balance and trying to live a fulfilling life.
Even if you start working on just one or two areas to begin with- it’s a start! Feel good about whatever effort you put forth and be gentle with yourself.