You envy those around you who always seem to have it together. They are happy, healthy and prosperous. If you don’t feel as good as you should, it’s time to make some positive changes in your life.
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Show Loved Ones You Care
A milestone such as a golden anniversary, 80th birthday or a graduation are important things to celebrate. They are also the perfect reason to send someone a care package. It gives you a warm feeling inside and the receiver the feeling of being special. Of course, you can send them just because too, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion. Showing friends and loved ones you care is something that will improve your mood and make you feel good.
The Money Jar
Today, with direct deposit, many people don’t have actual cash on hand. It’s time to renew the joy of the change jar. Not too long ago, families would dump their extra change into a large jar and save it. This reinforced savings lets kids see how quickly money can grow. You can use it to fund vacation activities or purchase a large ticket item.
The Benefits of Fresh Air
There’s something inherently calming about spending time outdoors. A long brisk walk on a trail, a bike ride or the gentle sounds of waves at the beach naturally soothes the soul. You connect with nature, protect it, and leave the chaos behind for a few minutes.
Maintain a Positive Outlook
The world has far too much negativity. Instead of contributing, remain positive. The glass is half full, not half empty and possibilities are probable, not impossible. Viewing everyday occurrences from a positive perspective will allow you to restore inner peace and wellness.
A Healthy Diet
You can’t expect to feel alert, happy and energized with a poor diet. Your body needs nutrition to function properly. Good foods such as lean meats and chicken provide protein, the building blocks for healthy muscles. Fresh fruits and vegetables provide a multitude of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Beans, nuts, and whole grains provide fiber. Reducing your dependency on salt and sugar will also help to reduce the risk of diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Keep Your Body Moving
Technology is wonderful with the convenience it provides. However, too many hours sitting is not good for anyone, young or old. Your body requires regular exercise to look and feel good. A workout of 40 minutes three times each week will burn unwanted calories and lower your BMI level. In between workouts, make an effort to get up and walk often. When running errands park the car further away, opt to take the stairs versus the elevator and pick up your walk to a brisk pace. Getting fit has long-lasting benefits inside and out.
As an introvert, it can be difficult to express your needs to others. Unfortunately, it also means that you will have less opportunity for job advancement and loss yourself to others. Assertive people express themselves and their needs. They know what they want and go for it. Passive behavior can prevent you from achieving your dreams and prosperity. Thankfully, you can be assertive. Let the inner voice help guide the way. If you don’t want to do something or you have a different opinion express it in a respectful way. Assertive people are confident and possess self-esteem.
The Practice of Self-Care
You probably know someone who puts themself first, ahead of the rest. They take care of themselves on a regular basis. What you may not know is that they are happy. When someone is happy they pass these feelings along to others. Everyone needs some time to themselves. Whether it’s a weekly visit to a spa for pampering or enjoying reading a good book in silence, self-care is essential to sustaining good mental health.