It may sound ironical, but the fact is that, when it comes to life and happiness, often times, the simple things gives you a lot more. Here are ten simple tips that are ‘best’ for life, and widely recommended by experts.
#1 – Eat ‘primal’
It is very obvious that the best food among the foods we’ve been eating is the longest in terms of our time on this planet, which means ‘all-natural’ foods. These are the diets that we, as human, been evolved to consume and are best adapted to. Most medical case have revealed that a ‘primal’ diet consisting of fruits, nuts and seeds, vegetables, fish and eggs, as well as meat, is the best one to control your weight and safeguard you from illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes, etc. This ‘cultural’ food attitude will allow you to cut through the publicising build-up and dietary fabrication, and will also enable you to create healthy food choices more quickly and confidently.
#2 – Keep Hydrated
Don’t dehydrate yourself. As human beings, we are made up of water for nearly two-thirds of our body, and helps to perform an overabundance of functions, including acting as a solvent, carrier of nutrients, temperature regulator and body detoxifier, and many other. It is believed that an average person can survive without food for ten days but only three days without water. Maintaining your hydration level will have a deep influence on our energy and liveliness levels, including mental alertness. The best way to judge this for yourself is through the colour of your urine. Try to drink water as much as you can to keep your urine a pale yellow colour throughout the day.
#3 – Eat Mindfully
‘Stressful-eating’ also kills your health. We have to acknowledge that we are living on a fast-paced world, and our days, especially on weekdays can be very rush. For some, or maybe many, most of our day-to-day problems can cause us to eat distracted and shovel in more food than we need and, at the same time, miss out on culinary pleasure. Mindful eating will benefit most of us. Be mindful that you shouldn’t be eating when you are distracted, or feeling depressed. Always eat on a ‘not-too-slow’ pace and enjoy the food that you are having. Chewing your food, is another concern to focus. Chewing your food well not only helps you taste the savour in food, but also helps to digest quickly.
#4 – Get Plenty Of Sunlight
Sunlight, helps to produce vitamin D in our skin. This is connected to an array of benefits for our body including a reduced risk of several forms of cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis, as well as improved immune function. As a rule of thumb, vitamin D is produced more when our own shadow is shorter than our body length, ie when the sun is high in the sky. But do not let yourself burn by the heat, but at the same time try to get as much sunlight exposure as possible for optimal health.
#5 – Get Even More Sunlight
Winter is a very hard time for most who live in countries that are very exposed to climate changes throughout the year. Winter also creates a mood swing in most of us. Researches reveal that the primary cause of these mood-swing is the low levels of sunlight. Even when it’s cold outside, it pays to get some external light exposure in the winter, say during lunchtime. Another option, but rather little expensive, is to invest in a sunlight-simulating device and use this daily from October through to March.
#6 – Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is another vital concern for a healthy life. A good sleep can optimise mental and physical energy. Moreover, optimal levels of sleep, roughly six to eight hours in the night, are linked with reduced risk of chronic disease and improved longevity. One simple strategy that can help ensure you get optimal amounts of sleep is to go to bed earlier. Getting into bed by 10pm or 10.30pm is a potentially useful investment in terms of your short- and long-term health and wellbeing. Also, your sleep has to be continuous without breaks and in the night. Shutting down the computer or turning off the TV early in the evening is often all it takes to create the time and space for earlier sleep.
#7 – Regular Walks
Walking, or jogging is a very good health exercise that can be done at almost any age of your life. Such exercises, including other aerobic exercise, are uncomplicated and low-impact but is associated to a variety of benefits for the body and the brain, including a reduced risk of chronic diseases, anti-anxiety and mood-enhancing effects. Go for a brisk walk of about 30 minutes with your loved one, or your dog, and see the difference it will give you with time.
#8 – Do Some Resistance Exercise
Resistance exercises aids to keep your muscle mass and thereby strengthen your body. These exercises have relevance as we grow older, as it decreases the danger of disability and falls. Most of these exercises can be done from home, including push-ups, sit-ups and squats. You may also use some Dyna-Band or dumbbells to outspread your home routine to other exercises, too.
#9 – Practise Kindness
Okay, time to get a little deeper into the attitude. No matter what you do, your attitude will decide how fast the fruits will ripe. Kindness that genuinely comes from your heart is very important to maintain a healthy and happy life. It doesn’t have to be on a ‘saint’ level. But don’t try to your grudges and shout at every motorist while on your way to office or home. In fact, practicing kindness is quite easier than you expect. Just send some text messages or call a long lost friend, or give a seat on the bus to an elderly or differently-abled person in the bus, smile at little kids, don’t be the guy who explodes very easily at the office, etc. These are much simple stuffs that will earn you a lot of respect and also gives you a lot of happiness.
#10 – The Art Of Appreciation
Most of us in the modern world have really lost the idea of appreciation. We all envy everyone and we try to compete with our colleagues all the time. While competition is not bad at all, it has to be healthy. Are you holding something against your colleague because he got a promotion? Now there’s a bad thing. Modern-day lifestyle tries to be ambitious and we can easily find ourselves racing an ever-growing list of goals, many of which are most of the time material. In this race against time, we often loose the most simple things that takes to be humans. Our mood can be lifted by giving thanks for anything from our friends and family to a beautiful landscape or sunset.