Everyone would love to be the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves all the time. Unfortunately, achieving both of these things is not an easy task. Our lives are incredibly busy and stress is always present, and it can hold you back from being both happy and healthy if you let it take control.
However, there are certainly some things you can do in life that will help you fight back against stress, work and the other things holding you back from feeling your best. Here are six ways you can live a happier and healthier life.
Become More Self-Aware
One of the most underrated things to do in order to boost your happiness is to become more self-aware. Self-awareness is all about understanding yourself, truly, in every sense of the word. By being self-aware, you will know what it takes to make you happy, what matters the most to you and you will be able to better align your behavior with the expectations you have for yourself.
By being able to do this, you will understand who you are more deeply, which is a great feeling. There are several things you can do to become more self-aware, such as keeping a journal, looking at yourself objectively or engaging in self-reflection or meditation. You can even read books or listen to inspirational podcasts such as The Re-engineered You to get on the right track and learn something new.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is critically important to both our happiness and our health. If a person is lacking sleep, there are many negative consequences, including reduced focus and concentration, and a greater risk of different diseases or ailments.
Unfortunately, many people aren’t getting enough sleep. This could be due to bad habits, long days at work or even a sleep disorder. Thankfully, if a better sleep is what you want, there are several things you can do to achieve it.
You can keep a consistent sleep schedule, can make sure you wind down and relax in the evening, and even invest in a new mattress, specialty pillow or weighted blanket. Also, you need to watch what you eat or drink in the hours before bedtime, to make sure that it doesn’t hinder your ability to get a good night’s rest.
Find Hobbies and Engage in Them Frequently
If you are struggling to be happy, a good idea is to find a hobby you enjoy. Even if you are busy, finding something you like to do can be a great mood enhancer and give you something to look forward to every day. This could be reading, playing video games, rock climbing, cooking, scrapbooking or literally thousands of other things. Having a hobby will help you stay in a positive mood and have some fun.
In addition to finding a hobby, it’s also important that you are actively making time to engage in it. Give yourself at least a couple of hours every week to dedicate to your hobby. Finding friends or family members who share the same hobbies can also be a good idea. Online communities focused on your hobbies can also be a lot of fun to participate in, as well.
Eat a Balanced Diet
What you eat is also very important to how well you feel and how healthy you are. Because of this, it is very important to eat a balanced diet. This means a diet rich in a variety of vitamins and nutrients, and has food from the major food groups.
How well we eat is often one of the first things we disregard if we are busy, and this shouldn’t happen. Eating poorly can contribute to weight gain, an increased likelihood of certain diseases and can simply lead us to feel sluggish throughout the day.
Always do your best to make time to eat healthy, even if that involves meal prepping ahead of time. While cooking may not be your forte, there are many easy recipes and meal box kits you can find online that make it easy.
Get Enough Exercise
Exercise is another very important thing to do if you want to stay healthy. Getting the body moving is great for your heart, helps you build muscle, burn calories and improve your health overall. Whether you decide to go for a run, play sports, lift weights or go for a bike ride, all of these activities keep you in good shape and at a healthy weight.
Not only can exercise help with your physical health, it can help with your emotional health as well, making you happier as a person. Exercise can help you deal with stress, improve your mood and even help boost your confidence.
Many people also make exercise their hobby, and have fun meeting with others who have similar fitness goals. If you struggle to exercise due to motivational factors, consider finding a workout buddy to keep you accountable and help give you that extra push you may need to hit the gym.
Surround Yourself With the Right People
Few things are as important in your life and to your happiness as the people you surround yourself with. Positivity and good health can be contagious, so it’s important to have people around you who push you to be better and have a happy outlook on life.
These people can inspire you and motivate you, as well as support you with eating healthy, practicing good habits and engaging in self-care. Your subconscious will be challenged to be your best in order to keep up and fit in with everyone around you.
Similarly, if the people around you are always miserable and leading unhealthy lives, it is likely to rub off on you as well. Sometimes it can be hard to move on from the negative people in your life, especially if they have been in your circle for years, but it can be done.
A Happier and Healthier You
Whether you use all of these tips or just one, making changes in your life can have a major impact on your health and happiness. There are many other ways to improve your life, but these are certainly a good start and can get you on the right track.