In order to live a balanced and successful, happy life, we must be healthy in all three parts of our life – mind, body and soul. By making changes to our lives, we give ourselves the opportunity to live to our fullest potential. All of these suggestions can better your daily life, making it more happy, healthy and productive.
Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
Focus on eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, while still getting enough protein and calcium. Experts say that a diet high in vegetables reduces one’s risk of developing lung, colon, breast, stomach, bladder and other cancers. Also, when you eat healthy, you have more energy and a more positive outlook on life.
The experts at WebMD.com report that a healthy and positive attitude helps to build a strong immune system and helps to boost overall health. Your body is directly affected by your mind, so if you think positively, it will feel that way. Positive thinking means that you approach life’s struggles in a more positive, proactive way. Researchers have found that those who live a positive life show signs of increased life expectancy, lower levels of depression, better coping skills and a lower risk of death from heart disease. Also, remove negative people from your life.
Smoking harms every single organ in the body. According to Cancer.org, nearly half of all smokers will end up dying from a smoking-related illness if they continue to smoke their entire life. In the United States, 1 in 5 deaths is related to smoking. Smoking leads to an increased risk of cancer, lung diseases, heart attacks, strokes and gum disease. Male smokers lose an average of 13.2 years of their life and 14.5 years of life for women, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports. By quitting smoking, you increase your lifespan and quality of life. Why willingly lead to your own demise?
Get Some Sleep
A good night’s sleep and a regular sleep schedule are important to all body functions. Not only does it reduce stress, but also increases energy levels throughout the day and one’s life expectancy. According to a 2010 study, the C-reactive protein which increases the risk of heart attacks was higher in those who got six or less hours of sleep a night. Also those who don’t sleep enough also have an increased risk of inflammation which is linked to diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and strokes.
Drink More Water
Water is an essential part of our body’s functions. It is needed to carry nutrients and oxygen throughout the body as well as to remove waste. Drinking more water also helps individuals lose weight. According to a Health.com study, water drinkers lost 4.5 more pounds a month then those who didn’t.
Live an Active Lifestyle
The more active you are, the healthier you’ll be. Exercise improves joint health, increases flexibility, improves moods and self-esteem, reduces stress and reduces the risk of heart disease. Being active can include chores such as gardening or taking a run each morning. Any amount of activity is better than none. Make small changes to see big benefits.
Discover Your Life Purpose
By understanding your life purpose, you will have a better sense of self. This self-actualization leads to a better mindset, mood and overall better health. It’s important to discover what you enjoy and then apply it to your daily health. This discovery will lead to peace in your life.