There is countless evidence that suggests that you can improve your personal wellbeing by engaging in 5 simple, but important activities daily. Getting your “5-a-day” increases your overall satisfaction and happiness and promotes positive mental health in life. You may even see your world in a new perspective as everything seems to be going your way. Creating new habits can be just as hard to break old ones. One thing to keep in mind is, if it’s important enough to you, you will find a way to make it work.
"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." ~ Marilyn Monroe
Check out these 5 simple activities and ways of incorporating them into your daily routine...
1. Smile & Laugh Often
No matter what situation you are in, genuinely smile and or laugh. When you can get into the habit of smiling or laughing through every situation, good or bad, magical things happen. Try smiling right now. You instantly feel better! There is tons of evidence in the medical field that reveal the healing properties of laughter in the body. You cannot have a happy ending to an unhappy journey as they say.
2. Go For A Walk
Rain, snow, sunshine, it doesn’t matter. No excuses. Step outside and absorb some natural vitamin D and breathe the outdoor air for an hour. It’s been said that walking while looking far ahead into the distance for an hour is the best thing to help you focus and lift your energy level. It is an anti-depressant and mentally healing.
3. Be Active
Get your blood pumping. Do you notice that you feel more alert and in a better mood after a workout? When you workout there are natural biological events in your body that is oh so good for you. Physical activity allows mental relaxation, boost energy and strengthen your immune system.
There is a saying that goes ‘readers are always leaders’. You feed your body everyday. You need to feed your mind everyday. Even if it is a page a day, read. What to read? Autobiography of people who have what you want such as great cooking skills, wonderful relationships, higher financial status, better health and fitness, etc. Learn something you have always wanted to learn. Although fiction can be much more entertaining for some folks, reading non-fiction is much better food for the brain.
5. Be Mindful, Grateful & Give Back
Being mindful of your surroundings and your experiences enhances self-knowledge and self-understanding which contribute to fostering positive mental health. With your busy life, it's easy to get caught up in the moment. Look for anything in your present situation that gives you joy, as if searching for water in a desert. Be grateful. Get in the habit of waking up every morning and before you sleep, to think of everything you are thankful for. Helping, sharing and just generally being nice to others promotes a sense of self-worth, strengthens community and helps you maintain a positive attitude. Volunteerism is a great way to give back to the community while growing your social and professional networks. Most importantly, give back to yourself. This means saying nice things to yourself and complimenting yourself outloud and mean it. Notice and be mindful of all your great qualities. Take time to do the things you enjoy and relaxing. Take time to relalx the mind and body and get a massage or sit home diffusing your favorite essential oils, while sipping on a cup of roobios tea. Your happiness, body and peace of mind comes first. This may sound selfish, but it's quite the opposite. There is nothing of value from you to give to others, when you do not value yourself.
You are awesome and you are loved. “5-a-day” routine starts now. High five!