The average person these-days is constantly on the move which means there is very little time to focus inwards and make the necessary changes that will improve our state of mind and general health. So after doing some research and scouring the world wide web I have come up with five relatively simple and time effective ways that will help to improve your life.
1. Drink Water
Water is so beneficial, so easy, so free yet so easily overlooked. I could probably write an entire book on it’s health benefits alone. But to list a few it helps to keep your temperature normal, it keeps your joints lubricated, protects your spinal cord, helps your digestive system work more smoothly by helping to get rid of waste and assists your body with perspiration. It’s really a no brainer (actually your brain is 90% water!!!).
Your body is about 70% water, the majority of your blood and every cell in your body is composed of water. Therefore, quite simply you need water to function properly. If water isn’t a part of your daily routine, try buying a reusable water bottle so you can refill it when needed. Aim to drink one bottle a day and go from there.
I can assure you that you will feel the benefit within a matter of days!
2. Get a Good Sleep and Try To Sleep Early and Rise Early
Due to work commitments and home life most of us do not get enough sleep. Also, once you are stuck in a cycle of bad sleeping patterns it is very difficult to get out of it.
I cannot stress enough the importance of developing good sleeping habits. When you wake up early feeling fresh and energised then you will be able to tackle the day head on. You will find you get much more done and that you will do it in a much more efficient way. Even science confirms that sleeping well is good for your overall health.
The key to getting a good sleep for me is to get rid of distractions. Turn off your phone, ipad or television when you’re getting into bed. If you rely on your phone for an alarm clock I suggest you get an actual alarm clock.
The temptation of having a phone nearby is probably the number 1 cause for sleepless nights as the temptation to check your messages or Facebook wall is often just too hard to resist.
Once you are well rested and in a good routine you will feel sharper and be far better equipped to deal with anything that life wants to throw at you.
3. Make Lists
If you can put your daily tasks down onto a list and tick them off as completed then you will find that this will help not only your days run smoothly but it will have a knock-on effect to your weeks, months,years and life in general.
Even the act of writing things down will help to make things clearer in your mind. You will be more aware of what needs to be done and will be more likely to take steps to get your daily tasks dealt with in a timely manner.
If you find writing things down isn’t your thing then you can download apps which alert you when things need done and you can input dates and specific times. Getting organized in this way will only serve to improve your life and you will no longer let things ‘slip your mind’.
4. Be Active, use your body
Most people live fairly sedentary lives. Especially if you work in an office job when your whole day is spent sitting at your desk. Infact most people are in the seated position almost all day, from sitting on a train, bus or car to and from work so it’s essential to take advantage of any opportunity that you can do get a little bit of exercise in. Even the smallest act of ‘taking the stairs’ can have a huge impact on your overall health.
Another useful tip is if you get the bus get off a few stop before your stop and walk the rest of the way. If you have time on your lunch break use it to go for a walk if you can. Something I try to do when I can is to squeeze in short work outs when I can.
Even if it’s just some sit ups when I wake up, or doing some stretches when I get a chance away from my desk. All these little changes to your daily routine will add up over time and you will start to feel a lot better for it.
5. Be prepared
I have heard many successful people tell me that ‘preparation is the key to success’, and the older I get the more I realise how true this statement is. So much time is wasted doing silly little things throughout our day that could so easily have been avoided with just a little bit of preparation.
I’m sure all of you have experienced ‘the morning scuffle’. When you’re running around looking for those socks or scrambling to find where you last left your keys.
A simple way to remedy this is to take just a few minutes the night before and lay out the things you know you will need the next morning like your clothing, keys, wallet etc.
Another thing to do is to make sure your phone or tablet is charged. This will give you head-start to your day before it even begins and as a bonus you might even get more time to sleep in!
So to summarize it’s the simple things that will have the biggest effect on your life. If you can incorporate these small changes into your daily routine then watch and see how your life improves!
Source : the spirit Science