Hello, everyone! Before we begin the post, I feel the need to give you a little update, which will possibly help you understand why I have decided to change my lifestyle. As some of you might be aware, this was not my year when it comes to health and it all culminated when I was hospitalised for a few days (been released last week). I won`t go into details, now I know what it`s wrong and the treatment is working, so everything`s fine. After I was released I went home for a couple of days and decided to focus on myself. While the meds made the problem go away, I needed a change and I realised that in order to be healthy you need to be happy and vice-versa. These tips are not something new, some might consider them platitudes, but they work. They are in no particular order, so don`t think that one is more important than the other.
1. Set your priorities
Like Wonder Woman, I try to do everything, but unlike her, I am only human. There`s nothing wrong with wanting to be the best, but you have to know how to pick your battles. When you try to do too many things at once, sometimes you end up accomplishing none. Now I like to make lists where I write my main goal for the day, followed by 3 important, but not urgent tasks. If I do those, then I focus on some small and unimportant ones.
Main goal: work presentation
Important tasks: write blog post, clean wardrobe, buy groceries
Unurgent task: take coat to dry-cleaning
2. Have a meal plan
Looking back, I am not surprised I had so many health problems, considering the garbage I was eating. It`s OK to have some junk food every now and then, but eating McDonalds 5 times a week is pushing your luck. Planning your meals in advance does sound boring, but I buy what I need and always know that I`ll have cooked food at work. I try to include soups at least 2 times a week, salads almost daily, but with the main course, I get more creative, depending on my preferences.
This might seem funny to some people, but how much do you socialise in real life? That means talking with people face to face, not via texts or email or flying monkeys. With all this technology progress, the sad truth is that we are lonelier than ever because we don`t really interact anymore. So now I am trying to go out more, interact with everyone around me. When I go out with my husband, we now put our phones on silent. Not checking our phones every 5 minutes made us realise we have quite a few things in common, go figure!
I know, everyone knows this is important, yet most people loathe exercise. I am one of them, I won`t lie. But as Elle Woods from Legally Blonde would put it, exercising releases endorphins, which make you happy and happy people don`t murder their husbands. Bottom line, it`s important for your physical and mental health to exercise. I recently got an exercise bike, which I use 30 minutes daily while I listen to my Audiobook. So far I love it!
5. Be thankful
Every evening before going to sleep, I write down what made me happy that day. Even if I had a crappy day, I try to think of a good thing, a compliment from a stranger or a friendly chat with my neighbour. Again, it sounds stupid and it did not work at first, but it is refreshing when I see my notebook full of happy notes.
These were a few of my tips, sorry if they seem like something you would find in a self-help book written by a 5-year-old. I don`t really know how to end this post, maybe a thank you for all the wonderful comments that you leave (which end up in my happy notebook).