Happy Healthy Hump Day: A Happier, Healthier You

Posted: October 25, 2017 10:00 am  

This year, you may have made a variety of New Year’s resolutions to improve your mind, your finances, or your health. I know I did. And, as always took on more than I could handle and was disappointed when I couldn't accomplish it all right away. Leading to just giving up. No more.

You don’t need to make a resolution to improve your life, as there are many simple changes you can make at any time. To be happy and healthy does not require a lot of money or time – just a little desire and motivation.

Be More Social

Do Something Different

Reconnect

Be Active

Sleep Well

Eat Well

Spend Time with Nature

Lighten Up

If you’re trying to lead a happier, healthier life, making the necessary changes is up to you. Start with the items on this list that appeal the most to you, and work some of the others into your life a little at a time. 

A couple simple suggestions in Be Active, hit home from me.

  1. Move More - Sitting all day is unhealthy for both the mind and the body. Get up and walk around every waking hour for at least a couple of minutes, and take a walk everyday during your lunch hour. You can also start a walking group with friends or coworkers, or try some sports that you might enjoy. Sign up for an exercise class or start your own. Try Tai Chi, or explore YouTube to create your own home workout plan.

When you elevate your fitness level, add jogging to your walking routine. Jogging causes endorphins to be released, which gives you a natural “runner’s high.”

  1.  “Exercise” Your Smile - You can trick your brain to feel happy with a very easy exercise: Just smile. Don’t believe it? Try it. This result is due to neuro-linguistic programming, where an “anchor” or trigger (in this case a smile) cues the brain to feel the same feelings it had the last time those muscles were used.

 

Happier, healthier, who can’t get behind that? Just one or two steps at a time.