Thereâ€™s always a gamble when we take on the big things whether thatâ€™s starting a family, buying a home, investing for retirement, or launching a business. We become so focused on these â€œbig winsâ€ that we often neglect our personal well-being.
What good are these big wins if our body and mind arenâ€™t 100%?
I keep thinking about that saying, â€œHelp yourself before you help othersâ€. I donâ€™t feel itâ€™s selfish. I think itâ€™s important weâ€™re in a good place, so we have the energy, stability, and stamina to maximize our time and resources.
- Imagine being physically unable to do fun activities with your child
- Imagine youâ€™re living in a mental fog and never fully commit
Itâ€™s time to get healthy.
1. Take control of your consumptions
Many items become a crutch:
- Drugs and alcohol
- Binging (anything)
Your health is the sum of everything. Finding yourself held back from addictions or spending too much time on one activity slowly eats at time and resources used for positive actions. So, find alcohol treatment or support groups thatâ€™ll help you overcome those addictions. Do so, and youâ€™ll find plenty of free time to work on yourself.
2. Find time to stay educated
Try to remain a lifelong student:
- Read and study what interests you
- Go back to school or do online classes
- Find a mentor or edu community
A greater understanding of the world and its mechanics will improve your quality of life. Youâ€™ll find yourself better suited to react logically versus emotionally. This mental stability and understanding will help with all facets of life whether itâ€™s investing and family, or physical health and safety.
3. Commit 15 minutes to activities
A lot of you will give up exercise goals because you try to â€œgo all outâ€. You tell yourself youâ€™ll hit the gym and do an hour or more, suddenly drop carbs, and sweets all in one go.
Take it slowlyâ€¦ youâ€™d be surprised which small activities burn calories:
- Making the bed can burn around 17 calories
- Watering plants can burn around 26 calories
- Mopping can burn around 43 calories
â€¦ among other household chores and activities.
I guess what Iâ€™m trying to say is stay busy. Get up and find something to do during commercial breaks or during credits. Do a few squats or pushups during your 15-minute breaks. All this adds up!
4. Socialize (in real life)
Weâ€™ve become so addicted to our gadgets we neglect conversations with people across our way. Also, our endless streams of home entertainment made many of us shut-ins. Extensive studies have shown socializing is critical for physical and mental health.
There are plenty of immediate benefits:
- Maybe youâ€™ll hear a great life tip from a loved one
- Your time in the sun tends to improve overall mood
- Fresh air and nature generally reduces our stress levels
Add a great conversation to the mix and youâ€™ll find yourself productive simply because youâ€™re getting new ideas, inspiration, and a break from the lonely isolation.
We keep a lot of things bottled up â€“ this builds up and sends us into spirals.
What happens when weâ€™re â€œnot feeling rightâ€?
- We give up on our healthy routines
- We stop talking to friends and family
- We let our anxieties get the best of us
Iâ€™ve found keeping a journal to be immensely helpful to my health and well-being. Iâ€™m able to identify patterns causing my distress. These patterns allow me to adapt and/or avoid those triggers. It also works for positive reinforcement. Plus, reflecting on good times, Iâ€™ve found, always improves your mood.
Use a simple pen & paper to start journaling, start a blog, or write using an app. There are plenty of viable options worth exploring.
It goes to show you donâ€™t need to make life-changing decisions on a whim. Take small actions, instead, so they become part of your routine â€“ where youâ€™re not resisting since youâ€™re seeing progress little by little.
Already tried one of these? Share your suggestion for being a better you in the comments below.