Tuesday, November 17, 2015

7 Steps to a Happier, Healthier Tomorrow!

I prefer the term Realist. The fact is I don't always see the glass as "half empty" or "half full" rather the glass is what it is, a half a glass of water.

I struggle with depression from time to time. Like many things you learn to take things as they come. I have learned to tackle clutter little by little and celebrate the accomplishments to a bigger goal.

1. Set a goal and break it down into objectives. Celebrate the small milestones!

When you get frustrated by something or someone take a step back and take a deep breath and refocus. Or try and put things in perspective, so you don't get overwhelmed by the task at hand.

2. Put things in perspective and don't sweat the small stuff. We all need to feel loved and cared for.

3. Do something you love. Something that brings you joy.

Take some Time-Out for You! We're more productive when we're happy!

4. Smile. When you're having a bad day. Smile when you feel like the sky is falling. Smile because it's contagious. You'll feel better.

5. Get out and volunteer. Make a difference in your corner of the world. Where there's a will there's a way!

It's simple- Volunteer! Just the idea is scary at first but volunteering is a great way to give back, get involved with your community. It can help you network and meet new people and make friends.

6. Nutrition and Exercise

Like a well-oiled machine you can't throw in junk and expect that your body is going to respond smoothly. Treat yourself kindly. Get rest. Stay hydrated. Eat the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Get in some physical activity at least a couple times a week. There's an activity for every level of physical ability.

7. Talk it out!

We've all heard the saying "Don't go to bed angry." You'll sleep better if you follow the advice given. Talk it out. Figure out what's really bothering you. What can you do here and now? Is it worth holding onto hate and resentment over?

These are all strategies to practice. The more we practice, the more they become habits and thus second-nature.

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