Improve the quality of your life by making these 9 things a habit
Sometimes little things and habits have a long lasting effect on our life. As we start inculcating small positive changes in our everyday routine we never think that it could affect us so drastically in the long run. Here is a list of some of those things that you need to make a habit to improve the quality of your life.
- Get enough sleep
Our body needs a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of sleep. It is important to get proper sleep at night for us to remain active during the day. Also you must have heard that you do require your beauty sleep.
Sleep deprivation leads to tiredness and eventually affects everything we do including decision making and it takes a toll on our mental and physical health.
Similarly oversleeping also affects our biological rhythm and makes us feel lethargic and cranky.
Try to include naps in your daily routine no matter it is of 15 or 45 minutes. Researchers have found that napping actually increases alertness and increases positive emotions.
Everybody knows about the importance of exercise yet very few people make it their priority. Researchers have proved that exercise is the key to good life. It not only offers health benefits but also improves sleep, libido and confidence.
Take out 20-30 minutes for exercise be it walk, swimming, aerobics, yoga or working out in a gym and see the positive changes in your life.
- Connect with nature
Being close to nature reduces stress and makes us feel thankful in life. Breathe in the fresh air, enjoy the view and get friendly with nature. A simple walk on the beach or a hike on the mountain trail or just watering the plants in your very own garden can be a stress buster filling you with positivity throughout the day.
Meditation can help you reduce anger and anxiety giving you a calm feeling. It improves your creativity and helps you focus on the present. Meditation can be as simple as your daily prayer, yoga or just giving time to oneself. It can increase happiness and make you a positive person.
Expressing gratitude towards simple things will improve your life drastically. You would find yourself changing for the better and there would always be scope for improvement. Also expressing gratitude would have a positive effect on your relationships.
Never compare what you have with other people as it only brings discomfort to either you or them. You might have little but it is yours so accept it and be thankful for it. You would feel closer to the Almighty and be thankful for the blessings.
- Make time for your loved ones
Take out time from your busy schedule to spend with friends and family. It should not be done out of compulsion but because you wish to spend quality time with them.
Talk to them, listen to them, share your experiences, guide them or if they need guidance step in to their shoes and then give any advice (especially kids).
Loneliness can slowly and steadily lead to depression, heart attack or diabetes. Social interaction lets you feel lively and enthusiastic so make it a point to spend quality time with your loved ones.
- Laugh out loud
Laughter is the best medicine and guess what, it comes free of cost. Taking everything with a pinch of salt has become important in today’s competitive world. Humor improves our life in more ways than one as it helps us to cope with stress, strengthening our immune system, improving relationships and enjoying life.
Laughter is like a dose of daily vitamin that helps us fight with negativity.
- Declutter your environment
There are so many things that we keep pending and it just gets piling up. Sort everything out and keep only those things that you use or require.
You might be having clothes that you don’t wear, sort them out and donate it to a charity. Similarly other stuff like paperwork or things that need to be arranged should be done one by one so your environment is clutter free and eventually free of negative vibrations.
- Say no to worries
Refrain from worrying over issues that you can’t control. Keep aside your ‘what if’ thinking and try to think positive instead. You cannot do anything by worrying but you can change things by working on them so get to it.