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7 Best Lifestyle Changes For Better Health And Happiness

Lifestyle Changes

There are many small and big lifestyle changes that we can adopt as daily habits to improve our lives and live a better life.

But the problem is –

We can do many things in our life…that after a while, we get overwhelmed by all those choices.

We focus most of our energy on planning and less on executing what we supposed to do.

Today we are going to change that.

In this post, I’ll briefly cover 7 simple lifestyle changes with big benefits.

You can get 4 – 10 X results by focusing on the low hanging fruit.

And I’m here to help you find those.

Remember, it takes less effort but still, you need to put that little work to see those positive changes in your life.

Let’s begin.

7 Simple Yet Effective Lifestyle Changes For a Happy & Healthy Life

1. Get serious about – 7 hours of sleep

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Throughout the day you use your brain to make many decisions of your life.

It can be simple as – what to wear for the day, coffee or tea at breakfast. Or critical as – should you invest $55000 on buying a condo on offer from your savings fund…

Quality of your sleep can affect your decision making. And even how you feel about various things during the day.

Lack of sleep changes your mood and you can get irritated. As not getting enough sleep intensifies anger.

“Recent findings suggest that sleep plays a housekeeping role that removes toxins in your brain that build up while you are awake.”

Source, NINDS

If you want to improve the quality of your life, then you must commit to having at least 7 hours of sleep.

Because your sleep affects your decisions and your life decisions affect your happiness and career.

(If you struggle to maintain a healthy habit then check out this post on improving self-discipline. In that post I have included strategies to strengthen your will power.)

2. Explore fun activities to be physically active

physical activities

The gym is one of the best places to burn your unused calories and to build muscle strength.

But it’s not the only place.

If you want to be fit without going to the gym… you can. Take part in physical activities which are fun and easy for you. Here is some common example:

  • Take your dog for a walk in the park. If you love hiking you can go for it. The fresh air and beautiful nature scenes can refresh your mood and get rid of stress.
  • If you want to make running in the morning/evening a daily habit, find a friend or make one who also wants to run. Pro tip – Choose a friend who has the same profession as you or has some common interest. This way you can discuss, about your ideas and the time spent in running will become an everyday fun hangout.

If you want to exercise but don’t want to spend any extra time for it then consider – cycling when you travel short distances or completing daily errands. We already wrote an article that describes the benefits of cycling in details.

For people who have less time to spend on fitness.

If you have less time to exercise then schedule 15-20 minutes in the morning for a workout.

If you try you can adjust it, here is a post on 20 minutes full body workout ideas.

A morning workout can help you to be in good shape, boost in energy level for the day and in becoming active.

3. Consume high-protein diets

eating healthy

As we grow older, many of us put on some extra weight. If you notice you are gaining weight or fat; you can save yourself by improving your diet.

The early you take action it will be easier for you.

By running, cycling, swimming 3-4 days in a week, you can maintain a nice figure.

But it’s only possible when you also try to eat healthy most of the time.

Healthy food doesn’t mean tasteless boiled food. There are many healthy and tasty food recipes available… all you have to do is look for it, prepare and eat.

Eating a meal packed with high protein can help you to avoid quick hunger for fast food and frequent eating.

High-protein meals are also good for maintaining a lean body.

4. Take care of your emotional side

emotionally healthy

Do you feel unsatisfied in your work or career and where you are in your life? Do you think that you lack motivation and fulfilment from your life?

How often you feel that…would you like to change this and have fun in life?

When you take care of your emotional side – you will have better focus when you work. It will make you productive and inspire you to live a meaningful life.

Developing a positive self-image can help you to feel complete the way you are.

When people give us, importance and we are being valued for our qualities; our emotional self – loves it.

Learning new things and gaining new experiences is good for our emotional health. Click To Tweet

Also, limiting your social media time and spending your free time outdoors can help you to improve your mental health.

Having strong mental health doesn’t mean the person will never have to deal with emotional problems.

But when you take care of your emotional health, you will face fewer emotional problems.

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5. Talk to people who make you laugh from inside

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Company of good friends, family member, and colleagues are one of the best ways to distress. Regular interactions with such people can leave positive impacts on your life.

Take a look at your social circle. Can you see the face of two or three people you love to talk or hangout?

Make a goal to see them at least once a week in person. You will be much happier and they will motivate to achieve what you want in your life.

6. Read and understand what drugs, alcohol, tobacco consumption does to your body

In a movie or on-screen, it may look cool or charismatic smoking a cigar or pipe to few.

But if you read some scientific studies about their harmful effects on your body, you’ll know how dangerous they are. They invite health problems and in some cases death.

Some people say – they take those to release their stress and to ditch life problems for some time.

To distress, there are other good options you can consider. Take a walk, go on a trip if possible, play a sport, play video games or do anything that shifts your mind for some time.

Someone taking drugs with the excuse of life problems; generally, don’t know how to deal with the situation.

They need better self-discipline habits, a purpose in life and admiration from others for their hard work but not drugs.

7. Figure out the sources of your refined sugar intake and limit it

Many recent diseases affecting us are because of poor lifestyle practices. With little lifestyle changes here and there you can avoid those diseases.

By limiting added sugar intake in your food you can avoid these diseases and health problems:

  1. Chances of obesity.
  2. Risk of diabetes
  3. May Speed up the Skin Aging Process
  4. Drains your energy and many more. (source – Healthline)

Soft-drink, pastries, desserts, flavoured coffee and tea (served by restaurants) have a high amount of sugar.

Related: 7 Foods that increase fat-percentage in your body.

According to WHO daily sugar intake limit is around – 37.5 gram (9 teaspoons) for men, and 25 grams (6 teaspoons) for women.

Useful facts about sugar in your food

A can of soft drink (2 fl oz – 368 grams) contains 39 grams of sugar; more than the daily sugar intake limit alone.

One cup of flavoured coffee from commercial franchises contains 15-28 grams+ of added sugar.

Start with these 7 lifestyle changes and see how it improves your lifestyle.

It’s all about making smart choices in life. Follow these for some weeks and you will add other healthy lifestyle practices along the way.

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Md Mamoon Moulavi

Blogger, writer and founder of the MateyLifestyle platform. Passionate about fitness and in sharing practical information related to lifestyle and wellness that you can use to make your life better.

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