Self care is usually the first thing to go when it comes to our health, but it's also one of the most powerful wellness hacks. After seeing first-hand the power of slowing down, being present, still and quiet, simplifying my life and reprioritizing what is important, I've finally found some relief from the anxiety and stress that's plagued me for years. So, I couldn't be more excited to have my friend Dr. Alok Trivedi, author of Chasing Success, join us today with this guest post on how to make time for self care, make your health and wellness a top priority, and ultimately, find happiness.
Everyone wants to be happy. Unfortunately, what many people fail to realize is happiness is a journey, not a destination. It is a uniquely human experience to do the things you enjoy while questing for that feeling of happiness. You need to train yourself to enjoy the ride, just as much as what you strive to achieve.
You need to train yourself to enjoy the ride, just as much as what you strive to achieve. You can better enjoy the journey if you are healthy in mind, body, and spirit along the way.
The following tips can help you find happiness in the healthiest way possible.
Find Happiness: Narrow down the most important
You are in your element of pursuing happiness when you nourish your creativity with a favorite activity. Find time to focus on your familial relationships and make friendships a priority. The time you spend with those with whom you care deeply should be cherished. Don’t forget, these relationships don’t come easy. You must invest in maintenance on any relationship to make it successful. Make time for your marriage, too, and have one-on-one time to reconnect. Also, don’t forget to invest in time for yourself.
Find Happiness: Simplify
Toxic relationships can stick around for years. Address problems and work to fix them. Some relationships are not fixable, and should be let go healthfully. There is a weight that is lifted when you let go of what no longer serves you. Clearing out the unnecessary items in your home is just as healthy of a process. You will find sentimental connections with certain items and not others. The process of determining what is important helps you gauge your priorities in life. Get rid of what does not bring you joy.
Find Happiness: Balance effectiveness with efficiency
Your time is limited, and needs to be allocated to only the most important things. For best results, focus your energy in an effective and efficient way. If your approach is unbalanced and leaning towards too much efficiency, your outcome is error-filled, but done quickly. If you are too effective, then it can take too long, even if the work is done precisely. Approach every task and situation with the concept of balance. A balance between effectiveness and efficiency heeds optimum results. In your personal life, this is achieved through presence and authenticity in your interactions.
Find Happiness: Remeber, Productivity does not determine worth
Americans lean towards identifying proudly as bustling busy bees. Many people operate with a to-do list that they enjoy checking off. If you don’t look beyond the task mindset, you end up chasing the rush of the next completed task. The well-known ‘too busy’ state takes over and your health and current happiness is often compromised. Avoid chasing the result, and rather, enjoy the moments of getting to your goal. Don’t use the business excuse to escape from what needs to be addressed presently.
Find Happiness: Prioritize your health
If you forgo proper sleeping or relaxation, your health is affected. It may not be now, but it is a guarantee. Put your physical and mental health at the forefront to align yourself with the best outlook. If your body doesn’t feel good, your attitude and perceptions are handicapped from your potential. It may be hard to find harmony initially, but by implementing baby steps, it becomes a habit.
Find Happiness: Eat to live rather than live to eat
Develop a mindset around food that is healthy and with purpose. You should not be eating things just because they look good and you have the urge. Many food products are made to cater to addictive patterns of behavior with high sugar contents. Buy your own food and prepare it at home. Know what you are putting into your body firsthand. Meal planning and prepping is a great way to form healthy habits and save money. Allow yourself to indulge in a savory meal every now and then, but don’t make the indulgences your meal habit.
Find Happiness: Recharge with ‘me time’
Be sure to spoil yourself with whichever activity you love most. However, it needs to reap positive benefits. If you love working out, have that be your personal time. If relaxing is your thing, don’t feel guilty for doing nothing but watching your favorite show on a Friday night. This is your time to recharge and refocus. It is valuable to utilize this time for reflection and goal-setting. If you can’t seem to make a space in your schedule, even blocking out a ten-minute section for a calming mediation allows you to think about what you are presently encountering.
The takeaway for Finding Happiness
Our busy lives don’t allow for much downtime. Priorities shift without us even knowing it. Consistently find time to recalibrate and refocus your most important activities and relationships. The relationship to yourself is often overlooked, but optimum health keeps you happy in your journey of life. It is okay if things get off-track; after all, you are only human. The test is in how you realign your perspective and continue the journey of life and happiness.
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