Monday, August 4, 2014

12 Healthy Habits to Live Life

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What you do every day can be beneficial or detrimental to your health. Staying up late every night and getting insufficient sleep is bad for your health while early to bed and early to rise promote good health.

Here are 12 healthy habits to adopt and change your life for the better: 

1.      Maintain a balanced diet: The key word is natural.  Avoid processed food with additives and take in less sugar and salt. Consume more fruits and vegetable and eat less meat as it is cancer causing acidic food. Find out more about Cancer Prevention - Acidic and Alkaline Food. Maintain the habit of having breakfast and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Give up the bad habit of smoking and try to drink moderately. Have seeds grain and nuts as part of your natural food.  The habit of drinking green tea every day will strengthen your immune system.

2.      Oral hygiene and eating habits: Do daily brushing and flossing and it is also heart healthy. Chew your food and eat slow is good for your digestive system.

3.      Exercise: Jogging is one of the best exercises because you connect with nature, enjoy the great outdoors, get fresh air and sunshine for vitamin D. Remember  total fitness is about  boosting your stamina (jogging), flexibility (stretching) and strength (weightlifting). Every day breathe slowly and deeply right down into your stomach to promote calmness in you. This is what I do. I breathe in at a count of 5 and then I hold my breath for a count of 20 and then I breathe out at a count of 10. It is also good for your lymphatic system. If possible, park your car far away and walk to your place of work.

4.      Sleep: Your sleeping habit is more important than your late night TV  program. A good night’s sleep will rejuvenate your body and naturalize the harmful effect of stress during the day.

5.   Spiritual wellbeing: Learn to forgive and get peace of mind. It is the best way to stay calm. Fill your     heart with gratitude and kindness. Thinking of love instead of hatred and revenge is the way to live.

6.      Avoid negative emotions:  Try to get rid of some of the negative emotions such as anger jealousy, grievances, worries and holding grudges. It is toxic for your mind and body.

7.      Control stress: Getting into a habit to unwind and relax is important to reduce stress.  Meditate and perform Tai Chi are some of the ways to regain your balance after a hectic day.    
8.      Enjoy your work: Look at your job from a positive perspective; you are productive and contributing.  Besides, an active lifestyle is good for your brain. It stays sharp and alert.  Do take breaks while at work to restore your energy and maintain your concentration at work.

9.      Live within your means: The aim of financial freedom is to get peace of mind. Wanting less and leading a simple life are ways to stay out of debt.

10.  Positive thoughts: Good and bad things will happen to you, it is your positive response that counts. Be hopeful about life because tough time never last but tough people do.

11.  Medical examination: Make it a habit to do a thorough check annually to make sure that you are in the pink of health. In case of an early detection of critical illnesses it means a good chance to be treated and be cured.

12.   An attitude of gratitude: As mentioned in No.5, forgiveness is able to maintain your wellbeing while an attitude of gratitude will generate happiness in your life. One effective way to promote appreciation and thankfulness is to write a few things that you are grateful for. Counting your blessings is a healthy habit to develop in your daily life.

The only proper way to eliminate bad habits is to replace them with good ones. ~ Jerome Hines

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