When it comes to treating yourself well, there are a thousand and one different things you can do to make sure you’re living the life you deserve to live. Some of these things can be material — big vacations and shopping splurges are some popular examples of this. Other things are simpler, but no less important.
Living well isn’t just about what you can afford, but also about how you treat yourself. It isn’t just about bigger houses and flashier cars, but about inner peace and better mindsets. If you’ve been trying to figure out what to do to bring more contentment into your life, then here are three simple tips you can follow for a healthier, happier you.
Tip #1: Practice Mindfulness
Probably one of the best things you can do in order to better appreciate the life that you’re living is to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness allows us to be more fully aware of where we are, what we’re doing, and what we’re sensing. It reduces negative emotions and stress, increases emotion regulation and empathy, improves memory, and even helps our body fight off diseases.
There are tons of different ways you can get started on your mindfulness journey. You can take a mindfulness class, do some reading on it, or follow along with YouTube tutorials. You can also choose to try a mindfulness app, like the free app Insight Timer, which has a huge library of over 25,000 guided meditations from thousands of mindfulness teachers. Available for iOS and Android, it’s a quick, portable tool for building a better mindset.
Meditation is another beautiful practice which naturally cultivates more mindfulness. To learn more about developing a meditation practice that feels right for you and fits in your schedule, see my meditation blog here.
Our bodies are more than just tools— they’re our homes. When we feed our bodies, we should be doing more than just the bare minimum. Food and nutrition is meant to boost our health, our mood, and help us achieve better and brighter things. But is it possible to do this on a busy schedule and with limited resources? Surprisingly, the answer is yes.
Eating right doesn’t always mean having to sit down to a full-course meal every time. If you lack the time or resources to properly nourish yourself, you don’t have to feel guilty. There’s no shame in relying on things like supplements to fill gaps in your diet and help you feel better and healthier even while on the go. Brightcore’s TrueFood is a nutritionally dense supplement that can do so much to improve your general health, even when you don’t have the time to cook.
Another thing you should do is to learn to set reasonable goals. We often fall into the trap of outlining grand visions of the future, and then getting discouraged when we don’t have the energy or resources to follow through. This can negatively impact self-esteem, and discourage you from trying new things.
In this previous post on SunKissed Health, we talked about a secret hack for setting goals: breaking them down into smaller ones. Setting smaller, doable goals will help you grow your confidence, stretch your capabilities, and eventually exceed your own expectations. Investing time and energy into completing tasks bit by bit will do more for your workflow and peace of mind than you would have thought possible.
When we take the time and make the effort to support our mind, body, and spirit through designing a holistic lifestyle that deeply nourishes us, we become a happier and healthier human being overall. This means we can courageously and confidently face the challenges life will continue to throw our way with greater ease and grace. ♥