Things to Know to Live a Happier Life
- by Luke Jansen
Do you ever feel tired or sluggish when you wake up in the morning? Are you relying on caffeine to get through the morning? If this sounds familiar, you can abandon the quick fixes and establish an energy management system. Although it can seem complicated, once you realize the benefits of a healthier, happier, more productive lifestyle, you’ll feel energized to keep going.
What is Energy Management?
Your energy can be thought of as a limited resource. You start the day with an amount to spend. This can vary depending on many factors such as your age, sleep quality, stress levels, or medical conditions. Multiple transactions (activities) take place throughout your day. For example, you withdraw energy from your account or deposit energy into it. Although you don’t always have control of the activities that deplete your energy supply, you can take steps to deposit more energy into it.
These tips will increase your energy, which will make you happier, healthier, and more productive.
1. Healthy food is essential.
It’s well-known that healthy eating is crucial to our well-being. But, most people see healthy eating as a tool to help them lose weight. According to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a balanced diet rich in fruits and veggies, lean protein, and whole grain is necessary for optimal energy. To some degree, your food choices are what determine how much power you have. Eat a variety to ensure you get all the nutrients you need to stay energized throughout your day. For the best nutrition, choose fresh or frozen fruits & vegetables. For healthy protein options, there are many varieties of fish and legumes. It would help if you aimed to consume 3 ounces of whole grains cereals, bread, and rice each day.
2. Sleep seven to eight hours a night.
Sleeping better seems like a healthy habit that most people need to work on. It’s well-known that our bodies need at least seven hours of sleep each night. But what is keeping us from getting it? It is possible to reduce your most serious sleep problems. The best thing you can do to make your day more productive and energized is prioritize your sleep.
3. Good people are always good company.
Maximize the time you spend around people you enjoy. People who are positive and interested in the same things as you will be more energetic and happy. Conversely, people you don’t like, who complain often, have negative outlooks, or make poor choices are going to drain your energy. It would help if, therefore, you were selective about the company that you keep.
4. Avoid news overload.
The news is an essential tool to stay up-to-date on what’s happening worldwide. It can be instructive, entertaining, and even inspiring. Unfortunately, too often, the news is filled up with stories about people in pain. These stories can cloud your perception of the world and lead to a tendency to dwell on your worst fears rather than the good things around you. Of course, it is impossible to avoid these stories altogether, but it is essential to minimize your exposure whenever possible, especially during difficult times.
5. Get regular exercise.
Are you tired and lethargic throughout the day? Have you ever felt tired just from doing everyday chores, like grocery shopping or household chores? Contrary, you can get the 150 minutes of activity per week recommended by the Physical Activity Guidelines. This will not make your energy account less. How? Exercise helps relieve stress, tension, strengthen your muscles, and boosts endurance. It also allows you to be more efficient in other physical tasks and activities.
6. Do something every momentous day.
What do you love? Do you have a unique talent that you would love to share? It doesn’t matter if it is cooking a healthy meal or just listening to your favorite song. Your energy will be more efficient if you invest your time in the things that matter to you.
7. Have positive thoughts for others.
Energy conservation can also be achieved by having a compassionate attitude. Kind attention, which is a way to practice this kind of thinking, can be an example. To illustrate, you can make eye contact, smile, and with a stranger well. This positive action will help you not judge the other person. Thinking of other people can lead us to judge ourselves and can exhaust us.
Do you ever feel tired or sluggish when you wake up in the morning? Are you relying on caffeine to get through the morning? If this sounds familiar, you can abandon the quick fixes and establish an energy management system. Although it can seem complicated, once you realize the benefits of a healthier, happier, more…
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