We all have days when we may feel overwhelmed and struggle to get through the day. When you feel good, you feel more engaged in your daily activities and more effective. So, why are somedays better than others? Our body needs certain things to function properly, such as exercise, sleep, and relaxation. We need to pay attention to our bodies needs so that we can reach our fullest potential. When we pay attention to certain things, it greatly impacts how we feel. With that said, here are eight things you can do to feel like your best self.
Prepare for a good night’s sleep: We all know this one. Lack of sleep can make you feel grumpy. You’re more likely to make mistakes, have difficulty learning new information and gain more weight. Having fatigue from lack of sleep is a major road safety hazard as well. According to the Highway Traffic safety Administration, fatigue causes an estimated 100,000 car crashes per year.
You can prepare for a good night’s sleep the day before. Avoid alcohol, coffee and other stimulants at least six hours before sleep. Night time is not for solving big life problems. You want to let your mind relax and develop a regular routine that works for you.
Be sure to get some exercise during the day too, to help you sleep better at night. The National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 Sleep in America poll asked exercisers and non-exercisers about their sleep quality.
The poll included 1,000 adults between the ages of 23 and 60, more than three-fourths of exercisers (76 to 83 percent) say their sleep quality was very good or fairly good in the past two weeks, compared to only 56 percent of non-exercisers.
Take your time in the shower: A warm or cold shower in the morning can be therapeutic. Don’t underestimate the effects of water on the body. Rather than rushing through it, use it as an opportunity to restore your mind.
Enjoy a cup of coffee/tea: A cup of coffee is great to have in the morning time. Coffee contains many active compounds which have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Drinking coffee has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Drive calmly: Most of us have experience road rage some way or another. Don’t let other aggressive drivers, or aggressive feelings affect your drive. Driving calmly will keep your blood pressure under control. Then when you get to work, you won’t feel like you’ve been chased by a cheetah.
Listen to nature music: I’ve found this to be one of the most effective ways to be more productive. It depends on your work environment but if possible, listening to nature sounds like running water, the ocean, or wildlife can have a very calming effect on the body.
Be engaged in your work: Being productive and fully engaged is a great feeling. By implementing some of the suggestions above, you should start to feel more engaged at work. When you’re feeling good, you’ll have more energy to help others, and be more satisfied overall.
Take out time for exercise: It can be hard to make time for exercise. However, the benefits far exceed the amount of time we may have to “give up.” Even 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise 3 times a week can have positive effects on your health. Working out doesn’t have to be your typical “gym routine,” either. Rather, it’s important to be active. Pick up anything you like to do, whether it’s biking, going on a trail, taking the stairs. No matter what it is, adding physical activity to your routine, will be a good investment for your health.
Spend quality time with family/pet: Lastly, spend some quality time with your loved ones. Just having good conversations or cooking with family can increase bonding and feeling of wellbeing. Even spending more time with your pets can have a profound effect on your mood, and overall health.
Feeling accomplished brings happiness and quality to your life. By including these simple tasks in your daily routine to help you tackle things more effectively, you are taking steps to experiencing other good things in life that your best self can provide.
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