6 Simple Ways to Make Life Greater
By Sandy Schroeder
Taking steps to lighten and brighten daily routines may make them taste better, feel better and be better for us. See what you think.
Rethink your workspace – If you sit at a computer or desk for long periods of time, consider a standing desk or a ball to sit on as alternatives to extended sitting that weakens the core. Take five-minute breaks every hour and use 15-minute breaks in the morning and afternoon to get outside to stretch or meditate. Walking before work or after can help you achieve the recommended 30-minutes a day. Choose natural lighting, use air filters instead of air conditioning, and bring pots of greenery in to give you a natural lift.
Pick two new hobbies – Choose one that keeps you moving, and another that makes you think. Biking, hiking, boating or tennis are all good options. Gardening, running and walking work, too. At the same time, antiques, art, music or collector bookshops might tempt you with new classes, exhibits or concerts that keep your brain humming.
Take the action outdoors – Consider brisk walking or biking and keep changing the scenery. Nature walks, lakes, beaches and parks add their own brand of magic to exercise, stimulating the brain and the body. If you are lucky enough to have a park or lake nearby, make it a daily destination. Contrast the pleasure of greenery or water to the effects of a gym and make the most of your time outside.
Dine well – Enjoy natural “good fats” such as avocados olive oil, and nuts along with your favorite fruits and vegetables. Avoid processed foods, artificial sweeteners and packaged meals that come with a label full of chemicals. Avoid Teflon pans, plastic containers and carbonated beverages. Choose water, tea and natural juices; skip sugary sodas or sports drinks.
Reach out and grow – The brain and the body benefit from positive emotions, the kind you generate when you are helping others. It can be as simple as helping someone in your neighborhood, or lending a hand at the local animal or marine shelter. Hospitals, libraries and senior centers welcome help. If you have special talents, share them with these centers.
Link up with nature’s clock – When we adjust our patterns to nature’s, everything gets easier. Try to wind down at night as it gets dark, and get up with the light, enjoying the morning sunlight. Following nature’s rhythms may help erase stress and sadness.
Keep working on your daily routines. Keep the benefits and discard the others. The better your day works, the more you will have to enjoy.
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