You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times. It’s time to stop those habitual complaints because you can change things! We’ve got 4 ways to better your days; 4 every day activities you’d never thought could keep you happy.
Journaling has been proven to be good for your health. Studies have shown that writing diligently in your journal has a positive impact on your well-being. Psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker at University of Texas at Austin says that putting your mind to paper strengthens immune cells, called T-lymphocytes.
Journaling facilities good health by decreasing symptoms of certain illnesses such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, a long-term disease that causes inflamed joints. It also shrinks the impact of stress on your physical health as you come to terms with the stressful events in your life by writing them down.
Writing triggers the analytical and rational skills (left brain alert!) and hence your right brain is free to feel, create and intuit. In short, writing clears the mental blocks and helps to understand your circumstances better. You’ll understand what makes you confident and in turn, you’ll be able to tell what’s toxic in your life and what’s not – an aspect so very important for your emotional well being! Keeping a journal releases painful emotions like anger and sadness as well. Your journal will help you realize that yes, you can be calmer.
When we hear laughter, we tend to look in its direction. Deep down, we’re actually wanting to find something to laugh about too. Laughing has its health benefits and best of all, it’s free! Laughter boosts energy levels, immune systems and fundamentally, when you laugh, you can’t feel sad or angry! Laughter protects you from stress, in a funny sort of way. When you laugh, your burden is lightened and the happiness you’ve got inspires hope in others too.
Laughing has deeper social benefits too:
- Strengthens relationships
- Makes us more attractive
- Enhances teamwork
- Defuses conflict
- Promotes group bonding
Believe or not, laughter is not something trivial. Laughing keep things in perspective! While shouldering the weight of the world might seem noble, many things in life are beyond our control and we can only tolerate so much. Instead of the letting things get to you and render yourself unproductive, laugh it off. You’ve got better things to do.
The good thing about getting older is the that you’ll enjoy sleeping so much more. Partying till 5AM? Pfft. After a long day at work, all you want to do is eat, take a real good bath and sleep till the next morning. Sleeping has many benefits and fortunately one of them is weight control! Sleeping helps regulate hormones that control and affect your appetite. When you body is deprived of sleep, your appetite increases but you’ll find yourself craving for foods high in fats, carbohydrates and calories. So when planning a well balanced diet, be sure to include enough sleep.
Resting well through the night also prevents you from waking up feeling agitated from a terrible sleep. Sleeping reduces the likelihood of depression and anxiety; temperaments that can lead to long term mood disorders that inconvenience your lifestyle. It’s especially so when limited sleep becomes a chronic issue. Insomnia sucks, we know. There’s no harm in seeking medical help if you think you’re not getting an adequate amount of sleep. Your health depends on it!
When it’s time to hit the sack, I put on some instrumentals and find myself falling asleep by the 4th tune. For someone who dreams rather frequently, my sleep is often uninterrupted when I’ve got instrumentals playing. YAY!
Instrumental music is also known to be effective in helping patients recover steadily from illnesses. Music and relaxation therapy have also been used together to lower blood pressure and heart rate in patients with heart disease.
If you’re looking for the betterment of your physical, emotional and mental health, there are various kinds of instrumental accompaniments that promote wellness in your body. A composition that’s moderately fast would stimulate the mind and jazz or blues instrumental pieces would tap your unconscious mind, slowly unveiling creativity as your right brain tunes in to the upbeat tempo.
So now, you’ve got music, sleep, journaling and something to laugh about. Why wait? It’s time to prepare yourself for better days ahead!
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