Simple and practical methods to build a long-term healthy lifestyle
About six years ago, I started my journey towards a healthy and active lifestyle. Six years ago was exactly when I started working full-time. One thing I learned about being a full-time worker is that when you start being part of corporate life, sometimes you start leading a very static and mundane life.
Back then, I used to feel something was missing especially when it came to my physical activity. So, I started to embark on my journey of cross-fit and HIIT workouts. It was a totally different experience, very new and very tiring at times, but very satisfying which gave me a boost of adrenaline.
Today, I do much more when it comes to working out and being healthy, and I wanted to share with you some of the tips.
Tip #1 - Journaling
Seven months ago, I started journaling to combat my battle with stress and anxiety. It all started with work stress that was making me really anxious. Upon taking some time for myself, I learned that writing down my thoughts helped me to fight anxiety and have a calmer day. I since then started journaling regularly.
I higly recommend journaling. I think it is a very underrated practice. Some do not like writing while others feel like it is waste of time. But honestly, it doesn't take that much of your time. There are guided journals out there that prompt you to take actions or to write down specific gratitude messages. There have been studies that journaling has helped people with depression, anxiety, and stress. I strongly believe that journaling is one cure to conduct a more peaceful life.
Tip #2 - Working out
As I mentioned earlier, I started my journey of working out six years ago. I tried different things until I found what I liked. The outcome was I am very much into high-intensity workouts.
Recently, on the other hand, I started my journey with Muay Thai/ Boxing. I wanted to do something that wasn't just focused on my body, but also on my mind too. Although some people out there think that Muay Thai is only for men or it will only make you big like a man, these are of course false accusations. There are no stereotypes when it comes to Muay Thai. It is a great workout for your spirit, your mind, and your body. It boosts your confidence and increases your self-esteem.
Tip #3 - Slowing down
Have you heard of the concept of mindfulness? The idea of being present in the moment and being aware of your surroundings, your feelings, and so forth? Well, most of the time, I would say, we forget to practice this technique. We are so used to rushing over things and getting things done as quickly as possible that we forget to slow down and enjoy the little things. There are studies that showed that slowing down, and using all our 5 senses in the present moment makes us much more appreciative of things and also helps us to cope with anxiety and stress better.
Tip #4 - Doing what you love
To finish it off, how about cultivating what you love? Do you have a passion for writing? Do you love cooking or learning? These are some of the things that you can do in order to cultivate your passions. They are linked to the concept of Ikigai. Following your passions and doing what you love will only lead you to a more fulfilled, satisfied ad happier life. I read the book - Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life couple of months ago to learn more about the concept and it is amazing to see how doing what we love will yield long-term benefits to our body and mental health
To conclude, when it comes to changing your lifestyle, it is not so complicated. It all starts with small steps. It is about creating your own motivation and finding what fits you and best serves you. It all starts with YOU and your own SELF- BELIEF