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5 Steps to a Healthier and Happier Life

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Many people don’t realize the importance of the mind-body connection, but countless studies have shown your emotional health can greatly affect your physical health. To live a healthier and happier life, start taking steps to manage stress and protect your well-being. The five tips below can help.

1)   Accept there are things you can’t control. Too often you worry about things you can’t change. Don’t allow yourself to get wrapped up in something that’s out of your power. Keep things in perspective to help avoid unnecessary worries.

2)  Keep a positive attitude.  Easier said than done, right? It might be a struggle at first, but it is important to your health. A recent Boston University study revealed people with a positive attitude recover better from surgeries than those with a negative outlook. Being an optimist will make it easier to overcome life’s challenges.

3) Get organized. Anxiety or nervousness is a huge obstacle to happiness. By taking time to adequately prepare for the day or week ahead, you can help eliminate stress. Anxiety typically comes when we don’t feel ready to tackle the challenge in front of us. So, to get and stay happy, make sure not to procrastinate.

4) Be involved. Most people understand they need to take time to exercise and eat right to stay healthy. But, it is also important to stay connected socially. Try volunteering or doing something nice for others. Helping others creates a sense of purpose and leads to greater happiness.

5) Get moving. An active lifestyle not only promotes a healthy weight, it also improves your mood, reduces stress and gives you more energy. When you are active on a regular basis, you’ll also notice you have more self-confidence.

Making lifestyle changes can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Not sure where to start? Start slow and try these tips.

  • Choose activities you enjoy.
  • Limit your ‘screen time.’ Turn off the electronics.
  • Walk whenever you can. Choose stairs over the elevator. Park in the furthest spot in the parking lot. When watching TV, walk during commercials. It all adds up.
  • Take time to participate in activities as a family, such as cycling or hiking.
  • Make it social and invite a friend.

Improving your health and changing your habits isn’t easy. At your next doctor appointment, don’t forget to discuss your emotional well-being, too. Ask for his or her suggestions to get mentally and emotionally fit.


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