By Rana Moharram
Who amongst us wouldn’t wish and strive to be a happy, healthy and positive human being? Everyday, we get exposed to different people and their energies; some are positive, others are negative. While interacting with different people is good for us in so many ways, sometimes it can get too exhausting and make us lose our ways. Positive thoughts lead to positive emotions and those with positive emotions lead a healthy and happy life. When hearing the words “Positive Thinking” we almost always assume that it implies seeing the world through rose-coloured lenses and simply ignoring life’s negative aspects, when actually “Positive Thinking” means approaching life’s challenges with a positive outlook. We shouldn’t just overlook the bad things, instead we should try and make the most of any situation.
Identity compiled some simple habits that we think are essential for those looking to lead a more positive life:
1. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout your day by taking the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator. This helps you to sneak in some exercise into your day. Exercise releases happy chemicals into your brain, which make you less stressed and therefore more positive.
2. Drink a lot of water and green tea. Check out our “Infused Water Recipes” to help you drink more water and stay hydrated. Did you know that roughly 60 percent of the human body is made of water. Drinking enough H2O maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food, and more.
3. Eat a big breakfast, medium lunch and a tiny dinner. Consuming more calories first thing in the morning, rather than at dinner, can help you slim down.
4. Replace junk food with fruits and vegetables. We don’t need to dwell on the endless benefits of fruits and veggies as we’re sure your mom already told you a million times. Junk food is full of fat and has zero beneficial value as apposed to fruits and vegetables which can help protect the body against some illnesses including diabetes, stroke, heart disease, some cancers and high blood pressure.
5. Meditate. People have different reasons for wanting to meditate: quelling the internal chatter, getting to know oneself better or finding calm and a sense of grounding. Meditation has many benefits; it will help you feel more relaxed, improve your concentration and much more.
6. Think Positively. Use positive words in your inner dialogues, or when communicating with others. Smile as much as possible, as this helps you to think positively. Once a negative thought comes to mind, you have to be aware of it, and try to replace it with a constructive one.
7. Don’t put thing off. Stop procrastinating, push yourself and get things done. You’ll feel a lot less stressed and you’ll accomplish a lot more.
8. Listen to more music. Music can make you smarter, happier and more productive. And let’s face it, it’s so much fun!
9. De-clutter your life. Tidy up your room, your home, your work place and anywhere you spend time. By being in a tidy place your brain functions better and you get a better energy flow. You can donate the things you don’t need. Not only does it help you get organized, someone else may benefit from something you don’t need anymore. You’ll get the best feeling of satisfaction knowing you helped someone in need.
10. Travel more. They say: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. “Not only does traveling expand your knowledge and expose you to different cultures and mindsets which opens your mind to many different aspects of life, it’s also so much fun to go on adventures!