Coming into the world, none of us gets a manual that lets us know how we should behave and what we need to do in order to live a good life. As time goes by, we find ourselves getting conflicting messages from people around us on what can make us happy, and it makes sense given the fact that every person has their own definition of what is happiness.
However, there are some things that have been proven to make people happier, and they can definitely be used as a manual for better living. These 9 healthy habits will help you make the most out of life, and feel great while you follow them:
1. Don't skip breakfast
This is probably the biggest health cliché in the world, and for good reason. A well balanced and nutritious breakfast jump-starts your body, boosts your metabolism and gives you sense of balance and energy that you need to get through the day.
Know that great filling when you stretch your body during the day? Why not make it a habit? Stretch your limbs in the morning for a few minutes and you'll be surprised at the surge of energy it gives you.
3. Balance on your legs 10 seconds each
Balance on one leg for 10 seconds, switch to the other one and balance on it for 10 seconds as well. This simple habit, that you can do while brushing your teeth or picking out an outfit, improves mobility, agility and your balance, which will be super beneficial as you get older.
4. Incorporate exercise in your day
If you don't have time to exercise, you can do it during your day. If you go out to lunch – walk to the restaurant. If you take the bus home – get off one station earlier and walk there. If you have stairs at work or at home – use them instead of the elevator. Your body needs to be in motion, and there's no excuse to do nothing all day long.
5. Put the phone away
Yes, that rectangular device that makes you stare at photos of other people or at emails that can wait for a few minutes - leave it every once in a while. Your phone may be handy, but it takes you off the real world, and you really don’t want to miss out on what goes on around you in real-time.
6. Exercise your brain
Like your muscles, your brain needs stimulation and regular exercise to stay healthy. So, learn something new every once in a while, do a crossword puzzle, memorize some tasks instead of writing them down and do anything else that will keep your brain sharp and healthy.
7. Don't lose sleep
One of the most important health habits is to get a full night's sleep for 7-9 hours. Not getting enough sleep makes you anxious, tired and even depressed, so learn how to sleep well. To do that, stick to a pre-bedtime routine that will teach your body to sleep at regular and healthy hours.
8. Go outside
Getting fresh air does more than just give your lungs a boost – nature can also ward off depression and make you feel elated. So, get outside and experience nature every once in a while. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
9. Breath deep
Taking deep breaths helps regulate the blood flow, lower blood pressure and calm the mind. Deep breathing is one of the best healthy habits you should adopt, whether you are sitting at your desk at work, or just at home, not doing anything special.