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How to Live a Happy, Healthy, and Fulfilling Lifestyle - Useful Tactics

Updated: Oct 12, 2023

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Living a balanced and healthy lifestyle is a journey that involves making conscious choices and cultivating positive habits. In this blog post, we will explore various habits and rituals that can contribute to overall well-being, from mindful eating to regular exercise and mental hygiene practices. By incorporating these habits into our daily lives, we can enhance our physical and mental health, increase our energy levels, and foster a sense of inner peace and fulfillment, regardless of your life circumstance. Needless to say, it is not reasonable to expect to achieve this state of being 100% of the time. However with practice, the good times will last longer and the hard times will be shorter and more valuable.


It is worth saying that there is a TON of information on this topic from expert scientists, researchers, psychologists, and journalists all over the internet. Here, we intend to collate the most effective techniques to help you reset your nervous system to baseline and live a fulfilled, happy life.


The basic system here can be described in three main pillars:

  • Body

  • Mind

  • Habits and Rituals

By practicing the actions in each of these categories, you can cultivate the habits that bring you joy, and create a unique, personalized practice.


Table of Contents

--Body--

--Mind--

--Habits and Rituals--

 

Food - Tips for Living and Eating Healthy


Dialing in your nutrition and fostering healthy eating habits is one of the best ways to begin when upgrading your lifestyle because eating healthy has a residual effect of on all the other aspects of well being. The most effective way to start re-forming the way you relate to food is to purchase food from the people that grow or make it. By doing this you ensure your food is natural, minimally processed, and the money you spend goes directly to the producer. We also recommend a solid meal planning and meal prepping routine so those busy, tiring evenings after work when the dishes are still dirty don't result in ordering pizza. Instead, reach into your freezer and grab a frozen dish from last week's meal prep.



Fitness - How to Get Started and Cultivate Consistency


Fitness is an essential aspect of a healthy lifestyle, but getting started and maintaining consistency can be challenging. However, with the right mindset and strategies, you can overcome these obstacles and cultivate a sustainable fitness routine. To get started, set realistic goals that align with your interests and abilities. Choose activities that you enjoy and that fit into your lifestyle. Whether it's jogging, swimming, cycling, dancing, or joining a fitness class, find something that motivates you to move your body. Start with manageable durations and gradually increase the intensity and duration as your fitness level improves.



Natural Inputs - Go outside daily


Getting inputs from nature has proven benefits to well being and health. For example, you can set your circadian rhythm by viewing sunlight early in the day. Breathing fresh air and taking a walk in nature have been scientifically shown to increase well being.



Meditation Practice - How to cultivate inner quiet to live present


There are many ways to start a meditation practice. Most people start with simply sitting and focusing on breath. Eventually, look into intentional breathing techniques to calm the nervous system (or elicit any variety of transcendental states of mind). You can also use one the many meditation apps on the market to help settle in. By creating a designated space in your home where your daily meditations occur, you will set yourself up to cultivate a new habit of mindfulness.



Read Philosophical Text Daily


This can be anything from modern philosophers, ancient Greeks, religious texts, the Bhagavad Gita - the point is simply to read philosophy and reflect on it. You don't have to agree with it, and in fact it is a great exercise to write about your thoughts on certain texts. As long as you read and reflect, you will begin to build a connection with ideas outside of yourself.



Write in a Journal


General journaling is always a great idea - it's especially useful to look back and see how you felt and what your mindset was during difficult times. Often overlooked is the same information during good times. Either way, over a long period time it is extremely valuable to be able to look back and see progress or areas for improvement. In addition to general daily writing, there are targeted writing exercises to help you align with your goals in life. These can provide clarity and expose the true motivators that move you.



Reduce Information Input


It may seem counterintuitive but there is a point at which one is taking in too much information, to the detriment of real action. The reality is that learning how to live, creating your personalized life practice, and being mindfully present are things that are practiced. You can listen to hours upon hours of expert information but until you start practicing, you will not see any changes. The excess information can have the opposite effect of making you feel overwhelmed, inferior, and hesitant to start. Pro tip: delete social media.



The "Mind-Body Connection" is a Myth


Ok, it's not just a myth, but semantics are important here. The mind and the body are not separate, and therefore talking about them this way is technically incorrect. The implication is that there are two separate systems with a connection between them, when in fact they are one in the same. We now know that the gut creates neurotransmitters like serotonin and exercise has a profound effect on mood, both of which can effect our sense of well being.


Create a Personalized Practice


Viewing your life as a practice is a great way to foster intentional living. Get clear on what's important to you and practice it every day. It can take a very long time to get everything right but that's ok - it's not a race. Whether you dial in your nutrition, meditation, or personal care routine first doesn't matter - everyone has different needs and you will eventually figure out which methods work for you.



Use Proven Strategies to Create New Habits


Creating new habits can be challenging, and will often times feel forced or pointless. However, using a couple well known strategies can help you push through the slump and start seeing material progress. First, start small and only create a single, small new habit. Attempt to change just one of the aspects here in a small way and stick to it for at least 30 days. You can also get your friends and family on board to create a support system.



The Takeaway


Making real changes takes time, but if you stick to a process and make sure to log your progress then you will see the profound effects these things can have on your mental state. To get started today, pick one section and dig in deeper to find one small way you can improve. Maybe it's making a list of farmers near you to call and purchase meat from for this month, or maybe it's setting up a designated meditation space in your living room. Stick with one small change for the next month, and see what happens. Did you try any of these? Have any favorite life practices to share? Let us know!




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