A Guest Post By Dagmara Biernacka
A Healthy Lifestyle – What Does It Really Mean? I’ve been hearing about a healthy lifestyle for a while now, but I have to admit that it was just recently that I finally understood what that meant. What does it mean for you? Jogging every day and avoiding junk food? Yes, that can surely be a part of it, but it’s in fact something more than that. I understood that a healthy lifestyle is a more complex matter and you actually will be surprised what it means.
1. Start Your Day Right
When you wake up angry and frustrated, the day ahead cannot go right. Why should it? With this attitude you don’t even deserve to have a good day in the first place! Many people still don’t get it – the key to a smiley face every day is easier than you think. Wake up, think of what you already have, be grateful for the roof above your head, for the fact you can breathe, for the fact that can go through your day the way you want to. Isn’t this enough to be happy?
If you woke up angry, think what’s the reason for your anger? Is it something big or is it just a minor thing you can easily fix? Your car broke down yesterday? So what? You’ll fix it and it’ll be like new. It will cost some money? So what? Are you ok? Is your family ok? Believe me – this is the only thing you should be worrying about.
2. Eat Right
I really believe that you are what you eat. Many people treat their body like a garbage bag and eat whatever there is on a table. I really don’t get it. What do you think is happening with the food you’re eating? Do you think you’ll just digest it and then it will be gone? No. It will not.
Whatever you eat does affect your body, it affects the way you think and the way you feel. The more processed food you eat, the more changes there will be in your body. Everything you eat leaves a mark in your body and in your mind. Change your diet, think about what you eat and remember that food can be both a medicine and a poison.
3. Treat Your Body Right
Eating is one thing, but working out is equally important. I don’t buy the bullshit about “how you hate working out”. There are so many different ways to exercise, one doesn’t even have enough time to try them all. Simply choose the one that suits you best (jogging, intense walking, volleyball, pilates, yoga, martial arts, etc.) and exercise at least three times a week.
Do you think you don’t have to, since you’re already in a relationship and “you don’t have to try anymore”? Bullshit! If that’s the case, then you have to try even harder, since you don’t want your partner to visit you in a hospital once your health deteriorates soon. Working out is essential for your health. You don’t only train your body, but your brain, as well. Force yourself; find something that you enjoy doing and practice it regularly – otherwise you’ll feel like an octogenarian sooner than you’d think. (You even risk actual octogenarians outdoing you in the gym if you neglect exercise).
4. Spend Your Day Right
Starting from planning your day, right to what are your thoughts during the day (pay attention to how many negative thoughts appear in your head daily, then try to eliminate them). It’s what you spend your time on. Are you spending too much time checking out social media? If doing so is not part of your work – change it.
It’s also what are your conversations about. Start listening to yourself. What words do you use? How much time do you spend gossiping? Don’t waste your time on empty conversations, bad TV shows, and such. Instead, try to have a good conversation, read a book, focus on what’s going on in your life. Be more aware of how you’re going through your day.
5. Hang out with the right people.
Do you know the saying – show me your friends and I’ll show you your future? If you surround yourself with negative people who always find a problem in every situation, you’ll become like them soon. Do you have friends who are nothing more than your drink buddies and other than that they don’t bring anything valuable into your life? Maybe it’s time to cut them off? Who are the friends you hang out with the most of the time? Are they positive people you can always count on? Or would they rather talk shit about others and stay unhappy forever? Take a closer look at your friends and think which ones add value to your life.
6) Set Your Standards Right
You decided to change, you start your day feeling grateful, you changed your eating habits, you finally moved your ass, you are more aware and conscious about the people you hang out with. And it lasts maybe 2 weeks. And this is the problem.
Healthy lifestyle is the way of thinking – you realize that in order to have a healthy lifestyle, you have to follow this pattern day after day, week after week, month after month. You have to understand that it’s not a temporary path – it’s the only path you want to walk from now on. You make a very clear decision to replace the old habits with new ones: not for a day, not for a week, but for your whole lifetime. And you’re consistent about it. Try to forget that some food products, some people, some thoughts even exist – don’t take long breaks in your working out cycles. Stay focused. Be aware.
Healthy lifestyle should be your priority. Why? Simply because it brings a completely different value to your life. You can live your life without giving a second thought to how you feel or who you are, like most people do – but do you really want that? I don’t believe you do. Once you begin changing your life, you’ll see how everything starts changing in your life, as well.
You will look forward to each new day, you’ll have more energy to draw upon, you’ll treat people differently, some toxic relationships will disappear from your life forever. You’ll be more positive and people would want to spend time in your company. You’ll give out only good energy and it will attract likewise people to you. It’ll help you with your business: people will trust you more, they will want to go into partnership with you because you’re someone who is not afraid to reach out for everything they want. Your kids will thank you in the future for an example you gave them. Think about it and try to make your life into one hell of an outstanding experience.
About The Author
Dagmara Biernacka is a writer from Poland now living in New York City. Her Mission is to prove to people that they can live the life they’ve imagined for themselves. In her words, “Don’t be afraid to dream big, and don’t be afraid to reach as high as you can. Fight for yourself and cut the bullshit about who you supposedly are, who you can become and what you are capable of. Who you become is only a matter of your choice.”
Visit her blog Just Like NY (http://justlikeny.com ) to learn a lot more from her experiences. You can also mail her at email@example.com
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