5 Ways to Feel Better Now
Look good, feel good — if only it were that easy!
The reality is that life does a number on your mind and body, so it’s important to occasionally take time to pause and make sure you’re headed down a positive path. Focusing on these 5 areas is an easy way to start feeling better, right now:
Feeling tired and groggy when you wake up is the worst way to kick off your day. Do yourself a favor and get those eight hours of sleep — you won’t regret it. If you’re having trouble clocking in those hours because you can’t get to sleep or continually wake up in the middle of the night, Dr. Jason Campbell has an easy checklist to get you started:
- Create a cool, dark, and quiet environment to sleep
- Try and get on a schedule: go to sleep and wake up at the same times every day
- Eliminate caffeine four to six hours before bedtime
- Write down any recurring thoughts before bed to help clear your mind
- Wear loose and comfortable clothing
- Limit naps during the day to 30 minutes or less
- Use your bed for only sex and sleep
Eating right can make a world of difference when it comes to how you feel. As a general rule, you should be conscious about what you choose to put into your body. However, if you’re considering trying a diet, start by identifying your goals. For example, if your goal is to feel more energetic during the day, you might want to try a high-energy diet. Alternatively, a low-carb diet might be worth looking into if you’re goal is to lose a little weight.
You’re guaranteed to consume something in the next few hours, and what you eat is your choice. Just remember, that choosing the right snack or meal is the perfect chance to make an immediate healthy change that will help you feel better.
Exercise not only improves your heart and brain health, it also can help you blow off steam and improve your mood. Just like dieting, when it comes to choosing an exercise routine, it’s important to first identify your goals. If you’re an athlete, you might be trying to build endurance. However, not everyone’s trying to be the next Steph Curry, so perhaps you’re looking for a simple routine to maintain a healthy lifestyle despite your busy schedule.
4. Improving Relationships
Relationships hugely impact the way you feel. The people you surround yourself with can lift you up or wear you out. However, while you might be careful about who you surround yourself, at the end of the day, everyone is human. Someone you care about might be in a bad mood or lash out due to frustration.
“Try not to let your mood rise and fall based on the mood of others,” says Dr. Bernard Sief “Avoid taking the moods of others personally.”
It’s also up to you to contribute positivity and kindness towards a relationship to help improve the moods of others which will, in turn, help improve your mood. You’ve heard it before, but it never hurts to reiterate:“Treat others how you want to be treated.”
5. Being Happy
Feeling your best can sometimes be as simple as choosing to do so. It might seem obvious, but smiling and laughing more are sure ways to improve your mood. If you’re upset or worried about something, ask yourself if it’s worth dwelling on those things or if your time would be better spent focusing on the positive.
Dr. Rick Kirschner advises, “To be truly happy, you have to live in the moment, instead of throwing your attention to the dead past or imagined future.” We all are guilty of not living in the moment. If you catch yourself being unhappy about something that isn’t happening in the present, take it upon yourself to stop worrying and appreciate the current moment. You can start right now. : )
Congratulations! You’re one step closer to feeling your best. Want to feel even better? Ask a doctor for further personalized suggestions.
By: Maya Gilliss-Chapman