Hiking, biking, streaking. Camping, canoeing, climbing.
Crossfit, lift, run. Yoga, pilates, pole dance.
Inside or outside. On your back or on your stomach.
With someone or by yourself. With a dog or a cat.
Sleep like before you were an adult.
3. Go outside
Maybe to Move. Maybe to sit.
Feel the grass. Touch the trees. Breathe. Look.
Act like there is no internet and Netflix.
4. Help others
Maybe they’ll ask. Maybe they won’t.
Maybe they’re visibly down on their luck. Maybe someone is just putting up a facade.
Everybody needs help. But not everybody knows how to ask.
(Picture from Shay Skinner – Skin Poetre Photography)
5. Find a hobby
It can be knitting; it can be climbing; it can be reading.
It can be whatever you want it to be. As long as it brings you genuine joy.
It’s not a band-aid to mask other fractured parts of your life.
6. Challenge yourself
Complacency is easy. It’s lazy. It’s stagnant.
Work. Grow. Become better.
7. Take a cherry pit minute
Appreciate your now. Find beauty around you.
Be present. For at least one minute. Everyday.
8. Don’t be afraid to fail – take risks
Big decisions are scary. What if something goes wrong?
What if it doesn’t?
9. Surround yourself with the right people
We are a representation of our social surroundings.
Are your friends helping you achieve your goals or ridiculing them?
10. Embrace the days that suck, let them suck, then move on
We can’t all be happy, all the time. Time is endless. Your life is not. To say you’ll live your entire life without one bad day is ludicrous.
Learn how to deal with them. Let them hurt. Then realize tomorrow is another day.
11. Eat healthy most of the time – Eat whatever, however, some of the time
Nutrition affects physique which affects psychology which affects biochemistry which affects the type of foods you’d like to eat.
The reverse is true as well.
Don’t stress over a binge day. Don’t hate yourself because you ate a bag of Doritos in one sitting. Eat better tomorrow. And the day after.
Maybe after four or five consecutive days of eating well, open that tub of ice cream. You body and mind will thank you for it.