The Better Life Challenge: Little Fixes for Finding Your Perfectly Imperfect Self

There’s more to great health than eating right and exercising every day. Harmony, balance and inner peace are at least as important as green veggies and long walks. In the interest of better lives for everyone, we’re pleased to present a few little fixes that may help you find and embrace your perfectly imperfect self.

Do what you love

Do something you love every day. If you love your job, good for you. Do your best, but don’t forget to make time for play, as well. Stress creates high cortisol levels and can wreak havoc on your inner peace. Alleviate stress by carving out time to do the things that make you feel relaxed, accomplished and happy. Take more nature walks and don’t forget to stop now and then to smell the roses.

Rise and shine

Get enough deep restful sleep. Poor sleep quality or less than enough sleep can lead to weight gain, depression, diabetes and heart disease. Getting between seven and nine nightly hours of quality sleep can go a very long way toward boosting your sense of well-being and balance. A lavender scented bath before bedtime may help you fall asleep faster and stay sound asleep until it’s time to start another beautiful day.

Turn off your incoming calls, but do set a musical alarm to wake you on time. The alarm clock app for Android by Apalon offers several wake-up options. One of them is sure to start your day with a smile and set a pleasant tone for the rest of your day.

Laugh more. Tune in a funny old tv show and have a few yucks. Your worries will melt away, at least for a little while. Even temporary relief from a worried mind is better than none. Laughter lowers high blood pressure and improves the balance of brain chemicals. Seek the things that bring you joy and do let laughter get the better of you, advises Ace Fitness magazine.

Move more

Move about more. Balance training, strength training, and aerobic exercise are known mood elevators that can bring emotional and physical serenity into your day to day life. A proper amount of exercise may reduce high blood pressure and lead to better sleep at night. Get up earlier and use the time to go for a walk or enjoy a yoga session on your deck. Even a few minutes of activity is superior to a sedentary lifestyle. Don’t think that one short burst of activity is sufficient. Intersperse periods of activity throughout your work day to improve mental and emotional health.

Set reasonable goals and make an effort to attain them. Imagine what you want to do or who you want to be. Break the goal into manageable portions and do something every day to achieve your inner vision, recommends happiness expert Jillian Michaels.

Set short-term as well as long-term goals. As you make them come to fruition, you may find your sense of well-being and wholeness increases exponentially. Be your own best friend and reap the benefits of a balanced emotional, mental and physical life.