How to live a healthier life, Part 1: Your Mind.


Disclaimer: everything is subjective, thus I can’t be held accountable to my hypocrisy. Now that’s been established, let me preach to you recycled knowledge of how to live more healthily, but in a cute way. I hope I never write an article named ‘how to lose weight’, because 1) the answer is always going to be ‘eat smaller portions & do more exercise‘, and 2) to quote the Baz Lurhman ‘Sunscreen classic, ‘you are not as fat as you imagine’. Moreover, you’re worth more than your appearance. You may want to learn small ways in which you can enact a life that benefits you, however, and that’s where I ride in on my hypocrisy horse from the stable of earnest sincerity. Henceforth:

Drink lots of water. I wanted to start with a tip no-one had thought of before, so ‘drink lots of water, maybe even 8 glasses a day’ it is. I’m reminded of an interview I read with a dietitian in one of those weight loss magazines sold to inspire internalised misogyny and self-loathing (ah, adolesence!) where feeling full was discussed. Lo, she delivered wise counsel: often times we snack unnecessarily, so when we think we’re having food cravings, consuming water would satisfy us more. Water boosts everything about you: clearer skin, quicker metabolism, the digestive process, shinier hair, lubricated throat and a sharp mind.

Somewhere in the popculturepartywarrior archives, in an article about sleep, I uncovered the magic of the 10-20 minute power nap. Despite what the majority of us think, a 30+ minute rest is actually just sleeping, so if you need to nap make it infrequent & make sure it’s snappy – a snappy nap.

Quite your bitchin’ and look on the bright side of life. Yes life’s a laugh and death’s a joke it’s true (Monty Python quote to keep my references 21st century), and the beauty of impermanence lies in confirming the futility of worry. Everything is going to change sooner or later, so if you remain optimistic you’ll create a worthy future for yourself, as you’re more motivated to create your ideal situation and adapt to changes. Visualise what you want and you’re more likely to live the reality. Alternatively, if you focus on the ‘lack’ in your world, you’ll unconsciously prove how omened you are by getting the inevitable results pessimism brings: nothing. Think positive thoughts more often for a healthier & happier mind; it’s difficult, not impossible.

Smart guy, Einstein.

Be grateful. When we’re young, the phrase ‘count your blessings’ is cemented in our heads from somewhere, probably from grandparents, or the tube. Short and non-committal where explanation is concerned, the idiom appears to us as insignificant wisdom from a jealous source. In actuality, expressing gratitude is incredibly powerful in achieving contentment and allowing yourself to appreciate the contents of your life. You can only be happy by experiencing the present moment authentically, without being trapped in anticipatory nostalgia – as can be the case with over-thinkers. Learning to accept yourself & your life – to recognise you’re doing the best with what you have, where you are, is how you achieve balance. Actively list, mentally or physically, the things you’re grateful for: big or small, individual or global scale; tally them up without judgement. Sometimes you just need to remind yourself of why you are awesome & deserve good things! Believe it, then see it.  




Author: Madie_H

Article themes: feminism, music, self-improvement, Buffy, astrology, humour and critical analysis. I'm also partial to making lists and giving advice so look out for many How-to life hacks too! Love Madie.

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