How to Improve Your Quality of Life Today
Do you remember when you were a child, and how wonderful it was to live simple? The cell phones weren't ringing all hours of the night, and that you just lived in the moment. You didn't worry about yesterday or tomorrow. Going back closer to a life like that, may make you happier. This doesn't mean you need to go Amish, or live in an Ashram to be happy, but sometimes, less is more.
As we grow older, we stress over the bills, the kid's homework, the political situation in the Middle East, and much more, it starts to have an effect on our mind and body; and the two are connected. Follow these simple suggestions to help improve your mind and spirit today. You will feel uplifted, more relaxed, and just be a happier person. Your blood pressure will thank you.
Before a person can have a good day at work, they need a good nights sleep (Stapler, 2006). Unfortunately, most of us do not get the recommended seven to nine hours sleep, and live-off of after we watch television, then mess with our cell phones in bed. Insomnia may have many different causes, but there are things that you can do to improve the chances of a somber sleep.
First, use your bed for sleeping and sex (Stapler, 2006). The bedroom is not your work center., and unless someone calls you, keep your cell phone on the charger. Next, if you cannot sleep, leave the room, and come back only when you feel you are ready for bed; the bedroom should not be associated with you being awake (2006). Also, don’t eat heavy meals or drink alcohol before bed, this will also help with weight-control. Reports show that a night-cap may make you sleep at first, but you won't get a long, and quality night's rest. Lastly, establish a bedtime routine and stick by it. By having naps and extra sleeping-in hours on the weekend, it can impede on your sleep cycle through out the week.
When I was in Iraq, I started a sleep regiment. I did the same thing every night and it helped me sleep the few hours I was able to get. I would read the Bible for 15-20 minutes, (a passage that was a little less on the hellfire and brimstones, and a little more relaxing, and slightly boring), wash my face and hands with a baby-wipe, place my cover (hat) over my eyes (because if I had the odd chance to take a nap in the sun, I would fall asleep faster because I would associate the cover over my eyes with sleep), and I played the same Country CD on the lowest level (so I could hear if we were getting mortared in middle of the night). I didn't even like Country back then, but it was the only CD I had; I actually won it playing poker. I almost lost the homemade cookies my mom sent me in a care package, but I shared after the game.
Now that I am back in the US, I read a few verses of the Bible, play on a recorder 5 country songs, then I take an extra sheet and cover my eyes, then go to sleep. It still makes me agitated and stressed to be awoken by loud noises because I associate it with being mortared, so I have a vibrating watch, made by Fit Bit.
There are many additional ways to stay healthy which may improve your quality of life and cab help you to be more resistant towards illnesses. For example, by exercising thirty minutes a day, at least three to five days a week, it can improve your chances of not having a heart attack, some cancers, type II diabetes, and staying within an ideal weight range (Lee, 2007). It is never too late to start an exercise regimen, but first contact your doctor before starting anything new.
You have likely seen all the electronic cigarettes, and thought they may he a healthier version of smoking. Well, that's what they want you to believe. Even if it is true, smoking is unhealthy, any way you go about it. By withstanding from tobacco use, you are improving you chances of a healthier life, since it is estimated that 30% of all cancers in the United States are caused by tobacco (Lee, 2007).
Additionally, smoking not only harms the smoker, but can harm close by individuals, especially children. Children of parents who smoke are more likely to become asthmatic, have ear infections, wheezing, bronchitis, and even pneumonia (2007). Quitting can be difficult, and the average person attempts six times before they eventually make the life-long commitment, but success is possible. Also, many states have outlawed adults smoking in the car with children, and they will ticket and prosecute the individual.
Along with abstaining from tobacco use, one should limit their alcohol use. Alcohol has been associated with numerous amount of ailments including, cirrhosis, which is an internal hemorrhage (Lee, 200). Plus, have you ever felt wonderful and relaxed the next day after drinking all night? You may feel good for a while when you are intoxicated, but you will pay for it the next day.
Like tobacco, alcohol can take its toll on the ones we are in contact with and love. Approximately, forty to fifty percent of all car accident related deaths have alcohol as being a factor (2007). Also, many other accidents have occurred when using alcohol, including drownings, and fire damage. Many people also do things which they may not normally do when they engage in alcohol, and they regret it when they sober up. Limit your alcohol use for a happier and healthier life.
Even if you do not participate in any of these risky behaviors, there are things that you can do on a daily basis to stay healthier and happier. Always remember to use your safety belt while driving, and make sure your children are wearing them as well well. Do not drive when your are overly tired or distracted, and you should put your makeup on at work, not in the car.
Doing activities while driving can be dangerous to your health, and the health of others in the vehicle. Make sure that you have checked your smoke detectors recently, and have properly stored any weapons or ammunition. Make sure your children always wears their helmets, and always puts on sub-block even when it is a cloudy day. Also, make sure that you always use protection when engaging in sex, unless you are in a committed, monogamous relationship.
For the most part, we all know what we should do, but we get complacent, lazy, or just busy to do the right thing. Yet, by doing the the things what we know is right, we can improve our quality of life, our health, and our relationships with others.