A while back, I began a vegan diet that dramatically improved my health and general mood. After this happened, I became curious about what other aspects of my life I could alter in order to make myself feel more productive and happy. Although there are a plethora of things that we all can do to improve our everyday life, I think you may find the following three suggestions particularly advantageous:
1. Change Your Routine.
Although consistency can be comforting and planning can contribute to productivity and effectiveness, periodically changing our routines can be an intellectually stimulating enterprise. Earlier today, I made a plan for the upcoming week that will involve trying new foods as well as altering my work life such that my mind and body are continually exposed to new ways of being and knowing. If you’re looking for some excitement or a way to keep your creative channels alive and active, you may find changing your routine beneficial.
2. Read More Diversely.
As the child of a first generation college parent who always emphasized reading, I grew up loving all types of literature. And as an English major in college, I expanded my knowledge of the world by reading a variety of theoretical arguments regarding topics that intrigued me such as heteronormativity and abjection. While exposure to these types of ideas did expand my consciousness, I realize that I need to continue reading so that I can be exposed to more concepts that heighten my awareness and appreciation for the world around me. These days, I’m reading the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Manual in preparation to take an exam that will enable me to teach other people to exercise. Parts of the book are really intriguing and leave me amazed at how complex the body is as well as the factors that can precipitate or hinder an individual’s motivation to exercise. In reading more diversely, my day is more intellectually stimulating and thus more enjoyable.
3. Get Out In The Sun.
After I went on the raw vegan diet, I found that I had an increasingly insistent desire to be out in the sunlight. And once I obeyed the little voice in my head telling me to sit out in the sun more often, I found myself feeling very peaceful and happy. This is not surprising given all of the benefits that the sun offers. In discussing the benefits of sunlight, Michael Murray notes that it can ease depression and sleep quality. Sunlight also offers a plethora of other health benefits such as healing psoriasis and contributing to bone health. All of these benefits can contribute to helping you have a healthy, happy life that makes each day richer.
If you feel that you’re in a rut or simply want to improve the quality of your daily life, you should consider implementing the strategies listed above. They have been advantageous for me, and I believe they will help you also. Good luck! :)