Monday, 23 February 2015

Three simple ways to improve your quality of life

You might think that improving your quality of life is some mammoth project that requires hours of deep soul searching and mountains of books by self-help "doctors". Luckily, this is not the case. In fact, there are lots of simple, little things you can do to help you savour each day with that little bit more relish.   Some of them will increase your health, some of them will sooth your mind and others will just be a good bit of fun. Here are our top three things you can do to boost your quality of life.   

1. Meditate  

If you have spent your life thinking meditation was for old hippies and monks, think again. You don’t need to be the Dalai Lama to get in touch with your inner self. Absolutely anybody can benefit from taking some time out of their day to clear their thoughts and balance their body with a few simple meditation exercises. 

The simplest mediation techniques involve nothing more than stretching out, sitting in a comfortable position and concentrating on your breathing patterns for about 15 minutes. Get into this habit for a month or two and you’ll be amazed at how calmer, happier and more energetic you’ll become.  

2. Carry less weight  

Now, this will sound incredible, but many chiropractors now believe minor back aches and irritations can be linked to the amount of unnecessary rubbish people carry on their person every day. While this is yet to be widely proven, I think they might be on to something.   Just think about all the various ‘essential’ bits and pieces that you take with you everywhere you go, either stuffed into your handbag or wallet, or the pockets of your jacket – tablets, phones, make-up kits, rolls of receipts from dinners two months ago, kindles, headphones and whatever else. 

Ask yourself whether you really need to carry all these items with you. Maybe it’s time to do a little Feng-Shui on your pockets, but this is tricky given my children like accumulating lots of bits and pieces, its amazing what my youngest son can forage in the school field then occasionally ask me to carry home for him.

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3. Kick the cigarettes  

The good news is, there’s never been a better time to quit. Thanks to widespread banning of the cigarette in bars and restaurants, there really is no such thing as a ‘social’ smoker anymore, so that old excuse has gone the way of the briar pipe. 

Still can’t find the willpower to stop? Then there’s more good news in the form of e-cigs. These vaporising devices are less harmful than regular cigarettes, can be used in many public places and are way more cost effective than a full on smoking habit.  They might just be the stop gap you need to quit altogether. 

So, you see, there are lots of things you can do if you want an improved quality of life. Adopt a few of these and look forward to a happier future.

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