Four simple changes to help single women create a more balanced, healthy, and ultimately happy lifestyle
Many single women today are finding it a tad difficult to be happy and healthy. It could be out of loneliness, the sheer hardness of life, or other things that weigh on us from day to day. Although all these feelings are valid, it is important to do what you can to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle — because really, happiness is what life is all about.
As a young single woman, I can relate to sometimes not feeling the happiest, but here are four choices I’ve made to turn that around and channel my inner happiness to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
1. Secure A Gym Membership
Physical activity is something I have found to be vital to feeling good on a daily basis because working out releases those endorphins that we all need. I signed up for a gym membership about a year ago that has really made a difference in promoting happiness and health in my life. I personally love starting my day off early, at 6am, and running to the gym to get in a quick yoga class. It has really helped me to start my days in such a peaceful and energized way, something which has led to more balance in my life.
Any single woman — especially one that is living alone — needs to ensure that her security is always on ‘lock’. I live with a few roommates who are also single women and we invested in some Wireless Security Cameras for our house that allow us to go on our phones and see what the cameras are showing. This has made a world of difference in our lives. We now have peace of mind knowing what’s going on in and around our house.
We feel safer, which is a huge aspect of a healthy lifestyle.
Having a home that you can come to at the end of the day and feel safe and secure in is vital. Everyone needs their own oasis.
3. Start Eating Healthy
It goes without saying that when you eat healthy, you become healthy.
Research has shown that your diet has a direct connection with how you feel, meaning that if you eat a lot of junk food, then your mood will turn for the worst and vice versa.
I am not saying you need to stress yourself out with a strict diet because I certainly enjoy sitting on my couch in my PJ’s eating a pint of Ben and Jerry’s while watching The Notebook on any given Tuesday night. Yet, mindfully eating and fueling your body with all the good vitamins and nutrients it needs and wants makes a world of difference. So skip the junk foods, sugars, and highly processed foods.
I love to keep healthy snacks at home and in my car such as protein bars (good ones – made only with ingredients I actually recognize), apples and peanut butter, and trail mix. That way, whenever I feel my body wants food, I know I will have a healthy choice instead of being tempted to run through the drive-thru to get that cheeseburger. Mind, body and soul are all connected; eating good makes you feel good!
4. Serving Others
I have found that in my lowest of lows, I am really just wallowing, feeling bad for myself. A quick and easy fix for this is to stop thinking about myself! Looking outside of yourself and trying to see the needs of those around you really turns your perspective around.
Joining a community service group is one thing I have done which has allowed me to meet new people and make healthy friendships with other people that are trying to do good in the world.
This has added consistency in my life which has helped me tremendously in my pursuit of a balanced lifestyle. I still like to look for little ways to help and serve those I come in contact with every day, but I also know that a few times a month, I have a plan and purpose in my service group activity.
At the end of the day, happiness has to come from within. We need to start by loving ourselves and loving those around us. Contrary to popular belief, being happy isn’t as difficult as the mainstream media makes it seem. It all starts by making a single choice, and then a lot of little choices each and every day. It is all a work in progress, but the key is to begin.
And remember to take it one step at a time, because learning to be happy is not a destination but a journey.
It will not all happen at once; it certainly didn’t for me! There are still highs and lows. But doing these four things I outlined above will help you to create a more balanced, healthy, and happy lifestyle.
So… what are you waiting for?
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