10 Ways to Feel Great
When you feel great, things just seem so much easier. You can focus more sharply. Your energy increases. You’re happier. You’re free!
Feeling your best is easier than you may think.
It doesn’t require schemes and crazy concoctions. You won’t have to exercise two hours every day, eat flavorless food, and forgo all fun in pursuit of it. Just a few simple tweaks and additions can get you feeling fantastic.
I’ve experimented with many steps to improve my life, and here are my top ten favorites.
Drink Lemon Water:
Lemon water flushes out toxins and is extremely beneficial for the body. It tastes delicious nice and warm first thing in the morning. It cleanses and hydrates.
Too much acid can wreak havoc on the immune system, creating an imbalance. Eat foods high in alkaline to counter this. Foods I enjoy in this group are lemons, watermelon, pineapple, apple cider vinegar, seaweed, raisins, and kale… to name a few.
Take a Probiotic
Probiotics can improve intestinal function and maintain the integrity of the lining of the intestines. There’s also lots of evidence that probiotics help maintain a strong immune system. A lot of health issues start in the gut. A probiotic can be helpful in improving digestive health. (Always consult a medical expert if you are unsure if a supplement is right for you.)
Letting go of bitterness can restore peace and balance. I’m guilty of holding onto anger and frustration over the actions of others. You’ll never hear me tell you that any such grudge holding has ever served me in a positive way. The moment we forgive, we free ourselves. Oftentimes, we save ourselves more so than the person we are forgiving.
Admit When You’re Wrong:
When pride stands in the way, relationships can suffer. Letting go of it can free us to enjoy those we love. Admitting I’m wrong has never come easy for me, especially if the other person is just as wrong. I can be stubborn! I find it amazing though, each and every time I apologize first, the air becomes lighter, the weight drops from my shoulders, and I can draw a deep, soulful breath. I love when the apology is given, and the other person visibly opens up and shares an equally heartfelt one too. That’s when real communication occurs. That’s when growth happens.
Stretching has many benefits. Some include: relief from pain, improved posture, and greater sense of well-being. Even five minutes a day can make you feel your best. Can’t find five extra minutes? Stretch at your work desk, while cooking dinner, or while brushing your teeth.
Share a Smile:
Smiling releases endorphins, the same feel good chemicals that are released when you exercise. I love seeing the surprise on people’s faces when I suddenly break out into a smile as I walk past. A lot of times, they look at me like I just landed from another planet. Almost ninety percent of the time, they reciprocate:)
Learn to Say No:
You’ll gain more energy, more time, more respect, and more control. It’s not easy to do, but it’s necessary to keep balanced. In order to give your best, you need to feel your best. You can’t possibly feel great when you’re feeling unnerved and stretched to the max. No one knows your limits but you. So, you need to respect those limits, so others will too.
Take Action on a Goal:
Taking action fills you with confidence. You also may inspire others to follow their own ambitions. Just one small step in the direction of a desired goal can boost a spirit and build momentum. Taking small steps each day is a lot more digestible than cramming six months of work into a week.
If you like someone’s shirt, let her know. If someone is smiling, tell her how great her good vibe feels. Small little compliments turn into huge spirit boosts for both you and the person receiving. You increase positivity, open yourself up to receive happiness, and it’s FUN!
Now over to you!
If you’ve got your own favorites, please share!
Wishing you the very best,
Suzie Carr, novelist