I have felt a little off the last couple of weeks.
Sickness invaded our four walls and we each took our turn with a summer flu/cold–one.at.a.time. I rarely get sick, so this took me by surprise. Especially since it was summer.
Even after recovering, I still didn’t feel 100% or my normal, cheerful self. I was less than content and noticed some of those old feelings of worry and despair had crept back in.
And then I realized that I had let some important things slip. I was not getting my walks as often as I normally do. There were days where I wasn’t venturing out of our four walls at all! And that wasn’t all I had neglected.
It dawned on me that I needed a “tune-up”. I needed to get back to the basics. I am only a couple of days into it and I have already noticed a huge difference in how I feel!
If you are in need of a happiness “tune-up” as well, here are several things you should consider. These little scientifically backed practices have proven successful in my life again and again. As long as I to stick with them ;).
The transformation I experienced because of these practices is one of the main reasons I started blogging, after all.
The Basics: 10 Questions to ask yourself to feel your best
- Am I getting 7-8 hours of sleep at night? Am I going to bed before midnight–preferably before 11 pm?
- Am I spending at least 15-20 minutes on average outside during the day?
- Am I exercising 3-5 times a week?
- Am I attending to myself spiritually through scripture reading and prayer?
- Am I keeping my Vitamin D3 levels in healthy range through supplementation (if necessary) and periodic testing?
- Am I eating a healthy, low inflammatory diet? (for me this means lots of vegetables and little to no sugar, milk, caffeine, alcohol etc.)
- Am I keeping guard over my thoughts by practicing gratitude and not allowing myself to ruminate or fixate on the negative?
- Am I connecting with other people regularly: with friends and family, and through clubs and groups?
- Am I serving others? Am I looking for practical ways to put the needs of others above my own?
- Am I slowing down to enjoy the beauty of life and the world around me in the simple things? (ie. savoring a hot cup of tea, or a hike in the woods, or a chat with my daughters etc.)
I hope these questions help you get back on track to feeling your best, if you’ve drifted away. I talk about many of them in more detail in my free e-book. You can get that by signing up here.
With love, Lauren
p.s. The picture of the girls and I was from last fall. While baking an apple pie for friends today, the girls and I decided we needed to go apple picking soon :). It’s cooler this week in Boston and feels like fall is around the corner. I can’t wait! It’s my favorite time of year!