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Things to consider doing if you want to become healthier and happier

I am aware most, if not all, of these probably won’t be news to you, but perhaps this list can still serve as a motivation and a little reminder to be kind to yourself and make the most of life 🙂 I also know that we are all different and have different dreams, which is why I tried to connect this as little as possible to my own and only collected those points that I think most people would confirm increase their health and happiness.

I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
With every broken bone, I swear I lived

‘I Lived’ by OneRepublic
  • drink enough water
  • eat mostly whole foods & a good variety of them (if you have really bad cravings for unhealthy, processed foods often, there are websites that give you helpful tips on which healthy foods can satisfy different cravings, e.g. fresh orange juice can satisfy your craving for chocolate)
  • try listening to your body when it comes to when, how much, and what to eat -> intuitive eating (notice at what times during the day you are actually hungry and for what in contrast to when/what you would normally eat out of habit)
  • find a form of physical exercise that you enjoy (e.g. walking, dancing, swimming, yoga) and do it daily
  • stretch/massage/relax your muscles, especially after exercising or long stretches of time spent in the same position
  • go outside and get some fresh air & sun
  • find a form of artistic expression that you enjoy and practice it in your free time (e.g. writing, making music, dancing, drawing, acting)
  • find a form of expressing self-love that resonates with you (meditation, yoga, saying words of affirmation out loud to yourself)
  • spend quality time with friends & family (talking, being active/ creative, ideally away from technology)
  • spend less time on social media/ the internet/ electronic devices; use them only for content you feel actually interests you & adds value to your life instead of surfing mindlessly (try going without social media/ your phone for a while to find out what this means for you)
  • spend time by yourself without distractions, just thinking about the important questions (Where am I at right now? Who do I want to be? What do I want to do with my life? What do I have to do to get there?)
  • get rid of any posessions/midsets/habits/people that you might realise are holding you back from fulfilling your dreams -> minimalism in all aspects of life (having only what is important and adds value)
  • come up with some powerful thoughts/phrases that make you feel confident and motivated to take the necessary steps to become the best version of yourself (words of affirmation & words of motivation)
  • take some moments of stillness throughout the day to repeat these phrases to yourself so that you are constantly reminded of your goal and of the fact that you are worthy of it as well as able to achieve it
  • find a cause that is important to you (e.g. protection of the environment, animal rights, womens’ rights…) & find out how you can contribute to it (volunteering, lifestyle changes, activism, spreading awareness, donating)
  • try to be more present, really take in the experiences you are having in each moment -> take things more slowly, try not to rush/multi-task all the time (this will help you to better recognise and take valuable opportunities when they arise & will make you more aware of and thankful for the good things in your life)
  • always search for ways in which you can be kind to others (smile, avoid talking badly about people, make honest compliments, offer your help, ask people about how they are feeling and if there’s anything you could do to improve their day…)
  • become active now & take small steps everyday; don’t procrastinate on fulfilling your dreams!

Conclusion

In conclusion, take care of your physical health by improving your eating and exercising habits and of your mental health by being kind to yourself and others, spending time on the things you enjoy, practising mindfulness, and working on your ultimate goals. Become active now and take little steps everyday, they will add up to something great!

Thank you for taking the time to read this post! I hope it was able to inspire and motivate you to start taking small steps towards transforming your life for the better. Don’t let yourself be discouraged by all the crazy things going on around you and perhaps sometimes also in your mind during these confusing times in this hectic world. Try to focus on what’s important to you and trust that you are capable of achieving your dreams.

Peace (poem)

Oh, bring back the peace
That was once found in silence,
Bring back the ease
With which a mind became still,
Shut out confusion, worry, and pain
And heal this soul
That the world has made ill.


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Broken dreams (poem)

Who do you think about 
In those silent moments?
For me, it's you,
But you'll never know,
Never know the joy
Or know the pain
That the sight of you
Shoots through my veins.

I imagined the love
That could one day exist
Between one broken girl
And you,
Oh, what bliss!
But I've always been a dreamer
It's nothing new to me
I imagine, I dream,
Watch my life breaking at the seams. 


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Calling (poem)

My joy and peace
My sorrow and pain
My life I want to share
With someone
Who's there
With someone who listens
Someone who cares.
My all I want to give
To the mind and body of another
For us to connect
In that most magical manner.

I wonder if I'll ever know it
That love that all desire
I wonder if it does exist
That puzzle piece
With which I'd fit.

They all can talk
And try to teach me
Hold me tight
And try to reach me
But none of them seem
To truly get me.
They hold on to the person 
That I used to be
While losing the one
I am becoming, clearly.

So when I close my eyes 
I see, I feel
I hear the words that someone speaks
And know that they are just for me.
And when I awaken
From this most beautiful of dreams
I search the night sky
For a sign of what seems
To be another soul
Calling for me.


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Free (poem)

Wind and rain,
Come and take me home.
Carry me away
And into the storm.
Because with wind in my hair,
Rain on my skin,
Lungs full of fresh air,
I can finally see
What it means
To be free.


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Prison (poem)

I see myself imprisoned,
I see myself in chains
While all this sadness, anger, pain
Is running through my veins.

I blame it on home, I blame it on school,
I blame it all on society
So I can say 'It's not my fault:
They're quenching individuality.'

But now I see,
That isn't true.
In the end it's always me,
Who is in control.

Living in this society,
With its rules and regulations,
Can often make you feel unfree.

And it will always be hard
To pluck up the courage
And follow your spark.

But it the end,
What it's all about,
Is that you find the courage 
To turn what you know around
And open your mind
To the freedom you have
To get rid of what's a plight
And choose what feels right.


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Mirrors (poem)

If only mirrors could show me 
Who I truly am inside,
If they could be the doors
Into my perfect, dream-world life,
I could just be myself 
And would never have to hide.

I would know where to go,
What path to take,
I would be sure 'bout what I do 
From the moment that I wake.

No chains could tie me down,
No expectations hold me back.
I would just go into the world
And be sure to make a change.

If only I wasn't so unsure,
If only there wasn't all this fear,
If it weren't for the pressure,
It'd be so much easier.

But I know: 
It wouldn't be my life
If it was easy
And it wouldn't be me
Without my share of misery.


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Imperfect (poem)

In moments when you think about the world
And say:
With all this anger, pain and haste,
How could I ever be happy living in this place?
Don't let the thought that the world will never be perfect
Make you think that life isn't worth it.
See the potential that lies in everything and everyone
And the power you have to change what is going wrong.
Do what you can
And let hope
And the wish to make the world a better place
Give you the strength to take on this challenge with grace
Be thankful for the beautiful sides of life,
For the ability to stand up for what matters
And for the people who help you thrive
You are not alone
With all the others who are already on your side
And the ones to whom you will become a guide
Potential can be turned into reality
And even when you come to the end of your little piece of infinity
What mattered to you will live on in the hearts of others
And that way, you'll do wonders


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My little flame (poem)

I want to light a flame inside of me
To bring joy to all who know me
To guide them through the hardest times
And grow from happy memories

I want to light a flame inside of me
To inspire all who know me
To give kindness, patience, open arms
And never judge or harm

But how can my little flame survive
in the midst of this frightening storm
When thrashing waves of ice cold water
Threaten to quench it and make cold what was warm?

When all this darkness comes to consume me
I open my eyes and see it clearly:
My little flame is not the only one
Others are always there to come
To give me hope, to give me love
And rekindle my flame when it has almost given up.

My little flame is not enough
To fix all that's broken
And make smooth all that's rough
But my little flame is not alone
And with our big, warm fire of love
The storm is only half as tough
And my flame will finally feel like it is doing enough.


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Do I still belong to you? (poem)

White waves crash onto water, rock and sand
Cold water splashes my legs, face and hand
You push me away
You pull me in
Wash my feet
And bury them in
You lie there, amazingly still, 
Carry me with delightful ease,
Then disturb the peace
And break into storm,
threatening to do me harm.
But as I open my eyes,
Terrible sights make me realise:
I am the one doing you harm.

Say, do I still belong to you?
Or am i just a creature without a home
All alone?
I feel that I have become a stranger,
Always putting you in danger
Say, do you feel that, too?
It seems like time has seperated you and me
Will you and me ever again become 'we'?

You glow in that delightful green
Everything is still and serene
I look up and see the leaves, far and near,
Hear the birds sing and walk on without fear
You protect and enchant me
I feel so at peace, so at ease
As if I was not alone, at home
But then I see, how could you ever love me?
I cause you harm, just by existing
Can't live without destruction
Or the goal of perfection
Is there more to you I am not allowed to see
Because I am human and will never ever be
A creature of the woods, able to simply be good?

Say, do I still belong to you?
Or am I just a creature without a home
All alone?
I feel that I have become a stranger
always putting you in danger
Say, do you feel that, too?
It seems like time has seperated you and me
Will you and me ever again become 'we'?

Please, let me make it right
Don't let me die, unfulfilled
With all this guilt
Knowing that I was just a human fool to you
And never had a clue
Of the secrets you are hiding,
the wonders I could have been finding
I want us to find our way back to you,
To choose harmony
Over doing harm for money


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