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6:22-23 - "The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If all the light you have is darkness, it is dark indeed!"

28 Jul 2016


There are a lot of guides and self-help books and blogs that teaches you how to live life to the fullest and how to live a better lifestyle. So this is a shorter version, a combination of the two, an easier to follow guide to living a better, wholesome lifestyle. .
1. Wake up before sunrise.
Ever heard the song “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy, when skies are grey..” ? That ain’t for your lovey there alone. It can actually mean you loving the sun shining through each day!
When you wake up before the sun rises, there’s this feeling of waiting for the beautiful colors to appear in the skies. It’s a hope for a new beginning. It enlivens your inner feeling of joy and happiness and anticipation for a very bright sunshiny day. Not to forget, of course, that when you wake up early in the morning, you are already getting a head start on your day. It gives you time to do all the things you keep on skipping every time you wake up late, including but not limited to preparing a homemade breakfast meal, shaving, washing your hair, and drinking coffee while reading the newspaper. And it also induces you to sleep earlier, giving you a chance to sleep through the recommended 8 hours. Thus, sleeping early at night and getting a full night’s sleep, does wake you earlier the next morning. It’s just a cycle. Moreover, rushing to work or school will also be unlikely. Waking up early in the morning, will give you enough time to do the tasks on this list.

2. Pray and talk to God.
It’s actually a nice feeling to start your day right. And what better way that is than by starting your day with a prayer. It makes you grounded. It helps you refocus on things. It gives you the strength you need to go through your day. Daily prayer will help you with your priorities. This is especially true if you also read the Scripture along with doing devotions. Early morning quiet time is the most peaceful session. This is also a way to thank Him for the good night’s sleep and for a new day ahead. Also, you can offer this day to him, and ask Him to guide and guard you throughout your day and that whatever you do today will be for His greater glory.
3. Exercise for an hour.
Working out your body early in the morning is scientifically proven to help jolt your system. It is also proven to give the much needed extra energy throughout the day. Moreover, that’s one less task to check off the things to do at the end of your workday. Mere jogging and yoga can do heaps of good things to your body and keep it energized.

4. Don’t skip breakfast.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The human body needs to eat every 3-4 hours. If you sleep 6-8 hours each night and you skip your morning meal, your body is being deprived of its regular energy reserve. How do you think you are supposed to function if you didn’t charge your battery?
5. Drink 2 glasses of water 5 times a day
We have been taught to drink 8-10 glasses of water per day since we were kids. This is because it’s the amount of water needed to keep our body hydrated and aids to flush out toxins from the body. It may be hard for some to follow this guideline so a good tip is to just drink at least 2 glasses per meal time, including the snacks in between meals.
If you do not like the taste and feel of tepid water, an ice cold water may do the trick. Or, if you prefer soda and juice since you like tasty beverages, you should try putting slices of lime or lemon into your water. It’ll be refreshing without the effects of too much sugar.
6. Get off the internet and social media.
Social media is supposed to be a medium of socialization thus the name. However, it is currently one of the top reasons for negativity in our lives. It had made some of us into jealous monsters whose only goal is to compete with others on being the one with the most ideal lifestyle. Social media also takes a lot of productive time. It is the main cause of procrastination. Unless your main line of work is using the internet, turn it off.
7. No junk food.
There is no need to tell you how bad junk foods are for the body as it is aptly named. Yes, we all love junk food. However, if your goal is to live the best life you can, sacrifices must be made.
Alternatively, you can always just choose the lesser evil. Find snacks that may not be that healthy, but would be a better choice than junk food. You can also try finding organic and healthier versions of your favorite snacks.

8. Drink a cup of green tea.
Drinking green tea helps your body lose unwanted fat. It is also a good alternative to coffee for your daily morning wake-me-up-per. Green tea has a very high anti-oxidant property that is good for the skin. You see why Chinese and Koreans have very beautiful skin? Drinking Green Tea is part of their daily after meal habit. It actually costs less than going to a dermatologist.
9. Use the stairs not the elevator
This is actually a very good form of exercise. You can do this at lunch, going down to purchase or eat lunch and after work. You can skip the stairs after you’ve eaten lunch, as doing so might do more harm than good.

10. Call up an old friend.

Or call up mom! Calling mom, benefits both ways. Mom will have less stress thinking how your day was, and will give you the benefit of venting out without fear of being judged (Disclaimer: you might just have to take down a few notes after!)

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