How to Enjoy Life
Written by Peter Clemens
I made the point that it is your days that define your life. In this article, I want to challenge the common perception that it is only possible to enjoy your leisure time. In particular, this article is targeted at the professional stuck in the 9 to 5 grind who longs for the weekend and, in the process, has given up on trying to find pleasure in the ordinary experiences we have every day.
1. Appreciate Beauty. Each day we come across beauty in a number of shapes and forms. It’s a shame, then, that many people have become so accustomed to this beauty that it largely goes unappreciated. I suggest looking again at the people, plants, gadgets, and buildings (to name but a few examples) around you and taking a moment to appreciate what makes them so special.
2. Connect With Nature. Nature is an amazing healer for the stresses and strains of modern life. Eating lunch in the park, attending to a vegetable garden in your backyard, or watching the sunset are just a few simple ideas for how you can enjoy the outdoors on a daily basis.
3. Laugh. E. E. Cummings once said “the most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” How very true. Never be too busy to laugh, or too serious to smile. Instead, surround yourself with fun people and don’t get caught up in your own sense of importance.
4. Have Simple Pleasures. A good cup of coffee when I first wake. Time spent playing with my 8 month old son. Cooking a nice meal in the evening. These may not seem terribly exciting, but they are some of the simple pleasures I enjoy in life. If you slow down for just a moment and take the time to appreciate these ordinary events, life becomes instantly more enjoyable.
5. Connect With People. In so many ways, it is our relationships with people that give us the most happiness in life. Perhaps, then, the best way to enjoy your work more is not to get a raise or a promotion, but rather to build rewarding relationships with your co-workers.
6. Learn. There is a strong link between learning and happiness. Given this, there is no excuse not to be stimulating your brain and learning something new each day. My favorite way to find time for learning is to make the most of the commute to and from work. Audiobooks and podcasts are great for this purpose.
7. Rethink Your Mornings and Evenings. Are the mornings a mad rush for you to get out the door? Do you switch off the TV at night and go straight to bed? I have personally experienced the profound benefits of establishing a routine in the morning and evening. For example, in the morning you may choose to wake an hour earlier and spend the time working on yourself, whether it be reading, writing or exercising. In the evening, consider spending some time just before bed reviewing your day or in meditation.
8. Celebrate Your Successes. During a normal day we are sure to have some minor successes. Perhaps you have successfully dealt with a difficult customer, made a sale, or received a nice compliment for your work. These aren’t events worth throwing a party for, but why not take a moment to celebrate your success? Share the experience with someone else, reward yourself with a nice lunch, or just give yourself a mental pat on the back.
There are many benefits to using a sauna, and post workout the main one is to relax and congratulate yourself for a job well done. It is nice heat treatment for your muscles that just worked hard. Since the heat of the sauna makes you sweat, it is also a good way to detox, since sweating is one way to remove impurities from the body. Sweating in a sauna or steam room increases the circulation to the skin by dilating the blood vessels, which also reduces blood pressure. Make sure you drink enough water while using a sauna, especially after exercise, because you don’t want to become dehydrated.
If it is acceptable to use the sauna nude, make sure to sit on a towel for hygienic reasons. It is good etiquette to shower before entering a sauna to get rid of any body odor (stink you worked up while working out) or smell of chlorine (I love to sauna after swimming laps). I am not sure why people are wearing sweats into the sauna since this will just increase the amount that they sweat and sounds uncomfortably hot. If they are wearing clothes in the sauna to promote weight loss, they are only losing “water weight” which they will regain as soon as they drink.
Since saunas are used for relaxation keep chatter to a minimum and make room for new comers if the sauna is crowded. Meaning if you are lying down, sit up to create space.
Many people like to finish their sauna experience with a cold shower or plunging into a cold pool. This is exhilarating, but can make your heart race. So do this with caution. If you have high blood pressure or a heart problem, be sure to check with your physician before going to a sauna or steam room.
Have fun and don’t forget to replenish lost fluids.
Top diet tips for the festive period
Eat, drink and be merry! That’s what we all think we should be doing during the festive Christmas period.
And whilst you should certainly enjoy yourself, you don’t want to over indulge too much and undo all your good work.
1. Beware of the party buffet food
Party buffet food can be laden with calories and fat. So think about your choices and remember quality over quantity!
Try and avoid fatty shop-bought foods such as sausage rolls, pastries, samosas, cocktail sausages etc. One tiny cocktail sausage can contain over 60 calories.
Instead opt for things like finger sandwiches with low calorie fillings (ham, turkey, chicken), crudites with salsa dip, Twiglets, sushi rolls, and salads.
And then there’s the sweet treats such as mince pies, chocolates, mini desserts etc. It all adds up and it’s easy to forget just how much you’ve eaten when you standing around chatting to friends.
Set yourself a limit, such as one mince pie and one mini eclair, and then stick to it. And remember, you don’t have to eat something just because you are offered it!
2. Alcohol – it all counts!
Don’t forget that calories in alcohol also count. If you enjoy a large glass (250ml) of white wine, it could contain up to 240 calories…that’s the same as a bar of Fruit & Nut Dairy Milk!
So try and be sensible with the amount you drink in the run up to Christmas. You could, for example, stick to smaller glasses, alternate with a glass of water or swap to white wine spritzers.
Here’s a rough calorie content guide:
- Spirits – 55 calories
- Small glass (125ml) of wine – 80-120 calories
- Large glass (250ml) of wine – 160-250 calories
- Small Baileys – 140 calories
- Can of lager – 220 calories
3. Eat well – fill up first
If you turn up hungry, you’re more likely to over indulge in nibbles, treats, or party food.
So continue to eat sensibly during the festive period. Don’t skip meals in anticipation of eating more later on – this is especially important with breafast. Fill up before you go to an event and you’re less likely to snack or pick.
And research shows that meals containing protein (meat, eggs, cheese, nuts) keep you feeling fuller for longer.
4. Don’t give up
5. Keep on exercising
The run up to Christmas is usually a hectic time for everyone with nursery/school events, getting organised, buying presents etc and it’s easy to let exercise slip.
But try to keep going with any exercise classes or programmes. Not only will it help you maintain your weight, it can also help reduce stress and release happy endorphins.
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
— Calvin Coolidge