It often seems as though we spend countless hours trying to figure out the paradoxical complexity of life. We have all fallen victim to the power of overthinking and continuously trying to figure out what it is that we are missing. Nonetheless, in our opinion – in regards to what it is that truly makes us feel accomplished and happy – these 3 simple daily habits are irrefutable:
Habit 1: Developing a Stoic mindset
Stoicism is a philosophical mindset with the basic premise that it’s best to not behave as though you are going to live forever. Best known for his Meditations on Stoic philosophy, Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius simply argues, “What’s fated hangs over you. As long as you live and while you can, become good now.” In other words, through constant self-improvement and development of self-control, we can transcend the chaos of daily life and live in a state of peace and prosperity.
Committing to a Stoic philosophy can have a profound impact on your life and success. It can help you appreciate the brevity of life and also lend some insight on how to master your mind and emotions. Even just picking up a book on Stoic philosophy for 30 minutes a day can go a long way.
Habit 2: Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day & maintaining a semi-healthy diet
Sometimes when I feel as though I may need a drink, we all know that edgy feeling we get deep down inside, I have found that doing a 30 minute work out can really have a positive impact not only on your mood but your overall day. Whether it be a brisk walk outside, some yoga, or an intense cardio workout on the treadmill or elliptical, 30 minutes devoted to self-care can really leave you feeling well.
Now when it comes to diet, it will vary from person to person, but what I’ve found is that I don’t have to be terribly strict. I love my cheese and don’t see myself giving it up anytime soon. So it’s okay to not be too extreme with your diet. The same goes with your exercise routine. When you fall off the horse (and you will), take it easy on yourself and continue exercising whenever you feel up for it again.
Habit 3: Getting a good nights rest
Anyone can recognize that feeling of not getting enough sleep the night before. Sleep deprivation slows our cognitive process without even realizing it. It’s literally a form of self-torture.
I’m sure you’ve heard this plenty of times, but I’ll repeat it now just as a reminder: don’t forget to prioritize your sleep.