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How to Have a Better Life — 2 Things You Absolutely MUST Do

If you’re wondering how to have a better life, you have to understand one thing — it’s not what you have on the outside but how you feel on the inside that leads to a better life.

Life really is such a precious blessing. It flies by so fast, and I think it is very important to try and get the most out of this journey here on Earth.

So many obstacles in life can keep people from having the capacity to be able to be present. So many people live their lives dictated by fear, hence making life choices while coming from that place.

That is no bueno.

So many people take their bodies for granted. It’s the only one you’re gonna get, and how often do you forget that your body truly is a temple? Where inside literally dwells the spirit of the whole Universe or God or whatever you want to call it. 

With all of the trials and tribulations that we all will walk through in life at some point or another, here are 2 things that you must do in order to have a better life. 

How to Have a Better Life — Practice Mindfulness And Meditation

This could be one of the most important points I am going to sell you on out of anything else in this short article about how to have a better life.

My opinion is that meditation should be as important as showering and brushing your teeth and is integral to having a better life. It’s just something you know you have to do no matter what, almost having a sense of urgency behind it. 

Anyone on Earth can practice meditation. It doesn’t require any membership at a yoga studio, nor does it require any special equipment. I recommend getting on youtube and searching for “beginner mindfulness meditation.”

Try to find one that’s at least 20 minutes and pop in headphones and do whatever the guide suggests. You can tell which ones are good just based on how many people have viewed them, so just use common sense. 

It would take an entire book to describe exactly how to meditate. I recommend also to just put on a timer for 10 to 20 minutes, sit completely still no matter what, and count each inhale and exhale from 1 to 10 and over and over again.

If something pops up in your head, start over counting. You can even use a prayer or a mantra as well and start over too if something pops up in your head. 

The benefits of practicing meditation at this point are definitely no secret, unless of course you have legitimately not heard about it yet. It’s possible that you might even be practicing mindfulness meditation and you don’t even know it. 

Thousands upon thousands of studies show the positive impact that meditation has on a person’s overall health and well-being and is a part of how to have a better life.

Sleep is essential to our cognitive functioning and overall stress level while allowing us to be more equipped to handle whatever life throws our way on a day-to-day basis.

Meditation enhances your REM cycle and actually increases your levels of melatonin, a hormone our body produces that helps with maintaining a healthy sleep schedule.

People often take melatonin before sleep, and after trying meditation every morning and night, they no longer needed melatonin pills or any other sleep prescription or supplement. 

Meditation can even help with serious and dramatic sleep problems. Upon researching a bit on “mindfulness.org,” I found a study that was carried out to see if mindfulness meditation would help those poor souls out there that were struggling with chronic insomnia.

After eight weeks, those individuals who were practicing meditation on a nightly basis had far less total wake time during the night, and they were more peaceful and at ease before going to bed, hence reducing the severity of their sleep problems.

Even more remarkable, in a study that was carried out 6 months later, those same people practicing meditation still were not having any symptoms of insomnia. 

Eating Healthy

Here’s how to have a better life — eat healthy.

You hear things like “your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit Dwells,” and you also hear things such as “you are what you eat.”

I couldn’t agree any more with these statements. Keep in mind too that this is coming from a person who has struggled in my later years of life with using food as a healing mechanism. 

I guess it all comes down to how much you want to get out of life and your level of willingness to take good care of yourself. I hope that I can maybe help or inspire someone who might be stuck in that kind of place. I have been there too. 

Meditation every morning and night has helped me tremendously with having a healthier relationship with food, another reason why it is number one on this list. 

There are so many healthy options that are affordable and easy to prepare. I recommend only shopping in the outer perimeter of a grocery store so all you are buying are whole and healthy foods.

Your gut health correlates with your emotional and mental health almost more than any other organ in your body.

Eating unprocessed animal and plant foods can dramatically help provide your body with vitamins and minerals that you need for peak performance and optimal health on a day-to-day basis. 

According to health.gov, Some research suggests that eating sugary foods can increase your risk for obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and heart disease.

For the most part, real whole foods tend to be lower in added sugar than many of the available process foods. 

Fruit contains sugar, but it’s natural and unprocessed sugar that is also high in water and fiber, making fruit a much healthier option than perhaps eating a pop tart or drinking a soda.

You can get your sugar fix in ways that are not going to compromise your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. The food we eat directly impacts all three of those areas. 

Real and wholesome food is full of antioxidants and nutrients that support heart health, including but not limited to magnesium and healthy fats.

Also, according to health.gov, eating a diet that is rich in nutritious, unprocessed foods may also help reduce inflammation, which is considered one of the major drivers of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States over any other cause of death. 

This is another big reason why eating healthy and paying attention to what is going in your mouth can often make or break your quality of life. 

Eating foods that are high in fiber also can provide many health benefits, including boosting digestive function, metabolic health, and feelings of fullness — this is how to have a better life.

I used to experience a lot of chronic pain from injuries I’ve acquired throughout the year. I read an article about an NFL player who shifted his diet to a plant-based diet, and it had a more positive impact in reducing inflammation over any other method.

I took his advice and couldn’t believe how much less I was in pain and how much stronger I was in the gym, all from just eating a rich and abundant plant-based diet. Eating better is how you can have a better life.

I truly hope that if you are not practicing either meditation and/or taking care of yourself by watching for what goes in your mouth when it comes to the food you eat that this inspires you to want to start implementing both things in your life if you’re not already.

I hope this has helped you understand how to have a better life, but if you have more suggestions, I’d love to hear about them — let me know in the comments.

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Ryan Henderson

Ryan Henderson is a magician and mental health advocate.