Common sense. You would imagine that it would be pretty common, right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. What I’m going to tell you in this post is nothing new. You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again. But I’m going to write it anyway, because the things I’ll talk about are things you might need to be reminded of. I know that I forget about them and have to remind myself on a regular basis. Much more often than I’d like. I get caught up in self improvement and the big things that need to be done, and I forget about the little things. I hope at the very least, writing this article will be a reminder for me to pay more attention to these things. So here we go:
Eat the right things
This one is pretty simple to understand, and pretty hard to put into practice. I know that I personally have a huge problem with my diet. Since I’ve quit smoking weed, my diet has improved, but not a lot. Sometimes my problem is not eating enough. If I’m busy, whatever I’m doing is more important in my mind than food, so I put it off. And when I do eat, I’m still eating out all the time because I don’t have much of a kitchen at home.
I still eat Taco Bell on a regular basis, but with two small differences. First, I don’t get desserts or sodas any more. Not getting high has taken away my sweet tooth for the most part, and this has helped me physically as well as financially. I no longer spend $13 on Taco Bell. I’ll order off the dollar menu, and leave spending maybe $5 instead. Second, I don’t overeat as much. My fitness goals include gaining weight so I tend to eat big meals when I can. But when I eat too much, I get bloated and just feel awful. So I don’t do that. I’d rather eat more small meals and be energized than eat a huge one and feel like hibernating.
Let’s talk for a minute about salads. I know, you might not like salads. I definitely don’t. But I eat them. Not always, but more than I used to. I don’t like eating salads, but I absolutely love the way they make me feel. After I eat a salad, I’m supercharged. I’m filled with energy and I just all-around feel amazing. And they’re easy to digest. Within an hour or two, I’m hungry again. It doesn’t make me feel stuffed and bloated for hours. And being hungry more often means that I get to eat more often. Since I’m trying to bulk up, that’s a good thing.
Drink lots of water
According to science, up to 75% of Americans are dehydrated. Three out of every four. That’s a lot. According to that same article, lots of us don’t even know. Do you have a headache? Drink some water. Feeling overly tired or fatigued? Try drinking some water. Are you hungry? Maybe. You could be thirsty, and you just don’t know it. Your body is sneaky about getting water. Sometimes it says, “You won’t give me water? Fine. Eat some food. It’s got water in it too, sucker.”
Last week, my friend wanted to go hiking. I went through most of the day feeling lazy. I just had no energy whatsoever, and I thought I was going to have to bail on him. But I realized I hadn’t had much water that day, and decided to give that a shot first. So I drank a bottle of water. And then another one. And then I called him and we went hiking. That was all I needed.
A few days ago, my coworker showed up with a gallon water bottle. He had decided to start drinking a gallon a day. I saw him gulping it down in the break room. No more than twenty minutes later, he was telling us about all the energy he had. He was feeling like he’d been drinking coffee. Just by upping his water intake.
Get enough sleep
I’m awful at this one sometimes. Being a night owl and a pro-level procrastinator, I always put off bed time for as long as possible. Sometimes it’s because I’m working on a blog post. Often it’s just because I’m goofing around on my phone or watching Netflix or something. This is bad. I usually have to be up by a certain time. For work, or because I’m publishing a new blog post in the morning. Even on my days off, I don’t like to sleep past a certain time out of a deep-seated sense of guilt imposed upon me by society.
And it makes me miserable. I have some minor mental and emotional issues. Depression and anxiety mostly. Don’t worry, they’re not as bad as they used to be. I’m functional in my life for the most part, and I don’t want to make light of issues that some people suffer a lot more acutely from. But that’s a topic for another post. Maybe next week. We’ll see. The point is, they come back in full force when I don’t get enough sleep. I tend to be more emotional, and more prone to negative thinking, when I’m running on less sleep.
I forget this a lot of the time. I’ll feel like my life is falling apart one day, and then I’ll get a full night’s sleep and feel amazing the next. That day, I’ll be on top of the world and I’ll swear that I’m never gonna sacrifice sleep again. But then something comes up and I do. Often for a couple nights in a row. And then I’ll fall back into feeling like life sucks and the future is hopeless. But the good news is this: all it takes is another good night’s sleep to bring me back.
To sum up
Eat better. Drink more water. Get enough sleep. They’re staples of health and happiness. They’re easy to forget about sometimes, but they shouldn’t be. You know you should be doing them. So just do them.
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