We all want to lead happy and blissful lives. Given the option to pick, no person would willingly say, “No, I don’t need peace in my life. I’d much prefer to be in constant motion, rushing all the time, and being stressed out.”
And yet, many people find themselves in this situation. Our modern way of living barrages us with deadlines, obligations, errands, emergencies, and all sorts of daily issues that need resolving.
The good news is that we can employ numerous tactics to deal with stress, feel more at peace, and lead a blissful and more fulfilling life. Let’s discuss.
1. Fuel Yourself Right
There is a common saying: “Eat well to feel well.”
Many people underestimate the importance of good nutrition, but our food choices profoundly impact our mental health and well-being (1). Aside from the many physical effects on the body, the food we eat can be a source of positive energy, fulfillment, and pride.
There is something inherently fulfilling in eating whole and nutritious foods. You know that you’re doing something good for yourself, which makes nutrition a positive part of your life. Plus, good nutrition provides you with a steady stream of energy, reducing the risk of energy crashes that are common with highly processed sugary foods (2).
Foods like fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, and seeds also provide your body with many of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function normally. For example, salmon is rich in tryptophan, a compound that plays a considerable role in serotonin production (a key neurotransmitter in mood regulation) (3, 4).
2. Practice Meditation
Meditation is an ancient practice with significant modern applications. While some see it as a gimmick, people have practiced meditation for millennia. Plus, research shows that people who meditate are happier, less stressed, and more fulfilled (5, 6).
Practicing meditation makes you more mindful, teaches you how to exist in the moment, and allows you to remain calm. Each of these is profoundly beneficial for the hectic lives we lead today. Having the ability to step back, breathe, and calm your nervous system plays a massive role in your ability to control stress and lead a more fulfilling life.
The best part is that you don’t need to do much to reap meditation’s benefits. As little as ten minutes of mindfulness daily can have a significant positive impact on your stress levels.
3. Break Up Stagnation
Most people can agree that exercising a few times per week is a fantastic way to stay in shape, maintain good health, and feel well (7). Interestingly, experts suggest that exercise sessions might not be enough if we otherwise spend a lot of time sedentary (8).
According to research, aside from regular exercise, we should also break up periods of stagnation with regular movement. In doing so, we can improve our productivity, find creative solutions to problems, and manage our stress levels.
Here are a few examples:
- Do something active during your lunch break
- Get up every half an hour to walk around a bit and stretch
- Mix work with chores if you work from home
4. Associate With Positive People
Most people rarely pay attention to the company they keep, but the people we associate with can play a huge role in our well-being and quality of life (9).
Associating with positive, energetic, and ambitious people is a great way to overcome life’s challenges, develop self-belief, and have a more optimistic look toward life. In contrast, socializing with negative people adds unnecessary stress to your life and makes you more likely to develop a pessimistic look.
While it’s not always easy to choose who we associate with, we should be as objective as possible. That alone can lead to happiness, fulfillment, and a more blissful life.