If our goal is to live happy fulfilling lives, then why do so many of us walk around feeling depleted and depressed?
Here are 5 essential steps to kick start your life to live a fulfilling, happy lifestyle:
1. An organized home (but not rigid).
For some of us, the school year has already started. It will be in full force on Tuesday with full class schedules and activities underway.
This year, I’m determined to be more efficient, which means to fortify my base; i.e., organize my home.
Since my kids weren’t around for most of the summer, I had plenty of time to devote to organizing my home from top to bottom. I literally threw away bags and bags of trash and gave away even more bags of clothes and other household items to charity.
When the kids came home to an organized home, they were speechless. One of my daughters just stood in her room for many moments. When I asked her if everything was all right, she responded, “Mom, I’m about to cry. You did so much for us.”
It’s been a couple weeks and I’m amazed how determined my children are to keep their rooms clean. I don’t even say a word to them. They are so much happier in our home and have more time to spend together looking at old photo albums, listening to music, etc.
2. A Fulfilling Career/Family-Life
Whether you’re a stay-at-home mother or career woman, you have to be true to yourself to decide which lifestyle is best for you.
I just saw one of my cousins who has a masters degree and has decided to stay-at-home with her children.
She said to me, “I should be doing more.”
I replied, “Like what? You have a healthy relationship with a loving husband and 2 beautiful children you can focus your time.”
She looked at me and smiled, “You’re right. I wouldn’t have such a close relationship with my husband if I were running around in all directions. This way, I’m able to prepare a full dinner for him when he arrives home and we all sit down to a relaxing meal.”
How much better does it get than that?
3. Regular Exercise
We all know by now how regular exercise boosts endorphins and gets us in shape. Simply put, a lack of exercise leads to laziness and I have yet to meet a happy, lazy person.
4. A Loving Community/Partner/Family
Busy schedules make it difficult to find time to build friendships, which can lead to feeling like we’re living on our own islands. It also gets us out of “shape” to socialize. It is crucial to get out once a week with friends, community, a partner/spouse.
5. Healthy Eating Habits:
Incorporating healthy eating habits can be incredibly challenging. That’s why rebooting our lives through drinking fresh-pressed juice and a clean diet for a period of time is so incredibly important. Just like organizing a home to become more efficient, the cleanse helps us get on track with our eating habits so that we feel in control and more balanced. As a result, we’re in stronger positions to deal with the stress that will inevitably arise from our busy schedules.