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Tanja is crazy about lists: 5 little “easy” things to do that can change your every day life

21/01/2016 Tanja Vaillancourt

I have had to deal with health problems for the last two years and I have been on a mission to find things that I can easily integrate in my life to make me feel better. Of course, the sun on my face with a book at the beach usually does the trick but since I do no live in Puerto Vallarta, I had to investigate some more.

So I went out on a hunt for little things (although I knew that the little things are sometimes really hard to do) to help me improve my state of well-being.

Here are the five that I have really integrated: 

  1. Drink a lot of water. My doctor told me, my chiropractor told me and my husband told me but I have always found it hard to drink a lot of water. I could easily go through the day without drinking almost anything. The trick for me : I needed to have something I can measure. Every day, I fill up a one liter container and I have to make sure to drink it all during the day (plus the herbal tea I have waking up and before I go to bed). Water is fuel for the body. We have to go to the washroom every two hours apparently, as a sign of good hydration.
  2. Breathe deeply. I do about 7 deep inhales and exhales when I wake up and the same when I go to bed and also in the car (when I think about it.) When I inhale, I imagine the colour pink entering my body and I think about all the beautiful things in this world such as love, friendship and shopping and when I exhale, I chase away negative thoughts imagining that the colour black comes out of me. Try it ! It works every time when I worry too much about my health.
  3. Walk 20 minutes every day. Why 20? Because 20 minutes are long enough to feel the effect of the exercise but it it is still short enough for me not to change my mind. At lunch time, I always leave the office to go for a walk. If the weather is so-so, I walk in a shopping center (very interesting option I must confess!) Most of us have sedentary lifestyles. Yes, some of us exercise but we still spend most of our days sitting down. We have to move more all through the day.
  4. Make sure to laugh. Not smile. Laugh. Belly laugh. My friend Johanne and I share the same sense of humour and we often cry to tears when we are together. It feels so good. But since we can’t laugh on command, watching a funny video can be a great tool. It’s a bit forced you will tell me, but it works. I would like to try those laughter workshops this year.

    Have you watched a Mr.Bean lately? This one is a favourite in our house. 
  5. Do something you love as often as you can. It is a bit silly but we sometimes forget to do the things we love. For me, it’s dancing in the living room with my boys to the latest Justin Bieber song; it’s going to bed early and reading in bed with a hot water bottle under the covers; it’s organizing a supper with the neighbours, it’s watching an episode of a TV series with my husband; it’s going out to shop for lipsticks; it’s creating a new activity for students... 

What are your easy feel-good tricks?

#well-being #laugh #walking #breathing