Written by Faith Leong
A phrase we hear all too often Source
“Stop existing and start living!”, easier said than done right? Especially since our social media feeds are filled with pictures of others who are out there ‘living the life’, making it seem so easy while we’re stuck in the same boring routine. Though we choose to believe that our lives are just as exciting – let’s face it, we are all actively seeking for a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
So what exactly is the ‘good life’ you might ask? Well, whether you’re a student or a working adult, here’re some tips that’ll help you achieve the good life you’ve always wanted.
1. Sleep is not for the weak
Whoever said “sleep is for the weak” clearly doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Taking a break is not a sign of weakness, because after all, we’re only human. According to scientific research, we’re required to sleep an average of 7-9 hours a day for us to perform at our best. This may seem difficult given the fast paced environment we have in Singapore where sleeping for 4 hours a day seems like a luxury.
If you can’t stick to the golden rule of 7 hours a day, you can always consider taking a 90 minute power nap during the day. Findings show that the human body has been designed for two period of intense sleepiness – from 2:00 to 4:00am and 1:00 to 3:00pm. A full-cycle power nap during 1:00 to 3:00pm can help reduce your sleep deficit from the night before. But, make sure that you set your alarm at the 90 minute mark to avoid the feeling of grogginess!
2. Exercise, keep your body moving!
Having an active life is more than just throwing on your activewear for the ‘gram. It’s about getting your blood pumping and working those muscles of yours. More importantly, to allow those endorphins inside you to break free! Exercising doesn’t mean lifting heavy weights, running or being that #fitspo but rather, keeping your body active and healthy.
Even the littlest things like walking to the mrt station, taking the stairs instead of the lift are some ways to keep your body looking trim and fit. Moreover, these small exercises are something you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. They don’t take much time, so give it a try.
3. Pick up a new hobby
Nope, we’re not asking you to collect stamps (though you could) instead, we’re asking you to do something that will free your mind and soul from the monotony of school and work. A hobby done right not only improves one’s’ mastery, but also engages the left side of your brain. Take Johnny Depp, – a.k.a Captain Jack Sparrow – one of his hobbies includes playing with barbie dolls with his kids. As crazy as it sounds, it’s an interesting way to stimulate his creative juices and channel this energy into the different roles he performs. It’s no wonder Captain Jack Sparrow is such a dynamic character.
So don’t be afraid to try new things; cooking, baking, gardening, aquascaping, diving or even blogging. Your hobbies can open up new avenues for you and become the key to helping you live the good life.
4. Do something crazy
Be it striking off “skiing at the Swiss Alps” from your bucket list or overcoming your fear of pigeons in Orchard Road, do something once a year that will challenge yourself and push you to the limits. As Coldplay once said, “If you never try you never know, just what you’re worth.” So don’t be afraid to do something crazy, enjoy the experience because you never know what new possibilities lie ahead. If you’re always living in your bubble, what is the point of existing when you’re not living your life to the fullest?
5. Have a heart of gratitude
The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Never underestimate the importance of having a grateful heart, it can change your perspective on life. Possessing gratitude can transform you into a happier, more positive person as you begin to focus more on the haves rather than the have nots.
As a start, set aside 5 minutes at the end of each week and make a list of 3 things that you’re thankful for. You’ll soon realise that there’s a lot to be grateful for and start to become more appreciative of the people/things around you. Even the simplest of things can be a powerful reminder of how blessed we are.