1. Do not harm a living thing. In the past, I used to kill bugs, now I just pray they will not touch me instead.
2. Eat cleaner. No sweets and no deliberate sugar consumption in beverages.
3. Became a vegetarian with limited diary consumption (because I am lactose intolerant). No hate against meat eaters, I used to eat meat for 24 years and loved it. It is just that switching to a less taxing diet has improved my temperament and overall energy.
4. Sleep every night. I used to have irregular sleeping patterns where there were some days, I did not sleep at all.
5. Always create or be in the process of creating or learning something new each day. It made each day exciting and keeps my mind happier and occupied away from negative thoughts.
6. Appreciate the little things in life, like a cup of tea or the ringing bells of the church nearby.
7. Never delay apologising if I have done something wrong before midnight.
8. Do not engage in any form of gossiping or sharing tales even if it is about celebrities or influencers. Honestly staying away from popular culture and celebrity fanfare is so refreshing.
9. Read a book each month. I dedicate one book for each month for leisure reading apart from my academic readings and it has been invigorating. I love paperback versions of books and I struggle to read them online hence why I stick to one book a month for economic reasons.
I have been the healthiest both in mind and spirit especially this year, which is incredible considering the pandemic and its repercussions, but I am grateful that I have managed to stick to these lifestyle changes. I think it is paramount to be accountable to one’s self and to develop a lifestyle shift if the current one isn’t benefiting you. Maybe, just maybe you too could resonate with some of these and if you like doing something different feel free to embrace any one of these above!
Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.
~ Pope Paul VI
I think it was one of the best things I have started this year because even late at night when I do get occasionally upset I could rely on myself to cheer up . While engaging and thinking about how I will paint certain corners or images, my mood certainly improved and I slept way more peacefully.