We can categorically tell you that being a better man is not all about making things bigger or mightier. A bigger apartment, bigger bank account, bigger this and bigger that. We know everyone craves for something bigger, but what if we told you that it much more than that, it’s the little things that count?
For your life to the transformed positively in 2018, Here @stylewithjibs, we have articulate 7 seemingly small but surprisingly powerful life hacks that together add up to a better, happier and more successful you.
- BE MORE MINDFUL
There’re countless ways to apply mindfulness in our day to day activities. Mindfulness is a form of meditation in which you focus on external phenomena, usually your breathing. It advisable to always have a quiet time, where you learn to practice meditation for like 15 minutes. This refresh you and your thought process.
You should be mindful in other areas you count as irrelevant. Eating mindfully, not everything you see you will see. Eat food that will aid digestion and be calm while eating. Additionally, lifting mindfully. For the bodybuilders, concentrating on the muscle contraction can increase your gains. You should be mindful of your thought, rather than letting it race like the popular car race game (Asphalt 8).
- CULTIVATE READING HABITS
When was the last time you read a book or a substantial article? If you’re one of the countless people who doesn’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out. reading has a significant number of benefits, it serves a mental stimulation and stress reduction.
You acquire wealth of knowledge through reading, everything you read fills your head with new bits of information. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face. Reading sharpens your analytical thinking skills, it improves focus and contraction. That’s why we encourage you to buy either softcopy or hardcopy books if you can get your hand on audiobooks or podcasts will be a great advantage. Just
- GET MORE EXPOSURE
Getting more exposure by stepping outside the four walls of your room is really beneficial. Getting outside is a form of mental energy which restores brain
- DO YOGA
fatigue. One thing that can help get your mind back into gear is exposing it to restorative environments, Remember sunlight? It’s vital for vitamin D, which plays a part in everything from testosterone production and fat loss to cardiovascular health and cancer prevention. The University of Illinois found that office workers who sat next to the windows slept better, exercised more and had a better quality of life than their troll bridge colleagues.
Whether you’re a lifter, a runner or a loafer, you stand to benefit from yoga – on one leg, with your other leg crossed over it, arms outstretched.
There are the flexible benefits, obviously. But yoga’s mindful focus on breathing can also reduce stress and increase your one-rep max. Yoga can be a challenging strength workout in its own right. The balance work will prevent you spraining your ankle on the trail or the five-a-side pitch – and breaking your hip in years to come.
According to the University of Texas, yoga can even stop you getting sick, ramping up your production of lymphocytes – the body’s flu fighters.
- PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY
The humble smartphone is a bigger home-wrecker. Your mobile blocks interpersonal connectivity even when you’re not actively using it to screen out your partner: the message from Essex University is that just having it visible on the table during a meal dial down empathy.
It’s time to go off grid. Turn off as many notifications as possible. Instigate a no-phones rule in the evenings, so you can FaceTime with bae. Charge your phone overnight in another room instead of taking it to bed, so the blue light from the screen doesn’t interfere with your sleep. And don’t use it as an alarm clock: that time mindlessly scrolling Instagram in bed could be better used for, say, mindfulness. Or sleeping. Or, you know.
- SLEEP MORE
Skipping sleep is only a badge of honor for dozy idiots. The land of Nod is where your mind and body repair themselves. Conversely, a vitamin Z deficiency will severely hamper your memory, immune system and, yes, your gains.
Better sleep is so important that Sir David Brailsford, the former performance director of British Cycling, made his athletes take their own pillows when they stayed in hotels. NASA has even studied the optimum nap time for improving alertness (26 minutes).
The key to quality shuteye is going to bed and getting up at a consistent time. Yes, even on the weekends. But if you’re doing it right, then you won’t need to lie in any way.
- BE GRATEFUL
Like scaremongering news headlines, dwelling on the negatives in your life, no matter how insignificant or first-world, can blind you to the overwhelmingly positive rest.
As an exercise, before you go to bed every night think of three things that you’re grateful for. Not just obvious stuff like family and friends. Make them as specific as possible to that day: the delicious free cup of coffee you got because you smiled at the barista; the beautiful sunset as you walked home mindfully. It sounds like hippy bullshit, but it’s a psychologically legit way of boosting your mood and keeping you motivated.