Tips for a Happier Life

From the Mayo Clinic News Network

Yes, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions and hopes for the coming year. We often go to some kind of self-improvement plan. Described as developing an energy management plan, the following steps appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on New Year’s Day (with a few additions from the pastor):

  1. Eat nourishing food – lots of fruits and veggies, lean protein, whole grains, low-fat dairy with an eye on portions. Use a smaller plate to help.
  2. Get enough sleep – at least 7-8 hours per night. (Prayer and meditation help with falling asleep – what could be better than falling asleep in the arms of Jesus?)
  3. Keep company with good people – maximize the time you spend with people you enjoy being around and will energize you (come to worship, join in the activities at church).
  4. Avoid news overdose – keep in touch with the world but don’t let the fear of the bad news of the world distort your view of the world. (God’s people are the balance keepers as we offer hope, love, joy, peace every day into the world.)
  5. Get regular exercise –Try for a goal of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical exercise per week. It relieves stress and tension and keeps your body working more efficiently. (Try the prayer walk in the Chapel in the Woods.)
  6. Do something meaningful daily – What is your passion? What feeds your soul? When you do something you love or gives you meaning, it supports your energy reserve. (Find a devotional that feeds your soul and revs you up, join a bible study, find a daily electronic devotion that comes up on your phone or email.)
  7. Think good thoughts for others – A compassionate mindset conserves energy, including being compassionate and patient with yourself. (Love God, love your neighbor as yourself is a great energy boost for life.)

Monitor your energy to keep yourself balanced. Do some extra things that make an energy “deposit” if you’re on the low side. Work on the above a step at a time and before you know it, your life will be filled with meaning and the energy to enjoy it.

Blessings in the New Year,

Pastor Lenore

Pastor Lenore Robinson