Get In Your Workouts
Exercise is so much more important than making you look good. In fact, the health benefits are far superior, with looking good coming as a pleasant bonus. Exercise promotes the production of feel good brain chemicals, known as endorphins, which boost mood, productivity, and sense of well-being. In fact, exercise is a very important adjunct in treating depressive illness, and may in some cases be the primary management technique.
For best results, get in your exercise sessions at least three times per week, up to a maximum of 5 times weekly. You will be surprised how good you feel after 6 short weeks of starting a new plan.
Re-acquaint Yourself With Nature
When is the last time you spend real time in nature? Living in a concrete jungle, we spend less and less time camping, hiking or just going for walks in the beautiful forests. Mind you, we’re not advocating you go get lost in unfamiliar territory, but a light walk in nature is sure to give you a deeper appreciation of the beauty in the world.
Better yet, how about picking up gardening? Knowing that you nurtured something from a seedling and watched it grow everyday can give you joy like raising a child. Knowing that you made a difference in the world may be all you need to break the psychological addiction to food.
Go Out With Friends
We know, sometimes you end up sacrificing friends for food, the selfish master that leads you down a spiral of depression. However, there is always time. Reconnect with friends you haven’t spoken to in week, months or even years.
You will be amazed how time flies when you’re out with you friends, and you won’t be held captive by food. In addition, you are likely to burn a few more calories than you would if you were just at home, and the memories you form from your adventures will give you pleasure for a long time to come. Not the short bouts of up, followed by sever downs that food is notorious for.
Meditation is no longer some obscure practice followed by just a few, but has spread to the mainstream population thanks to its proven benefits on health. Though the addiction to food is a real psychological condition, meditation can help you break the bonds by increasing your appreciation for other things in life, bringing profound happiness. Mindfulness increases, and you become truly happy and thankful for everything in your life.
Get A Pet
A pet can deliver tons of happiness in your life, motivating you to break free from using food as your motivation. Having someone (yes, your pet) that loves you infinitely is a powerful motivator of happiness, and works in most cases. Adopt a puppy or kitten, and you will have tons of fun and happiness for years to come.
Food needs to resume its true function- being used for fuel and subtle pleasure. It was not meant to become a source of happiness, and this may have been inadvertently promoted due to marketing of sugary junk.
Go live in the real world, and find your true happiness.
Herb Sennett writes about life and how to enjoy it more.