Below are a list of 14 things that every human being need to pay attention to everyday. They are constant throughout all cultures and historical time periods. Don’t let your basic needs take a back seat. They are very important and here’s why.
- You Need To Have Breakfast
- You Need Nutrition
- You Need Lots Of Water
- You Need Fresh Air
- You Need Enough Sleep
- You Need To Follow Your Circadian Rhythm
- You Need To Poop Regularly
- You Need To Reduce Your Debts Systematically
- You Need To Save Money
- You Need Health Insurance
- You Need To Socialize
- You Need Intimacy
- You Need To Serve
- You Need To Have Fun
Breakfast is a must have meal. Your body has been in starvation mode all night while you were sleeping, so the sooner you can get some fuel in your body, the better. By eating when you get up instead of waiting, you jump start your metabolism, which means you’re going to burn more calories. If you wait and make your body stay in starvation mode, it slows down your metabolism, resulting in a slower calorie burning state throughout the day. In the long term, you will put on more weight as a result.
Proper nutrition allows us to give our body all the minerals and vitamins it needs to function effectively. There are so many different nutritents and they all play a different role in the body. Eating a balanced and varied diet means that our body can stay at it’s best condition, helping us carry out all the activities of everyday life, plus prevent the onset of degenerative illnesses. Sadly, because of unequal food distribution, obesity has increased to almost epidemic proportions, especially in the US. Fast food (high fat, high sugar, high carbohydrate) and the habit of overeating is causing a rise in all sorts of diseases. If you have been overeating, stop your bad habit with these 20 tips.
Water is zero calories. The more the better. In fact, the daily recommended for men is 13 cups while for women it’s 9 cups. Water brings so much benefit to our body like regulating body temperature, prevent constipation, and prevent kidney stones. Do note that not all water is made the same.
If you live near lots of trees, good. Otherwise, make it a habit to go back to nature as often as possible. Daily, twice or 3 times a week, nothing beats clean air from the forest. From losing weight to sleeping better at night, high oxygen levels increase the efficiency of almost all the reactions in your body.
You will live longer, healthier lives when you get the appropriate amount of sleep on a regular basis. The best is between 6-8 hours. At 10 hours a night, your risk of death rises to as much as 40%. Start sleeping better tonight by learning about the comfort provided by these various types of pillows and mattresses. Make it a habit to sleep sideways. If you have trouble sleeping, try easing yourself into the mood by playing this kind of music.
Circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral processes that follow a 24 hour cycle adjusted to daylight. Study the image above and plan your time accordingly to your body’s clock. At 9pm, melatonin secretion, a hormone that regulates sleep and wake cycles, starts. That is why the best time to start sleeping is at around 10pm. 8.30am is the best time to poop. Make it easier by having a heart healthy breakfast with adequate amounts of water an hour before. Between 5pm to 7pm, you’ll experience the best cardiovascular efficiency and muscle strength, highest blood pressure, and highest body temperature in the day. That is the best time to exercise.
Find a rhythm and make it a habit. For me, it usually happens right after a heavy breakfast and 3 glasses of water, between 8-9am. Having bowel movement everyday is ideal because it is your most important detox pathway.
Pay off your lowest debt first. Once it’s done, carry over that payment to your next lowest debt. This is called the Snowball Effect.
For example, you owe Citibank $5000, HSBC $7000 and Bank of China $9000. You pay $500 monthly to Citibank, $200 to HSBC and $150 to Bank of China. When you’ve fully paid off Citibank in 10 months time, carry over the $500 to your HSBC payments making it a total of $700 monthly. I kid you not but this works.
If you are serious about reducing your debt at an even faster rate, get a part time evening or weekend job. Then, put 100% of your earnings toward your debts.
Murphy’s law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. So expect the unexpected. Job loss, illness, car breakdowns and home repairs are all unforeseen. They may happen one at a time or all at once. Having an emergency fund brings peace of mind that you’ll be able to keep up with the mortgage and other regular bills for a few months, should a financial setback occur. A realistic emergency savings goal to begin with is $1,000. The goal then is to work toward 6 months’ worth of your salary.
You’ll never know if you’ll come down with a serious illness or get involved in a car crash. Unless you’re the wealthy 10% of the population that owns 80% of the nation or from these countries, the cost of a lifetime of care will be more than you can afford. Chances are good that you’ll never use your catastrophic insurance, but if you do end up needing it then you’ll need it BAD. As a general rule of thumb, health costs such as insurance premiums, deductibles, co-insurance and co-payments should be about 5% of your income. Again, unless you’re really rich, the cost of a lifetime of care will be more than you can afford.
Humans are social animals. We live and act in groups. We cooperate with each other. We crave relationships and being with other humans. We need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance among our social groups, regardless if these groups are large or small. The social groups could be large ones like clubs, co-workers, religious groups, professional organizations, sports teams, and gangs or smaller ones like family members, mentors, colleagues, and confidants. You are susceptible to loneliness, social anxiety, and clinical depression in the absence of a sense of belonging or acceptance.
Intimacy means being close to a person mentally, physically, and emotionally. A higher level of communication that doesn’t necessarily have to involve sex as it could be between you and your parents, spouse, children, close friends, etc. An interesting aspect of intimacy is touch, including hugging. Babies that do not get touched or held, languish and ultimately die. Humans need to feel the caring touch. Plus, when you have intimacy, it means you have trust. And if you have trust, you’ve got a relationship that endures against all that life can throw at you. And that is why it’s important.
We are all born to continually evolve and serve. The process of evolving yourself is called your life purpose and the service you offer to humanity is called your life’s work. They are intertwined because as you evolve, you serve others in a much better way, and the process of serving others can also result in your evolution.
Also, no one is naturally lazy. You are naturally productive where your passion lies. But first you have to find your passion, which is the key. Many people are passionate, but because of their limiting beliefs about who they are and what they can do, they never take the actions that could make their dream a reality.
I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.
~Rabindranath Tagore (Nobel Prize in Literature 1913)
We need a measure of fun daily in our lives. You can sing in the shower, or dance to music. You can involve yourself in basketball, yoga, jogging, etc. My personal weekly schedule for having fun looks like this. Monday evenings are for tennis, Tuesday till Friday evenings for gym, Thursday and Friday nights after gym are buddy nights, and my weekends are usually loaded with social activities like hiking, watching a movie, reading a book, etc. Having fun releases stress, improves the mood, and strengthens the bond of those we are having fun with. As a result, you tend to smile more.