What's the secret behind how to be a better person? We've spoken to Oliver Gray, health and energy expert, who's let us in on a few secrets. His 20 little changes will help you to become a better you...
We’d all like to know how to be a better person, wouldn’t we? And whilst we know that nobody’s perfect (thanks Jessie J), it would still be nice for all of us to find some ways of becoming a better person.
People often mistake becoming a better person for having to do impressive acts of charity, gruelling fitness regimes or go to huge expense to prove that you’re a good person. But actually, the secret to how to be a better person really lies in the small things in life. It’s the little thank you’s and small and simple acts of everyday kindness that can really make a difference, not only to others, but to your own general sense of wellbeing.
Health and energy expert, Oliver Gray, (energiseyou.com) believes that there are some small changes you can make to your life that will re-energise you and make you feel great. In his latest book, ’Energise You’, Oliver explains the simple changes you can make to your life to boost your health, happiness and energy. Flick through our gallery to reveal his secrets into how to be a better person.
Who knew that just 20 little changes could make an altogether, better you?
‘Start your day by deciding what your biggest, most important task of the day is and complete it first, before you do anything else.’
‘Choose 3 people you love, and tell them you love them and explain to them how much they mean to you.’
‘Make a list of all the things that have happened today for which you are grateful, and also add anything in your life for which you are generally grateful. Using the notepad in your phone is a good way to do this, as you can do it at any time of the day, wherever you are.’
‘Go to bed 1 hour earlier than normal and get up 1 hour earlier than usual. Spend the first hour of your day de-cluttering your home and then take your clutter and old clothes to the charity shop.’
‘Our digestive system uses up a lot of energy, so giving it an easy ride for a day will help to give you more energy. Halve the portion sizes of each of your meals and drink 2 litres of bottled water.
Avoid foods that your body finds hard to digest. These vary according to each individual, but there are some common foods that the body finds hard work: fried food, red meat, spicy food, raw onions, dairy products, wheat products, raw cabbage and beans.’
‘Exercising with a friend is a great motivator, it’s more fun and you can have a gossip.’
‘For a whole day, keep your phone switched off. You will find it a truly liberating experience.’
‘Choose 3 people you love and do something special for them today, such as making them dinner, fixing something for them or buying them a small gift.’
‘Here are some top energy sappers to avoid, as they tend to drain energy from most people: too much TV or computer use, too much caffeine, too much sugar, anything that causes you stress and anybody who drains your energy.’
‘For an instant energy hit, take a cold shower – start warm and gradually go colder. It’s great for boosting blood circulation and you’ll get out feeling full of life.’
‘Here are the top 7 things you should cut out: cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine, red meat, dairy products, wheat and foods high in sugar.’
‘Make a list of the top five people in your life that you love and who make you feel good. Set yourself a recurring alarm on your phone each week to remind you to make contact with them and, if possible, arrange to spend some time with them. The more you’re in contact with your favourite people, the happier you are.’
‘Try something new today, such as a new route to work, a new food or a new type of exercise. Variety is a great energiser.’
‘Today commit to surrounding yourself only with positive people and positive thoughts.’
‘Spend an hour relaxing by listening to your favourite music.’
‘Choose 3 people who are important in your life and say thank you to them today for something they have done for you.’
‘Release the energy that gets built up in your neck, back and shoulders by stretching them and holding each stretch for 20 – 40 seconds.’
‘Make a list of your top 7 goals for the future. At this stage, don’t worry about how you are going to achieve them. Think big and think about what you really want from life. Write your 7 goals on a notepad and look at them daily.’
‘Sit in your favourite room on your own, in complete silence, for at least 30 minutes. Do nothing – just sit and enjoy the silence. Focus your attention on how your body feels and your breathing, as opposed to spending this time thinking.’
‘Go for a long walk, in an old forest or by the sea – these places are very calming and will re-energise you – with a friend, partner or family member. Try to be aware of all your senses.’