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Such simple questions have at times made people ponder their lives. Our modern lifestyles do not allow us the time to check in with ourselves. I want you all to pause here, think of an answer to this question in detail for a few minutes and then scroll on.

I hope all of you had a great day. Whatever your answer, do you know there are simple ways for each one of you to improve the quality of your day? These simple ways have the potential to add unanticipated value to your life. Below I have listed these ways and a few details about them.

1. How well did you sleep?

Sleep is the time when your body repairs itself to make you ready for the next day. The quality of your sleep is a direct contributor to the kind of day you will have.

Poor sleeping patterns can diminish your overall health as well as the quality of your days and life without you even noticing. For example, one night of poor sleep considerably raises your insulin resistance and makes you more likely to gain weight.

2. When was the last meal of your day?

The quality of your sleep depends directly on when you had your last meal before sleeping. Eating anything an hour or so before bedtime triggers your digestive system.

It delays the repairing and cleaning activities your body undertakes during sleep and has to reallocate energy to break down food. We should eat at least 3-4 hours before bedtime, preferably by sunset.

3. How much-processed food did you eat in the day?

Eating heavily processed food causes your body to release large amounts of insulin to process the glucose generated.

This glucose generation happens all at once and needs to be processed immediately. Once processed, you feel low as the sugar rush subsides and makes you irritated. Eating whole foods as much as possible will keep you happy and energetic throughout the day.

4. Did you exercise?

There is no alternative in the world to exercise. Every person on our planet should engage in some form of exercise every day.

Any form of exercise from basic stretching to strength training has tremendous benefits for our body as well as our brain. Exercise has so many physiological benefits from reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases to increased concentration in your day-to-day activities.

5. Did you spare a few minutes to meditate, journal or just relax?

Modern life requires us to always be on the move. From waking up to sleep, we are always focused on either the task at hand or the next task we need to do.

We need to find some time for ourselves to relax. Activities like meditation and journaling calm you and bring your stress levels down. Even 5 minutes of relaxation brings you out of flight mode and resets your body.

The answers to these extended questions are unique to all of us. We all lead very separate lives and feel differently in different situations. We have different upbringings, mindsets and lifestyles. Through all such uniqueness, we have a 99.9% identical genetic makeup. Even though it is our responsibility to accept and use our individuality for the betterment of our lives and humanity, the above-mentioned ways are applicable to all of us.

These are simple ways for you to optimize your day and give your best. So, please, LEVEL UP!

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