I have always believed that a balanced mind and body are essential for healthy living. Having both a healthy mind and body is difficult, and not many people realize the effort and mindfulness it takes to be truly healthy. If you really want to be healthy, these 10 tips will help you pave the road to your goal.
1) Mind Over Matter
The mind is powerful. Fill it with depressing thoughts, and you will feel lethargic, depressed, and a decrease in productivity. Similarly, if you fill it with happy thoughts, you will feel energized, happy, and an increase in productivity. Mastering your thoughts and keeping your mind healthy is of vital importance to having and maintaining a healthy body.
2) Exercise Your Mind
To keep a healthy mind, you should exercise it like a muscle, else it atrophies from disuse. As we age, the mind’s ability to withstand neurological damage diminishes over time due to aging and other such factors. Thus, we need to keep a healthy mind by using exercises such as making a grocery list and testing your ability to recall the items.
3) Set Short Term Achievable Goals
It isn’t easy to suddenly leave behind the lifestyle that you are used to. So to help ease the transition, set some short-term achievable goals. An example would be reading about 5 fruits beneficial to your body once per day. By doing this, you will feel success after achieving a goal and it will be easier to set other goals which will help you achieve a healthy lifestyle.
“Do or Do not. There is no try” – Yoda, from Star Wars
4) Be Like a Sunflower, Bask Under the Sun
Vitamin D helps with the immune system, muscle function, cardiovascular function, respiratory system, brain development, and anti-cancer effects. Amazing right? The skin makes loads of it when exposed to sunlight. Also, lack of sunlight may result in Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which causes a bunch of extreme symptoms such as suicidal thoughts. The sun is essential for a healthy lifestyle.
5) The Company You Keep Affects Your Health
The environment where you spend a lot of your time in is very important. Keeping company that is lazy and does not encourage you is detrimental. Choose your friends with mindfulness so that you can create a positive atmosphere and develop healthy relationships. This contributes to maintaining a healthy mind and a healthy lifestyle.
6) Practice Proper Posture
Posture affects virtually every action of our body. With good posture, you gain ease of movement, flexibility, proper positioning of the spine, and proper functioning of internal organs. Mindfulness of your everyday posture will help in maintaining proper posture.
7) Exercise Your Body
Exercise is one of the keys to achieve a truly healthy lifestyle. It is not enough that your mind is healthy. Your body must also be maintained, your muscles stretched and exerted. Your body must be capable of what your mind has set out to do.
8) Drink Some Water. Also, Lemon Water
The brain is approximately 85 percent water, and brain function depends on being hydrated. To properly maintain a healthy mind, it should be properly hydrated. Add lemon to your water for perks such as immunity boost, reduced inflammation, and potassium.
“Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food” – Hippocrates
9) Food Fuels Your Body
Your body needs to refuel to keep it going and to supply itself with various nutrients to keep healthy. Eat a balanced diet of meat, fish, fruits and vegetables to keep a healthy mind. Mind the amount of snacks that you ingest is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
10) Stick to Your Commitments
Having a healthy lifestyle is a conscious choice that requires your perseverance and commitment in order for it to be effective. Stay committed to a healthy lifestyle to achieve a healthy mind and body.
What will your mind and body be like when you reach the age of 60?