Essentials for Health

Last week’s post got me thinking about other essentials we have in our lives. What are the essentials we all have for good health? What must I do daily to be at my best?

Here are four areas to consider for attaining a balanced and healthy body and mind.

Eat well. Our eating habits influence how we will feel. When we eat healthy, we feel good and generally, have more productive days. This is why it is especially important to eat well during times of stress. Take a look at your diet and try to eat well each day. Reduce the amount of sugar you eat. Take care of your body so it will be strong and capable of fighting off sickness. Here is a link to another blog post about eating salad every day.

Stay active. It is fun to be home when it is snowing or raining outside and cuddle up with a blanket, movie, or a good book. It is important for our mental and physical health to stay active. Each day focus on staying active by moving. Take a walk or jog. Ride a bike. Exercise while watching tv. Do jumping jacks, sit-ups, or push-ups. Use a workout app to give you some motivation. It doesn’t matter how you choose to do it, just stay active every day.

Meditate. I think the best kept secret of life is meditation. It is a secret because most people have a preconceived idea of what it is so are not inclined to try it. I discovered that meditation is simply a way to clear your mind and sit quietly for ten minutes. Seems simple, but the effects are profound. Especially when our minds could be filled with worry or anxiety, mediation is an essential part of staying healthy. I recommend Headspace but there are other meditation apps available. Here are some related links about mediation and nature.

Sleep deeply. Our sleep gets interrupted when we are under stress. We may toss and turn throughout the night and then wake up in the morning feeling more exhausted than when we went to bed. A good night of sleep can do wonders for mental and physical health. The best tip for sleep (that has helped me) is going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. My body automatically feels tired at the same time each night. Here is a recent blog post about sleep.

These four areas, eating well, staying active, meditating, and sleeping deeply, will make you stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally. Instead of self-medicating with chocolate or wine, try making better lifestyle choices and take care of yourself. Even if you just do a little bit more for yourself each day, your effort will be noticeable. Take care of you by focusing on these essentials.

 

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