Whether we realise it or not, many of us get lost in the day-to-day chaos that is life and forget to do upkeep on our mind and body. We get so busy that we develop unhealthy habits that are damaging to our mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Over time, these habits can chip away at us, causing health problems and emotional instability. When looking to improve your overall health, it is vital to apply strategies that work on aspects of your physical and mental well-being, not just one or the other. Here are five practical life changes that will improve both your physical and mental health:
- Get more sleep: Missing out on the 7-8 hours of sleep we need to maintain our health and happiness can lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, advanced aging, depression and more. Utilise natural methods to achieve better sleep, such as bedtime yoga or aromatherapy with essential oils.
- Use plants to eradicate the toxins in your home: One thing that might be causing you to feel sick is poor air quality in your home caused by allergens, toxic household products, viruses, or cigarette smoke. Adding some indoor plants to your home will improve the quality of the air you breathe – consequentially calming your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure, reducing anxiety and stress, and promoting better sleep!
- Eat a balanced diet: Cut back on the sugar, empty carbs, and processed foods. Most of your daily calories should come from fresh veggies, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, legumes, and nuts. Eating a balanced diet increases your energy and stamina, boosts your mood and self-confidence, improves mental clarity, and helps prevent and/or treat disease.
- Meditate: All it takes is 20 minutes and the proven health benefits are incredible. Meditation lowers blood pressure, boosts your immune system, helps you find mental clarity, reduces anxiety, improves concentration, and battles age-related memory loss. And, for those suffering from physical pain or injury, meditation has been successfully used to control it.
- Find someone to talk to: Through life we all deal with trauma, strains in our relationships, pressures at work or at home, as well as emotional experiences that take a toll on our mental and/or physical well-being. Getting involved in therapy, whether in a group, with a significant other, or alone, will give you the tools to cope with stress and trauma, build positive relationships, create a positive self-image, and deal with the hardships that life throws your way.
A fulfilled and happy life is built upon the relationship between a healthy body and mind. Without your mental health, your physical health will deteriorate, and, without your physical health, your mental health will also crumble. Too often we neglect one or both of these aspects of our general health. However, through practical life changes that focus on both the mind and body, we can find ourselves leading a much healthier, happier, and longer life. You deserve a good life – so make it happen.
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Elise Morgan is a freelance writer from North Carolina. She is passionate about health, wellness and the mountains. Read more of her work at @Elisemthewriter.