Making sure that you’re looking after both your physical well-being and your mental health is one of the most important considerations you should have in your life. After all, what’s more, important than making sure that your mind and body is working to its full potential while being free from problems, harm, and pain?
Of course, there are a ton of books, experts and documentaries out there that claim they can help us lead happier, healthier lives, ranging from wellness seminars and lose-12-pounds-in-6-months diet books. However, when it comes down to it, all these things are unnecessary. You have everything you need to be happy and healthy inside you right now, and today we’re going to show you how.
Below you’ll find a list of 6 tips that detail the ins and outs of how you can live a healthy lifestyle where you look after both your mind and body simultaneously, which will only result in a long and happy life.
Eat a Healthy Diet
As we mentioned above, there are so many recipes and diet books that claim what you should be eating and at what time of day that it can be confusing and somewhat overwhelming to know what’s right. On the one hand, you’ve got people who haven’t touched a vegetable in years to others who have completely cut out meat and dairy products, so what’s right?
In short, there is no right or wrong answer. For some people, going vegan will be the diet options they take to feel healthiest. On the other, having a BBQ every weekend may be for you. Instead of trying to figure out what diet you should be on or what foods you should be eating, take the other approach of seeing what your body needs.
For example, the average person should have 2,000 calories a day (although this will vary from person to person) so make sure you’re eating this amount. Protein is important for building muscles and fiber is necessary for digestive functions so make sure that you’re eating foods from these groups.
Your body will need a certain amount of sugar and fat, so treat yourself to a chocolate bar but remember to balance that by eating the natural sugars from fruit which comes with very little amounts of fat. By looking into what your body needs on an individual basis, you can ensure that you’re eating a healthy diet.
Not only will this benefit your physical well-being, but also your mental state. Eating the right foods means that your mind will be getting the nutrients it needs and will, therefore, function more efficiently!
Look After Your Mouth
Hand in hand with the consideration above, it’s vital that you look after your dental well-being as it’s responsible for the health of the rest of your entire body. Think of it this way, your mouth is a gateway to every other part of your body and anything that goes in here, whether that’s the food your eating or the bacteria on everything else, has the opportunity to affect everything else.
What’s more, your mouth is a universal indicator to the rest of your body. For example, 90% of all systematic diseases, such as diabetes can result in oral problems such as lesions, which doctors can use to help diagnose you.
By looking after your dental condition, not only will you be protecting the rest of your body from harm, you’ll also be able to accurately monitor the physical condition of your entire body, helping you to maintain a long, healthy and happy lifestyle.
Maintain an Exercise Routine
Perhaps the most common well-being tip that we’ve all heard before, so we’ll keep it short and sweet, simply because it’s so essential. Physically, exercise is essential for muscle building and for making sure that that your muscles and organs are operating to their full potential.
In fact, by exercising just 150 minutes per week, you can;
- Reduce risk of dementia by 30%
- Reduce risk of osteoarthritis by 83%
- Reduce risk of breast cancer by 20%
- Reduce risk of type 2 Diabetes by 50%
- Reduce risk of stroke by 35%
- Reduce risk of hip fractures by 68%
And this is only scratching the surface of these benefits. On the other hand, the same amount of exercise can benefit your mental well-being in countless ways;
- Actively reduce stress
- Improves sleeping pattern
- Reduce feelings of depression and anxiety (as much as 30%)
- Reduce risk of PSTD and negative trauma symptoms
- Improved memory
- Increase in self-esteem
When you consider that military soldiers in the US exercise for a minimum of an hour a day, five days a week, not including drills and other on-the-spot exercises, it just goes to show the physical and mental position they must be in. When they leave, it’s essential they maintain these exercises, especially if they run the risk of PSTD.
Find Balance in Your Life
We understand life can be hard, and it feels like there’s so much to do all the time, leaving us feeling stressed and anxious. You can work all day every day in the week only to come home and have to deal with household jobs, family, children, pets and everything else.
This can have a detrimental effect on both your physical and mental well-being, leaving you feeling exhausted, stressed and overwhelmed. Instead, make sure that you’re spending time doing the things you want to do, even if that’s sitting and reading a book, watching a film or going for a walk.
By having time to yourself, with friends and family, you can forget about work and the stresses of life. It’s all about finding that balance.
Develop and Maintain Healthy Relationships
Everywhere we go and look, all we see is ‘drama.’ Whether that’s on reality shows, social media, the news as well as movies and other television shows. Make your way down to your local bar on the weekend, and you’ll see this conflict among friends and strangers everywhere you look.
However, the key to being happy and healthy is by making sure that you’re surrounding yourself with people that are good for you and your well-being. This should be at home, at work, in your social time and within your community.
These people should have a positive influence on the things you do, the interests you have and should support you in the decision you make. Having toxic people in your life is only going to bring you down, make you unhappy and ultimately unhealthy, both physically and mentally.
If you’re in the military, there’s a reason why the troops around you are called your brothers and sisters. This is because you’re organized in such a way that you’re surrounded by the people that will bring out the best in one another. There’s very little time for drama and petty arguments because everybody is too busy supporting each other and look out for each other’s backs.
Live in the Present Moment
You may have heard this consideration repeatedly, but we’ve always found that it doesn’t quite capture what is really meant by it. Consider how many times throughout the day you’re thinking about the past or the future, whether that’s a conversation you had last week, a holiday last year, what you’re doing this weekend or what you’re having for dinner tomorrow night.
If our minds are constantly switching between the past and future, this creates a mental gap where the present moment is. That’s what you’re doing right now. Once you start paying attention to how often your mind is in the past or future and not the present, you’ll be shocked that it’s pretty much all the time.
This creates stress, anxiety and ultimately leads to depression because you’re constantly caught up with so many things all the time. Think of this way, if you’re thinking about the future, your mind is making up situations that don’t exist, and may not ever exist. This is very common when it comes to social anxiety, such as the nerves you get before you go on a date.
Your mind rushes through all the possibilities that could happen where you could make a fool of yourself, or something might go wrong, making you feel incredibly anxious (which then causes stress which can be extremely damaging to your body), even though none of these things may happen.
Live in the present moment and focus on what’s going on right now in your life, rather than dividing your attention unnecessarily.
So many of us have fallen into the incredibly worrying habit of simply using the same 4-5 apps on our phones, browsing social media and reading our emails. We’ve forgotten that the internet is a beautiful tool full of information right at our fingertips.
When it comes to our physical and mental health, this is a tool that can help us dramatically when improving our well-being. For example, you want to learn how to cook healthy meals? There are millions of recipe and cooking websites out there for you to start.
Want to understand what stress is and how it chemically affects your body in a negative way? There are a ton of studies and research that can tell you in absolute detail. Want to find out ways to improve your digestive function? Talk to an expert across the country in a few clicks.
Need the motivation to get up to go to the gym or start running for exercise? Join an online running club or look for tips on how to boost your productivity? Feeling depressed or anxious and want to know some tips that have helped other people around the world? A quick Google search can put you in contact with thousands of like-minded people.
The internet is a tool that can be used for some amazing things; it’s up to you on how you use it. When it comes to preserving and maintaining your physical and mental well-being, all the information you could ever need is available right now at your fingertips. All you need to do is search for it.
When it comes to looking after your mental and physical health, there are so many routes and paths you can take but, at the end of the day, it comes down to what works for you. Every single human being in the world in unique and different in their own ways.
What works for someone else might not work for you. Make sure that you’re keeping yourself informed and educated and you can be sure that you’ll find what works best for you, allowing you to live a happy and healthy lifestyle for many years to come.