If you want to take care of yourself and your well-being, then there are some pretty standard answers for it. We all know the basics: we need to drink lots of water, move more, and eat a balanced and varied diet in reasonable proportions. But how many times do we think about our mental health and what we are doing for self-care or to be more mindful? These can all have an impact on our physical well being, much more than we will ever know. So with that in mind, here are some of the things that you can be doing to make sure that your mind is just as healthy as your body.
Steps for a Healthy Mind and Body
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In order to give yourself a more positive outlook, and a way to improve how you feel about yourself, it all starts with how you view yourself. When you feel that you are worthy and worth investing time in, then your self-care measures can go beyond functioning as a temporary band-aid. Avoid criticizing yourself, and give yourself time to do the things that you love. Choose a hobby and make time for it!
Deal With Stress
We all have stress in our lives that can come from all different avenues. We may experience stress with loved ones, as well as with our careers and other personal things happening in our lives. But the best thing to do is to deal with the stress head-on. Can you put anything in place to help, for example? If you care for a sick member (maybe they suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s) for the family from time to time, can you look into something like Alzheimer’s services to help you out perhaps? Or if you are stressed with work, put some time management strategies in place to help reduce what you have to deal with, or at least help you to deal with it a little more effectively. Taking a time out, exercise, and simply speaking out about it can all help.
Take Care of Physical Body
Our physical and mental health are closely related and delicately intertwined. So it makes complete sense that when you take care of your physical health, you are also taking care of your mental health. Consume wholesome foods that fill you with energy. Exercise to feel better and feel stronger, as well as relieve stress – hello endorphins! Avoid doing the things that can cause your body harm, like smoking or binge drinking. And importantly, get plenty of sleep; you will function at your best, both mentally and physically, when you are well rested – not to mention your skin will also look better!
There have been studies that have found that you become most like the five people that you are around most often – kind of like the ‘you are what you eat’ mantra. So have a think about who that is in your life. If you are surrounded by negative or toxic people, then without you even realizing, it can have a hugely negative impact. When you have good people surrounding and supporting you, it does have an impact, and in fact, does make your health (physical and mental) much better. So take the steps that you need to, so that you can be happier, healthier, and more positive.