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As humans, sometimes we are so preoccupied with succeeding in our careers, that we forget that we have bodies with particular needs such as nourishment and rest that we need to care of. Many of us are ignorant that when you are physically and mentally healthy, you can accomplish much at work and in your personal life. Here are six tips to help you achieve a healthy body and mind.
Many pieces of research have shown that physical exercise helps boost energy, reduce stress, improve mood, and even make you more creative. However, exercise is quite a tough habit to adhere to. To help you stick to it, you need to exercise in a way that you enjoy. You have to look forward to your workouts. Whether it is martial arts, running, yoga, doing cardio, or lifting weights, choose an exercise method that you enjoy. But if there’s no specific exercise you love, but you have a passion for music, then play your favorite songs as you workout, and you’ll realize that slowly you’re enjoying the exercises. You may also choose to listen to podcasts about your favorite craft while working out.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Your brain, like any other high-performance machine, needs high-quality fuel, which means healthy and nutritious food. Nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and B-group vitamins help regulate the brain’s chemistry and make it function well.
Since omega-3 is not a natural product of the human body, it is crucial to include them in your diet. Cashew nuts, pistachios, almonds, flax, and walnuts contain many Omega-3 fatty acids. Also, fish such as salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 acids and proteins.
Seeds and nuts are enjoyable snacks, and excellent sources of vitamin E. Avocados also contain lots of vitamin E. Leafy greens such as Swiss chard, kale, romaine lettuce, broccoli, and collard greens are also great brain foods, so eat your veggies.
Achieving a balance between the demands of life needs some tools, and meditation is one such tool that can make a tremendous difference. It is among the essential tools that have been used all over the world to restore balance in life. Meditation helps you experience a deep state of restful and peaceful awareness in which your mind and body rest deeply while the mind achieves greater awareness.
Like a firm foundation of a building, meditation gives you firm grounding or the means to cope with more significant challenges and achieve your goals. Other benefits of meditation include better sleep and emotional strength.
The best way to get to the core of meditation is by using breathing exercises.
Take Part in Nature
Indeed, nature is great for our psyche and well-being. The time you spend in nature has lots of benefits for every part of your psychological, physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. Stepping outside will help:
• Improve your concentration and focus
• Reduce depression
• Strengthen your sense of purpose
• Improve your physical health
• Enhance your energy
• Improve your happiness.
Thus, take time to bask in nature.
It takes longer to develop the habit of rising early; however, it is worth it. There are many advantages of staying up late, especially if you find that you are more creative or productive during late-night hours. But most people are more productive early in the morning. Also, rising early and set up a morning routine that preps you for the day helps you begin each day with the right state of mind to make decisions and solve problems, which is immensely helpful for people in all walks of life. So try this to see how it works out for you.
Build Loving Relationships
Connecting with people is crucial. It prevents you from feeling isolated and helps you cope more effectively with stress. When a physical meeting is not workable, you can create connections on the phone or through a WhatsApp call. Do things in a group whenever possible because it increases your creativity and dynamism and even enhances your performance at work.
As more people are getting affected by depression globally, it is paramount to connect with others. Sometimes depression steps in when you spend too much time thinking about yourself and your problems. Two easy antidotes to depression are to do an act of kindness to a stranger and to extend your hand to a person in need.
A healthy body and mind is something many people usually overlook, but it impacts every facet of your life from how well you perform in your career to how happy you feel. Begin by choosing one or two of these tips and merge them into your life as new habits to achieve gradual positive changes that will touch every facet of your life.