In this day and age, where we are expected to do more every day without burning out, how we maintain our bodies, brain and general emotional health in tip-top shape will depend heavily on the habits we form. How we eat, think, sleep, and approach whatever life throws at us is as important as the life that we are living on the surface.
It’s a myth that one just needs to eat healthy to be able to keep even-keeled for the rest of their lives. While the habit of making sure that your body is fueled with the right resources is a big part of living your best life, many facets still need to be considered. You can’t eat your way to living a good life. If you truly want to make your body healthy – and in the most holistic way, here are four tried and tested ways to do it:
Exercise your brain
The health of your brain is tantamount to how well you can perform daily tasks at work, create a positive disposition every single day, and live a life that’s not wary of the future. Living in the now is one of the most effective ways to diffuse whatever anxiety you are feeling at the moment. The brain is arguably the most powerful organ in your body, so keeping it in good shape is keeping your whole body in shape as well.
With the advent of technology and the rise of usage in smartphones, most people that have work now focus on their smartphones and other screens for hours on end in a day. While there is an inherent danger to this – as eye strain and screen withdrawal are two real conditions – you can exercise your eye to look away from the screen every now and then to decrease the chances of addiction. It also takes the stress away from your brain at the same time.
Exercising your brain means that you make it a point to test and train it every day. Use the power of technology to make the most out of this. There are apps out there that focus on everyday brain training. To make it more fun, download word games like Scrabble.
Focus on what you can change
Anxiety and depression are more real and rampant in this generation when compared to the previous one. Blame it on how digital communication has shaped little kids how to look, how to think, and how to be. Studies show that millennials in the workforce have had experience with an anxiety attack once or twice in their lifetime because of uncertainty. That, in itself, is alarming.
One of the healthier ways to curb anxiety is by focusing on the things you can change. Sure, life is hard and downright harsh a lot of times, but there is power in knowing that the things worthy to dwell on are the things that you can change. Exercise your mind to be thankful for the things you have, and be not pressured of how society is shaping you how to think.
Always get enough sleep
Getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night can do wonders to your body, to your mood, and to the overall disposition, you’ll defer to the rest of the day. The trick is to set a time every night to set a good night’s sleep. A 30-minute to 1-hour downtime before sleeping is a great way to start. If you are having trouble making yourself comfortable, try meditation and breathing exercises.
Have sex, but practice safety
Sex is a wonderful stress reliever. But because our society and religion have made sex a thing of taboo, it’s become a polarizing topic for most people. The scientific community agrees that having a great sex life is actually the difference between a tightly-wound character and becoming more relaxed in everyday situations.
If you do decide to have sex and explore what’s out there for you in the world, make sure that you take every necessary caution to keep the sex safe. Not only is sex recommendable to maintain physical health, it’s also great for mental stability. Condoms are the most effective form of prevention. You can get them practically anywhere as well, and they’re accessible to most people.
Living a balanced life is key to living your best life. People sometimes are only good at keeping one facet of their life at the optimal, while the other side suffers. The key is balance. Believe us when we say that you can pump yourself full of sugar one day and eat healthily the next. Our bodies are powerful creations, we just need to find the right balance to keep it well-oiled.
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