Looking after both your mind and body need to be your primary concern in life. Without looking after yourself correctly, you won’t be able to care for others as best as you can. When it comes down to taking excellent care of yourself, you might slip up here and there but remember that all you can do is your very best. You must learn to forgive the times when you do come slightly off course and then carry on. In order to really look after your mind and body, you must begin to discover new practices that can help to relieve stress and tension, as well as keep your body’s processes working seamlessly. Learn to nourish every organ in your body and benefit from optimum health.
Know Your Needs
Make sure you get to grips with which nutrients your body needs, as individual needs differ from person to person. If you regularly engage in exercise, then your calorie intake needs to be higher than someone who is relatively sedentary. Your needs differ as you age, and you may find you need a little less of one thing, and more of another. When you age, your body becomes gradually depleted of certain hormones. However, hormone therapy can seem like a radical step to take in order to replenish Estrogen and Testosterone. In this case, consider using bioidentical hormones to help you get feeling energized once again. You can decide to take multivitamin tablets as well as adding superfoods into a morning smoothie, for example.
In order to really look after your mind and body, you need to find a balance that works for you. Your drive towards enjoying a healthy lifestyle has to be realistic and achievable, so if you’ve planned to turn your life around then, it’s advisable to set small targets to start with. First off, you need to pay close attention to your diet and ensure you’re eating the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Your diet should be rich in greens that include fresh vegetables and fruit, complex carbohydrates such as the ones found in wholegrain produce and good sources of protein found in the likes of organic free-range eggs, and tofu. Nourish your body by drinking plenty of water a day; you should be aiming to drink at least eight glasses of water daily. It’s paramount that you significantly reduce your alcohol intake as well as cutting out smoking completely.
Don’t Avoid Healthy Fats
Despite what you’ve long been told, some fats are good for your health. Healthy fats are found in foods such as nuts and seeds, avocados, chickpeas, fish, extra virgin olive oil, and dark chocolate. Denying your body the healthy fats it needs will leave you feeling lethargic, tired and undernourished. If you want to look after your mind and body, then you will need to ensure you’ve got the energy to keep active with regular exercise the drive to want to socialize with your friends and family. Get your fats as part of a balanced breakfast and enjoy a bowl of porridge oats with dark chocolate shavings, or a slice of seeded bread with peanut butter, for example. If you unsure about adding fats to your diet, then conduct some research and educate yourself further on the matter.
Early To Bed And Early To Rise
Look after yourself by getting enough sleep. Sleep is crucial to your general wellbeing, so avoid late nights and early mornings coupled together. You should be aiming to get eight hours of sleep each night, and one more if you lead a particularly active lifestyle. Try and avoid staying up late into the night without a purpose, and instead begin to wind down in preparation for sleep an hour before getting into bed. This way, your mind, and body will feel calm enough to fall asleep, and you’ll get to sleep earlier than you would have. Look after your mind and body and give it time to recharge and reenergize at night.
Learn Something New Each Day
Keep your mind thinking and operating on all four cylinders, so to speak. Your brain does amazing things, and it needs exercise just like your body does. Be sure to keep it engaged and learning new things to ensure it’s stimulated with new information and material. You don’t need to go outside of your comfort zone to learn something new each day; you’re not required to have to travel to learn, although it helps. Read a chapter of a book each day, as well as listening to thirty minutes of the radio in between driving to work and cooking dinner in the evening. Consider watching a documentary that follows the lives of animals, amphibians, or insects as you prepare to go to bed. When you have time aside to enjoy, think about either listening to a new album of classical music or instead follow along to a podcast or audiobook. Ted Talks are informative, and you can access them on YouTube, for example.
Walk in Nature
A nourished body is one that receives good nutritional content alongside being exercised and kept supple with physical activity. Your heart health greatly relies on how much exercise you have, so ensure you’re raising your heart rate at least five times a week. However, if you’re not able to complete intense workouts, having a long walk surrounded by nature will suffice. Being in nature is believed to stimulate feelings of peacefulness and in some cases, awakening. Aim to spend at least an hour walking in nature each week; you could get out for a walk on Sundays when you’re taking your dog out.
Mindfulness involves being acutely aware of yourself and your position in life. Practicing mindfulness helps to ground you as you’re conscious of your experience in the present moment all the while accepting your feelings, thoughts, and sensations. Essentially, it involves being quiet and focusing on how you’re functioning in the present moment. Mindfulness can be harnessed as a therapeutic technique to calm you down and bring you back to an equilibrium. You can adopt this habit by remaining aware of your body’s processes in stressful situations, and by remembering that any strain you’re feeling is only temporary.