Being in good health gives us more energy and a better attitude. But it is important not to take these gifts for granted. We should take steps to maintain a healthy body … and mind. If one is suffering, the other will often follow.
Here are a few things we all can do to keep our bodies and minds healthy:
1 | Kick bad habits. Smoking, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, and overeating can all adversely affect our physical health. By putting these habits to rest, we can feel better both physically and mentally.
2 | Eat a nutritious diet. Healthy foods give us the nutrients our bodies need to fight off disease and maintain a healthy weight. They also give us the energy we need to exercise and participate in everyday activities.
3 | Get plenty of rest. If we’re not getting enough sleep at night, we have less energy during the day. Our mental health also suffers. Getting in our 8 hours every night is more important than most of us realize.
4 | Participate in activities you enjoy. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be dull and boring. Finding a sport or other physical activity that you look forward to participating in will allow you to have fun while doing something that is good for your body. And, of course, having fun is great for your mental state.
5 | Work out regularly. Obviously this is good for our bodies, but it is also good for our minds. Physical exercise helps relieve stress, and it can boost our self-esteem. Try to participate in some consistent physical activity at least three times a week.
6 | Keep tabs on your health with regular checkups. Some health problems can sneak up on you, but regular physicals can facilitate early detection and make treatment easier and more effective.
7 | Consider prayer or meditation. If your mind is cluttered or you have a negative outlook, prayer or meditation can help. It can give you a sense of peace, increase your mental clarity and help you stress less about challenges in life.
Healthy Body . . . Healthy Mind
Maintaining our health requires some effort, but it makes our lives longer and more enjoyable. This applies not only to our bodies, but also to our minds. Taking the time to keep our minds and bodies in good shape allows us to be happier and more productive, and to get more out of life.