Our bodies are delicate, well-balanced machines on which we depend entirely. Of course, we find it all too easy to forget that in a world which champions thinking quickly; and living more in the virtual world than the physical one. Functioning in such a fast-paced environment can take a real toll on our bodies which, in turn, takes a toll on our brains.
You might be slowly damaging your health day after day by neglecting to take care of yourself in the most simply ways. Here’s some advice when it comes to staying healthy in both body and mind.
Food and drink are your friends.
This may seem obvious, but so many people neglect the importance of proper eating and drinking. Water, most of all, is vital to good health. Drinking too much of sugary or caffeinated drinks and too little water is doing you more harm than good. The key to most of our pains could actually be solved by just drinking more water; 90% of our body does comprise of it, so that makes sense when you think about it.
If you have a hectic life, changing your diet or general routine can seem a little daunting. However, when it comes to eating differently, this doesn’t really have to change your day-to-day habits at all. You’re just replacing certain types of food with certain other types of food, and it requires no more effort on your part.
Of course, the myth that eating healthily requires no more junk food and only salad or vegetables for the rest of your life is just that: a myth. Healthy eating requires balance and consistency. Eating breakfast every day will keep your body ticking over regularly, and allowing yourself occasional treats is the key; if you keep them occasional, whilst championing wholesome fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods throughout the day, you’ll find that your body starts feeling a lot more refreshed.
Focus on your thoughts.
This may seem like an odd tip when it comes to keeping your body healthy, but our mental functions are entirely linked to our physical ones. Meditating for a short period of time each day can help you lower your body’s overworked functions, just for a little while, whilst you focus on you and what’s happening on the inside. An overworked brain means an overworked body, so allow yourself some reflection; control your breathing and find balance at some point in your day.
Improve your sleeping cycle.
There are so many reasons why the majority of people, and perhaps you’re included, struggle with their sleep. For some, the solution might be as simple as calming their thoughts. If you start to think positively, your mind will naturally relax and you’re likely to allow your entire body to shut down more easily; in turn, falling asleep. Of course, for some it isn’t a mental issue, but a physical one. The best firm pillow on the market can alleviate back and shoulder pain, if your old pillow is starting to feel hard and uncomfortable. The same goes for your mattress; choose the comfiest one available, because your quality of sleep is vitally important. You deserve it, really, don’t you?
Our brains are highly active throughout the day, so it can seem almost impossible to shut down after a highly intense day. However, there are ways to improve your sleep cycle and how efficient you are at falling asleep in the first place. You’re not doomed to sleepless nights forever; you just need to figure out what’s stopping you from getting to sleep.
Your body is taxed each and every day, so make up for life’s weathering effects by treating yourself with love and care.