In an age where we’ve all become more body conscious, and all strive to lead healthier lives, we generally look at improving our fitness and diet. Sometimes it’s really difficult to convert the changes we make into habits, but it’s the good habits that we need in order to sustain a longer, healthier and happier life. It’s okay to go gung-ho at a new fitness regime, and try to cut out all the foods that are detrimental to our physical wellbeing, but we sometimes overlook the changes we need to make to our mental health – our minds need a tune up from time to time too! Below are some tips to create a healthy happy you; mind, body and soul.
For your Mind:
Talk – Communication is a must for your mental health. Being or feeling connected to other people has never been easier in today’s world of modern technology. Talk to, listen to and share with your friends and family in good times and bad – a problem shared, and all that…
Hobbies – Taking time out for yourself can be tricky if you have a busy work/life balance. But an hour or so a couple of times a week doing something you enjoy is really therapeutic. Whether it’s music, sport or the arts you’re interested in, think about taking a class. Or maybe now is the time to start ticking off some of those bucket list dreams – go on, book that parachute jump!
Clear the clutter – Streamline your stress by having a clear out and you’ll be surprised at how good you feel. After all, they say a tidy house makes for a tidy mind!
For your body:
Diet – Get the balance right by eating lots of fruit and vegetables and cutting out processed foods, and remember to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. This will all help you to detox and will complement your mental wellbeing too, whilst giving your immune system a good boost.
Exercise – Keep it real by choosing an exercise regime that will work for you in the long term. Take short trips on foot rather than in the car, or take a swim a couple of times a week. This could be incorporated with a gym membership.
Reward – Looking after your body is never meant to be a punishment! Treat yourself now and again – an occasional piece of cake won’t hurt!
For your Soul:
Meditation – the perfect way to wind down, particularly if you’re prone to stress. Learn how to transform your negative thoughts into positive ones through this spiritual and profound practice. The brilliant thing about meditation is that it can be done anywhere!
Crystals: Crystals have many different energies and properties which can affect spiritual, mental and physical aspects in each of us. There are many books and online guides about how crystal therapy can help with a variety of ailments. But the best advice if you’re buying your first crystal, is to choose the one you are most drawn to.
Smile therapy – By smiling, we can trick the brain into thinking we’re happy, even if we’re not. Of course, it doesn’t mean we have to grin from ear to ear 24/7, but engaging with people by smiling can be a real tonic. Not only will you begin to feel happier, but you could make countless others happy, just by smiling!