Balancing Your Mental And Physical Health

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Your mental and physical health go hand in hand; taking care of them both simultaneously is an absolute must for a long, happy, healthy life. You can’t just exercise and eat right while ignoring your spiritual and emotional needs. You might look good on the outside, but it’s doubtful that you’ll feel good on the inside. This is something I’ve learned over the years and is something I wish I’d known sooner.

Many things you do can affect both your mental and physical health as one; it’s very rare that one doesn’t influence the other. Read on for some *useful advice on taking care of both aspects of your health:

Exercise And Eat Right

Exercising and eating right isn’t just good for the way you look and your physical health, but the way you feel, too. Exercising and eating right can have the following benefits:

  • Stronger body
  • Better quality of life
  • Find it easier to perform certain tasks
  • Live a longer life
  • Have a healthier mind and happier outlook
  • Fend off mental and physical diseases
  • Stress relief

Above are just a few of the main benefits of eating right and exercising. You don’t have to be perfect, and you certainly don’t have to exercise every day. Simply getting into a routine that works for your lifestyle will work. Just remember that you need to enjoy it, or you won’t stick to it! This has long been something that I have struggled with but I am making the effort and trying new things. From a mental and physical health point of view though I need to keep my efforts up.

Find Work That You Enjoy

We spend the majority of our lives at work, so it’s super important to find work that we enjoy. If you’re going to work 5 days a week in a job that means absolutely nothing to you, you’re likely not going to feel great. Work is a huge drain on your time and energy, so you want to make sure that it’s meaningful to you and that you enjoy it. If you’re really into a subject, let’s use fitness as an example, start looking at courses you can take and personal trainer interview questions to prepare. You can always change your working situation if you want to, so don’t feel like you’re stuck. Put an emergency fund into savings and figure out what your dream is. Go for it. Life is too short not to! I took the big scary leap into self-employment over twelve years ago when my eldest was born and haven’t looked back.

Meditate to Aid Mental and Physical Health

Meditation is an activity that we would all do every day if we only understood it and the benefits. Meditation helps us to get in touch with who we really are at our core and helps us to feel like we’re part of something bigger than ourselves – which we are. Below are some more benefits of meditation:

  • More clarity
  • More creativity
  • A happier, calmer outlook
  • A more positive mindset
  • More focus
  • Better sleep
  • Better physical health
  • Less stress

If we could all just meditate for at least 10 minutes a day, it would do us the world of good. Rather than turning to an escape, meditate. Use an app to help you. If you get into a consistent routine, you will soon experience the benefits for yourself. It’ll likely be hard at first, but all good things are worth the effort. I meditate and completed a mindfulness diploma at the beginning of the year. I’ve not looked back.

Find Ways To Reduce Stress

Stress is a big hindrance for both physical and mental health. By finding ways to reduce stress, you’ll find that work gets easier, maintaining your home is a breeze, and you actually meet your health and fitness goals more easily. Just because stress is invisible, doesn’t mean you don’t suffer from it. It can cause tummy aches, hair loss, appetite changes, sleep changes, and more. It really is something you need to watch out for and combat if possible. Easier said than done, I know, but even small changes can alleviate stress.

Make Sure You’re Getting Adequate Quality Sleep

Getting plenty of sleep is good, but getting plenty of high-quality sleep is better. If you’re getting 9 hours a night but it’s broken, you’re going to feel just as bad in the morning as if you got less than 6.

People tend to need varying amounts of sleep, depending on age, activity levels, climate, and more. One person might function well on 6 hours a night, somebody else may need 9. Aim for 8 hours quality sleep and see how you feel. You’ll know if you need more or less based on whether you feel like snoozing your alarm in the morning, and how you feel throughout the day!

To help your body get into a natural rhythm, go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. You may not even need an alarm if you do that for long enough. Just remember to do it on weekends too. If you find yourself constantly wanting to sleep in on the weekend, it’s a sign of sleep deprivation during the week. Below are pointers that will help you to get better sleep in order to make positive changes to your mental and physical health:

  • Wind down at least an hour before bed with no technology
  • Avoid caffeine later on in the day
  • Drink sleep tea before bed time
  • Make sure your bedroom and bed is suitable
  • Take a hot bath
  • Set a nice atmosphere with room sprays and aromatherapy
  • Make sure your room is completely dark

I thrive on six hours of quality sleep, other people are different. What we (Roy and I) do love is our Lumie lamp which gently wakes up with increasing levels of light rather than a jarring loud alarm going off.

Take Time Every Day For Self-Care

You should be taking time every day for self-care, whether that’s exercising or making yourself a nice healthy meal. When you take better care of yourself, you can take better care of those around you.

Spend Less Time With Toxic People

If you have toxic people in your life, it’s time to remember that they could be draining you. Pay attention to the people who make you feel energized and those who make you feel drained and not good enough. This is a lesson I learned the hard way and can now say that I surround myself only with positive people, people who bring happiness to my life and I’m very grateful for them.

*These tips, based on my own experiences are no substitution for proper medical advice so please see your GP if you are struggling with your physical or mental health.

Health: Keeping Yourself and Your Family Well

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When was the last time you stopped to think about the things that you need to do to take care of yourself and your family’s health? I’ll bet that your family is covered however you’ve not put as high a price as such on your own health and wellbeing.

Good health is important to your overall well-being. If you suffer from a chronic condition, you will have a lower quality of life, as well as a shorter one. If someone in your family is sick, you will also suffer from watching them suffer. If the person in your family is also a breadwinner, you’ll suffer financially, as well. 

When everyone in your family is well, you will all be happier, better able to enjoy all that life has to offer, and better able to handle your financial responsibilities. Besides eating a good diet and getting regular exercise, there are a few things you should be doing for yourself and your family to improve health. Here are a few suggestions:

Mental Health

Mental health is an often overlooked part of your overall wellness. But physical health can affect mental health, and vice versa. And if your body is in good shape but you are suffering from depression or other mental health challenges, you are going to have a much lower quality of life. It is important that you see a therapist regularly to talk through the things that cause you stress or that are making you unhappy. Even if you don’t feel like you need therapy, a check in every few months or so is a good idea. You could be numbing yourself to problematic feelings.

Of course, you should also seek treatment if you have more serious mental health issues, such as an addiction or suicidal ideation. You may need to attend a drug detox center or even spend a few weeks in an in-patient facility. While this may seem intimidating to you, it is totally necessary to get the help you need. The same is true for any member of your family dealing with similar issues. 

Whether it’s meditation or professional therapy, seek out whatever services are needed to keep your mental health at optimal levels.

Sleep Health

Good sleep is one of the pillars of good health, right along with diet and exercise. If you are not getting enough sleep each night, you are robbing your body of important time where it does essential work to repair and rejuvenate every system in your body. Most people need eight to nine hours of sleep each night. If you are sleeping far more or far less than that, you are doing damage to your health. Setting a sleep schedule and creating a soothing environment for sleep will help you get the adequate amounts. If you don’t see the changes you need, talk with a professional to find out if there is another cause for your sleep problems. 

For younger members of your family, sleep health is about more than restoring the body. Sleep can actually be dangerous. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t let children sleep! It just means you have to put more thought into their sleeping environments. For example, babies should be laid on their backs to sleep in a crib, without any pillows, blankets, or toys in the space. Failing to adhere to sleep guidelines for babies can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. Even older children can be subject to dangers during sleep, so always check with a paediatrician about best practices.

Environmental Health

There could be a lot lurking in your home or neighbourhood that jeopardizes your health and the health of members of your family. For example, if anyone in your family smokes, or if you allow any of your guests to smoke in your house, you and other members of your family are at risk from second-hand smoke. Some research even shows now that second-hand smoke is still a danger when people go outside to smoke because they bring it back in on their clothes.

Other environmental dangers can include toxins like BPA in plastic containers, volatile organic compounds in the paint on your walls, and chemicals in your carpets or wood floors. Personal care products and cleaning products that you buy can also have dangerous chemicals. It’s important that you research all the things you bring into your house to get rid of as many potentially harmful chemicals as you can. The effects of these harmful chemicals may not be felt for years, but they can be very serious. 

Good health is about more than eating the salad instead of the fries. Think carefully about all the things that can impact yours and your family’s health, and take proactive measures to protect it.





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