Lifetime Health Tips
By Angela Bekiaris
Here are nine ways to keep your body and mind in tip-top shape. It’s not just about the food you eat, but the way you live your life. Use some of these tips to stay healthy:
1. Don’t Forget To Eat Your Veggies: Eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables every day.
2. Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Omega-3 Fats: Your diet should be rich in fish, legumes, and nuts to get omega-3 fats.
3. Cut Down On Coffee Consumption: One cup a day is great – especially for the metabolism – but don’t overdo the caffeine and the sugar in it. Drink water instead.
4. Keep Healthy Snacks: Always keep healthy snacks wth you – at home, at your desk, even in the car. This will keep you from ordering in, bingeing on junk or snacking on sugar all day long.
5. Clean Your Desk: Your desk should be as spotless as your house. Don’t let bacteria grow – wipe down surfaces like your keyboard and phone on a regular basis.
6. Be Careful With Buffets: Eating out is always a danger zone when you’re trying to stay healthy. Avoid overindulging at buffets just because the food is there. There are always healthy options – choose them.
7. Don’t Eat In Front Of The TV: This will not only lead to more food being consumed, but chances are the meal will be pretty unhealthy too. Distractions at mealtime can lead you down a dangerous path.
8. Eat From A Smaller Plate: Portion control is important if you’re trying to shed the kilos. In fact, you should always eat off smaller plates to avoid overeating.
9. Stay Away From Tanning Beds: It’s great to look golden brown, but it won’t be nice when you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer. Harmful UV rays are dangerous.
Try A Head-Clearing VisualiSation
To transform your mind into a clean, open space, try picturing it that way. “By visualising intrusive thoughts being cleansed away, we begin to experience a blank-slate effect,” says licensed psychotherapist Eliza Bouqin. Essentially, you’re taking back conscious control of your mind rather than letting it run wild with all your stressors. Start by sitting comfortably in a chair with both of your feet on the ground. Envision a bright, white light shooting downward from the crown of your head through your body until it reaches your feet. “Imagine, see or sense that light travelling down slowly… washing away any negativity or thoughts you want to release,” she says. When you open your eyes, tell yourself that the clutter is gone and you can now focus on the work in front of you.
Sort Out Your Mental Health
Here are some simple ways to help you feel a little better.
1. Allow Yourself Too Relax: Everyone needs to chill out, so give yourself some quiet time at some point in the day.
2. Read: There’s nothing more soothing that reading a good book. Heck, read your favourite magazine if you prefer, but just get reading.
3. Adapt To Change: Many people are afraid to change, but truth is it really is as good as a holiday. Don’t resist change – experts stress that you need to be patient and learn to adapt.
4. Write: Just like reading soothes, so does writing; jot down your thoughts – it could stimulate the mind, spur ideas and improve your memory.
5. Practise Good Self-Esteem: Give yourself some credit. Don’t be afraid to pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
6. Avoid Procrastination: Don’t put things off; do them immediately to avoid making yourself feel bad.
7. Play Brain Games: Puzzles and graphic illusions keep your brain thinking – they’ll improve mental clarity.
8. Listen To Music: Music therapy reduces stress, improves memory and stimulates the immune system.
9. Consider A Detoxification: A good cleanse cleans the body from inside out.
10. Practise Memorisation: This includes memorising shopping lists, phone numbers, tasks, etc.
11. Meditate: Your brain needs this time to work out and relax at the same time.
Cycle Your Mental Problems Away
Who would have thought a little bike ride could get you feeling better upstairs, right? Well, according to studies, mental health conditions such as depression, stress and anxiety can be reduced by regular bike riding. This is due to the effects of the exercise itself and because of the enjoyment that riding a bike can bring.