From The Limitless Voice – February 10, 2022~ Acecia Jones, Limitless
Some days are just… tough. Whether it’s physically or emotionally draining, how can we take better care of ourselves?
Health isn’t just about what we eat. It’s about what we are thinking and feeling, too.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health issues are one of the leading causes of ill-health today. One in four people are affected by mental or neurological disorders in their lifetime. While you may not have a so-called mental disorder, we all struggle with our “off days”.
Balancing our mental state is important to our overall health and well-being. More and more people have started taking care of their mental state and are listening to what their bodies need. Many employers are becoming more understanding about allowing “mental health” days to recuperate. This is important because, in the last 20 years, research has shown that we have more control over our mental wellbeing than we realize.
While eating nutritious foods and exercise can prevent physical injury and illness, we can build our mental health too. When you start to develop a strong mental health, you become:
- Less susceptible to chronic stress, anxiety, and depression
- A more effective communicator, stronger leader, and team member
- More likely to reach a personal, career, and/or physical health goal
Here are some tips to help improve Mental Wellbeing:
Write down your gratitudes
Do you ever feel like you’re rushing through life? Or you’re just waiting for the next “big thing” to happen? Well, this actually reduces our capacity to see the positives in life and begin to see the negative. Start a healthy habit by taking 5 minutes before you go to bed each night and write down 3 things you are grateful for from your day – and it doesn’t have to be anything big! It can be as small as being grateful for someone holding the door open for you, a phone call from a friend, or even just living!
Connect with others
Recent studies have shown that when you isolate yourself from others, it can hurt our wellbeing. A lack of social connection can disrupt sleep and increase stress. But, this doesn’t mean going on Facebook or Instagram and “liking” a whole bunch of posts… we’re talking about real interaction. Reach out to that “friend” on the phone or via video chat, have a real conversation rather than just liking a post. Whatever the case may be.. saying having a real conversation just warms the heart.
Did you know that incorporating stretching into your regular routine can help reduce stress? Well, now you know! Stretching 3-4 times a day can prevent energy slumps, support healthier digestion, and improve sleep patterns.
Fuel Your Health
Fueling your health is fueling your mind. We’re not just talking about our Fuel FYL Pak (though it is a wonderful start). When you can incorporate a diet that includes complex carbohydrates (whole grains and vegetables), essential fats (nuts and seeds), and amino acids (eggs, turkey, bananas) you are optimizing your mental wellbeing.
Mental health is just as important as physical health…
so remember to take care of both!
FIND YOUR LIMITLESS.
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