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6 Ways to Improve Overall Physical and Mental Wellbeing

Living a healthy life doesn’t have to be a strenuous and time-consuming task. In fact, it should be the opposite. Healthy living is about improving your physical and mental wellbeing. It’s about reducing the stress in your life and feeling better in the present and the future. It all starts with the right mindset. Instead of seeing healthy living as time-consuming, try viewing it as part of your existing lifestyle. Here are 6 Ways to Improve Overall Physical and Mental Wellbeing, even if you’re a busy adult with many responsibilities.

6 Ways to Improve Overall Physical and Mental Wellbeing

1. Try to eat food that’s as natural as possible.

When it comes to eating healthy, this is the main piece of advice to remember. There are so many processed foods in grocery stores that promise to give you the protein, iron, or other essential nutrients you need. However, the easiest way to get nutritional value from your food is to keep it as fresh and organic as possible. Create home-cooked meals that are full of whole foods. For example: fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes are excellent choices.  That doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself, but think of tasty meals that are better for your health in the long-term. Try a bean burger, for instance. Turn something as simple as cauliflower into a fun and tasty recipe like  Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower with Healthy Ranch DipThe point is that eating food that’s as natural as possible is better for your wellbeing. Processed food is often lacking in the nutrition your body needs while having incredibly high amounts of calories and added sugars.

The important thing to remember is that you should be eating filling and balanced meals. Many of the trendy diets that people try out to lose weight quickly are lacking in the nutrition needed to stay healthy. They might help you shed the pounds, but you’ll do so at the expense of the sustenance you need. In turn, you’ll just end up missing the food you’re craving and return to your old eating habits. Instead, your diet needs to be filling but full of the right kinds of food. As we’ve discussed, natural food is always a safe bet. Even if you’re getting the right nutrients and vitamins from your existing diet, you might still want to switch things up, of course. You might want to try replacing meat with plant-based food as a healthier source of protein. You could try a lentil pie instead of a chicken pie, for instance. Or maybe you could even try some beet spring rolls, as we’ve suggested on this site before. You don’t have to completely give up meat to be healthy; the point is that you might be able to improve your physical and mental wellbeing by making small changes to existing meals you enjoy.

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2. Find a fitness routine that works for you on a regular basis.

The main reason that many people fail to exercise properly is that they fill their day with other activities. We often tell ourselves that we’re too busy to exercise, but the truth is that it can seem a little boring. We all have the time to stay physically active, but we need an incentive to do so. Obviously, keeping your heart and mind healthy (as well as your waistline slim) should be enough of an incentive, but you also need to find a fitness routine that works for you on a regular basis. It should be something you enjoy. If running seems boring to you then you’re not going to stick with it. Maybe you could take up a yoga class with your friends or even start dancing. Just make sure it’s something you’ll want to do on a regular basis. Ideally, we should all get our bodies moving every day. So you should try to do some push-ups every morning and perhaps go for a brisk stroll during your lunch break. Other classes and social activities can be seen as bonus forms of exercise throughout the week. 

Still, actually putting fitness goals into practice can be tough. This is particularly the case if you’re a working parent. If you’re not busy putting in hours at your job, then you may be busy carpooling the kids to various activities. Even if your partner works instead of you, you probably have your hands full in terms of your many adult responsibilities. But you don’t have to tell yourself that you have no time for exercise. Everybody has the time to stay physically active if they make the time. All you have to do is keep your body moving. You don’t have to drive to the gym and back. You can work out anywhere. You might want to check out Momsintofitness.com for some inspiration. There are plenty of workout routines that are suitable for busy parents. Don’t neglect your physical health for the sake of your busy lifestyle.

 

3. Work through your unhealthy habits.

Of course, you can’t lead a healthy lifestyle unless you work through your unhealthy habits. Eating well and exercising frequently are both good examples of positive changes you can make foryour wellbeing, but you have to cut down on the negative aspects of your daily routine too. Maybe you eat too much junk food, or maybe you drink too much alcohol. Perhaps these creature comforts help you deal with a hectic and stressful lifestyle, but there are healthier ways to deal with stress. Whatever the case, it’s important to get to the root of the problem and start finding ways to wean yourself off any bad substances or simply cut down on unhealthy habits. If you need support from loved ones then you should talk to your family members and friends about any struggles you might be having. You could even see a therapist for some professional help. It’s essential to find some sort of solution to the problem before your bad habits seriously damage your health in the long-term. It might be more of a major life change than some of the other suggestions in this list. However,  you can overcome the hurdles ahead of you more easily with the help of others.

Of course, we have to look at our overall health, but when we address our diet, we may not think about how the foods we eat greatly impact our ability to breathe. Likewise, we may have overlooked what goes on in our home that may hinder our abilities to breathe properly. For example, if you have carpets, you may be housing a lot of dust mites that can get into your chest. In addition, you may have a specific problem with regards to your air conditioning. In this case, you can contact an air filter manufacturer to get this problem fixed. It’s about taking both aspects of diet and lifestyle, in conjunction with how you live at home, to ensure that you are fighting fit in this area. It gives you a stronger foundation in which to thrive when exercising.

 

4. Sleep well every night.

Of course, as suggested at mayoclinic.org, simply sticking to a sleeping schedule can make a huge difference to your physical and mental wellbeing. It’s a minor change to make to your daily routine, but you’ll feel the benefits as soon as you improve your sleeping pattern. You should aim to get 8 hours of sleep every night. Getting 6 hours of rest and then “waking yourself up” with a coffee is not a healthy way to live. Low levels of energy might be temporarily fixed with caffeine, but sleep deprivation leads to other negative health consequences. It can weaken your immune system, for starters. It can also slow your metabolism, so your exercise and dietary routine won’t give you the results you want. It can even impact your cardiovascular and mental health, so getting enough rest will keep your heart and mind healthy in the long run. Make it a priority to get 8 hours of sleep every night. It’s a minor way to majorly improve your health.

 

5. Spend time with family and friends.

Another minor way to majorly improve your physical and mental wellbeing is to spend time with family and friends. Many of us are guilty of becoming too focused on work and other responsibilities, but you should never be too busy for the important people in your life. Simply finding one night a week or even one night a month for friends or relatives you’ve not seen in a while could make all the difference to your emotional health. Socializing with others has a huge impact on our wellbeing, both physically and mentally. Simply laughing with loved ones can massively improve the health of your heart and mind. There are plenty of physical and psychological benefits to spending time with family and friends if you ever needed an excuse to do so.

 

 

6. Make time for yourself.

The previous point is important, but you probably don’t want to spend every waking hour of the day around people. Everybody wants at least a small slice of alone time on a daily basis. Even if it’s just 30 minutes at the start of the day to relax with a cup of coffee and a good book, it can make all the difference to your mental wellbeing. Alone time isn’t selfish in small amounts. We all deserve a little time to get ourselves charged up for the day ahead and a little bit of time to unwind at the end of the day. As much as you love your family and friends, it’s important to have a bit of alone time now and then. It might be something as simple as a quick soak in the bath to refresh yourself in the evening or a small snack on the couch and an episode of your favorite show when you get home from work.

So Tell Me…

What changes can you make to live a more healthy lifestyle? What practices do you already incorporate into your daily routine? I know that one of my biggest struggles is getting enough sleep. Do you get the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night?

Thank you so much for stopping by! As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Have a great week!

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sunshineandmunchkins

Thursday 7th of March 2019

These are great tips! I am trying to be better about a consistent exercise routine!

Amber B. (@amberstarr82)

Thursday 7th of March 2019

Lots of great ideas! Better quality (and more) sleep has been a big focus for me this year! Makes such a difference!

HopeJoyInChrist

Thursday 7th of March 2019

Eating Natural foods instead of processed foods has been my focus for over a year. It is such a hard transition.

kookyrunner

Thursday 7th of March 2019

I love these tips. I find that working out is such a positive thing for my mental health. If I'm having a bad day, I always feel better after a workout. I try to stick to a workout routine as well.

Rachel

Thursday 7th of March 2019

My friend is inspiring me to try to add physical activity to my day. She swears it helps her mood.