You’re in a slump. You’ve been feeling flabby, tired, and unmotivated. You’re wondering if there’s something wrong with you. Maybe all you need is a better approach to your health.
If you want to feel better about yourself, take a more holistic approach to your health, focusing on both mind and body. Here are four super-simple tips that anyone can apply:
1. Walk Daily
Walking is immensely good for you, even though few people realize its benefits. They often opt for more vigorous forms of exercise that burn calories faster. High-intensity workouts are great for your figure, but walking is one of the best exercises for your overall health.
“Walking improves fitness, cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, improves mood, creates less stress on joints and reduces pain, can prevent weight gain, reduce risk for cancer and chronic disease, improve endurance, circulation, and posture, and the list goes on…” personal trainer, athlete, and fitness studio owner Ann Green told NBCNews, identifying walking as one of the most underrated exercises.
It’s a low-impact workout, so it’s not hard on the joints. Pretty much anyone can do it, even if they’re slow. It also works out your whole body, from your legs and feet to your shoulders and core. Daily walking keeps you in shape and staves off serious illnesses like heart disease.
It’s also excellent for your mental health. It increases oxygen to your brain, clearing your mind and amplifying your thought processes. Walking outside connects you to nature, and there’s an immutable scientific link between nature and improved attitude and mood. A daily walk may be all you need for a sharper outlook on life.
2. Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses
The most successful people in the world are keenly aware of both their strengths and their weaknesses. Their strengths give them confidence, and their weaknesses give them something to improve.
To identify your strengths and weaknesses, take a few moments to self-reflect. You might also ask trusted friends or family to help you recognize what you’re good at and what needs work.
For a somewhat unorthodox, but highly effective way to recognize your strengths and weaknesses, read your horoscope each day. It may contain insights about your inherent personality traits. Recognizing them can help you become more confident in yourself so you can overcome some of your weaknesses and reach your full potential.
Your mind and body are more closely connected than you might think. When you feel good mentally, you’ll feel better physically and strive to make better choices.
Meditation is one of the simplest methods for improving mental health. Those with anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders are often encouraged to take 10 minutes each day to self-reflect and engage in positive thinking. It helps them recognize and address emotions as well as improve their daily mood.
Some of the world’s most successful people report meditating for at least a few minutes per day to set their intentions for the day and find motivation for completing daily tasks. Jeff Weiner, Ariana Huffington, Jerry Seinfeld, Marc Benioff, Oprah Winfrey, and dozens of other highly-successful people attribute their success to their daily moments of meditation.
Oprah Winfrey once said: “The outside world is constantly trying to convince you-you’re not enough. But you don’t have to take the bait. Meditation helps you resist.”
This thought perfectly embodies the emotional benefits of meditation that allow you to reach your full potential.
4. Make Simple Dietary Changes
If you’re feeling sluggish and like you’re running on empty, it could be that something is wrong with your diet. Maybe you’re eating too much sugar, or your salt intake is making you dehydrated.
“The impact that your dietary habits can have on your physical health, as well as your mental health, is astronomical,” says Mabel Prado, the corporate chef for Spring Hills Communities, a network of senior care facilities throughout the South. “It’s crucial to incorporate foods full of vitamins and nutrients into your diet to promote a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Your body is a temple, and it’s important to monitor what foods and beverages you allow inside of it.”
Foods high in protein, antioxidants, fibre, and low in sugars provide the vitamins and nutrients necessary to keep your brain operating at optimum capacity. These foods will also boost your physical health. Your digestive system will work better, you’ll have fewer headaches, and you can stave off obesity and heart disease.
You don’t have to change everything about your menu. Just choose one or two things to improve on. Make small, attainable goals to eat better, and you’ll feel healthier overall.