Being healthy isn't just about being in good physical shape. One's sense of overall well being is just as much mental as it is physical. In this article, we break down 5 of the most common things that healthy people regularly do to stay sharp mentally, fit physically and emotionally happy.
You know we couldn't make this list without including the power of exercise! Exercise is great for building confidence and giving you a sense of accomplishment. In addition to it's body altering power, exercise has been linked to good mental health. Exercise releases endorphins(feel good hormones) in the body that can give you a high sense of well being and happiness.
2. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep plays such an important role in our health. It is when we re-charge mentally and repair our bodies physically. Expect higher energy levels, improved physical performance and increased metal sharpness when you get a full night's rest. When it comes to how much you need to be sleeping, listen to your body and your mind. Some require more and some less than others. It is important to find the optimum sleep time for you and be consistent with that pattern.
3. Keep a Positive Outlook
Positivity breeds positivity! Try to put a positive spin on every situation, especially failure. Instead of berating yourself or letting yourself feel hopeless, learn from it so you may improve and succeed next time. It is much easier said than done, but, it is possible to train your mind to view even negative situations in a positive light.
4. Make Relationships a Priority
EVERYBODY needs a support system. We all need help at some point and having a positive circle of friends, colleagues and family around can make a HUGE impact on your mental health. Knowing that you are not alone can help you get through even the toughest of situations. Healthy people tend to recognize this and keep a tight knit group around them. It also makes you feel good when you are the one helping someone else.
5. Drink LOTS of Water
Fight fatigue, weakness and low energy! I know, it sounds like I'm about to pitch you for a new energy drink...BUT, the reality is, water can be the answer to all of these issues. We as humans are mostly made up of water. It helps to flush our bodies of toxins and is vital to delivering nutrients to our organs and tissue. Healthy individuals are rarely without their reusable water bottle to ensure that they are getting the proper amount of H2O throughout the day. It is recommended to drink 8 cups(64oz) of water daily.