Healthy Mind In A Healthy Body

Healthy Mind Healthy Body

I want to always remind you that we are Spirit, Soul and Body, and we can only enjoy holistic health when all three areas are given attention. We need to be nourishing our Spirit, Soul (Mind) and Body to cope with much stress and anxiety that life bring.

Having and maintaining a healthy sound mind in a healthy body, will help you to unwind after a long day, and allow you to regain your focus, and enable you to develop an overall health and well being.

Self Care For A Healthy Mind

Self-care is just as it says, taking care of yourself. It is not just about getting a massage. It is any action you take to preserve and improve your health, well-being, happiness, peace of mind and a fulfilled life.

I want to emphasize something very important many self-conscious persons don’t seem to be aware of.

Self-care is not for fools. Self-care is not for the weak. It is not a luxury, and it is not self-centered.

When you don’t take care of yourself, are too hard on your body, or don’t take care of your emotional needs, you are at a much higher risk for burnout, a variety of mental health issues including anxiety and depression, physical injury and illness.

Not taking care of yourself will always catch up to you sooner or later.

Sound familiar? May be you have had a wake-up call of your own.

I want to share with you 30 Self-Care Habits from Tracy Kennedy of Lifehack.org

She has combined 30 Ways to Take Care of Yourself mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Of course I put my personal tone and touch in there, but the original is credited to Tracy

1. Breathe

Deep breathing increases circulation by bringing oxygen to your muscles and brain. This increased oxygen content leads to greater energy and healthier muscles, organs and tissues.

Breathe deeply more often. In fact, experts recommendation is to develop the habit of practicing deep breathing every day.

What happened when you started to read this? Did you take a deep breath? Great, you’re already practicing self-care.

2. Eat Well

Your body is a machine and food is your fuel. Simple as that. I’ve learned two main things studying diets over the years and working with top health doctors:

First, focus on eating real, whole, nutrient-dense food; avoid processed foods and refined sugars. The truth is you should avoid all forms of sugar.

Secondly, find what works for you. There are lots of options out there – Paleo, Mediterranean, plant-based, you name it.

3. Stay Hydrated

The human body is composed of 50-65% water. Some parts of our bodies, like our brain, heart and lungs, are more than 70%. Drinking water is a simple, effective way to take care of yourself.

You should practice to start your day before breakfast, with a glass of warm water with some lime or lemon juice in it. That’s a most effective way of activating your cell to fight and combat the many battles throughout the day.

Aim to drink eight 8-ounce glasses daily. It takes no extra time, energy and effort, so grab a glass and start hydrating.

4. Sleep

I used to wear it as a badge of honor that I didn’t sleep much. However, increasingly more studies are coming out on the importance of getting enough quality sleep and, more importantly, the consequences when you don’t.

The world over, people are being deprived of necessary sleep, and they are doing more harm than good to their health.

Make sleep a priority. Your mind and body will thank you.

5. See Your Doctor

How long have you been putting off making an appointment, tolerating constant pain or dealing with something that just isn’t right?

Most things can be dealt with if they’re caught early – and are much harder to manage if you wait. Grab your phone, schedule an appointment now.

6. Express Gratitude

In order to live a life we love, we must first love the life we live. Research continues to surface on the science and benefits of gratitude.

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; we should be always ready to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Being grateful is one of the simplest, yet most powerful, things you can do to take care of yourself. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

7. Take Supplements

Name what ails you and research or ask your doctor (preferably an alternative medical practitioner) what vitamins, minerals, or herbs can support your health and well-being.

For example, those with a B-12 deficiency are much more likely to experience anxiety and Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to all sorts of health problems.

I take turmeric/curcumin to reduce inflammation, and B2 and magnesium supplements recommended by my neurologist for hormonal migraines.

You should be willing to include supplements in your diet. Because what you are doing is supplementing your diet with those nutrients absent from your daily consumption that the body requires.

Always make sure to check the quality and efficacy.

8. Hug Your Kid, Spouse or Loved Ones

Based on scientific findings, the benefits of hugging go beyond that warm feeling you get when you hold someone in your arms. Scientists say that giving another person support through hug, can reduce the stress of the person, especially in difficult moments.

They believe that the stress-reducing effects of hugging might also work to keep you healthier.

Hugging boosts your oxytocin levels (the love hormone), increases serotonin (elevates mood and creates happiness), strengthens the immune system, boosts self-esteem, lowers blood pressure, balances the nervous system and releases tension.

Only a few seconds can put you in a positive mood.

9. Meditate

Yep, you knew this was coming, didn’t you? However, when I think of meditation, it has nothing to do with practices that have Eastern mysticism as their foundation.

From the Holy Bible, Psalm 19:14 states, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

My meditation is to focus solely on the Word of God and what it reveals about the God of the Word. So, if you’re one of those people who think you can’t meditate (I feel you, I was one of you!), no more excuses. Try it.

10. Get Bodywork

I said that massage wasn’t the only form of self-care, but it is a good one!

Bodywork is a staple of my self-care routine. Our bodies store emotional tension in ways that we don’t even realize, and bodywork allows us to release that tension.

Options include chiropractic, stretching, cranial-sacral therapy, myofascial release work, osteopathy and reflexology.

11. Take a Hike

Get the blood flowing. We all know the benefits of exercise. This might be a walk, run, hike, trip to the gym, yoga or stretching. Whatever you do, get your blood and body moving.

Ever year the Men’s Ministry in the church where I worship, plan a hike to the Blue Mountains. That is the highest peak in the island of Jamaica.

That is indeed a good workout, because if you are not physically and mentally ready for it, you might not make it to the top.

12. Spend Time with Those You Love

Schedule a date night with your partner, a special day with your kiddo or happy hour with your BFF. We are biologically hardwired for relationships and connection.

Studies prove that people who socialize often have higher levels of happiness. This doesn’t have to be face-to-face; sometimes a phone call is all you need (and can fit in!).

13. Take a Vacation (or a Staycation)

More than 50% of Americans don’t use all of their vacation days. Take time off away from the routine of life. Make time to have fun, recover and re-energize.

Especially for partners who are experiencing some challenging situations. Be it relational, marital, family or job related, breaking away from your familiar environment can heal.

14. Do Something Just for Fun

When was the last time you did something because it was fun or gave you joy? Not because it had a tangible benefit, purpose or ROI?

Crank up the music and dance. Laugh with your kids. Head to the bowling alley. Play a game. Write. Buy flowers. Follow your passions. Attend a fun event.

The real ROI? A better, more energized, happier self.

15. Treat Yourself and Your Body

When you look good, you feel good. You are what you think about yourself.

Get a haircut, have your nails done, enjoy a facial, manicure or pedicure. When we take care of how we look physically, we feel better emotionally.

16. Spend Time in Nature

Studies have shown spending time in nature has a wide range of health benefits including lowering your stress hormone levels.

Get outside, create a backyard garden and mingle with nature.

Head to the forest, hit the beach or take a hike. Walking barefoot and ‘grounding’ can be especially healing.

17. Eliminate Toxicity and Negativity

Toxic people are contagious. Make a conscious effort to hang out with people who feed your soul and make you feel energized and alive. Eliminate or reduce the amount of time you spend with people and situations that drain you or leave you feeling exhausted.

Surround yourself with love, encouragement and positive energy.

18. Take a Bath

This is a simple and inexpensive way to take care of yourself.

Add in a little Epsom Salts, essential oils or that bath bomb you have lying around. Light a candle, sit back, relax and unwind.

19. Practice Self-Reflection

Self-reflection is about taking a step back and reflecting on your life, behavior and beliefs.

Take time regularly to hop off the hamster wheel of life. Think about what’s working and what’s not, acknowledge your wins and successes; identify what to keep and what needs to change.

Try journaling or check out tips for self-reflection here: How Self-Reflection Gives You a Happier and More Successful Life

20. Feed Your Mind

The number one way to positively feed your mind is to read the Word of God every day. Another way to feed your mind and educate your philosophy is through the writings of influential people. Maybe you can’t meet the person, but you can read his or her books.

Learn something new! As humans, we have a need to use our full cognitive capacity. We are here to grow and evolve and learning is a huge piece of us feeling energized and alive.

Take a class or online course. Read a book. Listen to a podcast.

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21. Lend a Hand

We also have a need for significance, contribution and making a difference. Among many other benefits, volunteering has been shown to help people feel healthier and happier.

22. Unpack your Baggage

Self-care is about taking care of your whole self. Often this means dealing with emotional trauma, past events or limiting beliefs.

See a therapist. Talk to a coach. Have the conversation you need to have with that person you’ve been angry with for decades.

23. Be Adventurous

Get outside your comfort zone. Be brave. Challenge yourself.

Whether that be a backpacking trip, trying a new activity, or pushing yourself physically, mentally or emotionally, you’ll feel proud, confident and strong.

24. Tidy up!

There’s a reason Marie Kondo has become a sensation. When we seek minimization in our homes, schedules, and lives, we feel more at ease and less stressed.

Try simplifying one area of your life and experience a new level of peace. Have a read on Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, it may inspire you a lot!

25. Feed Your Spirit

Remember you are Spirit, Soul and Body. Ignoring any one can cause your life to be unbalanced. How are you feeding your soul? This can be anything that relates to you feeling inspiration which means, ‘in spirit’.

Connect with what makes you feel close to something deeper, bigger, higher – or makes you feel more connected to yourself. This might include Christian meditation, spiritual or religious study.

26. Get Creative

We all have a need to grow, use our creativity and express ourselves fully. Find your creative outlet. Paint, dance or take photos.

Not artistically creative? Ask questions, problem-solve or build something.

One of my daughters loves building. When she ideates, draws up plans and brings them to life, she is noticeably happier and more confident.

27. Be True to Yourself

Self-awareness and being true to yourself are essential to living a happy, fulfilled and successful life; therefore, these are critical elements of self-care.

Listen to your inner voice. Identify what you need. When we are out of alignment with ourselves, we are more stressed, overwhelmed and at higher risk for health issues.

You can only be true to yourself when you have found your true self. You can only know yourself through your creator. And the creator has revealed Himself through His Son Yeshua.

28. Set Boundaries

This is important to healthy relationships, a strong sense of self-esteem and healthy life. You must know what you will and won’t accept.

Identify where energy is leaking out from your life. If you continue to give when you have nothing to give or say ‘yes’ when you mean ‘no’, you will continue to suffer.

Know, acknowledge and honor your limits and boundaries – physically and emotionally.

29. Escape

While avoidance and numbing can be detrimental, a little escape can help recharge your batteries.

So watch that reality TV show without guilt, catch the latest movie, delve into that novel, or head to the museum. What transports you and completely allows you to shut off?

30. Be Nice to Yourself

Be kind, patient and understanding. Treat yourself like you would a close friend. Speak to yourself as you would someone you love.

You are enough. You are doing enough.

Give yourself a break, a little more love and a lot more compassion.

You are doing a great job – time to tell yourself that.

Healthy Body and Mind

Eight Hours Work Week For Healthy Mind

Research findings show that eight hours per week (or one day) work is the optimum for your mental health. The study revealed that in order for you to stay mentally healthy, or healthy overall, you should only be working for eight hours per week.

Those researchers are from the Universities of Cambridge and Salford. They “say that is the most “effective dose” of work in order to reap the mental health benefits of paid work.”

I believe these research findings and results are in keeping with the order in which the world is turning. By that I mean, robots and technology are gradually taking over the work human use to do.

Therefore, all these things are being done to mentally prepare the population for a take over.

So when the time comes for little or nothing for us to do, we are already prepared for the little or no work and I am fine.

The article carrying the report in the Shields Gazette ask the question, “is any work good for my health?”

The reporter said that the study was carried out in order to establish the ideal amount of work a person should do each week for their well being.

Anxiety and Depression in the UK

Anxiety and depression are a deadly combination, they will destroy you in no time if allowed to run unchecked. Here is how one woman in the United Kingdom described her ordeal with…

Her name is Arin West who struggled with this problem for a decade. She said “sometimes, even getting out of bed became an overwhelming struggle.

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.

Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life and this can be quite normal.

However some people find it hard to control their worries, making their anxiety more constant and can affect their daily lives.

In 2013, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK according to the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Depression is more than simply feeling ‘unhappy’ or fed up for a few days.

It’s a real illness and can make you feel persistently sad for weeks or months.

According to the National Institute for Health and Social Care Excellence, depression affects nearly one in six people in the UK.

Studies have shown that about four per cent of children aged 5 to 16 in the UK have anxiety or depressed.”

To conclude, here is a healthy mind quote from Goodreads.com: “Don’t let sickness, depression, and disease THUG YOU OUT. Eat healthier, think healthier, speak healthier, and more positively over your life.

When you do so, you will soon begin to conquer your life and your health through new found empowerment- mind, body, and spirit.”

It is Adrian T Brown here your health enthusiast with a profound question for you: Why Are People Sick?. You may or may not be responsible for your present health status.

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Live a Healthy Lifestyle Easily

Good health is the gift of God. In this busy life, it is very difficult to maintain a good and healthy lifestyle. Which is the core of attaining the good health. There are a few things that can make your lifestyle a healthier lifestyle, hence helping you to get a good health. These include:

Diet / Nutrition

The very first and the most important thing in maintaining a good health is your diet. In general, dieting is considered as the eating of some specified foods. If you are not maintaining your diet no matter what exercise you do or what sport you play, you can’t have good health. Diet not only includes healthy eating but keeping it regular and having your meals at a specific time is an essential part of dieting and good nutrition.

Good nutrition includes intake of enough calories required by the body. This can be done by maintaining a moderate amount of essentials like proteins, carbohydrates, fats and liquid calories as well. Water plays a very important role in maintaining your shape (shape of your body). Besides that, water helps in cleansing your skin as well. Depending on the weather a normal human body requires at least 8 glasses of water. This required amount increases in the area where it is hotter.

Sleeping

Along with nutrition, sleep is also very important to have a good health. Good sleep can benefit your mind, heart, weight etc. It is the part of a good and healthier lifestyle which many of us ignore. If you are not having a good sleep you can face many issues like the disturbance in mood, having dark circle around your eyes (under-eye circles). It is highly recommended to have 6-8 hours’ sleep during 24 hours of the day.

A good sleep can be helpful in:

Maintaining good weight.
Having sharp attention.
Improving your memory.
Low stress
Exercise

Exercise is also an essential part of your healthy lifestyle. Exercise helps you a lot in maintaining your weight, keeping your body in shape. Exercise includes playing any game which includes physical activity. The best exercise anyone can do is the morning walk or jogging / running in the morning. Going to the gym for muscle building can help you get six pack abs. Regular exercise can help you strengthen your body to fight against different diseases.

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Healthy Eating Habits – The Best Time to Have Your Daily Meals

The Best Time to Eat Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner:- When it comes to having your very basic and regular three meals of the day that is: breakfast, lunch and dinner, one simply shoves the food down his throat, like any other task of the day, which is to be performed on daily basis, without paying any attention to the time of having those meals. However, for these meals to provide your body with adequate amount of energy and required nutrition, it is very important to have them at its required time because right timings are as important as the meal items itself. Therefore, having your food may sound very simple, but it may become one of those biggest mistakes that make huge difference to your body, overall health and fitness. Hence, it becomes really imperative for each one of us to know the right timings to have your regular three meals.

Below are certain points that one need to observe and analyze once, to inculcate the habit of having food at its required time:
How frequently do you delay your breakfast or skip your meal after a heavy workout? How often do you eat right before bedtime? Do you take long gaps between meals? Hence deciding the ideal time to have your food can be a tricky question to answer.

Below are the appropriate guidelines that one should follow with respect to you regular three meals of day, promising you a healthy lifestyle:

Breakfast

One should aim to eat within the window of 30 minutes, post waking up in the morning
Best time to have first meal of the day is Around 7am
Breakfast should not be delayed later than 10am
Ensure to include a good amount of protein in your breakfast

Lunch

Around 12.45pm is the best time to have lunch
One must maintain a difference of approximately 4 hours between your breakfast and lunch
Lunch should not be delayed post 4pm

Dinner

The best time to take dinner is before 7pm
One should keep a gap of 3 hours between your dinner and time you sleep
Delaying dinner post 10 pm is not considered to be healthy practice
Eating right before going to bed can deter your healthy sleep
What you don’t consume off will probably be stored as fat, as you turn out to be less dynamic towards the finish of the day
Eating excessively near sleep time enhances your blood glucose and insulin levels, which makes it tougher to sleep
Your last supper must be lightest of the day and needs to be eaten before three hours prior to your sleep time at night

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