There is no shortcut to a healthy mind and body, which is why conscious effort is essential. A number of illnesses nowadays are often triggered by stress and anxiety, from headaches to life-threatening diseases. The good news is there are ways to combat these, and one of them is keeping a healthy lifestyle. It is important to keep in mind that this does involve not only physical health but also your psychological well-being. Here are a few things that can help get you in top shape and mood.
Take Care of Your Vision
Eyes are not only the window to the soul but also to your health. Impaired vision can result in severe headaches, light sensitivity, loss of focus, and more. A balanced diet is essential in keeping your eyes healthy. Make sure to consume foods that are rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, as well as green leafy vegetables, and omega-3 rich fish such as salmon. Avoid long hours in front of the computer or mobile phone, as well as reading in low light.
It is also important to visit your physician regularly, especially if your sight tends to get blurry or there are floaters in your vision. Early corrective measures and prevention are always better than learning about any eye problems later on.
Get Enough Rest
You might have heard this a lot of times before and for a good reason. Many adults, especially breadwinners, forget to take a break and give themselves much-needed rest and relaxation. Many opt to work two or three jobs and even take jobs on the weekend to be able to provide for their family. According to studies, approximately 40% of adults do not get enough sleep, which can later on result to heart ailments, obesity, stroke, hypertension, and even depression.
To combat sleep deprivation, establish a habit where you go to bed the same time every night. Turn off the lights (including gadgets) to help you relax and induce sleep. Use comfortable pillows and blankets—anything that can remind your body that it is time to rest. It’s also important to avoid nicotine and caffeine, especially before bedtime.
Learn How to Relieve Stress
Stress is already a part of our lives, and the only way to combat it is to know what works best for you when dealing with stress. There is no need to break the bank while shopping stress away or pack your bags and take the next flight to an exotic beach. Contrary to popular belief, stress can be managed, and the first step to doing so is recognizing what triggers it. This gives you control over your emotions and reaction to particular situations. This also helps you spot the trigger and avoid it, which effectively eliminates the need to deal with stress.
However, if you find yourself stressed, it helps to have a go-to stress reliever. This can be a movie and pizza night, talking to friends, or a bubble bath and lighting your favorite scented candles. Or why not indulge in a hobby that is creative but also productive?
For example, some people love to create designs and have them heat-pressed on a shirt, canvass bag, or a large piece of cloth. They sometimes use insta graphic systems for a quick transfer, so it is quick and fulfilling. But there is no one size fits all solution and knowing your trigger and stress reliever can help you get back on your feet sooner. It takes time, conscious effort, and consistency to take care of one’s overall well-being. When you get used to healthy practices such as eating a balanced meal and getting enough sleep among others, you will find it becomes easier to do in the long run. Staying healthy is never easy, but starting it one day at a time is the best way to make it a part of your life.