Your physical and mental well-being are crucial if we want to live happy and fulfilled life. However, without the balance between your body and mind, everything you do will be at a much slower pace. Yes, exercise and diet are the things that typically come first to mind when we think about health, but our body and mind affect each other and are interconnected. That is why continuous stress can lead to physical illness or pain.
To nurture yourself, including your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, you need to maintain a healthy balance between your body and mind. These are 10 simple yet effective ways that will help you achieve this balance.
1. Regular exercise
Strength workouts will help you get rid of that extra fat and build lean muscles. However, it also requires mental focus because, if you want to see results, you need to be as dedicated as possible to your workouts. Strength (or resistance) training will help you become more aware of your body. Physical strength makes us feel confident, powerful, and in control – something that can’t be achieved by sitting in a chair.
Yoga is extremely beneficial for your body’s strength, flexibility, and balance. It offers more than just effective exercising techniques – it helps us connect to our entire being and experience emotional well-being, providing us with the mind-body-soul balance.
When it comes to restoring our body and mind balance, meditation is another powerful tool. It is a state of restful awareness in which your mind is awake (but quiet), while your body is resting deeply. It can help with addictive behaviors, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and hypertension, and enhance one’s sense of empathy, memory, stress regulation, as well as sense of self.
4. Spend time outside
Get up and get out. Instead of sitting at home, now is the best time for outdoor sports, picnics, walks, hikes, as well as camping. We’re not meant to spend our lives in concrete cubicles, and interacting with nature can help us calm down, relax, and increase creativity and productivity.
5. Challenge yourself
You can’t grow if you don’t challenge yourself. In order to feel healthy and balanced, we need to keep moving. A challenge can be either a mental or a physical one, but the aim should be to step outside your comfort zone and push your boundaries.
6. Smile and laugh
This may feel silly at first, but smiling is really powerful and you’ll realize it as soon as you start practicing it. Give it a try by simply standing in front of a mirror and smiling at yourself. Think of it as your brain watching you in the mirror as you do something positive.
A lack of hydration can have a myriad of negative effects on your mind and body. In order to function properly, our brains depend on proper hydration because brain cells require a balance between water and various other elements. Insufficient water intake can also lead to different problems, like high blood pressure, digestive and skin disorders, joint stiffness or pain, kidney problems, and premature aging.
8. Restful sleep
You can deal with stressful situations more calmly when you’re well rested. However, we often underestimate the importance of sleep due to the fast pace of modern lifestyle. Maybe you can go on without much sleep for days, but after some time, it can contribute to depression and weight gain, as well as weaken your immune system and disrupt your body’s balance.
9. Read, read, read
Books are great mental stimulators and stress relievers. Reading helps keep your brain active, it fills you with new information, expands your vocabulary, and improves your memory and focus. What weightlifting does for your muscles is what reading does to your brain. You know how they say – use it or lose it.
10. Improve nutrition
By eating fast food, we make our body become more acidic, instead of alkaline. To improve that, try to eat as much fresh food (vegetables and fruit) as possible, eat small portions regularly, and bring your processed food intake to a minimum. Drink enough water, eat slowly and mindfully, and conduct a detox every 2-3 months.
Good health isn’t just the absence of disease, but a state of vitality and well-being. You are healthy if you can digest everything you take in, choose the healthy nutrients and eliminate the ones that wear you down. In case of disbalance or disruption, we can experience sickness, which is a signal that we need to restore balance.