We all know that good and balanced diet as well as exercising can keep us healthy. You probably also know that staying away from people who are sick as well as taking your vitamins and supplements will probably keep you healthy as well. But despite doing all this, we sometimes fall sick! So, what else can you really do to keep yourself healthy especially when everyone around you is sick? What can you do that’s different to make sure that you can stay relatively healthy for the especially during the winter months when everyone is falling sick? Here are five unique things you can do to make sure you stay healthy and keep yourself strong
1.Learn New Things
So how does learning new things keep you healthy? The more you read and the more you learn new material, the better your brain functions and if your brain, the powerhouse of your body if fully functioning, the rest of your body is bound to follow. Your brain controls so much of your body and influences our health, especially our mental health in so many ways. If you read every day, and go beyond reading new books and reading everything and about learning new things around you, you are bound to pick up habits that will eventually make you a stronger and healthier person. Stop for a second to learn other skill and hobbies to enhance your mental health and add to what you already know. This will help you get farther in life. It might be learning a new language or a new skill, whatever it is, just learn a few new things every year and you’ll be a much healthier person both mentally and physically. And if all fails, you at least have learned something that you can share with others or something that enhances your life and makes you a better person.
2.Take Time Out
Taking time out to rest, relax, and rejuvenate should be mandatory for everyone. Sadly, we never have enough time to do as much as shut off the world and be on our own for just a bit. Overstimulation and not getting a break naturally lead to fatigue which eventually lead to our bodies breaking down and getting diagnosed with all sort of weird things including obesity, diabetes, heart problems, cancer, and other diseases that we might have prevented if only we had taken time out to rest a bit. Not taking time out for ourselves also prevent us from making headway in other things that are equally important so we end up being stuck in the same place and soon begin to dislike where we are. This ultimately leads to our bodies breaking down mentally and physically. If you never take time out to take care of yourself, you’ll find it harder to move further along in your goals and dreams. Studies show that people who take out time to take care of themselves are happier and more relaxed, less depressed, and more likely to set goals and achieve them as they have full control of what is important to them. So, take time every few weeks to recharge yourself and then get back to working on your goals with renewed energy. This will lead you to a healthier body, both physically and mentally.
3.Sleep A Little More
Sounds overrated to discuss sleep, but sleep is really essential to being healthy, and incidentally weight loss! Probably more overrated that you know. We all know that sleep is great for rejuvenating the body but most of us are not aware that sleep actually plays a vital role to how good or bad our metabolism work. When you don’t sleep, your body produces more stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is something that signals to your brain that you need food and guess what happens? While you are awake longer that you should be and probably not hungry, your body thinks otherwise and you end up eating unnecessary calories for so many hours in the day. Also, when you sleep, the good hormones – our growth hormones – are produced at this time. This hormone helps our body burn fat as well as keep our internal organs functioning right. Growth hormones also help us build muscles which in turn leads to weight loss. When we’re sleep-deprived, all these don’t happen and we’re left with overeating, under-burning of fat, and low production of growth hormones. And this all leads to us being unhealthy as well as increases our chances of diseases like cancer, stroke, diabetes, and a ton of other illness we could have prevented from sleeping a bit more. So, sleep in more and reap the health benefits of being healthy physically and mentally.
4.Take A Sunset Stroll
Sounds like luxury that you can’t afford to take right? But not so! Studies have shown that taking a stroll in a relaxing environment can stimulate a sense of well-being which translate to feeling great both physically and mentally. Your mind equates the sunset as calm and peace and if you’re in a quiet environment, you get the added benefit of tranquility and peace. If you want to enhance your sunset moment, plan to share the experience sometimes with someone you care deeply about and trust. Perhaps a romantic partner? A strong relationship and a trusted partner can also impact a sense of wellbeing in your life. Afterall, what is more romantic and fun than walking hand-in-hand with someone you love while watching the sun go down? Find the perfect place with the perfect sunset and share your goals and dreams with someone special to you. Perhaps even pack some picnic and a bottle of wine or your favorite relaxing beverage to enhance the experience of calm and peace. When you’re at peace, your body will be physically and mentally rejuvenated.
5.Don’t’ Stress the Small Stuff
You’ve heard it! Don’t stress the small stuff meaning don’t beat yourself up for things that really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Let’s put it this way, if what you’re worried about today will not matter within the next few days, then stop worrying and let it go. Of course, that is if it’s not something that will be detrimental to you or something that is life-threatening. So, our advice is to differentiate between what is important and what is not and learn to fight your battles. Only fight battles that are worth your while and battles that will make you a stronger person both physically and mentally. Letting go of things that are not important means you can save your energy and time for things that really do matter. So, learn to relax, and focus yourself on things that will add value to your life and your health. Once you figure out how what is worth stressing about and not, you’ll be in a better position to handle your daily life and keep yourself mentally and physically healthy.