On the surface, boosting your mental and your physical health may seem like two separate topics, yet, people who gave this idea just a bit of thought know just how inseparable these two concepts are. You see, good physical health isn’t a guarantee to one’s healthy mental state, however, it’s definitely a factor that affects it in more than one way. A similar thing takes place the other way around, as well. With that in mind, here are four simple methods you can use to give both your physical and mental health a quick boost.
1. Drop your bad habits
While everyone knows that substance abuse and smoking tend to be bad for your overall health, you also need to bear in mind the fact that they actively impact your mood in more than one way. Withdrawal crisis, that can be caused by the absence of nicotine and hangover that is a side-effect of excessive drinking both affect your mood in a negative way, thus making you substantially more anxious. Needless to say, this creates a chain reaction that is bound to push you on a vicious cycle of degradation and decline. Evencan contribute to this, which is why you need to take all things in moderation.
2. Adopt a new perspective
The next thing you need to consider is adopting a new perspective on the situation that you are in. First of all, you need to identify all the things that you’re grateful for. While your own financial problems may seem as terrifying, try to remember thatlives on less than $10 per day. Things like your health, your family and your friends are something else that you should be grateful for. A word of caution, there’s a fine line between realizing that things could be much worse and settling for what you have. You should never allow this shift in perspective to restrain your ambition and aspirations.
3. Engage in physical exercise
There are some serious studies that have all but shown how physical exercise affects your mood in a positive way. The way in which it affects your physical health is more than obvious. However, the form of exercise matters just as much as how hard you’re training. For instance, undergoing martial art training can positively affect your own self-confidence, even teach you how to behave under pressure.
Think about it, meditation is great, yet, it’s something that’s most commonly done in a controlled (peaceful) environment. A martial art (especially one with a lot of contact and sparring sessions) will teach you how to remain calm under pressure, which might be exactly what you need to get the most from your mindfulness.
Fortunately, martial arts are currently at a pinnacle of their popularity, which is why it shouldn’t be that hard to findand enlist in a matter of days. Sure, you may have to buy some additional equipment but remember that most of this equipment consists of one-time purchases.
4. Improve your sleep habits
You would be surprised at just how little you may know about something that you practice every single day. First of all, a physically active person needs at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep per day for their body to fully recuperate. Second, the quality of sleep is affected by the timing of your last meal, your last drink, the quality of your mattress and more. Your sleeping schedule is also quite relevant. As human beings, we’re programmed to sleep at night, which is why going to bed as early as 10 PM may be incredibly beneficial for your mind and body.
In the end, no list, no matter how elaborate can encompass all that you can do in order to improve your mental and physical health. Eating properly, good hydration, the importance of socializing and the concept of giving back are just some of the topics that we didn’t have enough time to discuss. Still, you first have to learn how to walk in order to be able to run. This is why these four basic steps are the first issues you need to address.