In today’s fast pace society a lot of us, including myself, forget that we have to maintain the flesh and bones and keep ourselves healthy. We over-extend ourselves and push ourselves further than we should and don’t take time to smell the roses.
We can all improve our quality of life by making small healthier choices every day. Here are six categories that will help you improve your life please take a few minutes to review them and to implement them!
1. Stress is a mess–everything causes stress…. even good things in your life. It is important to learn to manage your stress. Stress has been known to lead to serious health issues such as depression, obesity, self-inflicted wounds and even death can come from being too stressed. Take some time each day to clear your schedule, get organized and your street will be easier to manage. Set realistic goals and work toward them. If you get in over your head, STOP, close your eyes (if your not driving) and then take a few deep breaths which will also help to enhance your blood circulation. Eat antioxidants because they fight stress hormones on a regular bases.
2. Eat Healthy–you are what you eat is very true. Many of us spend too much time eating processed food and we eat out too much. These foods are NOT what our body needs, our body needs a balanced diet of foods and minerals and fresh fruits and vegetables are king! Also drink, yes drink but drink the right thing. Everyone should keep hydrated with WATER. There really is NO substitute. Avoid drinks loaded with sugars and caffeine. COKES are NOT good for you!
3. Put your feet up–everyone need to have some “me time” prop up your feet, relax, take deep breaths and think about what you are successful at instead of dwelling in the negatives. Did you know you can build your immune system up by laughing. Endorphins are released into your body when you laugh. Schedule time to relax, its important. Also laughing will help your blood flow and can give you a great abs work out; LOL.
4. Sleep–everyone needs 6-8 hours of sleep each night but did you know that less than 75 percent of people get that. Games, computers, texting, and social media keep people in contact 24/7 and we need time to rest, our body has to have it. Shut it off and go to bed! Between school, work, sports, family, church and other activities who has time to sleep in today’s fast paced world? The answer: Truly Successful people do. Zzzzzzzz
5. Preventions and check-ups–be sure to know your body, know your limits and don’t step outside of what you can safely do. Its ok to push yourself a little but don’t push too hard. get a yearly check-up and physical, sometimes we don’t realize there are issues because they creep up on us gradually. Regular checkups can help you prevent/detect serious health issues.
6. Scare yourself–this is my personal favorite. We need to scare ourselves or do something to cause our heart to race at least one a day. The most common way to do this is to exercise but its very healthy to get your adrenaline up and get some blood flowing. Just don’t do anything that will physically put you in harms way. In all seriousness we all need to spend more time with a raised heart rate, even a 30 minute walk each day is better than just sitting at the computer, it does not take a high intensive workout to maintain and keep yourself healthy. Remember to BOO someone, it might help them stay healthy.
Blog post by Matthew Hite, Executive Director AAYC, firstname.lastname@example.org