Keeping yourself fit and healthy is taking care of your physical, mental and overall health. Here are six things you can do to become a better person.
- Surround yourself with good people
Certain people in our life are often the cause of our emotional pain and trauma. However, that doesn’t mean you should shut yourself off from people for good. You will need to connect with good, genuine people in your life.
Know the people you could trust and build a strong support system with them. Reach out to trustworthy and supportive family members, friends, colleagues, church mates, etc. Talk to your pastor or get yourself a mentor or life coach. Make plans to meet them, or seek out activities where you can interact with new people.
- Learn how to deal with stress
Stress is a part of life – and you can manage it in many ways. These are just some of the ways you can do to manage your stress:
- Talk to people
- Watch a funny movie.
- Listen to music.
- Cook or order your favorite food.
- Go to the beach or park.
- Visit your favorite café or restaurant.
- Take up a hobby or sport.
- Play with your pet.
- Exercise or work out at the gym.
- Paint or take up a new craft.
- Write your journal.
- Pray, meditate, and read the scripture.
Do any activity that will help you de-stress, calm down, relax, release tension, and gather your thoughts. Don’t let stress get you down and rob you of your joy and energy for living.
- Take care of your body
Do you know that your body and mind are connected? When you take care of your body, you also take care of your mind, so it is essential to your mental health that you take good care of your body. With that in mind, here are some ways to take good care of your body today:
- Eat regularly. Don’t skip meals.
- Eat healthy nutritious foods.
- Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such salmon, tuna, and sardines; nuts such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, and walnuts; green leafy vegetables, including spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli; beans; berries; whole grains; and avocado.
- Cut out on foods high in saturated and trans fats, chemical preservatives, refined carbs, artificial dyes, and colors.
- Avoid or limit fried foods and sugary snacks and beverages.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise is good for your overall health as it helps you lower anxiety, boost your energy, lift your mood, promote better sleep, and handle stress.
- Get enough sleep. You should never skip sleep, as doing so can take a toll on your mood, energy, and mental sharpness, and wreak long-term havoc on your overall health and outlook in life.
- Quit smoking.
- Quit alcohol and/or drug abuse.
You may not be aware how much of what you eat (and don’t eat) and what you do (and don’t do) to your body affect the way you think and feel. So, make healthy lifestyle changes in your life today.
- Value yourself
Stop being so hard on yourself, but learn to be kinder to yourself. Be not critical or ashamed of yourself, but value yourself more. Treat yourself with more respect and love. Avoid self-criticism; stop criticizing yourself, as well as stop beating yourself up over small mistakes that have no or minimal consequences.
Make time for yourself and the things you love. Make sure to spend an hour every day on the things that make you happy to reignite your zest for life.
- Slow down and quiet your mind
Take time to slow down and relax, otherwise, you risk feeling too overwhelmed to do anything. When you relax, you begin to assess your feelings carefully and see problems clearly. It becomes easier for you to focus on what is happening (being mindful of the present) and, above all, see the good sides of things. Thus, you will be able to come up with effective solutions.
How you relax and quiet your mind is up to you. You can pray, meditate, and read the scripture. You can also relax or quiet your mind by reading, doing art, gardening, or spending time in nature. The point is to
- Get help when you need it
When you think you need help, seek help and don’t hesitate. You deserve a pair of listening ears and a warm hug from people you could trust and respect. Don’t keep your feelings to yourself and your concerns bottled up. Share your thoughts and hopes, fears and worries with people that care. Remember, asking for help is never a sign of weakness but of strength.