I am not a medical professional. All changes to your diet, exercise and any other action that can affect your health and wellbeing should be discussed with your physician to ensure they are safe for you.
Dehydration can lead to headaches, fatigue, poor sleep, cramps and more. Keeping hydrated is important to your overall health. That being said, too much of a good thing can be harmful. Your digestive system is only designed to intake so much water at a time, less than a litre an hour. To read about the dangers affiliated with drinking too much water, click here. When you are exercising your body will actively retain water, so be mindful not to drink too much when exercising. Drinking small amounts often throughout the day is the best way to stay hydrated without the potential of overloading the kidneys and liver. The best part about it is that your sense of thirst is excellently tuned to allow you to know when you should be drinking more or less water. The benefits of hydration have been said to include clearer skin, a more efficient digestive track and clarity of mind. If you, like me, don’t love drinking water all day, you can always infuse your water with fruit flavours or products like Mio to keep you from reaching for juice or pop.
Take Time To Relax
Relaxation has become a luxury in a world filled with deadlines, long work hours, multiple jobs and endless stress. It is important to be able to let your mind and body relax each day to ensure your mind and body can properly recover each night. Many people recommend taking a bath with lavender to relax and give yourself time to unwind. It is recommended to remove yourself from blue light (from cellphones, video game consoles, televisions, etc) a few hours before going to bed. Having an alarm clock in your bedroom and leaving your phone outside of the room while you sleep is also recommended so that the temptation to scroll through newsfeeds can’t be accomplished. It is also recommended to read before bed, avoiding subjects like politics that might bring up negative reactions. Reading philosophy, poetry or a favourite novel can help you settle down for the night. Meditation is likely the best known method of full body and mind relaxation, but it is also very difficult to master, but worth investing time into. Also, limiting caffeine intake, especially in the afternoon, can help you relax in the evening as caffeine can effect the body many hours after ingestion.
We all know fast food isn’t good for us, and many studies have looked into the negative effects of having junk food regularly in a diet. High amounts of sugar, oils and other calorie dense foods can lead to many different diseases. Most notably diabetes, high blood sugar, hypertension and high cholesterol. Eating low sugar diets allow us to have healthier bodies. Eating plenty of vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts and natural sources of protein leads us to healthier bodies and better digestive health. I wouldn’t ever tell anyone to cut out all treats in their diet, but they shouldn’t be an every day occurrence. Small amounts of things like chocolate can be beneficial, and there is an argument for treating yourself bringing emotional satisfaction. But there is a balance to achieve between taking care of yourself and enjoying yourself.
Move Your Body
Not everyone loves running or weight lifting, which are the most commonly shown methods of exercise. Find an activity that you can enjoy enough to commit too. We know that exercise releases dopamine and serotonin in the brain, so you will feel better during exercise and for many hours after exercise you will likely still feel more energized, awake and have more clarity. Not to mention all the long term benefits of having a healthy and flexible body. Try new sports, seasonal actives and engage in group exercise to find the ones that suit you well and fit into your lifestyle.
The human brain needs exercise as much as any muscle in the body. Take the time to learn something new every day. There is a satisfaction in expanding your knowledge and making your interests broader. If you like learning about interesting science, click here to learn some fun science with SciShow. Pick up books, take classes, engage with friends and colleagues to learn from them. Learning new practical skills such as cooking, baking, mechanicals, sewing, programming, photography, web design, spreadsheeting, etc can not only lead to personal achievement, but advancement in the workplace. Here is a list of some great books you might like if you want to learn some new creative skills. You are never too old to learn.
Do Something You Love
Joy is one of the most important parts of the human experience. Doing things that bring you happiness is just as important as exercising and feeding yourself well. Think of it as self-care for your mind. Writing, painting, playing video games, hiking as well as hundreds of other hobbies enrich your life, reduce stress and most importantly, they make you feel good. Though studies have yet to link all the connections between human joy and the body itself, studies have shown that mental state and the immune system are closely linked. A happy person has a healthier immune system!
Let me know what you do to feel good in your daily routine, and share your favourite bed time book! You can always leave a comment, and no email address is necessary to do so!