Healthy mental health is not only important for dealing with the pressures of daily life, having good relationships in life, and achieving your work goals, it’s also about feeling comfortable in your own skin, having healthy thought patterns and yours managing emotions well. Even if we’re not careful, our daily habits can have a significant impact on our mental health. (Also read: 8 positive things to say to a person struggling with depression)
Lazing around, watching movies, sleeping late at night, eating a lot of garbage, waking up late in the morning can lead to poor health. Positive habits like meditation, spending time in nature, eating a healthy diet, doing yoga and breathing exercises can give your mental health a much-needed boost.
“Our habits not only shape our day, but also our mind, body and soul. In our hectic and chaotic lifestyle, we only need comfort for a while. A little break to wipe all those frown lines from our brows and feel refreshed and reconnected. And to achieve a perfect balance of mind, body and spirit, all we have to do is follow certain healthy habits,” says Sheenam K Malhotra, Dietician, Clinical Nutritionist and Wellness Advisor.
Here are 5 simple daily habits to get a healthy mind, body and spirit as suggested by Malhotra.
1. The power of meditation
Meditation is a great way to heal all your wounds and get rid of unnecessary stress and anxiety. It calms your mind, relaxes your muscles and nerves, and your mind reaches the level of calm. Regular meditation can greatly improve mental health, and once our mind is at peace, your body will also become disease-free. You can meditate for 10-15 minutes in the morning or before bed. Choose a relaxing spot in your home and let your body reconnect with your soul.
2. Spend time with nature
Your body needs a break from the laptop screens and four walls. Spending a few minutes with nature helps rejuvenate the body and mind. Fresh air is a great stimulator for your brain and can help clear your mind. Take time out before or after work and go for a jog or brisk walk in a park or in the countryside. Also, opt for vacations that include lots of outdoor activities like hiking, boating, etc.
3. Follow a healthy diet
Our diet plays a very important role in our overall mental and physical health. When we indulge in a healthy, wholesome, and mindful diet, our bodies and minds respond more effectively and connect on a deeper level. Try to incorporate a balanced diet into your daily routine that will provide you with the nutrients you need and satisfy your cravings. Fresh leafy greens, fruits, salads, and plenty of juices are some of the healthy foods to include. Avoid sugar and fried foods as much as possible and try to replace them with healthier and tastier foods. Also, while eating, try to keep all your devices away and just enjoy your food. This will allow your body to absorb all the good things from food and your mind and soul will be satisfied too.
4. Mindful breathing
Deep breathing is powerful enough to change your negative thought patterns. In moments of fear, take a deep breath and breathe in the goodness of nature. Your nerves will be revived and you will achieve a sense of calm where all negative thoughts will be flushed from your mind.
5. Sleep like a baby
A night of sound, healthy sleep is all it takes to keep your mind, body and spirit energized. Sleep releases growth hormones in our body that are necessary for your health. In addition, getting enough sleep allows your body to work more efficiently the next day, leaving you fully charged. Your body and mind sync up better when you get enough sleep.
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