Our physical and mental health are closely linked – you can say they coexist. By balancing the two, we can improve our quality of life and make each day worth celebrating.
How do we do this?
The answer is both simple and complicated at the same time. It’s a juggling act that involves dedication, responsibility, and motivation. Truth be told, it’s much easier than you might think.
Start With a Change in Diet
You’ve heard it before. Your doctors, friends, and coworkers all tell you the same thing. Changing your diet can improve your physical health. We’re not going to discuss each aspect of what you need to change but rather the mental state you need to be in to stay consistent.
Just like someone that attends an inpatient alcohol treatment center for their condition, it isn’t easy to stay consistent with a routine that’s unfamiliar or break out of a habit that’s been a go-to for years. You need to buckle down and commit to it. Start slow, there’s no need to go cold turkey when all it’s going to do is hurt you in the long run.
Add nutrient-rich foods like fruits and vegetables to your daily meals. Each week, replace an unhealthy option with something that’s better for your body. This could be anything from soda to deep-fried treats that you love so much.
Spend Quality Time with Friends and Family
Healthy relationships with your friends and family can help you feel appreciated and boost your mood. Whether it’s venting about the day’s troubles or just a small chat about your favorite movie, the feeling of connection through conversation can increase your emotional well-being.
Call a friend and schedule a lunch, or head to your mom’s and share a few funny stories. Life can throw some pretty nasty punches, and one way that you can expedite the recovery process is to spend some quality time with people that are close to your heart.
Try Something New
Remember that hobby you’ve always wanted to pursue but put on the back-burner because of work? Channel that inner voice that’s calling out to you and make time to have some fun.
Pursuing new activities and hobbies in your off time helps keep you engaged and can reduce stress levels. Keeping a fresh perspective on things can prevent redundancy and repetition in your daily routine. Additionally, it keeps you out of your comfort zone, making each day something brand new and different.
Naturally, when we pick up something new and find out that we’re pretty good about it, we tend to feel uplifted. With so many different things you haven’t experienced yet, why hold yourself back? If you’re a so-called “workaholic,” put it this way; harnessing the ability to pursue new hobbies can grant you the confidence to take on new challenges, face a variety of situations, and boost your confidence.
We all strive to do the best we can in everything that we pursue – careers, relationships, etc. But, as much as we want to try our best, some of us try to strive for something beyond our ability. This leads to an enormous amount of pressure, stress, and discouragement.
Don’t strive for perfection. Rather, identify your strengths and your weaknesses. Accepting these two can help create a roadmap for where you want to go and what you want to do in life. Realizing that you’re not as strong in a certain situation over others doesn’t mean you’re not capable. You’re human after all. Not everything is going to go according to plan. But, by identifying these certain weaknesses, you can choose to address them however you will and carry that forward to each opportunity that life presents to you. Acceptance is a key component of our emotional well-being.
If all fails, but let’s hope some will work, talk to a thrivealk.com therapist about your mental health.