Mental and physical health are more tightly linked than you may realize. Neglecting mental stresses, sleeplessness and anxiety can often lead to weight gain, lethargy, diminished focus and low energy. Here are some ways to keep your mental and physical health in check to maintain your happiness, health and productivity throughout the year.
Ways to Manage Your Health Throughout the Year
- Learn to say “no” – A lot of the stress we accumulate can be attributed to saying “yes” to things we don’t want to do. Of course, there are some duties that cannot be avoided, but you have the option to say “no” to extraneous responsibilities that you aren’t comfortable adding to your plate. Say “no” more often – it’ll give you more time to concentrate on the things you like, and can help you complete responsibilities you can’t avoid.
- Stay hydrated – Hydration may seem like a no brainer, but chances are you’re not getting as much water as you should. Choosing water over sugary drinks and coffees can make you more energized and alert at work, running errands or pursuing a hobby. Drinking more water can also curtail food cravings.
- Sleep at least eight hours a night – Sleep deprivation carries a larger cost to health and wellness than most people realize. Loss of sleep, known as building a “sleep debt,” can increase your appetite, leading to weight gain. Sleep deprivation also has detrimental effects on the brain, causing a lack of focus and productivity. Let your body rest – you’ll thank yourself the next morning.
- Avoid eating at night – Night binging is one of the main causes of weight gain and can lead to stress. Going to bed early can help you avoid it. Create a wind-down ritual that includes reading or yoga for sleep to help stall your body’s cravings. Avoid eating dinner later by finishing dinner by at least 7 p.m.
- Create a reward system that doesn’t involve food – Food is delicious and comforting, but it isn’t the best choice for creating a reward system. Create a reward system that fuels and motivates the body, such as a hiking trip or an active social activity that is not focused solely around food. Focus on rewards that get you out of the house or lower your stress levels like a facial or a massage.
- Stop multitasking – While most people pride themselves on their multitasking abilities, a lot of focus is lost in the process. Isolate your focus to one specific task that needs to be completed every day. You’ll find yourself more focused and completing the task to the best of your ability as opposed to the results you’ll get when divvying up your focus to concentrate on different tasks. If you do it right the first time, there’s less of a chance that you’ll need to focus on it again later.
- Go outside – Most working people are stuck at their desks all day, receiving little sunshine or fresh air. Make it a priority to get outside more. Sunlight provides essential vitamins for the human body, many of which reduce stress levels and create endorphins – a special hormone that inspires happiness. Scientific studies have shown people who don’t get enough sunlight are more prone to get sick. Help your immune system by soaking up some UV rays, but limit exposure to 30 minutes or less. Apply adequate sunscreen if you plan on staying outside longer.
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