Quite a number of people these days still think of health in the light of physical wellness. They think that to live a healthy life is all about taking proper care of yourself and yet focus only on the body.
Your “self” is a beautiful mix of mind, body, spirit. If you want to live a truly healthy and balanced life, you have to learn to take care of as many of these three aspects as possible.
MIND – Ways to be Mentally Healthy
It is important to keep your mind active and take mental breaks when necessary.
Our brain is one of our most powerful tools. It is capable of so many feats. However, just like any overused material, it is likely to break down or stress you out if not given adequate rest.
Be open to learning. Embrace it, love it. Everything single opportunity you get to learn something new and useful, grab it with vigor. You can never learn enough… there’s always new knowledge to take on.
One way to keep learning is to read. A lot. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose, drama, whatever it is, there’s always something to sift out of them. So get reading. Even if it is a new chapter or paragraph a day, it’s a good start.
That’s one reason I’m not so happy with myself these days. I seriously need to restore my reading schedule back to normal. Because, right now, it really isn’t something to write home about.
BODY – Ways to Stay Physically Healthy
Your body is unto you as a canvas is unto an artist.
An artist takes his time to add different features that convert his canvas into a masterpiece. In the same way, there are some vital things you must do to keep your body in a healthy top-notch shape.
According to many things that I think I may have studied in Biology back in high school, physical activity helps give your brain good vibes. Now I didn’t quite remember the phrasing so I searched high and low until I got it… Endorphins. I think they are supposed to be some sort of “positive feelings triggers” that are triggered by physical activity.
Now, this can include frequent exercise or participating in activities, sports or games that require the movement of your body. And, by games, I strongly advise against sticking to just video games. Those just strengthen your hand muscles (unless you’re a wild gamer).
Soccer is a good example of a sport that helps exercise your muscles and strengthen them.
Eating and the risk of diseases are negatively correlated. Eat well and lower the risk. Don’t… and I wish you the best of luck.
Taking care of your body requires you to take as many balanced meals as possible at regular times.
Don’t be all junky and neglect your veggies.
Try not to eat too late at night too.
Because you don’t wanna be full of regrets
When you get diseases that may cause you to unwillingly soil your undies.
Nessa T. (Best Bud!!)
Drink lots of water
I know this should have gone in the above category. Mainly because water is technically a part of the 7 MAIN NUTRIENTS (carbo, protein, lipids, fibre, vitamins, minerals, and water). But I want to place a lot of emphasis on this.
Drink a lot of water daily! At least 8 glasses a day should do. I, for one, drink at least 2 litres on a daily average. And I still feel like I can do better. Water has sooo many benefits that I could list out. But that’ll just make this post longer than it already is.
Get adequate sleep
Sleep is good. I’m still trying to fully come to terms with its goodness so ummm.. why don’t I let y’all tell why this is good for me.
SPIRIT – Ways to Stay Spiritually Healthy
So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps His Word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.
You can go to church to help uplift and build up your spirit.
Taking the time to pray as often you can – in good times (thanksgiving) and bad – keeps your spirit active just as physical activity does to your body.
Studying and meditating on the Word of God daily equates to the feeding and watering of your spirit.
Additionally, church support groups can help you get through tough times through prayer, the ministering of God’s Word and encouragement (sometimes with testimonies to build up your faith).
So that’s about it for the three main components of a healthy life.
Shout out to my fellow collaborators:
- Barb Caffrey: We Must Do Better and Insist on Better Health Care
- Ipuna Black: Health is a State of Balance: Mind, Body, Spirit
- Nicolle K.: Collaboration with a Purpose: Health for All – Self-Care
- Sadaf Siddiqi: Health is Wealth
- Tajwar Fatma: World health day
- Mylene C. Orillo: The Truth About Getting Sick in the Philippines
- Sonyo Estavillo:#WorldHealthDay & Why #MentalHealthMatters
- Divyang Shah: World Health Day!
- Jothish Joseph: Are you healthy?
- Swati Kadam:
- Gelyka Ruth Dumaraos: How My Father’s Health Condition Made Me Shift to a Healthier Lifestyle
- Jane Love: Vital Components of a Healthy and Balanced Life
NB: I’ll add to the list as they come.