Want to have more energy, feel more mentally alert, and enjoy better relationships? Here are 7 things you can do now to improve your overall health and well-being:
1) Eat a high nutrient, low-calorie diet.* The standard American diet, which is high in sugar, fat, and artificial ingredients is a recipe for long-term health problems. Instead, focus on non-processed foods that are high in health-giving nutrients and can help fight disease. To learn more, check out Eat to Live or view the films Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead or Forks Over Knives.
2) Exercise regularly.* Even those who exercise often do not get enough exercise to make a difference in their overall health and well-being. The CDC recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity plus muscle strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups on at least 2 days per week. You may find that adding variety to your workouts (swimming, cycling, crossfit, group classes, etc.) can help you meet these goals.
3) Get a good night’s sleep. We all know how we feel when we don’t get a good night’s sleep. Research has shown that getting a good night’s sleep not only makes us feel better, it can also help ward off disease, guard against obesity and diabetes, and improve learning and mental functioning.
4) Attend to relationships. Relationships require our attention. We must make time to connect with others, learn to repair hurts in relationships, and build positive relationship experiences with others in our lives. Research has shown that close relationships with others is one of the keys to authentic happiness.
5) Have a healthy spiritual life. Recent scientific evidence has shown positive religious and spiritual practices and beliefs can have a positive impact on a variety of health outcomes. However, negative religious beliefs, such as the belief that God is angry with you, can have a negative impact on health. To learn more, read the work of Dr. Ken Pargament.
6) Find work you love. As the old saying goes, find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life. The key to making a good career choice is to find work that suits who you are, doing what is possible for you, and providing a product or service that meets a demand. Get started with this quick guide.
7) Attend to your finances. Avoid debt. Live below your means. Save wisely. These are not new principles, they are age-old, proven principles for effectively managing one’s finances and building real wealth while avoiding the stress that comes with financial challenges.
Most of us have some idea that each of these areas are important, but we often struggle to act on them because we don’t have the skills we need to be successful or because emotional obstacles get in our way. If you struggle in these areas contact BreakForth counseling today – we can help!
*Consult with your doctor before beginning a new diet or exercise program.