Most people believe healthy living depends on exercise and eating well, but there are other things you can do to help improve your health and wellbeing. The following suggestions below will help you increase your energy, balance, and clarity levels for better healthy living.
- Get a good night sleep for approximately 7-10 hours daily. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.
- Enjoy a good belly laugh. Laughter can help to strengthen the immune system and release endorphins that serve as a pain killer. It is also a form of exercise that burns calories.
- Connect and relate well with others, it enhances your overall health and well-being. Studies reveal that, loneliness can contribute to sleep deprivation, an increase in blood pressure, and the production of stress hormones.
- Be mentally fit to function well with the daily hassles of life and, contribute to community and family in a positive way. It helps you reduce stress, strengthen your immune system, and increase your overall quality of life.
- Connect with nature (eco-therapy). It has significant effect on your mental and physical health. Research has suggested that it takes only 20-minutes of outdoor activity (such as, a walk in a city park or sitting under a tree) to increase energy levels, mental well-being, and strengthen physical resiliency to help reduce illnesses.
- Practice mindfulness; focus more on the positive thoughts than the negative ones. It helps you to reduce stress, blood pressure, chronic pain and enhance sleep.
- Limit the time you spend on social media. It has been associated with feelings of misery and negative effects on well-being. Simply allot the time for usage of social networking sites and do not keep gadgets in the pocket at all times.
- Cultivate the act of giving. When you give through volunteerism or financial donations, it can improve your self-esteem, release endorphins, strengthen the immune system, and improve overall well-being. In addition, lending a hand can shift one’s perspective from a focus on life troubles to a focus on helping someone in need.
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