How to Improve Yourself Mentally and Physically
It’s never too late to be a better you. Small changes you introduce today will have an impact for years to come. Your mind and your body are connected in more ways than you imagine. Any positive steps you take to improve one will also benefit the other. Don’t introduce too many changes at once, however, or you will feel overwhelmed. Instead, do one or two new things every week and give yourself time to adjust before you try something else.
Exercise regularly. Exercise improves your cardiovascular health, fights stress and helps improve circulation and the delivery of oxygen to your brain. Think outside the box and search for an activity you enjoy that helps you relax. If you don’t enjoy going to the gym, join a hiking or biking club, take dancing lessons or learn to play tennis.
Create a meditation room in your house. If you don’t have a spare room, transform your bedroom, home office or a corner of your garage into your personal sanctuary. Set a rug or a large cushion on the floor, burn some incense and play some soft music. Use the room to meditate or to practice yoga, which is good for both your body and your soul. Spend 10 minutes meditating to help you relax and improve your sleep.
Pamper yourself for an hour every week. If you can afford it, get a massage or hire a personal trainer to help you feel better physically. You can also learn how to do reflexology or take an afternoon to walk alone in a nearby park or hills. While you’re doing any of these physical activities, spend time thinking about your goals and where you are in life, so you can then move forward.
Read every day. According to a 2008 article in “O, The Oprah Magazine,” reading gives your brain a workout 2. It can improve memory, sharpens your learning abilities and boosts your comprehension and insight. To help your body at the same time, read books or magazines that teach you about eating healthy and exercising.
Keep a diary. Write down your emotions, ideas, projects you’re working on and goals to achieve. Use the diary as an outlet when you’re upset or sad instead of reaching for comfort food. Keep track of your exercise and eating habits as well.
Eat more natural foods and less processed, sugary products. Fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains contain nutrients that will keep your body and your mind healthier. A healthy diet will also help you control your weight and improve your energy, so you’re ready for more physical and mental challenges.
To help your body at the same time, read books or magazines that teach you about eating healthy and exercising. Think outside the box and search for an activity you enjoy that helps you relax. Spend 10 minutes meditating to help you relax and improve your sleep.
- “Life Makeovers: 52 Practical & Inspiring Ways to Improve Your Life One Week at a Time”; Cheryl Richardson; 2002
- "O, The Oprah Magazine"; Watch This. No. Read It!; Lauren Duzbow; June 2008
- HelpGuide; Improving Emotional Health; Melinda Smith, et al.; March 2011
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