Tips for a Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit

Exercise, eating well and getting enough sleep. We know these things help our hearts, but did you know they help our minds stay healthy too?

At Pacific Heartbeat we’re not keen on resolutions. Why wait for the New Year to begin good habits? For us, every day is a chance to start again and improve on ourselves, our lives and our relationships.

If you’re in the mood for making some positive changes to your life, then good on you. These tips will help to keep you feeling good while taking care of your heart. Bonus – they’re easy to do too.

1. Get Enough Sleep

Who’d think something simple like a good night’s sleep can help your mind? It’s true though. Sleep is good for your health.

We need seven-nine hours of sleep each night. Any less and you may not be able to think properly at work or you may experience mood swings.

Getting enough sleep can put you in a good mood, keep you healthy and reduce your risk of heart disease. You want to be your best self, right? So grab a pillow and get some shut-eye.

2. Exercise Can Make You Happy

Let’s get moving! We know exercise is good for your body, but it’s also good for your mind too. It can help you feel less stressed, sleep better and improve your memory.

It’s important to make the exercise fun – otherwise you won’t want to do it. Look for community exercise classes and encourage a group of your mates to go with you. Or get a group together and play sport. You could even start a tournament and have some healthy competition. As long as you’re moving – that’s what matters.

Even a little bit of exercise can put you in a better mood. You could try walking a bit every day. Even dancing counts!

3. Make Sure You’re Not Thirsty

Feeling thirsty? Have a glass of water. It keeps you hydrated and it’ll help your mind stay focussed.

When you’re dehydrated it’s hard for your brain to concentrate. You’re also more likely to have a headache.

Why choose water over sugary drinks? Tap water is free and good for your physical health.

4. What You Eat Makes a Difference

Did you know what you eat can affect how you feel?

Eating a lot of junk food, that’s high in fat, sugar and salt, has been linked to depression and anxiety. It’s also not good for your heart.

Your mind and body will be happier if you eat fresh food like veges and fruit. It’s simple: if you eat better, you’ll feel better. Oh, and it tastes good!

Look for ways to make healthy swaps in your life. For example, instead of fried chicken have baked chicken.

5. Quit Smoking for Good

Some people smoke to help deal with stress. The need to keep smoking can be more stressful.

Any stress relief linked to smoking is short term. According to Smokefree, smokers are more likely to have poor mental health than non-smokers. Let’s not forget that smoking is the biggest risk for heart disease too.

If you quit it might be tough at first, but then you’ll start to feel more relaxed. And you’ll save money. Try SmokeFree’s cost of smoking calculator to work out how much money you can save when you quit smoking.

There are lots of benefits for quitting smoking, and no benefits for continuing to smoke. It’s worth a try don’t you think? There’s a lot of help available for people who want to give up smoking.

Final Thoughts:

A Healthy Body is equivalent to a Healthy Mind. For a long time, humanity has seen the mind and the body as two separate entities. Nowadays, we know that a positive relationship between the two of them gives us a powered immune system, more energy, and better stress management. All you need to do to experience these perks and change your life for the better is exercise, foster creativity, embrace human connections, follow a healthy diet, focus on the positive, and meditate.

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