The Mind and Body
It’s close to the end of 2017 – it’s a time when people review their goals and set new ones for 2018. Frequently, “having a healthy body” or “I want to be healthy” is a common goal that most people set. What does “healthy” entail? The usual thoughts are potentially hitting the gym more frequently, eating more nutritious food. But have you ever considered having a healthy mind as a way to keep healthy?
5 Tips to Help You Maintain a Healthy Mind
Keeping a healthy mind is about keeping it active! This takes the phrase “Use your brain!” to a different light (a less negative one for sure!) because using it helps you keep it healthy! 5 ways to keep the mind active and healthy are: Focusing on Now, Keeping Active, Eating Right, Tackling Stress, and Quality Sleep.
Focusing on Now
This means being present and cherishing what you have at the present moment. Every one of us have some things that we wish to change about our lives – to improve it or alter it in some way. What we need to do is to keep in mind the things we can change, and things we cannot. Focusing on the present moment is one of the 3 habits for happiness, regardless of what life throws at you.
It’s no surprise that keeping an active body positively associates with a healthier mind! Yoga is an example close to my heart as it reminds us about being present, focusing on your breathing, and releasing the tension from your body.
But if you feel that you have “no time” in your hectic schedule to exercise, you can spend time being active with company you enjoy! Take a walk with your family or friends! I love the TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir Park! Being in nature and amongst your loved ones can relax your mind, and recharge it!
Other exciting trails you can enjoy in Singapore can be found here: http://blog.glycoleap.com/3-great-active-adventures-in-singapore/
If you’re thinking that the upcoming “monsoon season” will hinder your outdoor activity plans, fret not! Here’s a list of indoor activities you can do (no excuses!): http://blog.glycoleap.com/exercising-in-rainy-weather-easiest-indoor-workouts/
It’s not news that eating right also provides benefit to your mind! But do you know that the habit of taking breakfast might actually boost your mind and concentration? After all, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”!
If you are wondering what some healthier breakfast options are, they can be found here: http://blog.glycoleap.com/healthy-breakfasts/
What about other meals of the day? If you are living with diabetes and frequent Singapore’s hawker centres, this article provides tips on how to make your choices healthier: http://blog.glycoleap.com/healthier-eating-hawker-centres-diabetes/
Addressing stress is one way to keep your mind ‘healthy’ too. One way to do it is through mindful eating! This is similar to being focused on the present – but on your food!
Here are 8 steps to practice mindful eating:
The 2nd way to tackle stress is to address WHY you are stressed & overcome it. You can do so by writing down the answers to these 3 questions:
- What makes you stressed?
- Are these fears / stressors realistic?
- Does the feelings or thoughts of stress help you lead the life you want to lead?
Sleep: Getting Quality Sleep
Yes sleep is important! A well-rested mind helps to keep your mind healthy! Although you think you are not “using your mind” when you sleep, well you actually are!
Have you heard that sleeping in 90min intervals helps you get better sleep? Some studies have shown that the ideal sleep duration which contributes to good sleep (or better quality of sleep) is in 90min intervals. One reason might be because the average duration needed to complete the stages of sleep (involving Rapid Eye movement (REM) sleep & non-REM sleep) is 90min.
Try sleeping 7.5h today and see if you feel more well-rested!
As the new year begins, consider maintaining a healthy mind with our 5 tips above! Give 1 a try and you might find yourself taking on the new year in a whole new light!
Remember, keep your mind healthy by: Focusing on Now, Keeping Active, Eating Right, Tackling Stress, and Getting Quality Sleep!