Healthy mind, healthy body—most of us have heard or read about this and some people also keep saying this to others as friendly advice. It has a simple but deep meaning. For a healthy mind, healthy body, we obviously know we should be both physically and mentally healthy and fit. But most of us seem to be ignoring this simple mantra in today’s times—including me.
A healthy mind lives in a healthy body. Mental health is imperative for physical health. If the mind is unsullied and pure, it will greatly help in maintaining physical well-being and health.
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When I started my career as a Psychologist and a Life Skills Trainer, I was extremely excited about this new phase of my life. I wanted to do everything in a perfect manner and be successful. In order to achieve my goal, I only focused on work. As a result, my health was ignored. I did not eat on time. I did not exercise and also was not sleeping adequately.
As a result, I put on weight, developed a back ache and also started getting irritated easily. My father, who was observing all these changes, advised me to change my lifestyle for the better.
I did, I followed a proper routine, slept properly, and did some physical exercise and things changed for the better. Today, I feel physically and mentally fit.
In today’s fast life, we are mostly stressed and racing against time to finish our to-do list each day. We are so busy that we do not get time to eat properly, do some physical exercise and even sleep adequately. Most of us remain constantly stressed. We are always under pressure to meet deadlines or complete our targets. We want to achieve and accomplish a lot in no time.
But, we are forgetting that in order to achieve all this, we need to remain healthy, physically and mentally. We are searching for mental peace all the time to counter stress in our daily lives but, we do not realize that if we are neglecting our bodies, how can we nourish our mind.
All of us can follow some simple steps to a healthy mind, healthy body and a healthier lifestyle.
- Take your meals on time – Have a proper three meals a day, avoid junk and fried food. Eat on regular intervals and do not skip your breakfast.
- Add fruits and veggies to your diet.
- Take some time out from your busy schedule to exercise. Walk, jog, skip, do yoga for 30 minutes for at least 5 days a week.
- Drink plenty of water and liquid to keep yourself hydrated and to remove toxins from of your system.
- Get yourself a minimum of seven hours sleep every night, so that you feel fresh and energized throughout the day.
- Take some time out from your busy schedule for yourself. Once in a while take a break from your daily routine. Go for dinner, watch movies, and spend time with family and friends. You will feel physically and mentally relaxed and refreshed.
- Do not carry emotional baggage from the past. Focus on your present and future. Do not stress yourself for what you cannot change. Learn from your mistakes and move on.
- Try to have a balance between your personal and professional life and treat them as two different worlds. If your personal issues affect your professional life or vice-versa, it is bound to increase stress, anger and frustration.
- Try to take time out for your hobbies like gardening, music, reading, cooking. Our hobbies have the power of therapy and they give us a lot of mental peace and act as a stress-buster.
Conclusion – Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
Healthy mind, healthy body—we often hear this, but don’t do much to incorporate it in our lifestyle. Our fast lives have not left us with much choice, except to multitask. We all are trying to do so many things in a limited time period and our lives have become hectic which leads to irregularity in following a healthy routine. As a result our physical and mental health suffer and we do not feel fit enough to chase our dreams and complete our to-do lists.
According to an English proverb, “A healthy mind lives in a healthy body.” Even if the body is not healthy the effects of this condition will not be permanent provided the mind is not allowed to get affected. Feelings of depression and weakness grow into a disease only when they prolong and rooted in thoughts and feelings for a long time.
We must not forget that “Health is Wealth.” If we do not take care of our physical health, our mental health will automatically suffer. So, eat on time; sleep on time; do some exercise; take some small breaks; pursue your hobby to balance yourself; and move towards a healthy lifestyle and a healthier “YOU.”
Whether it’s a pickup game of basketball or an organized water polo league, playing sports can make you healthier and happier because of the physical activity involved. Playing sports contributes to muscle development, coordination, cardiovascular health and numerous other benefits associated with disease prevention; physical activity can help ward of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity, depression and osteoporosis, according to Sport and Development.org.
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Playing sports can help children develop healthy bones, stronger cardiovascular systems and powerful lungs, according to Sport and Development.org. Child athletes also develop motor skills and cognitive skills. Being physically active as a child makes it more likely to continue playing sports as an adult, promoting lifelong health, according to the United Nations. Among women, sports can help prevent osteoporosis and hip fractures. Older citizens who play sports have opportunities to keep their bodies moving, feel independent and socialize with others in a healthy way.
Playing sports can help people achieve fitness goals related to weight loss, muscle development and fat reduction because of the physical activity involved. Children who play sports are less likely to experience childhood obesity. Physical activity is associated with hormone regulation and strengthening the immune system, according to True Sport.org.
It’s not just your body that benefits from sports. Playing sports contributes to mental health, helping to prevent depression and increase self-esteem and body image, according to Sport and Development.org. Individuals who participate in sports might also benefit from the social aspect, developing friendships with teammates and feeling part of a group. Children can learn positive mental health skills including accountability, leadership and dedication, according to the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital. Playing sports is a key strategy for reducing stress, because your body releases feel-good endorphins while exercising.
Some sports are associated with particular health advantages. For example, bowling can help achieve greater bone density because of the frequent heavy lifting, according to the Mother Nature Network. Fencing might help ward off cognitive decline, given the complex thinking associated with this sport. People who play volleyball benefit from increased hand-eye coordination and flexibility. Ping-pong also helps players increase hand-eye coordination, while also promoting better brain health because of the fast thinking involved.
Another reason that sports are important for health is that participating in sports can encourage positive lifestyle decisions. For example, if you belong to a recreational rugby league, you might spend your evenings and weekends practicing with your team rather than stopping for a cocktail after work or ordering greasy happy hour food.
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