“Healthy living” might be a term that hurts to read. Not everybody enjoys exercising or eating fruit and vegetables. Still, if you want to live longer and live more comfortably then you should do more to look after your body and mind. You might not feel the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle whilst you’re young but you’ll notice negative changes over the years. And a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to live off celery and spend all your free time on the treadmill. Here’s some advice that might help you live longer.
Let’s start off with some advice as to ways in which you can improve your physical health. We all worry about our appearance to some extent but you should focus more on improving your body beneath the surface. Eating a balanced diet is a good place to start. You don’t have to permanently cut out chocolate from your diet. Eating well is about moderation. If you lived off carrots then that’d be unhealthy for you too because you need nutrients and vitamins from many different foods. And when it comes to exercise, you don’t need to become a bodybuilder; just find some way to stay active every day. A 10-minute jog around the park could make all the difference and that’s barely any time out of your day.
Of course, eating well and exercising frequently are pieces of advice that form only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to improving your physical health. If you think you suffer from low testosterone then you could look into testosterone replacement therapy to help stimulate muscle growth and improve energy levels. You might want to learn more about this if you’re hoping to improve your workout regime or simply feel better during the day. The point is that there’s a lot you can do to improve your physical health if you feel that your body isn’t operating as well as it should be. Improving your mental health can help your body too and we’re going to discuss that next.
We all neglect our mental health to some extent. It’s easy to start jogging because you can see in the mirror that you’ve put on a few pounds or to stop drinking so much alcohol because you’re worried about the effects it might be having on your body, but it’s not always easy to notice poor mental health. You can’t always see that your mind is an unhealthy state as you can with your body. For example, we all deal with stress every day. You worry about getting the kids to school, getting to work on time, completing that project the way your manager wanted, and so many other things. That stress leads to anxiety and possibly even mild depression. Of course, you’re so busy in your daily routine that you might not notice this; you’ve preoccupied yourself. “Everybody’s stressed,” you say. “That’s part of being an adult.”
Yes, everybody deals with stress, anxiety, depressions and other mental health issues at some point in their life. You might deal with such problems on a minor and temporary scale, or it might be a major and permanent aspect of your life. Either way, the difference between a mentally healthy and mentally unhealthy person is the way in which you deal with your mental state. You need to learn to manage stress in your life to prevent anxiety or other issues from arising. Meditation can help with this; learn to center yourself and focus on the present moment so that worries don’t constantly float around your mind. The state of your mind affects the state of your body. Stress can lead to acne, sleep deprivation, weight loss, and many other issues that affect your physical health. Working towards being a happier person really can help you live longer.