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Many of us often forget that our bodies are not machines – they require rest and lots of care. When both our mind and body are healthy, we feel better, allowing us to achieve better results and be more productive at school or at work.

Here are a few simple tips which can help you get started:

 

Meditate
Meditation is an excellent way for us to restore balance between mind and body. Through meditation, we can experience deeper rest on both physical and mental levels, allowing us to gain greater awareness. Meditating every day can bring plenty of benefits – you feel more relaxed, have more energy, savor more enjoyable moments, make you better at handling difficult situations, and so much more. It isn’t difficult to get into as well – you can start by setting aside as little as 15 minutes each day to meditate, and simply focusing on your breath.

 

Maintain a healthy diet
Food is our body’s fuel – we can enjoy a healthier lifestyle just by paying closer attention to our meals. In addition to the three main meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, try to enjoy smaller, healthy meals consisting of fruits, veggies, and other healthy snacks in between. Eating healthier enhances our body’s ability to produce blood, repair old tissues, and perform other tasks which are needed for our survival.

 

Get regular exercise
Just 30 minutes a day of exercise can make you feel better, give you more energy, and improve your sleep quality. Exercise can also be helpful in reducing negative thoughts and increasing serotonin, a “feel-good” hormone produced by our brains. Another added benefit of daily exercise is it can slow down signs of aging, such as wrinkles or dull skin.

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Enjoy better sleep
Many doctors recommend getting at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night, which helps reduce cholesterol levels, counteract the effects of stress, and maintain our body’s blood pressure, making us feel happy and refreshed. Whenever we get a restful night of sleep, we get higher energy levels the following day, as well as sharper mental awareness, more creativity, better productivity, and so much more.

 

Drink plenty of water
Our body requires around eight to ten glasses of water every day. Our brains are made out of 70% water, which means drinking sufficient amounts helps enhance our brain function. Another great benefit of drinking plenty of water include a healthier digestive system, which helps burn more fat and get rid of waste.

 

Take part in fun, lighthearted activities with friends
When searching for ways to improve your mental health, you might think about doing serious stuff, such as completing crossword puzzles, playing chess, or other challenging activities. Enjoying more lighthearted pastimes comes with many cognitive benefits as well. Humans are social animals – interacting with others helps stimulate our brains, improving both our emotional health as well as our brain health. We can enjoy the many benefits of socializing by looking for a club to join, volunteering for a good cause, or simply making it a point to see your friends more often.

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