While physical fitness is a major component of optimal health, a healthy mind is critical for managing stress and overall wellbeing. Strengthening our mindset also contributes to our health in other areas. In fact, the more you help your mind, the more you help your body and vice versa. Here are some tips for achieving a happier and healthier mind:
Practice meditation. Meditation and mindfulness can benefit your health and wellbeing by training your mind to observe your thoughts as they come and go. Just like physical exercise, there are many different forms of meditation so find what works best for you! If you don’t like the idea of sitting still, try mindful walking. Simply pay attention to your steps and what is going on around you as you’re moving.
Have a healthy sleep routine. Quality sleep can increase cognition, concentration, and productivity. Having a healthy sleep routine helps prepares you to start the next day with an optimal state of mind. Aim to get between seven to nine hours of sleep each night and make sure your bedroom is a healthy sleep environment. Surround yourself with like-minded people. Having people around you that listen and understand what you’re going through can. Reach out to a friend, loved one, or someone in a healthy community to share your goals, obstacles, and successes.
Find a passion project. Take some time to figure out what your passions are and use them as a creative outlet. Pursuing your passion can give you creative energy and helps you tap into your inner motivation and drive.