Body and mind: happy together
The Ancient Greeks were some of the first humans to write about the importance of holistic health-thinking of body and mind as one, interconnected unit. Make sure you’re taking care of your whole self, and build on the connections between mind and body for a better sense of overall well-being. Without further ado, here’s our Three Things to work on for mind and body health:
Get fueled: Make sure you’re fueling your mind and your body all day long. Eat a healthy, well-rounded diet. That’ll keep nutrient-rich blood flowing to your brain throughout the day, and keep your body from lagging. Feed your brain as well! Get an hour of reading in every day, and make sure you’re consuming media that makes you think, and is intellectually stimulating.
Get active: You want to make sure you’re staying active all day long. Start off the day with a run or some yoga before breakfast, and make sure you shake up the work day with some stretch breaks or quick yoga poses to make sure you’re not slumping in the middle of the day. That’s key for helping you think clearly and avoiding that bogged-down feeling you might have at the office. When you’re exercising, make sure you’re paying attention to your mind-body connection.
One of the best things you can do is turn off the music. We know that sounds a bit boring, but if you’re listening to music, you’re not listening to your body. Silence is your friend; breathe it in, breathe it out. Explore your breath, and let it inform you about how your body is feeling-what’s hurting, what’s feeling good, when you need to let up or kick in. That’s super important for cardio exercise, when listening to music can distract you from the natural rhythm of your body. If you’re working against your body, you’re not getting proper exercise.
Get outside: Fresh air is great for your body and mind alike. Fresh air energizes the body by introducing more oxygen to your lungs, and giving your body a germ-free environment to flourish. All that extra air does wonders for your brain function as well. Make sure you’re getting at least an hour of outside time every day. Try introducing a walk after dinner, rather than watching TV or sitting around inside.
It’s also a great idea to take your workouts out into the world. Gyms are great for strength training, but there’s no reason to have to get your cardio fix indoors. Take up running, biking, or kayaking. Kayaking is actually one of our favorite ways to get your exercise outdoors. It’s a great cardio workout, and it also builds lots of upper body and core strength at the same time. Plus, being out on the water is a great time to get in touch with your breath and your natural rhythm, away from all the noise and chaos.