To many the word ‘health’ refers to our immediate medical state, it is by definition: the state of being free from illness or injury. But apart from that, the way in which we manoeuvre our daily activities have only recently directed importance to the contribution of attaining long-term health. We’ve for many years associated the idea of good health with a more traditional notion of not being in pain of a physical form or plagued by a life-threatening disease and while this is true, with the advent of more thought-provoking medical research, experts explore the topic of habitual lifestyles as a measure of promoting overall good health, wellbeing – the paradox of topics that contribute to not only cases of diagnosis but of preventative self-care.
That is to say, the attributes of attaining good health that relied heavily on momentary diagnosis are evolving into a preventative mindset where people get better educated on their lifestyle habits that promote longevity and are able to recognize the triggers that don’t.
Buiding a repetition of healthy patterns incorporated into your daily lifestyle are the habits that will allow to not only live a better life but build a more responsive mindset in how we view health in general. – Nerissa Janetta
Habits are the driving force that allows us to build the lifestyle we desire whether it is to travel the world, create and seize opportunities daily and at the end of it all, enjoy a wonderful sunset. However, the level of satisfaction we are able to get or absorb from any of these depends on how healthy our body can respond.
Think of the human body, the balance, health and normal function of our molecular structure, depends on how well we actively nourish ourselves. Our nutrition, physical activity, sleep, even the relationships we keep are all determining factors. Our continual functional without traumas of both physical and psychological in nature depends on a greater deal more of what we do outside of our doctor’s door than only what is done within.
It has always been my firm belief, unless I am going to see my doctor for my regular check-up there should be no other reason for me to see him or her, except of course in an emergency.
In more recent years the way we look at health, in general, is projected with parallel importance to our mindset and the consciousness with which we behave to our wellbeing.
Recognising good health shouldn’t only be depended on the results of your next doctor’s appointment rather it should be a reflection of your daily habits and your commitment and conscious participation to living your best life mentally, physically and socially. For this reason, I’ve outlined below core points I’ve personally explored and found to be of vast importance in keeping a healthy lifestyle and activating your lifestyle habits through building a mindset with purpose and creating an attitude of accepting social responsibility to yourself.
‘Build a Mindset with Purpose then Activate your Lifestyle habits’
Get Educated on your Nutrition
– You’ve heard the expression – ‘what you put in is what you’ll get out’ or ‘you are what you eat,’ – it is true. The first habit to add to your eating rulebook is to get educated on the food you are eating.
Understanding where your food is coming from, what it is made up of and if it is even necessary for your body to function for your individual needs should be your first priority. Making a conscious involvement in what you consume raises your mental bar and affirm your belief in how you treat yourself and expect to be treated. Become your personal nutritionist. We are not all made equal and not everyone can commit to an all vegetable lifestyle and shouldn’t have to. There are greater risks in sugary, starchy, high sodium, processed and canned foods than that of red meat. – So, get educated on what your body needs and cut out what is killing it.
In how we eat, we’ll find links to many triggers of habits, for instance, having foods that are high in saturated fats at our favourite TV show or naturally grabbing a few beers after a long day, or even turning to sleep aids when we feel short on time for a deep sleep. A lot of the time, the simple things we do in the moment of getting through it, …getting through life – are often the ones that need to be checked on the long-term effects they place on our health. Recognising when something moves from social pleasure to repetitive danger is key and by building a conscious mindset of your actions you will hardwire new habits that raise the bar to a healthier lifestyle.
-As part of our existence, getting involved in adding value to the lives of someone other than yourself has proven to hold tremendous psychological and societal benefits.
It allows us to get out of our minds and get involved in something other than ourselves and holds an intangible human satisfaction that promotes healthier triggers or desires to continue on a path of fulfilment. Getting involved whether it is with your community, a humanitarian cause or neighbourhood benefit brings mindfulness into your lifestyle, connects you with the lives of others, stimulates thinking, decreases stress levels and loneliness.
-Leading an active lifestyle does not mean you have to look a certain way, be sculpted or have a gym membership. Like your food, it comes down to working out a commitment plan that is right for you, your lifestyle and building the mindset necessary to activate it on a regular basis.
Our body is less likely to be able to support the challenges of the modern world if it is inactive. Not incorporating a dedicated space for intense physical activity becomes a breathing ground for future health crisis as we age. How well we incorporate into our daily lifestyle a selection of activities that give us that sweat has a vital impact on how well we age with lessened chances of critical health problems.
According to the Harvard School of Medicine, The benefits of exercise may sound too good to be true, but decades of solid science confirm that exercise improves health and can extend your life. Adding as little as half an hour of moderately intense physical activity to your day can help you avoid a host of serious ailments, including heart disease, diabetes, depression, and several types of cancer, particularly breast and colon cancers. Regular exercise can also help you sleep better, reduce stress, control your weight, brighten your mood, sharpen your mental functioning, and improve your sex life. – what’s not to like?
Clean-up your relationships
-When I say clean up your relationships, what I mean is to make a conscious choice in ‘dealing’ with the things that linger within our thoughts and replay over and over, sometimes years later.
To maintain a healthy mindset, it takes an active participation in clearing out the things that plague our progression and regrettably builds on that negativity by festering uncertainty and blurred direction. It is vital as part of the process of activating your healthy lifestyle habits to rid your mind of the things you cannot control and in so focus on the things you can and should. Speak up, reach out, forgive and let things go – do not allow them to consume the usefulness of your life and potential. There is no good use to holding onto something that you will never be able to change that has already happened in the past. You do, however, have the power to align your mindset for what comes next.
Train your brain
-The brain has the ability to learn and grow as we age — its a process called brain plasticity — but for it to do so, training the brain on a regular basis is necessary.
For instance, embracing a new activity that also forces you to think and learn and requires ongoing practice can be one of the best ways to keep the brain healthy.” – For some people, it’s perhaps learning a new language, a new dance, or reading as many books as they can, and for me more recently, it’s learning to code. Whatever you choose to do and accept as a constant part of your lifestyle transcends into building healthier habits that become a natural process to your overall health. This then strengthens the responsiveness of your brain and how well you take care of situations as they arise. A situation should never take hold of you.
According to Dr. John N. Morris director of the social and health policy research at the Harward-affiliate institute for Aging Research – “Eventually, your cognitive skills will wane and thinking and memory will be more challenging, so you need to build up your reserve.
Get Enough Sleep
-Never compromise on your sleeping hours. A good night’s sleep is vital if you are to live your life to its full potential and in doing so, the mind and body require dedicated time to turn off, refresh and rebuild. It is a cardinal link of activating and ensuring every step that is taken to create a mindset for producing healthy habits get enforced more successfully.
Adequate sleep is a necessary medium if you are to live your life to the best and in good health. It is very difficult for a person to be successful or perform at his or her star potential when their body is working overtime to keep up the pace, as a result of not having had enough time to rebuild.
Remember to Breathe
How do you breathe? Think about it? Is it deeply? Do you feel a sense of pressure release with each breath? Does it calm you? Are you talking shorter breaths than you realize? Think about it as you do it…
It is necessary to develop a mindful relationship with your breathing. Breathing is one of the pillars in building consciousness to our daily lives and aiding better sleep patterns as well as maintaining mental and physical control. Breathing deeply from our diaphragm instead of breathing from our chest changes the pattern and flow of how we feel and behave over time. It aligns our energy and promotes our ability to think clearly, be active and participate in our lives at a more successful rate.