Rise and shine
As health practitioners looking after the society in general is our main goal. This is now more important than ever. COVID-19 brought about various challenges to humanity, looking after ourselves mentally and physically is more important than ever.
Importance of keeping a healthy body
Keeping a healthy body is important as it improves the body’s immune system, keeps us more energized and allows us to do more daily. Minor illness can be tackled from keeping good health. Keeping a healthy body does not mean doing high intensity exercises every day, low level moderate exercises are just as effective. Taking part in 2-3 resistance training sessions at the gym each week, yoga or just general stretches 20-30 minutes a day will bring about great physiological changes to the body which in turn limits the chances of aches and pains. Consuming a balanced diet is a key factor as many of the nutrients we consume determine our energy levels.
Importance of keeping a healthy mind
Keeping a healthy mind means you will be more creative as a person; you will be a better influence on the immediate people around you, as you will be much more caring and thoughtful of others. Keeping a healthy mind allows you to focus on your goals and push yourself to achieve more – regardless of the challenges in front of you. Facing difficulties can limit the minds’ ability to perform daily tasks and look after yourself as an individual or look after the people around you. Doing intense work can put the mind under stress. Research has suggested you should take a 5-10 minute break every hour. Take part in something you enjoy as a person. This may be music, talking to a family member or a friend. This has shown to help the mind’s ability to maintain high level performance throughout the tasks you are undertaking. Various ways to keep the mind healthy is trying to learn something new and not being too scared to try new challenges. Daily education is very important as it keeps the mind young.
Looking into the science of the body and mind, these two are connected through neural pathways made up of different signals. These signals help us as humans in our everyday life journey. Neurotransmitters, Hormones, and chemicals are pathways which send signals between the body and the brain to aid with our daily functions such as digestion, movement, thinking, feeling, breathing and many more. These two areas have very important links, as the body and mind combined are one of the greatest creations. Physically being more active improves confidence which is amazing for the mind as this allows you to try and achieve things you might be intimidated by. Whereas keeping a positive and healthy mind will allow you to face your challenges and maintain high quality performance, thanks to the connection a healthy mind has with a healthy body.
Tips for at home
- Find a realistic routine that suits you and the people around you.
- Try to achieve sufficient sleep and adequate nutrition.
- Exercise with household members outdoors if possible.
- Set yourself weekly goals to achieve and work towards.