There is an expression which states that life is about the journey as opposed to the destination. So, the road that we travel can make all of the difference in the world. This can be a tricky feat to master, for we are often very distracted and far too busy to appreciate how even minor changes can dramatically affect our overall satisfaction. So, what are three separate components to address that will enable us to live longer, happier and more fulfilling lives?
We are what we eat. If we ingest a great deal of unhealthy food, we will likewise feel unhealthy and in some cases, we could even suffer from illnesses. In fact, some of the most common ailments are caused by a poor diet. These include:
- Heart problems
- High blood pressure
It is apparent that the best way to combat these and other conditions is to adopt a well-balanced dietary plan. Avoid fatty foods and cut down on your sugar intake as much as possible. As excess carbohydrates can be stored as fat, it is also best to limit your intake of these substances. A diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, grains and lean meats is considered much “cleaner”.
Keeping in shape and achieving a positive mental outlook has much to do with our activity levels. Not only will regular exercise help to eliminate many of the toxins which can build up within our systems, but such activities also release countless “feel-good” hormones such as epinephrine and serotonin. Working out is therefore just as important for our mental health as it is for our physical bodies.
Of course, not everyone needs to participate in high-endurance marathons or hours of weight training each day. The levels of activity should be based upon our body type, our age and what we are looking to achieve in the long run (no pun intended). It is always wise to consult a personal trainer to determine which programme may be the most appropriate. It has been proven that regular exercise massively cuts the risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Some even believe that such a regimen could help stave off deadly diseases such as cancer.
Stress can be a killer. There is a growing body of evidence that a stressed or depressed mind can have a very real effect upon the body. For example, certain hormones (such as cortisol) can contribute to weight gain. This is known as the mind-body connection. So, it is critical that all of us try to maintain a positive mental outlook. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done.
Many are now choosing to take up habits such as yoga or meditation as a way of clearing away any negative thoughts. We should begin to look at our brains as tiny recycling plants. If this waste is not removed from time to time, it will build up and begin to affect us in many ways. Maintaining an optimistic perspective is a great way to “recycle” the destructive thoughts within our minds.
Finally, we should recall that misery loves company. It is therefore a great idea to surround ourselves with positive people. Not only will we tend to absorb their energy, but we are likely to further contribute to their positivity. Our minds are powerful tools. We need to learn how to utilise them to benefit as opposed to hinder our personal growth.
All of these are excellent habits which will help to place us upon the most productive roads. Naturally, changing our habits so profoundly may take a bit of time. Rome was not built in a day. It is still a fact that adopting these changes can have a very real and drastic impact upon our existence on this wonderful planet.