A lot of the time when we schedule our lives, our health tends to take a backseat to all our other priorities. We think: “I’ll be fine.” because we’re fine right now, but then we get frustrated down the line when multiple aspects of our health start to suffer. It can be damaging, time-consuming, and costly to deal with. Good mental and physical health is key to living a fulfilling and happy life. 

5 Reminders: Being the best and healthiest you

1. Take Breaks

Stretch, get your blood pumping and shake out the numbness in your legs. Taking a break from your work can help clear your mind. If you are stuck on a certain project, forcing yourself to push through it will often lead to less desirable results. Taking a break and coming back with a fresh mind is a good way to stay productive.

2. Go Outside

You’ll get the vitamin D you need and fresh air is not only good for your health, but also for your productivity. Obviously, we still want to take the right precautions i.e. sunscreen, but getting some light exercise outside is a very good way to put yourself first.

3. Practise Healthy Food Habits

Your body needs the energy to be able to perform at its best. Skipping meals and denying yourself the fuel you need is not good for your health. When you eat, make sure that you are focusing on your food and not working at the same time. You will feel better at the end of the day for it.

4. Prioritize Yourself

Don’t put things off. Ignoring doctor’s appointments or that weird pain in your shoulder that’s been going on for way too long, will lead to a cascading effect of more problems. Staying on top of your physical health will prevent complications down the road. 

5. Rest

Go to bed on time. This is the biggest problem that most people face on a day-to-day basis. We have so many things on our plate that we sacrifice rest in order to get things done. However, sacrificing sleep can be the worst thing you can do. It can lead to a weakened immune system, irritability, a decrease in productivity and so on. Make sure you are getting enough sleep!

What is one ‘health’ action that you have been putting off, that you can do by the end of the week?

“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear.”

– Buddha