Having a healthy mind and body is very important if you want to live an active and fulfilling life. Without a healthy mind and body, you will not be able to accomplish your dreams and enjoy the moments in life that reflect your authentic self. You may live in worry, anxiety, insecurity, and general unhappiness. When the body isn’t active enough, the mind also stops functioning, which may lead to depression or anxiety.
The food you eat, the way you think, and the things you do are all considerations when it comes to being healthy and happy. Put simply, the karmic rule explains, “Think good thoughts, say nice things, do good for others.” The following are a few ways you can maintain a healthy mind and a healthy body.
Adopt Ayurvedic Diet Practices
There are many ways you can incorporate the Ayurvedic diet into your life. Perhaps one of the most important aspects of it is to nurture the digestive fire. If your digestion system is weak, it becomes inefficient in processing food properly. At the tissue level, a weak digestive system will cause high cholesterol. As per Ayurveda, cholesterol imbalance is directly connected with your digestive fire.
To balance your body cholesterol, you should eat specific herbs and natural foods that are in season. This will help activate the digestive fire and help you get rid of toxins. Here is a list some astringent and bitter foods that can balance the overall fat metabolism of the body.
Other guidelines with the Ayurveda diet include using barley to enhance fat metabolism. It’s important to get your fiber too so eat those whole oats.
Alleviate Stress in Your Life
Stress is the number one health risk in the US. It causes many major health problems. Stress makes it difficult for you to slow down and experience inner calm and greater relaxation. The solution lies in taking up practices that calm you down. This should be done on a daily basis.
Activities like meditation and yoga can be extremely helpful to relieve stress. The Harvard Medical Journal released an article about how yoga modulates the stress response and can alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression. There are many relaxing poses that can ease stress. Breathing techniques within the realm of yoga have also been scientifically proven to calm the nervous system down.
Mindfulness to Get Rid of Negative Thoughts
Rumination is where many problems begin for people. The ego mind can be an out of control train that causes you to react to things that either don’t exist or have already happened in the past. The thing is, we all have a higher power to stop letting this part of our brain from running our lives. Using mindfulness and witnessing the thoughts that occur within your own mind can change your life.
If you have done some illogical things in your life or have worried unnecessarily, learning to see what is happening in the mind will alleviate many negative thoughts. You pretty much stop the voice that is telling you to feel this way or react that way. Mindfulness is your key to a stress-free existence where you can just enjoy the present. There are plenty of ways for you to hone the art of mindfulness. Do it daily and you’ll begin to notice a new lease on life.
Be Honest With Yourself and Others
This might seem like a less relevant suggestion to maintain a healthy mind and body. The point is, if you’re not being honest in life, you are resisting what you know to be true. We all wear masks but we’re really just cheating ourselves from a life fully lived. It is sometimes not easy to know what your truth is.
For example, your parents may have stopped you from doing something when you were young, or your friends may have teased you for something they thought was stupid. But in reality, you really wanted to do that thing or express in that way because it made you happy. These self-doubts and fears can stop you even today and there may be a part of you that you don’t show anymore. Life can be easy when you say how you feel and what you want for yourself. You attract the right people into your life this way.
When you attract people because you’re being real, you really don’t ever have to go back to hiding who you are. This is the path to the easy life and a happy one too. You are surrounded by people who truly know and value the real you. Don’t underestimate the importance of truth.
Wake Up Early
Waking up a half hour before the sun rises, according to the Ayurvedic way of life, is highly beneficial. This habit helps you synchronize with the rhythm of the Sun. It is considered the time of Brahma, which means pure consciousness in Sanskrit. Waking up early gives you time to be yourself and to do what you want.
Many of us don’t have the opportunity to do what fills our souls. Getting up early allows you to be by yourself and do things like yoga and meditation. Maybe you just want to take a morning walk or get out into nature with your morning coffee. Starting the day off by honoring yourself gives you the greatest opportunity to start your day off right.
Gets Lots of Sleep
Sleep is so much more important than we realize. We know it’s necessary, but do we really understand why? Your memory is improved, studies say that you’ll live longer, you can prevent inflammation in your body, and you’re more likely to have success in athletics. A study out of Stanford University found that football players who slept 10 hours a night for two months improved their sprint time and stamina.
Adults should sleep between 7-9 hours every night. It matters to your body and has an impact on your mind. Sleep allows the body to repair the heart and blood cells. Sleep deficiency is believed to cause an increased risk of heart and kidney disease, diabetes, and strokes.
These lifestyle changes can help the mind and body be at it’s best. When you think clearly and feel physically healthy, you see positive changes in everything. It’s worth taking action with better eating habits, including more physical activity and developing a level of consciousness that doesn’t put up with dishonesty or disruption. These are secrets to a life well lived.
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of SiddhiYoga.com, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali)