We believe it is great to have a good SMILE:
Lifestyle - do what you consider to be of worth
Eating - nutritious whole foods
Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even at the weekend! This will regulate your body’s circadian rhythm which will help you fall asleep for the night. Keep your bedroom comfortable, cool, quiet and dark.
Have a night time ritual such as 10 minutes of gentle stretching, reading a book, writing a journal or meditation. Choose what is right for you and make sure you keep away from your mobile phone or any screens.
Avoid day time naps. If you enjoy a power nap during the day, be careful as you may find it difficult to sleep at night.
Exercise is known to help you sleep at night, so stick to your exercise routine - try not to exercise too late into the evening as this could stop you from sleeping.
Move in any way you can - all types of exercise will benefit your body. The range is enormous - hiking, cycling, yoga, resistance training, running, walking, swimming etc - make the exercise (or exercises) of your choice become a habit and don’t be afraid to try new exercises or a new type of class - you may find you have a talent for it!
There is definitely a link between social interaction and well-being, so it is important to ensure you have some form of social interaction every day.
According to research from The American Journal of Public Health, memory loss can be delayed by regular socialising. Social interaction keep us mentally engaged thus preserving brain health.
Isolation is detrimental to our outlook on life. It quickly leads to loneliness which can have a physical as as en emotional impact on us and lonely people often have elevated systolic blood pressure and can lead to depression.
Theodore Roosevelt said: “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
To be content in life means to be satisfied with your work - this doesn’t mean to be satisfied with the amount of money you earn. It means that the work you do makes a difference to the lives of others. If you are struggling to find meaning in your work, you need to believe you are contributing to something that is larger than yourself, recognising and contributing to a problem that helps others.
Participating in meaningful work gives us a more positive outlook and less stress. It also provides higher motivation and job satisfaction.
Whole foods - food in its natural state - the best thing you can do for your health is to eat whole foods. Get rid of the processed foods, stick with vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruit, fish and meat that are recognisable as fish and meat, and your health will benefit. Eating whole natural foods will go far in helping to keep your immune system strong and protect you from disease.
That’s why HealthMentors likes to Smile!