Mind, body and spirit: Some tips for healthy living

Here are some tips for healthy living for your mind, body and spirit.

A healthy mind

• Breathe deeply and count to 10: Bottling up your emotions can cause physical problems like headaches as well as depression or anxiety. Count very slowly to yourself from 10 to zero, one number for each breath. Say “10” to yourself. With the next breath, say “nine,” etc. If you start feeling light-headed or dizzy, slow down the counting. When you get to “zero,” see how you are feeling. If you are feeling better, great! If not, try doing it again.

• Get more zzz’s: Too little shuteye can affect your ability to concentrate, cause fatigue and hinder your weight-loss efforts. Do your best to stick to a consistent sleep schedule, aiming for eight to nine hours of sleep each night.

• Watch less television: Instead of allowing your mind to create and use imagination, come up with sounds, pictures and feelings, the television does all the work for you. Numerous studies have linked health and mental problems to viewing the tube too often. So watch television in moderation and enjoy more of your free time by reading a book or being active outdoors.

A healthy body

• Floss, brush and rinse your grill: Poor dental health can cause gum disease and cavities. On the extreme end of things, some recent studies have linked oral problems to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis and even Alzheimer’s disease. Make flossing a habit and brush your teeth for up to three minutes in a circular motion and rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash.

• Keep your body moving: Improve your health by moving and being active. Skip the elevator and take the stairs. Go for a brisk walk during your workday. Switch up your workout routine. Repeating the same exercise routine day after day can cause wear and tear on your muscles, therefore vary your workouts.

• Take a deep stretch: Stretching muscles in your lower back, shoulders and chest can help keep your back in alignment and improve posture. Flexibility can also reduce your risk of lower back pain by relieving stress on the spine.

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