Health Body, Healthy Mind
How are you today?
No, really, how are YOU today? If you are sick, tired, or achy you’re more likely to slap me than answer the question. If you’re stressed or in an emotionally tough situation, you might have noticed these symptoms getting worse. Your body and mind are as connected as your fingers to your hands, but it is easy to forget how integrated they are. If you’re feeling down, your body feels it; if you’re rested, you’re more likely to be cheerful, et cetera, et cetera.
Every decision we make and every situation we come across affects us. It just makes sense. But we can do little things to help that part of our mood that we can control. Afterall, who doesn’t like feeling at their best?
More than a car, our bodies are our only truly reliable form of transportation and just as an unleaded car does not run well on diesel, our bodies do not run well on sugar, starches, and fat. This article titled, “Taking Baby Steps Can Help You As an Adult, Too” talks about taking baby steps to integrate the things that help bodies feel their best.
Yes, we all grew up listening to the health teacher at school telling us to eat our fruits and veggies and to get plenty of sleep but how well did we pay attention? The 2010 Health report from the CDC suggest not very well. I learned first hand not too long ago how important it is to keep everything working as it should.
I am not trying to preach- I know these things are true from my own personal experience. About a month ago, I was hit with a bad upper respiratory infection, borderline pneumonia. At the time, I was just starting a new job, dealing with unreliable childcare, living on coffee and doughnuts, not getting enough sleep, and certainly not exercising.
Stress + Bad habits = Sickness
Simply put, after about a month of constant stressors, my body had had enough. I had done practically everything I could have done to set myself up to fall. And I did. Not only was I down for the count from the respiratory infection but I also had a gnarly UTI, my whole body was out of whack, I had gained weight and I felt depressed and disorganized.
It was then that I really began to pay attention to how much everything affects everything else. My body only works as well as I treat it. Ever since, health has been on my mind- not as a pretentious healthnut but as someone whose work, life, and family are important to her. When I was sick and feeling depressed, my work suffered, I missed out on happy moments, and most of all, I could not be the wife and mother I wanted to be.
It’s In Your Hands
We may not always be able to control the events of the day or the many troubles that plague our minds but we can make sure they do not get worse by making simple decisions about how we keep our bodies fueled and working properly. We are not the only one’s who have taken on the issue of healthy living but navigating the way to a healthy lifestyle can be daunting.
Fortunately, there are articles on the web that can help. I did a bit of research before writing this article and compiled a list of publications that are clear, relevant, and interesting (at least to me 😛 ). Here they are:
Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet <—-Definitely read this one!
13 Healthy Habits to Improve Your Life <—- Another good one. From WebMD
Mind and Body <—- This totally ties in to my experience!
Health & Yoga for the Rest of Us