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Monday, 31 March 2014

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

A healthy mind can lead you to a healthy body – and a much happier life.

The good news is that we have the power to change negative thoughts and feelings into positive, rational, motivating thoughts, and in doing so, help create a healthy mind in a healthy body.

People with strong minds live a richer and more fulfilling life. The following list incorporates plenty of mental, physical, and nutritional ways to keep your mind sharp throughout your lifetime. 
Get plenty of mental exercise: The brain can atrophy just like a muscle can. To avoid it, read, do puzzles, play scrabble or do crosswords.
Don’t forget physical exercise: physical exercise will help keep your mind as well as your body fit. Exercise increases blood-flow and oxygenates the brain, so get moving. 
Challenge your brain: Learning and experiencing new things is a great way to challenge your brain. You can learn to play a musical instrument, another language, playing chest or just travelling.
Eat healthily: The connection between what goes in your body and how your brain performs is a strong one.  There are some nutritional tips that will provide you with delicious and brain-healthy ways to eat ( antioxidants, fish, fruit and veggies, olive oil, or just a complete breakfast)
Supplement your diet the brain-healthy way: not just in pill forms, just find them in the food we eat ( omega 3, green tea, B vitamin, vitamin E, vitamin C, water...)
Reduce stress:  use these suggestions for ways to find stress relief and relaxation for your life:
-  Keep in touch with your emotions. 
- The deep, relaxing form of breathing used during yoga practice can bring benefits to your brain as well. 

- Have fun in life.               

- Think positively and you will discover that your approach to life is one of much less stress. 

- Smile and laugh often.  

Getting enough sleep and sleeping well contribute to a reduction in stress levels.

Stimulate Your Senses: An experience that incorporates one or more of your senses serves to stimulate brain activity and help keep your mind sharp ( aromatherapy, sculpture, a massage, gardening...)
Be Social: Having a strong social network reduces isolation and stress and stimulates the brain through shared learning experiences and emotional connections.