Optimal health is not just about your physical body. Of course, exercise and dieting help but you also should focus on your mind, emotions, social connections, and spiritual life. Looking into these areas can have a huge positive impact on your overall well-being. Here are 7 simple life changes with massive benefits for your body and soul.
Get the Vitamins and Minerals You Need
Before we get to anything else, you need to understand that vitamins and minerals are absolutely vital for feeling better about yourself, your life, and your health. Vitamins and minerals play a key role in helping your body and mind work the way they should. It’s a hard subject, but you can find info on vitamins and minerals all over the web. Eating organic meat, fruit, and vegetables is the best way to get them. But you must supplement to fill in your nutritional gaps.
Go Outside More than Usual
One of the worst things you can do is stay indoors, and there are many reasons for this. Some include poor air quality, lack of sunlight, and social isolation. We have had years of staying indoors because of Covid and the pandemic policies that followed, so why not get out a little?
Going outside has immediate benefits. It helps your body produce vitamin D and you can only get this from the sun and very limited foods. Vitamin D is necessary for healthy bones, a good mood, and strong immunity. Spending time outdoors is also linked to increased levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with mood regulation. Plus, being outdoors helps reduce stress levels, promotes relaxation, and has healing and restorative properties. And is there anything better than fresh air?
Play a Fulfilling Role
Do you feel like you are aimless and going nowhere? Well, don’t fret because this is common. Most people don’t make plans and goals and just try to get on with life. This is fine, but you can find yourself stuck in a rut and doing the same things over and over without any feelings of accomplishment.
You may need a career plan to help you get where you want to be for a fulfilling life. Decide what job you really want, and break that down into smaller achievable steps and tasks that you can tick off over time. Or you may need to do something on the side that fulfills you. You can pick up a cause you are enthusiastic about and get involved in activism. Either way, doing something fulfilling can give you purpose in life.
Make Simple Life Changes at Work
A survey conducted by Gallup last year found that 90% of people don’t like their jobs. That is a shocking figure, and you may be one of them. It’s sad to hear since we spend most of your waking hours at our job. Think about the impact of being unhappy at work on your overall life.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Even with a job you don’t enjoy, you can make it better for your overall health. For example, think about the people you like at work, and look forward to seeing them each day. Also, think of ways you can make your workplace better. This could make it brighter, happier, and even safer for everyone.
Hobbies with Benefits
Sometimes it can be hard to motivate yourself to even leave the home. So it helps to have reasons to, and hobbies can give you this reason. Some beneficial hobbies include:
- Photography: this gets you out as you look for subjects and environments to shoot.
- Outdoor Sports: These give you the benefit to keep you physically active, but you will also benefit from social bonding.
- Learning an Instrument: Music keeps your brain sharp, relaxes you, and can encourage social activity.
- Book Club: It expands your knowledge and provides excellent social bonding.
- Yoga: It helps you stay fit and healthy while providing relaxation and spiritual benefits too.
Of course, you could fill out a book about hobbies that can help you get more sunlight, exercise, and social activity. Whatever you decide, just picking one will have a great positive influence on your life.
Make Simple Life Changes with a Friend
Another life change with massive benefits for your body and soul is to involve loved ones. Staying motivated to improve your life and get well can be hard. But it is a lot easier if you buddy up with someone instead of doing it alone. When you have someone you can trust with your aspirations and where you want to be, you can work with each other. Your goals may not be identical, but you are both human with the desire to improve. When times are hard, and you feel like you can’t continue, your friend is there to encourage you. And you can do the same.
Stay Interested in Yourself
It’s a tragedy when someone has no self-regard, which can destroy your life. Feeling hopeless increases stress, anxiety, and depression. This can lead to self-medication and other self-destructive habits. There are bumps in the road, sure. But we only fall so we can get back up again. Only you can change your life, so you must keep up your motivation and stay interested in yourself and not the lives of celebrities; they won’t help you, and neither will social media. So stay focused, on track, and seek help when you need to.
If you start implementing the above simple life changes, you will experience massive benefits in your physical, social, and emotional life. Vitamins, minerals, and exercise help you feel better physically and mentally. But you also need to spend time outdoors. You can also make plans and goals for your life and career, so you feel more fulfilled. Additionally, try a hobby, socialize more, and remember that doing things with a friend can even make it more meaningful.
To a Fitter Healthier You,
The Fitness Wellness Mentor