This week let’s talk about physical health since the last time I discussed mental health. When both of these are a focus, life’s challenges do not seem as big of a deal.
I specifically mentioned last week that exercise could help with your mental state. Physical health not only means exercise but also means eating well, sleeping enough, relaxing, and keeping good hygiene.
Some of these listed were included in my mental health post. It turns out they are very closely related. This, at least, gives you less to do to stay healthy.
The obvious answer to staying healthy physically is being active. Exercise and being active are not the same. It is important to do both. Exercise is more intentional and repetitive actions, while physical activity is any movements your body makes throughout the day.
Physical Health Tips
We don’t all have the time to exercise every day, but we can all make sure we are physically active. The activity can include doing chores, working in the garden, and playing with your kids.
I personally go outside and play with my dog a couple of times a day. This doesn’t feel like a chore, but it gets me moving and outside.
This tip is something we have all heard before; part of physical health is eating healthy. The classic saying is we are what we eat. But our energy is what we eat.
While healthier food is not as exciting as candy or chips, or even fried food, it will give you more energy. This will give you the energy you need to stay active.
The last thing I want to discuss to address physical health is relaxing. When you become stressed or worried, it affects your mind and can have physical changes.
Stress can increase blood pressure, cause stomach ulcers, increase tension in the body, and so much more. One of the ways to combat is to practice relaxation.
There are several ways to relax. One quick and easy way to relax is to take a deep breath. If you stop for two minutes, close your eyes, and slow your breath.
When breathing in, count 7, and do the same when you breathe out. This will help release the tension in your body.
Explore ways that make you feel relaxed; it could be turning off your phone and watching a funny movie.
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Breathing is the only part of our autonomic system that we can control. The controlled breathing that you mention helps calm the vagal nerve.