Spring is right around the corner, so you know what that means. Warmer weather, spending more time outside and practicing better health habits. That’s not to say that you haven’t been doing so during your winter hibernation, however, there’s just something about spring and summer that makes us come alive. Here’s three things you can do to be your best self both physically and mentally.
Eat Nutritious and Balanced Meals
Food is fuel, so if you’re not powering your body with foods that make you feel energized, it’s time for a change. Swap out heavy carb-based dishes for ones that are rich in healthy fats and protein. Low-fat salmon, if you eat fish, paired with fruits and vegetables should be on your plate. If you are vegan, look for dishes that pack a protein punch, like legumes, black beans and quinoa. What you eat affects your mental and physical health, so make your diet a top priority.
See the Doctor Regularly
Proper preventative care goes a long way to keep us healthy. Even if you feel great, schedule annual visits with your doctor. Make a list before your appointment about any concerns you have.
If you don’t have any, you can still make a list of things that you are curious about, such as feeling comfortable during routine exams or when you should start annual blood testing. If you would feel more comfortable, it’s okay to request a second opinion about a diagnosis.
Regardless of medical concern, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to see another doctor. In fact, a lot of people have survived near terminal illnesses simply because they followed their gut and sought another opinion.
There’s a direct link between psychological and physical health, so if you’re feeling stressed or depressed, it will eventually start to show physically. Even if it’s for only 10 minutes a day, find time for self-care. Learning how to meditate and focus on nothing but yourself can do wonders for your mental well-being.
The key is understanding that even with all of family and work demands, you need time to take for yourself. It’s not uncommon to put our needs last, but this can result in both physical and emotional imbalance.
Your emotional and physical well-being need to be balanced. If one or the other isn’t well, you’ll eventually see a ripple effect. Take the time to practice self-care and if necessary, learn to love the skin you’re in.