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How can you learn to be more mentally and emotionally fit?

Our thoughts and emotions are part of us, just as fingers belong to our hands. Thoughts and emotions are phenomena we live with, and that’s that. However, keeping your mind “healthy” takes time and effort. 

I ask you this: What if we all knew what to do when life does not happen the way our expectations made us desire?

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What steps can you take towards a more mentally and emotionally fit life? Sometimes moving, eating wholesome food, and wanting it is the greatest way to start.

I ask you this: What if we all knew what to do when life does not happen the way our expectations made us desire?

If you have the answer to this question and it works for you, you need not read this further. Do your thoughts and emotions take the better part of you when things in life go a little south? Then maybe this is for you to read. Take it or leave it, but I will share some thoughts and tips. 

My experience with maintaining a healthy, wholesome, and balanced nutrition made an enormous difference in a healthy thought pattern and keeping my emotions at bay. As I have written before in other posts, we are what we eat because whatever we eat rebuilds our body. Whatever you eat will have physical and mental consequences on us, positive or negative. What we each eat and how much are our choice and our responsibility. If we chow down on fast food and soda too often, we will likely lack energy, feel anxious, and even depressed.

On the other hand, we can choose to cook at home with quality fresh ingredients, not the stuff you buy in boxes and cans at the supermarket. Purchase fresh produce and cook or eat out at healthy places; we will start on a healthy mind, body, and spirit journey. It is not a secret that chefs and the fast-food industry trick our brains into liking their food because of the amount of fat, salt, and sugar contained, not to mention monosodium glutamate. Sugar and glutamate get you up and high due to a dopamine response in your brain. However, the comedown is harsh, and both substances are addictive.

Exercise is another habit I added to my life, nothing too much, maybe a jog a couple of days a week and yoga or any sport with friends.

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Food changes court bodies and our minds right away. Start with wholesome foods that will be hydrating, nutritious, and enhance natural body processes.

Exercise and fitness are other habits I added to my life, nothing too much, maybe a jog a couple of days a week and yoga. As you may have already known, our body is not built to stay static all day long. Take your dog with you if you don’t fancy jogging for a long walk. I’m sure you will learn to enjoy this activity.

I seriously believe that yoga is some ancient technology, or to the very least, it is knowledge about how to keep your mind and body fit.

Yoga does not only involve stretching and doing these “weird postures.” Yoga is also comprised of breathing techniques as well as meditation. I think yoga is not yoga if you don’t include all three postures, breathing, and meditation in one single session. Give it a chance; if you don’t like it, try a different studio or teacher to see if it can help you. Meditation is well recognized by mainstream science for its efficacy in helping people’s mental and emotional health. 

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Vegetables are as boring as you want them to be. They need not be eaten as they come. Steaming, and adding seasoning and sauces can make the most seemingly boring vegetables into the most delicious snacks and body-transforming foods.

Pay attention to your thought pattern and ignore what others may think about you. Most people don’t care; if they do, you shouldn’t care, period. If we focus our attention on being worried about what others think about us, then they are in control of our life and not us. So, don’t deal with this and just be yourself even though we live in a very judgmental society. Life is too short and goes by too fast for us to lose our time and energy on what others may or may not think about us.

If something uncertain is keeping you anxious and up at night, I recommend you write down what you think the worst outcome may be and think about how you will deal with it. Also, write about what you believe the best outcome may be and about how you will deal with that. After writing let go because we control very few outcomes in our lives and it is not worth losing our physical and mental health over this, live your life and enjoy it.

By Andrew G.



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