By: Lanae Dillard
With life comes curve balls. I found that the greatest gift that we have as humans is the ability to use our minds to our advantage – keeping our cool no matter how curved the balls are thrown.
With our minds we have the power to create the most favorable circumstances as well as the healthy life we desire.
Here are eight ways to tap into the mind’s undeniable power to reduce stress and lead a healthy life.
Commit to 30 minutes a day of physical activity whether it’s a walk around the neighborhood or a more intense workout at the gym. A healthy body makes for a healthy mind.
2. Eat natural, healthy, and organic foods.
The old adage “you are what you eat” is never played out! You can begin eating healthy without having to take drastic measures – simply cut back on fast and junk food.
3. Reduce the amount of stress in your life.
You can reduce stress by learning the system of filtering – that is being able to pinpoint things that are resourceful, harmful, knowledgeable or negative. When you filter, you gain the mental power to focus only on the things that lead to a healthy mind, which leads to a fruitful life. Plainly put, only focus on things that build you up, not stress you out.
4. Sleep more & relax.
Studies show that rest and relaxation not only reduces stress, but also provides you with more energy to tackle other daily tasks such as work, school, and family.
Maintain a positive attitude. When you have a positive prospective on life, you will reap the benefits. You will respond to trying situations with more confidence and with more solutions. Looking on the bright side truly brightens up your day.
5. Surround yourself with positive people and environments.
Watch the company you keep as misery loves company and Negative Nancy loves a pity party. Do your best to spend time only with people who are like-minded and who make you feel good. If they don’t make you feel good, they are no good for you.
6. Smile often and laugh.
Laughter is nature’s best medicine as it has the ability to lift your mood and rub off on others. Want a healthy mind? Lighten up and laugh more!
7. Understand that no one is perfect.
When you accept that neither you nor the world is perfect, you are less likely to stress over things that you cannot change, leading to a more peaceful and healthier life. Share your concerns with other people and offer a friendly ear to listen to others.
About the Author:
Lanae Dillard is a nationally published columnist for entertainment, contributing ideas of news & opinion and love & relationships. She has created a platform for women which includes testimonials, positive vibes and inspiration through her blog, Everyday Girl. She can be found editing, blogging and reaching the hearts of women around the world.