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10 Daily Habits That Hugely Strengthen Both Your Body And Mind

10 Daily Habits That Hugely Strengthen Both Your Body And Mind

Our daily routines may keep us active, but how active are you really, and is your mind active enough? There are many habits that we get into that keep us from having a strong body and mind. But, there are also habits we can get into that will help to make the body and mind stronger than ever. Here are some of those habits that you need to get into.

1. Exercise between Workouts

You don’t have to wait for a workout to get some much-needed exercise. For instance, if you are at work, you can stand up and do some stretching exercises, or go for a walk, run, bike ride on your lunch break, and take one-minute exercise breaks.

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2. Eat Brain Food

We all know about eating healthy food to keep our bodies healthy. Are you eating the right foods for your brain as well? Try to include eggs, milk, juice, and fish (particularly salmon and halibut) to your diet.

3. Increase Your Goals

You have likely been told to set daily goals. But, how difficult are these goals? You need to challenge yourself, so make sure that your goals are harder and harder all the time. This is going to build you up to where you want to be.

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4. Improve Your Memory

Playing little memory games is a great way to have sharper recall at any time. Try associating things that you normally wouldn’t think of being associated with one another, and they will stick in your mind even more. There is a scientific term for this, which is synesthesia.

5. Watch Inspirational Videos

There are loads of great inspirational videos online. Try looking for the more obscure videos on topics that you don’t see in all of the other videos. You will find a great selection of inspirational videos at Uscreen and YouTube, as well as videos on health, diet, exercise, and more.

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6. Turn Jealousy into a Good Thing

Everyone has jealous moments, but this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. If you are jealous that someone is more successful than you are, use that person as a role model. Use your jealousy to start being more like they are, and pay attention to how they handle many situations, their habits, etc.

7. Track Your Walking Miles

Do you realize that the biggest part of your day is spent sitting down? This is not only going to cause stiff muscles, it can actually lead to health problems because you aren’t getting enough exercise. It is a good idea to try and take at least 3,000 steps per day (you can calculate your walk count with pedometer). Each day, strive to make the count a little bit higher.

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8. Move Around every 15 Minutes

You should never sit still for long periods of time. Whenever possible, try to get up and move around every 15 to 20 minutes, even if it is just to stretch your arms and legs. Walk to the coffee shop at break time instead of driving. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

9. Go Out of Your Way

If you normally walk to work, take a different route that is a bit longer. Park far away from stores (unless you plan on buying a lot of stuff and don’t want to lug it all back to the car). Walk to the next train or bus stop. Every extra step you take is going to add up.

10. Grow Your Vocabulary

Start reading more, and increase your vocabulary by leaps and bounds. Look for books and movies that are going to challenge your mind, and if there are words you are unsure of, look them up and keep on learning.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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