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7 Secrets of Healthy People

7 Secrets of Healthy People

Healthy people do not just wake up one day to a fit body and clear mind. Real health involves a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, and for many people this means making some changes in their physical and mental approach to everyday life. Here are seven top ways healthy people get that way and stay that way.

1. They Make Sure to Get Good Quality Sleep

Sleep is a cornerstone of mental and physical well being. The time spent sleeping is not as idle as it might seem. During a good night’s rest, the body can direct its energy towards healing and repairing the system. It releases growth hormones to help repair wounds and create new cells, and there is even evidence that a good night’s rest can help keep your weight in check because of hunger-regulating hormones. In addition, the brain uses this time to recuperate and to store important information.

To start getting better rest, create a quieter, more comfortable sleeping area. Set a time for winding down at least an hour before your bedtime. Avoid bright lights and, especially, computer monitors or lights from other electronic devices. Many people find meditation or gentle yoga routines to be helpful for relaxing the body and calming the mind before bed.

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2. They Eat a Great Diet

There are many different opinions on what counts as the healthiest diets, but healthy people nearly always focus on eating a lot of vegetables, avoiding artificial preservatives and limiting processed foods and sugar. Eating clean helps your body get the nutrients it needs without the potentially toxic additives.

The excuse many people have for eating junk food is that healthy meals take too long to prepare. If your days are chaotic and you feel you don’t have the time to indulge in healthy eating, consider signing up for healthy delivered meals at home or office. Healthy meal delivery is more than just a convenience. It can keep you on track and help you avoid the temptation of skipping meals or eating fast food.

3. They Learn and Practice Stress Management

Unchecked stress takes a rapid and measurable toll on the body. Cortisol, adrenalin and other stress hormones are beneficial during emergencies because they help a person fight or flee from danger. However, these hormones are destructive to the body over time, such as during periods of chronic stress.

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Stress cannot always be avoided, and so healthy people learn ways to manage their stress. Relaxation exercises, breathing techniques, journaling and talking with loved ones are a few techniques you can use.

4. They Maintain a Balanced Outlook

Negativity can seem pervasive in the world at times. Healthy people ensure they focus on positive things as much as, or at least more than, the negative. In this way, they can maintain a healthy mental balance and avoid becoming consumed by the sadness and despair in the world.

One way to incorporate this into your life is to seek out positive news stories or contribute positively to the world by helping others in some way.

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5. They Nurture Relationships

It is okay to be alone, and it is important to take time out when you need to. However, healthy people also nurture relationships with others.

Healthy social interaction has been shown to boost mood and quality of life. Find ways to spend more quality time with other people and you will see a difference.

6. They Take Time Out

Everyone needs time to recharge. A healthy person takes this time with the understanding that it is a necessity and not a luxury.

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By taking a break and spending time self-nurturing, you will have the energy and desire to show the world your best self.

7. They Use Exercise to Care for the Body

For the healthy person, exercise isn’t necessarily more enjoyable than it is for others. However, they know that the benefits of sticking with an exercise routine far outweigh the consequences of a sedentary life. The body is made for movement, and without some exercise, deterioration is inevitable.

Switching to a healthy lifestyle can feel challenging because you’ll experience a lot of daily changes. Take small steps in the beginning and it will be easier not to feel overwhelmed and give up. Remember that anything new is a challenge in the beginning, but you can do it.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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