Did you know that your mind is the machine of your body? When you maintain a healthy mental state, your entire body and life work a lot better. A lot of us deal with stress every day and it is so important that we make healthy habits that we stick to on a daily basis so that we can maintain the health of our mind.
Here are 8 good healthy habits that you can start implementing today:
Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep is ideal but be real sometimes it’s not the Mom’s reality. Sleep helps our mind, brain, and body to regenerate, almost like a housekeeping situation for your body. It may be hard to get that many hours of sleep, but it is definitely part of self-love and care. If you’re not taking care of you, then your kids and your family are not getting the best of you. This is why finding times during the day to either lay down to rest or just take a break from doing your daily tasks as a Mom is so important. Put yourself on the schedule. You deserve it!
According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, a cognitive neuroscientist, you should have “thinker moments.” This is when we take time to switch off to the external and switch on to the internal and just let our minds wander which is incredibly important when it comes to our brain health. When we allow those moments to happen, we are increasing in wisdom and clarity, which help us make healthier decisions when it comes to our lifestyle. Take at least 10 to 15-minute break sessions during your day just to sit and let your mind wander.
3. Eating Nutritious Food
You are what you eat. This statement that we hear so often is so true. Nutrition plays a big part in our overall health, including our mental health. According to the article written by Harvard Health Publishing, there are 5 foods linked to better brainpower and they are green veggies, fatty fish, berries, tea/coffee, and walnuts. Eating nutritious foods that feed your body and your brain and making this healthy habit a daily thing, will make you feel on top of your game mentally and physically.
As Moms, we have a lot of things to keep track of and tend to put ourselves on the back burner when it comes to self-care, but it is so important to get our daily exercise aside from chasing toddlers or doing your household chores. Exercise has so many great benefits including stress and anxiety relief, gives you a boost of energy, improves your mood, and you get better sleep as well as increased relaxation.
Creating a healthy habit of working out weekly is definitely challenging when you are a parent, but is one that is vital for your mental health. Start penciling yourself into your weekly schedule and figure out which method would better work for you, your family, and your current season.
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5. Positive Affirmations
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.” —Henry Ford
Affirmation statements are affirming that which is true to us, so regardless whether you think you can or you think you can’t- you’re right because that is what you believe. Believing in others has to start with believing in you. Creating one of these healthy habits of making positive affirmations about yourself every day can actually ‘rewire’ your brain to break negative thought patterns. Start with a few affirmations a day and then add a new statement every week until it becomes a habit.
Here is a list of a few great starters:
- I am worthy of love, happiness, and fulfillment.
- I have the power within me to create the life I desire.
- I am grateful for life and all of its blessings.
- Each new day is filled with infinite potential and possibility.
- I am strong in my values and confident in my abilities.
6. Enjoying The Outdoors
There is something about fresh air that helps our minds to clear and feel more refreshed. Getting some time outside not only helps you to get your Vitamin D but it also improves your immune system. This is especially true for kids. When children come into contact with dirt, bacteria, and animals, they are helping to reduce the risk of allergies and autoimmune diseases in the future.
According to Business Insider spending time outside is vital for our mental and physical health. Walking outdoors improves your short-term memory, helps to eliminate fatigue, has de-stressing effects, and may help fight depression and anxiety, along with other incredible benefits. Make this healthy habit a part of your daily routine even if it is just a short walk outside with your kids. You’ll be amazed at how you feel afterward.
7. Limiting Screen Time
Most of us go from one electronic device to the other and it puts so much strain not only on our physical health but also mental health. The best way to make sure that your household is not on electronic devices at all times is to make some ‘Device Free’ scheduled times like dinner time or with rules like no phone in the bedroom.
You have to make sure that you, as a parent, establish healthy habits like this one so that your kids can follow by example. This will help you and your family be more present with each other and give an opportunity for each of you to share your challenges. Even though social media is a great tool for people to connect, having one on one conversations in person are so important for your mental and emotional health.
8. Reading A Book
Now that you have limited your screen-time, you can pick up a good book to read. The benefits of reading expand beyond stress relief and relaxation. Studies prove that reading is also linked to good brain health in old age.
Just like the heart, the brain needs to be taken care of in order to function at its fullest capacity over the course of a lifetime. So instead of going to bed scrolling through your phone, read a chapter or two of a book. Reading will not only positively affect your emotional and mental health, but it will also set an example for your kids to create this healthy habit early on in their life.
START WHERE YOU ARE.
USE WHAT YOU HAVE.
DO WHAT YOU CAN.
Every one of us faces different stresses every day and it’s important that we establish healthy habits that we can lean on to keep our emotional and mental health in check. We must take care of ourselves before we are able to take of others properly. It may be a challenge to start implementing these new habits, but when you do, you will start noticing little changes that will help you feel more confident in who you and make you more productive on daily basis.
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