More and more often we hear about the importance of a healthy mind. Growing up in society where talking about this was more a tabu means that most people do not talk about this topic or are scared, but I strongly believe that it is as important to look after our mind as after our bodies, and that the two are very closely connected. If one does not work like it should, the other one cannot either.
It’s not a secret anymore. More and more people talk about mental health, and I believe that’s a great thing to do. I appreciate seeing many people, including celebrities revealing their personal mental issues, and helping this way to cope with mental problems of other people. It’s not a shame, and nobody should be ashamed of this.
I am by no means an expert, but would love to share a few tips I think lead to keeping a healthy mind. There will be many more, so please feel free to add yours in comments below.
My Top Tips for a Healthy Mind
Make sure you eat plenty of food full of antioxidants (eg avocados, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, onions and beetroot) which help reduce the risk of some diseases, cell damage, boost your immunity system and also have anti-aging effects.
Drinking green tea is one of the ways you can do so. I love adding a handful of blueberries to my porridge for breakfast, or as a mid-morning snack with some almonds and other nuts.
Eating fish rich in Omega-3 such as salmon has also been proven to support your brain cells. Try to avoid fast food, and always make sure you don’t rsh when eating. Chew every mouthful properly and enjoy your food!
Regular working out increases the blood flow to the brain and other parts of your body. You might have noticed I am a fitness enthusiast and cannot imagine my life without regular exercising.
I do so even on holidays, love running along the beach and always make sure I pack my trainers. Everybody likes to work out in different ways, but I believe there is something for everyone.
Experiment and try new things once you get stuck and feel like what you are currently doing is not making you happy any more. As with everything, you need to enjoy what you are doing otherwise the effect is not as good. Ditch your car, and walk walk and walk!
We easily forget how breathing properly influences our health and mind. How about starting your day with a 15 minute “deep breathing” session? Soon you will see how much different you will feel.
It is not easy to learn new tricks, but our health is worth it. Learn to put aside this 15 minute for yourself every day, and stick to it. To make the experience even more relaxing, I use my Rescue Remedy spray and unwind completely.
Nobody likes to be surrounded by negativity. Make sure that you spend most of your time with people you really care about and love. It’s important to support someone if they need your helping hand, but do not let anyone take you down the same road.
Exploring new places and cultures is another great way to stimulate your brain and keep a healthy mind. I have always loved travelling, and having children has not stopped me from doing so.
As Norman Vincent Peale said: “The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, and give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, and think of others.”
Do you know anyone who would not like to sleep? I LOVE sleeping and have been super lucky with both my daughters being very good sleepers since a very young age. During the workweek I always try to go to bed before 10:30pm, that way I usually get about 8:30/9 hours of sleep, and do not feel tired in the morning. On Fridays & Saturdays I tend to go to bed much later, and treat myself to a sleep-in the next morning. When my daughters were little i also used to nap with them for about 20 minutes after lunch, and felt great and refreshed afterwards. I do miss these little naps!
Reading books or newspapers, doing crosswords, sudoku, scrabble and puzzles, that’s just a few things you can do. Keeping your brain cells active and stimulated is vital to have a healthy mind.
Many people swear by learning other languages or playing a musical instrument is a fab way to keep a healthy mind, and I agree. There have also been recent studies that suggest that if a child start learning to play a musical instrument by the age of 6, it helps to boost many things from their IQ to their emotional well being, and I am a great supporter of this.
Enjoy your life & laugh out loud!