Daily Maintenance: 5 Tips to Reach Optimal Health

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According to the World Health Organization, health is not merely the absence of disease, but it is also a state of complete well-being. This includes being physically, mentally, and socially balanced to reach optimal health. The following are some tips to reach that goal.

Eat Fresh

There are several conflicting messages out there about what type of diet is best, ranging from low-fat to paleo to vegetarian. Whatever diet philosophy you choose to follow, there is one thing you can always choose to do, and that is to eat fewer processed foods. Opt to eat home-cooked meals, and shop around the perimeter of the grocery store where most fresh foods are located. Your body will thank you now and later.

Exercise

By exercising, you are working out your muscles, your heart, and your lungs, but it also releases chemicals that relieve anxiety and depression. Aim for what your body is capable of doing, and try to do 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Whether it is power-walking, swimming, or kayaking, do an enjoyable activity that gets your body moving.

Get Enough Sleep

In a culture that values hard work, some people find it difficult to find time to get enough sleep. Make time to sleep, and go to bed earlier than you normally would. Another important aspect is getting quality sleep. Improve your quality of sleep by ensuring that you sleep in a dark room. Turn off distractions like cellphones and televisions an hour before bed so that you will not have a hard time turning off your mind. Getting enough quality sleep has been known to be beneficial for your heart, weight, and mind.

Drink Moderately

In another vein, many people drink alcohol to relax and unwind, especially when going through stressful events. While alcohol in moderation is considered okay, excessive drinking, particularly in combination with driving can cause unintentional injuries to the driver, and others as well.  Becoming injured by a driver under the influence is something no one wants.  These situations can be difficult to navigate.  However, professionals can help guide you through the process. Always designate a non-drinking driver, or choose to take a taxi instead of driving.

Make Time to Relax

With all the stresses of modern living such as working long hours, and obligations, we can sometimes forget that taking time out to unwind is good for our health. Take time out of your day to unwind, even if it is just for a few minutes. You can go to a quiet room to meditate, listen to calming music, or take some time to write down frustrations you may be experiencing.