When it comes to our health, we tend to focus on only one aspect; a lot of emphasis is placed on achieving physical fitness but there’s not enough placed on emotional and spiritual health. While it is true that regular exercise can have a significant impact on mental wellbeing and stress reduction thanks to the release of endorphins, most people need a little more to help them lead peaceful lives. It’s no coincidence that the healthiest people in the world are also the happiest. If exercise isn’t doing it for you anymore, here are a few other ways you can inject some joy into your life and wake up feeling great.
Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. People who suffer from insomnia are more likely to suffer from an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke. On the other hand, getting more sleep will improve your memory, lower your stress, and enhance creativity. If you find yourself stressing out about a specific problem, just sleep on it and everything usually looks brighter in the morning.
Meditation encourages you to shut off the outside world and address how you’re feeling. Too often we bury our emotions for the sake of completing a group project, or not wanting to hurt anyone else’s feelings. It’s admirable to put others first, but not at the cost of your own mental well-being. Through meditation, you can take the time to feel your emotions, address the cause, and tone out any distractions. Chakra meditation might seem like something only practiced by an oracle healer, but it’s easy enough to do yourself with enough discipline. Learning to balance your chakras is an excellent way to find balance within your body and mind, and to work through your emotional problems.
One of the best things about yoga is that it encourages you to focus on your breathing, your inner self, and on cultivating a sense of calm and serenity. You don’t even need to go to a gym to enjoy the benefits of a yoga workout. There are a number of yoga instructors with free YouTube channels for you to try in the comfort of your living room. Even when you have a To Do list a mile long, yoga teaches you to focus on the moment, and on recharging your energy. As an added bonus, yoga also does great things for your body. You get toned, you give your spine a much-needed stretch, and with a little time most of your aches and pains will vanish.
Whether through choice or geographical distance, we often find ourselves isolated from the people that care about, which makes our problems seem so much bigger and overwhelming. But reaching out to your family or reconnecting with your friends can lift your spirits far more than any rush of endorphins you get from exercise. Even the most introverted people need a little social interaction every once in a while.