In our digitized age, it is easy to spend a lot of your time at home, stagnant. Notwithstanding, it is very important you find some kind of outlet to not only benefit your health but as an escape from the grip of mental illness. Spending all of your time alone at home on a computer can become detrimental to both physical and mental wellbeing. Thankfully, you can circumvent any ill effect by regular and strenuous exercise.
With so many ways to exercise, it can become confusing. Thankfully the professionals of this field gave us a complete guide on how to have an abundance of exercise routines and machinery you can use at home. Exercising at home can be cheaper, efficient, and effective.
Take Up Regular Running
During long periods of sitting, weeks, and months, your muscles can begin to weaken and gradually wear away. By not exercising frequently you can cause detrimental changes to your joints and muscles, sometimes irreparably. Often the best way to combat any form of joint or muscle weakness is to take up an exercise in which you are moving your entire body.
For many people, the gym is not an option, nor strength training. Running, however, is neither, and can be a fun and efficient way to raise your heart rate and lower your blood pressure. By taking up regular running you will begin to appreciate nature, life, and recognize your weaknesses.
Start running slowly, in a jog, and do not push yourself to a level in which you feel uncomfortable. If you start slow and gradually build up the pace eventually you will start to develop stamina and your performance will increase drastically.
The benefits of running are innumerable, and every day across the world, millions of people run for fitness and enjoyment. After a while, you will start to see the rewards and you will encourage others to take up running.
Start Eating a Healthy Diet
Perhaps one of the most neglected things in our current epoch is the idea of a healthy diet. Our shelves inundated with junk food mass-produced and full of calories and harmful additives; the notion of eating fruit even disgusts some. With such a shift away from healthy eating to stuffing our faces with processed junk, it is no surprise that so many young adults are suffering from heart disease. In fact, there has been an unprecedented rise in heart disease in the younger generations over the last fifty years, which coincidentally coincides with the inception of mass-produced junk food.
A healthy diet can be fun and simple to start. Try getting fruits and vegetables that you love, like mangos or pineapples, and incorporating them into mealtime. Part of a healthy diet is balanced, so it does not mean you cannot eat your ordinary junk food, just eat it in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
For every plate of junk you eat, you should eat healthy foods. And, while that is not a recommended formula, it is to a certain extent very true. Most junk food carries little nutritional benefit, so when you gorge on it you literally eat nothing. It is like eating paper. So, by eating an equal amount of fruit or vegetables you then get the nutrient intake to match the amount of food that you have eaten.
There are many cultures which make eating healthy food fun. Try Filipino food, or Japanese food, or even Cambodian food; all of these cultures have a great balance of healthy and unhealthy foods, sweet and savory, and it is no surprise these nations have a higher life expectancy than most European nations.
Make Sure You Sleep
Another catalyst of a highly digitized age, such as the one we live in, is that many people struggle to sleep. This is more down to the number of hours they spend looking at screens than anything else, but in spite of that, it is still a massive problem. And, many people even if they cut down their screen-time would still have problems sleeping because it is almost conditioned for them to have these issues now.
Sleeping can be very difficult for some, for others not. There are a few ways you can increase your sleeping time quite easily, such as; a routine, go to bed at 8 p.m. and wake up at 6 a.m. and if you can't sleep just lie there until it's time to wake up; eat healthily and exercise, and finally make your bed as comfortable as possible.
By adhering to the three points listed here, you can improve your mental and physical wellbeing, and slowly start improving your life in ways you couldn't possibly imagine. When your body works like a fine-tuned machine, as will your mind, and then you can start bettering your life both financially and socially.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist