Is it just me or has the default for “how are you?” changed from “fine” to “busy”?
If you have a hectic lifestyle, and you’re so busy that each day seems to roll into one your mind can become overwhelmed, which can have a negative impact on your health as a whole. Stress and fatigue can have serious physical effects on our bodies. For it to be able to keep functioning properly, you need to be kind to your mind and know when to slow down. Your brain and its health is the most powerful tool in your body, so taking excellent care of it should be top of your priority list. The following are some areas to consider if you’re starting to feel rundown and overpowered by life.
Time To Plan And Reset
I know I keep talking about this but it’s true! For your mind to reset and recuperate for the next day’s activities you need to be getting enough sleep. A great night’s rest will brighten your mood and give you plenty of energy, so it’s vital that you get as much as you need each night. If you have trouble sleeping, it can affect your whole body’s health and wellbeing, so you could try aiding your efforts with essential oils, like lavender and geranium, which help to promote relaxation.
You can give yourself a chance to plan for the days or week ahead before you actually try to go to bed. That way you have a positive mindset, and feel secure in what’s to come. Trying to find ways to get less “busy” and taking some shortcuts if you need to. Whether it means heading to sites like Save Rite Medical to order some supplies, or putting in an online grocery order. Even just jotting down those last minute to-do lists for the next day so you aren’t stressing over them while you’re in bed can help.
When you’ve put those orders in, watched your favorite show, and had enough screen time, switching off your phone and TV at least half an hour before you want to sleep will also help your efforts in drifting off to a peaceful night’s rest. Try reading a book, doing some journaling, drinking herbal tea or doing some quiet meditation screen-free.
Nourish Your Body With Fuel
Your body runs on the fuel that you put into it, so make sure your food and diet are full of nourishing vitamins, and all the good stuff that will make you feel great inside and out. Refined sugars and too much caffeine can give you a temporary burst of energy. (yay coffee!) Alas, the comedown and crash afterwards can leave you feeling lethargic, down, and fatigued. (boo!) So it’s important to actually eat nutritious foods for a steady release of energy throughout the day. Omega-3 is excellent for brain health and function. It can be found in oily fish, like salmon, so we try to incorporate it into our weekly menu at least once.
Nuts and seeds are a great source of vitamin E, which helps to fight against the aging of your cognitive function, it’s a smart choice to snack on a handful each day or sprinkle some on salads. Other foods, like blueberries and avocados, also contribute to healthy brain function. It’s important to really balance out our diets throughout the weeks to get those micronutrients in!
You know I definitely don’t believe in completely cutting out treats and fun stuff, but instead, trying to keep a healthy relationship with whatever we put into our bodies, as it does impact our wellbeing and mental health.
Have you noticed the change from “fine” to “busy”? What is one thing you can change to put your mental health first this week?
This is a collaborative post and may contain affiliate links, from which I may receive income. All opinions are, as always, my own. While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.