Focusing on your health is an important first step on the journey to happiness. When life throws a few challenges your way, here are five key areas to focus on – so you can achieve the emotional stability needed to tackle those challenges head-on.
Give your brain a workout
Like every other muscle in your body, a healthy brain is one that is regularly challenged. So learning a new hobby or language, or travelling to an unfamiliar place, gives your brain a real workout.
In fact, a study carried out by Dr Denise Park, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas, found people learning a new skill displayed a significant upswing in their mood.
Listen to your body
Exercise doesn’t just help improve your physical health, it can also boost your overall mood. However, sometimes our bodies send out warning signals – such as aches, pains which can occur as a result of intensive exercise. Pay close attention to these signals and ensure you allow your body to recover, but don’t let this get in the way of you getting fit.
Add a supplement to your routine
Sustain and maintain your energy levels* by supplementing a balanced diet with multivitamins that have vitamins, minerals and botanical extracts designed for whatever life demands of you – whether that’s working long hours, chasing after your children or striving to reach the top of your tennis game.
By taking care of your health, you are well on your way to leading a happier and more fulfilled life.
*Vitamin B5 contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism
Get enough sleep
Sleep is so important to achieving a happy and healthy life. It reduces stress and gives your cells valuable time to regenerate and repair any damage.
“Getting enough quality sleep is a vital first step to optimal health,” says Dr Lim Li Ling, medical consultant and consultant neurologist at the Singapore Neurology & Sleep Centre. To make sure you get enough shut-eye, try heading to bed earlier and turning off any electronic distractions – such as your TV, tablet or smartphone – at least one hour before lights out.
Get your Zen on
Whether it’s a few minutes in the morning or some quiet moments to yourself at the end of the day. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found meditation can counter the body’s stress response, allowing you to clear distracting and negative thoughts from your mind and focus on embracing a calm and positive outlook.
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