Take these eight steps to heart and live longer, enjoy life more, and feel good in your body and mind all of the time.
You cannot know what the solution is unless you know the problem. Routine screening for cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and diabetes can prevent complications that are costly to your health and your wallet. Set up a schedule of routine screening with your physician or take advantage of the free ones offered by many hospitals.
One-third of the world is considered to be overweight or obese. Being overweight can lead to stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease. Weight can be controlled and reduced. You do not have to spend a fortune on programs to lower your weight if you need to.
Your body wants you to exercise. Physical activity produces a cascade of chemicals in the body that not only make you feel good physically but also make your mood better. Physical activity is more important as you age. You cannot grow lost muscle after you are 50 but activity will allow you to keep the muscle and strength you have.
Everything in your body, brain, and even your emotions is a product of your diet. You need a diet that minimizes the amount of fat, cholesterol, processed sugars, and salt. Be sensible about your diet from the perspective of wanting a long useful life. A little cake once in a while does no harm but eating a whole cake in a day will.
You must learn to manage your mood. Your mood can make your brain change chemically and can make your body feel differently. You have to learn to recognize your moods and use a tool like meditation or simply talking to someone to work through the damage bad moods can do to you.
Stress is rated as a more frequent killer than car crashes or terrorists. Excess stress damages the heart and brain. You lose your ability to be creative due to stress. There are many stress management techniques that work. Pick the method that reduces your stress level and use it every time you feel stressed and you will live longer.
Relationships can heal you and kill you. Most relationships have patterns. You must learn to recognize the relationship patterns that cause stress and anger. Learning how to change your mood or response can save your life and relationship. You will get angry with your spouse or children but that anger cannot control you. Friends can heal you simply by talking to you.
Your body demands eight hours of sleep. The healing mechanism that is in your body does not work unless you get enough sleep. Rest is just as important. You need to relax and enjoy things to be mentally and physically healthy.
Challenge your mind
You can avoid dementia and other mental issues by keeping your mind active. Try a new activity that forces you to use your mind to the fullest. Stimulating your creativity, emotions, and thinking regenerates abilities that you may have thought that you had lost.