Good Health Goes a Long Way

Calm mind brings inner strength and confidence, so that’s very important for good health

Dalai Lama

With everything that is going on in the world concerning the coronavirus, you or someone you know is highly concerned about getting the virus and doing whatever it takes to make sure they don’t get it. Practicing good hygiene is something everyone should. If your like me, then you can’t stand being ill and under the weather. Maintaining good health is what will help your body fight off illnesses. Good health and good hygiene helps you not just physically but mentally as well.

Practicing Good Health

If you are someone who doesn’t practice good hygiene all the time, well your not alone. If your already practicing good hygiene, then you know there are many people who are in the same spot as you are older and younger. In fact, you probably practice good hygiene better than some other people. You want to take care of both your mind and body. For example, showering and cleaning yourself up before hanging out with friends can boost your confidence especially if you are someone who is shy. You don’t need me to tell you that if you get dirty from working outside or got done doing something where are you sweated a lot, it would be best to shower afterwards.

What Good Health Does to Your Mind

When you practice good health, your body doesn’t just look at or feel better, your mind is also benefiting greatly from it. Your mind is fueled by good health and good hygiene. Your mind knows when you are dirty and need a shower. Your mind knows when you smell good and have fuel in your body, you’re going to feel great. Everyone’s body is different. What I mean by that is everyones body is going to react differently to various foods. You may get energy from eating blueberries, raspberries, watermelon, carrots, salmon, spinach, chicken. Maybe you don’t get that energy boost from eating grapes, bananas, strawberries, radish’s, or eggplant. That’s ok like I said, everyone’s body is different. Listen to your body, it knows what foods do your body well and what foods make you feel lousy and sluggish.

Here are some ways good hygiene and good health does you good:

  • You feel good and ready to take charge of your life
  • Improved positive outlook on life
  • Gain more energy
  • Overall better physical health
  • Eat more home cooked meals
  • Eat when you’re hungry not when your bored or upset
  • Balance, variety, and moderation

Discussion

By practicing good hygiene and staying in good health you are taking charge of your life. Many of us art just living life and maybe not necessarily taking charge of it. We are just getting by or surviving. Taking charge of something gives you that feeling of empowerment. When used correctly and not abused, it can greatly benefit your life and how you view yourself.

We all strive for a positive outlook on life. We look for it in different areas like our education, our career title, hobbies, family, and friends. It can also be found in practicing good habits that lead to overall good health. When you are healthy, you feel great. When you’ve got your blood pumping, you feel like you can do things that you may have thought was impossible to do before. Maybe you wouldn’t think that washing your hands or taking a shower would give you energy, but they can ease your mind. When your mind is at ease and has a chance to rest, you can think more clearly. When your anxiety is low, things that may have seemed overwhelming and big are really manageable and small. Your mind is always registering good and bad hygiene.

When you have a good amount of healthy energy, you can do more. If you’ve got a list of things that you have to get done before the day is over, that can be a lot to take on. When your body has a full tank of energy from practicing good hygiene, you can surprise yourself at what you can do, I know I have. When you have good physical health, you can prevent yourself from getting sick.

With good physical health, your body can even fight off things that you are allergic to. Good physical health creates a strong immune system. There are people out there who have good physical health, but don’t exercise and that’s ok. When you have good hygiene and good physical health, you have the energy to work out. You don’t have to exercise 7 days or 5 times a week. If you work out two or three times a week that’s still all right. Those who don’t have the opportunity to set some time aside to work out can exercise in their daily routines. If you are someone who works outside maybe do a brisk walk or jog from one area to another. If you’re sitting in an office at your desk, you can do leg raises, chair dips, shadow boxing, or rapidly tap your feet in place while sitting down. Look up these different types of exercises and see what options you have.

It’s best that you always eat when you’re hungry not when you’re bored or going through strong emotions. I understand that if you have been heartbroken that it’s really easy to turn to comfort food like cake, ice cream, maybe fast food. I’ve been there myself. I just remind myself that I can cheat for a little bit and then get back to eating better. Home cooked meals can give you the right kind of energy to make you feel better and give you the right vitamins and minerals for energy. If you don’t know how to cook, there are all kinds of recipes online that you can make with a few items. Look up videos on the internet on how to prepare a dish. From experience I can tell you home cooked meals make me feel great and give me fuel.

I said that everyone’s body is different. I’m sure you heard the saying ‘everything in moderation’ at some point. Everyone needs a different amount of food to give them energy and to stay healthy. Your age, height, and weight are only a few of the factors that go into what your body needs for good health. You just have to find the right balance and the right variety of foods to keep your health up. This will require some trial and error, but you’ll eventually find what works for you.

Final Thoughts and Sum Up

When when it comes to practicing good hygiene, most of it is common sense. You don’t have to go over the top to stay healthy. There are probably some things you do in a normal day that you may not think contribute to good health and good hygiene, but they do. With what’s going on in the world, just remain calm, wash your hands, remember to shower, and follow what the CDC, the government, and the World Health Organization recommends you do. We’ll get through this pandemic together and we’ll be stronger because we went through it.

Habits: The Good and the Not so Good

In my last post, I talked about how having a routine can be good for you and how it isn’t good for you. I also mentioned that rituals are more meaningful and provide significant benefits to your life. When you develop a routine, you have habits that are driving you to make one. The habits can be good ones, but they can also be bad ones.

Habits are behaviors that we repeatedly do in our lives. They can be so ingrained in what we do that we don’t always notice that we do them. They can work on a subconscious level which can be another way of saying that they are second nature to us. As we grow up, we learn to do things with help from our parents, teachers, friends, even strangers directly and indirectly. We also learn things by doing them on our own. As time goes on, we continue to repeat these behaviors and then they become habits.

From an early age, we are taught things that will help us to develop good habits. Throughout your life, there will be people who are likely to influence you to do the right thing and make good choices. Good habits can be very helpful and enriching to our lives. On tough days, they give us the extra push we need to get something done. Good habits help us to stay healthy both in our mind, body, and soul. Good habits can include being nice to our parents, siblings, friends, teachers, eating healthy, exercising, helping others, getting a good sleep, reading, etc.

As we grow up, people can have a bad influence on us. Like routines, you unfortunately can develop bad habits. You can develop bad habits from being around the wrong people who give you bad advice and are a bad influence. You may see people doing something they shouldn’t, like breaking into someones car, but they talk you into doing it with them. Then your hanging out with them and doing other things you shouldn’t. You may have developed a bad habit of biting your fingernails because you saw others doing it, you taught yourself to do it, or it’s how you deal with anxiety. Chewing on your pen, pencil, lying to people, or picking your nose are a few examples. If you have developed a bad habit that is harming you and or other people, then I would look into eliminating that because as time goes on, things can get worse.

If you have developed good habits that benefit your life and your happy, stick with them. They will enrich and bless your life in different ways right now and as you get older. If you have some bad habits let me tell you it’s not the end of the world. Habits can be changed and eliminated, they are not set in stone. Your not the only person in this world who has bad habits and the bad habits you do have, a lot of other people have them as well.

If you have any bad habits that you are looking to stop, here are some tips to help you out:

1. Remind Yourself Why You Want To Stop It

Having a bad habit can be hard to quit especially if you have been doing it for an extended period of time. You are likely to encounter days when it’s tougher than others and you may fall off the wagon and relapse back into your old ways. During those tough times, remind yourself why you wanted to stop this bad habit in the first place. Are you quitting it to improve your health, boost your self-esteem, improve a friendship/relationship, or eliminates stress? Whatever the reason or reasons for quitting the bad habit you have, remember them, they will help you get through those tough days. Remind yourself how much better your life will be without that bad habit or habits.

2. Be Patient With Yourself

Some bad habits can be easy to quit by going cold turkey, however not all of them are. As I mentioned, bad habits that have been apart of your life for a long time, may not be able to go cold turkey on. Sometimes they may take time to quit completely. You can’t rush the process. Remember these bad habits have become a part of your routine and your life. There will be an adjustment phase that you will go through where you may feel uncomfortable and that’s fine. Change can be good, but it can also be uncomfortable. If you try to rush the process, there is a chance where the temptation to fall back into your old ways may get the better of you because you aren’t used to that bad habit being out of your life. Those tough days will challenge you, but overall be patient with yourself. Don’t get discouraged and give up.

3. Replace a Bad Habit With a Good One

Another incentive you can use is substitution. Get rid of bad habit and replace it with a good one. Removing a bad habit can sometimes leave an emptiness in your life and you may feel weird about it and want to fill it up. For example, say you quit smoking, a replacement for that can be mediation. Bring something new into your life and say goodbye to the bad one.

4. Get a Support System

Getting rid of a bad habit can be tough by yourself. As I mentioned in a previous post, a support system can help you with various things. Have someone you trust hold you accountable for your actions. If you begin to relapse, your support system can help you get back on track. You can also be a support system for that other person as well. Team up with someone and you both hold each other accountable while you get rid of your bad habits.

5. Celebrate the Small Achievements

Kicking a bad habit as I said can be a process and can take time, don’t wait till the journey is over to celebrate. During this journey as you wean yourself off this bad habit or habits, you will have opportunities to celebrate the small wins. If you bite your fingernails 7 times a day and you manage to cut yourself down to 6 times a day, celebrate that. These small achievements will provide the energy to keep you motivated on eliminating bad habits.

Now if you want to create good habits because you want to make your life better or need good ones to replace the bad ones, here are some ways that can help you:

1. Start Small and be Realistic

It’s great that you want to make a change in your life, but start with something small that won’t take long to accomplish. You may feel tempted to make a big change, but don’t bite off more than you can chew and relapse or get discouraged.

2. Have a Clear Intention

Creating a good habit is great if your intention is clear. For example, if you want to cut junk food out of your life and exercise more, ask yourself what kind of exercises do you want to do? How many of them do want to do per session? How many days a week do you plan on exercising? Having answers to questions like these can help you to not bite off more than you chew and be realistic in the change you want to make in your life.

3. Invest in Your Habit

We you develop a good habit, stick with it and get excited about it. Put your energy and focus into it. It can prevent you from developing bad habits and going back to old ones. If it’s enriching your life and not harming yourself and others, then your good.

We develop good habits in our life that make our lives great. Yes we develop bad habits as well, there is no avoiding it, but that’s ok because were human and humans are not perfect. The environment we grow up in and spend our time in has an influence on what habits we develop. We just have to make smart choices and recognize what and who in our lives is helping us thrive and live and who and what is hindering our growth.