A healthy body and mind are essential for a happy, balanced life. It’s important to take a moment and take stock of your mental and physical wellbeing and make sure you take care of yourself, especially now as we near the end of the year. Here are some ideas to give you a headstart.
1. Be mindful
Mindfulness is being present in the moment. It means not focussing on the future or reflecting on the past. It is a complete focus on the here and now.
Mindfulness helps you to manage your emotions. It helps you to effectively deal with stressful situations or challenges. Studies have shown that it helps improve memory and focus, reduces stress and anxiety and even improves self-regulation and empathy. Mindfulness meditation can take as little as ten minutes a day. Read more about mindfulness and its benefits here.
2. Indulge in some dark chocolate
Research has shown that dark chocolate can be beneficial to your health as part of an overall healthy diet. The darker, the better. And it’s a far better alternative to milk or white chocolate.
Cocoa in dark chocolate contains antioxidants offering protection from free radicals, and may play a role in cancer prevention and heart health. Dark chocolate contains minerals like iron, magnesium and copper – all good for your skin. The flavanols in cocoa can also protect you against sun damage.
Not only does eating dark chocolate improve your mood, but it has the ability to lower stress. Some studies showed that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood and immunity.
3. Look after your physical health
The secret to health and wellness is doing the right thing as often as possible. Cultivating good habits and practicing them consistently becomes a way of life. Fuel your body with healthy foods, drink plenty of fluids and get some active minutes. At the end of the day, it’s all about balance and making sure you take care of yourself.