The choices you make today, ultimately help shape and guide the direction of your future. This is why it is so important to be proactive in your health and wellbeing, not only for the here and now but also for your future self. The stronger and more stable you build your foundations now, the more strength and stability you will have both mentally and physically as you move into your later years.
How can you be more proactive in stabilising your foundations?
Nurture Your Body
Good nutrition - You are what you eat, in a very literal sense. Not only is the food you eat responsible for generating energy and fueling you through each day, it also forms the building blocks from which all the different cells in your body are built and replaced with. This is why it is so important to enjoy a balanced diet full of fresh foods, with minimal refined sugars, preservatives, and other additives.
Regular exercise - Regular exercise helps to maintain a healthy body weight, whilst keeping you strong, toned and independent. Once you reach the age of 26, your body begins to store fat, and lose muscle mass more readily. Which is why it is so important to work at keeping yourself active and healthy now so that you can maintain this strong foundation in the future.
Keep yourself flexible - Flexibility is often overlooked when considering how to maintain your body. However, flexibility is in integral to movement and independence. The more flexible you keep your body, especially your spine, the less likely you are to damage yourself in the future. Stretching after a workout is an excellent way to help increase or maintain flexibility, as are classes such as yoga, Pilates, and TRX.
- Moderation with all things - Though it is important to take care of yourself today for your future, you still want to enjoy the things you love. As with everything, moderation is key. You don’t need to stop enjoying chocolate or a glass of wine, just because you want to be productive in your health and wellbeing, life is for living after all! Just try and be mindful of how much and how often you indulge in your life pleasures!
Nurture Your Mind
Exercise your brain - Your brain is much like the lean muscles in your body, if you don't exercise it, it will become sluggish and slow. The more you use it, the stronger you can build it. So incorporate some brain-challenging activities into your week, such as sudoku, chess, crossword puzzles, memory games or reading an educational book.
Challenge yourself - Learning new skills, such as a language, an instrument or art, all work to stimulate your brain as well as increase your knowledge base.
- Relaxation techniques - Just like the muscles of your body, it is important to consider rest times for your brain too. Relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, or walking in nature, all work to relax your mind and release stress. Stress is up there on the leading cause of many serious health conditions, so the less stress you have today, the better your future will be!
Nurture Your Soul
Cultivate mindfulness - It is very easy to get caught up in thoughts and daydreams about the future, and forget to pay attention to what is actually happening in the here and now, in this very moment. Cultivating mindfulness not only helps develop a more grounded mind, it also helps develop an awareness of all the things worth being grateful for. There are numerous ways to help cultivate more mindfulness into your life, such as mindfulness meditations, meditation walks, positive affirmations and simply pausing every now and then just to look about and take stock of all the things to be grateful for at any given moment. Such as the weather, spare time, or great company!
Enjoy alone time - Taking time out each day to have a little time to yourself, is an important way to unwind and reconnect with your inner self. To take note of what is important to you and to collect your thoughts. Alone time can be anything from a walk in nature, meditation or simply relaxing in a hot bath!
- Find what makes you happy - As I mentioned before, life is for living, so try to make time each week to do things that make you happy. What makes you happy might be different from the next person, however, this doesn’t matter. If you love to dance, dance! If you love to sing, sing! If you love to play instruments, learn martial arts, go for a run or paint, make time to do these things because nourishing your soul with the things you enjoy and that make you happy is a very important part of what life is all about!