I’m a big believer that wealth is about much more than money. You are wealthy in my book if you are happy and healthy – regardless of your net worth. And let’s be honest, without your health, not much else matters. We need to take care of ourselves every day if we hope to achieve our goals and dreams.
Here are 9 great ways to take care of your mind and body, courtesy of Dr. Frank Lipman, MD, who specializes in “medicine that doesn’t come out of a bottle. Incorporate as many as possible into your life. They are an investment in your future.
1. Get 15 minutes of sunshine every day. Take a walk, eat lunch on the patio – just get out and soak up some sun — without sunscreen. Sunlight provides critical vitamin D and is proven to elevate your mood and energy level.
2. Declutter your home. Messy houses have been linked to stress and even depression. What’s more, possessions come to own us, demanding time and attention better spent on other aspects of life. So, get rid of what you don’t use/need and, equally important, stop buying stuff!
3. Eat the whole egg. Contrary to popular belief, egg yolks will not send your cholesterol levels soaring. Sugar and carbs are responsible for the production of bad cholesterol in your body. So….
4. Skip the bread. It’s a huge source of carbs and some experts believe wheat is actually an appetite stimulant.
5. Kick the sugar habit. The sweet stuff is supposedly more addictive than heroin, but it’s worth trying to at least dramatically reduce the amount you consume. Cutting back will reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. You may also find you have more energy when you get off sugar.
6. No screens before bedtime. The blue light from your phone and other digital devices messes with the production of melatonin, the hormone that tells your body it’s time to sleep. Try to unplug at least an hour before bedtime.
7. Exercise like a kid. Children run like maniacs during tag and other games, and then slow down for a period before again going full tilt. This is called interval exercise, and it’s great for adult bodies. It burns more calories and gets you into top shape faster than simply raising your heart rate for 30 minutes a day.
8. Do something you love every day. Make time every day to engage in something you truly enjoy, whether it’s painting, recreational reading, shooting baskets – whatever. Just 10 minutes of such activity can reduce stress and help you recharge. Besides, life is too short not to have a bit of fun every day, right?
9. Take care of your feet. They are taken for granted, except when they hurt, but your feet are vitally important to your overall body health. When you get home from work roll a tennis ball under each foot for five minutes. If you wear heels, do calf stretches on the steps when you take off your shoes for the day.