Monday, June 2, 2014

Planning, Preparation, and Progress: Overall Health for a Busy Schedule

We’ve covered our physical health in the sense of nutrition and fitness, but we can’t forget about one of the most important aspects of health…our mental health!

No matter how well you eat or how frequently you exercise, you will not look good until you feel good, so here are a few ways to incorporate mental health into a busy schedule:

1.            Smile! No matter what you do to get ready in the morning, you’re looking at yourself in the mirror at some point…so smile! Studies show that smiling literally makes you happier…it makes you find things funnier, sweeter, etc. So even if it’s only a few seconds long, start your day with a smile!

2.            Cut out negativity! Scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, etc. and come upon that one person who always has nothing but negative things to say? Even if the negativity has nothing to do with your own life, reading about negative things can affect your mood. So unfollow them! You don’t need that added negativity in your life! And if this is a person in real life, do the same thing! If all this person ever does is bring you down, make the decision best for you and cut them out of your life. 

3.            No More “Big-Green-Monster”! The saying that jealousy is the ugliest trait applies here, nothing good comes from excessive envy! There’s nothing wrong with seeing someone and admiring something they have, or their looks, but don’t make a habit out of it! Constantly obsessing over what other people have that you don’t won’t get you anywhere (except for sad!). So instead of complaining about what you don’t have, start being thankful for what you do! 

4.            Outweigh the negatives! So back to looking at yourself in the mirror…it’s most common for people to point out all of their negatives, so if you do this, outweigh them with positives! Look in the mirror and find five things that are wrong with how you look? Find six that are right. If you think you look good, you DO look good! Confidence is the best accessory you can wear. 

5.            Play Dress-up! Like I mentioned earlier, if you feel good, you’ll look good. And who doesn’t feel good all glammed up? So treat yourself! Plan something like a night out, a dinner date, or even a shopping trip and go all out with your hair, make-up, clothes, everything and feel CONFIDENT about it! You know what they say…when in doubt, over dress!

Guest Blog by Emily!
Emily is a freshman nutrition and dietetics major at Miami University and is the social media intern for Grass Roots Nutrition. She loves cooking healthy, nutritious snacks for her family, her favorite snack to make is homemade hummus!  

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