You’re out for your morning run, your feet hitting the mud track in a wonderful rhythm and the endorphins flooding your body, making you feel good. Your mind, though, is barely registering all this because you’re thinking of that work deadline you have to meet, the exam you need to prepare for, and the plan you need to make with your friends for the weekend. So even while you’re working out, you’re feeling stressed.
It’s a common malaise of our fast-paced lives — failing to find time to ponder over and analyse how we are feeling. This can get overwhelming and take a toll on our health, often leading to burnout. In fact, acknowledging the severe health issues that stress can cause, the World Health Organization recently declared burnout from chronic workplace stress as a medical condition.
To lead a healthier, more fulfilling life it’s essential to focus on complete wellbeing, which can be achieved when the mind and body are aligned. QNET’s concept of Absolute Living advocates shifting to a more balanced lifestyle that embraces a more positive and proactive approach to health and wellness.
The good news is that it’s never too late to start leading a more balanced lifestyle. What’s more, even small positive changes in your everyday life can make a huge difference.
Here are some simple but powerful ways that can boost your overall health and wellbeing.
1. Smile a lot more
Who would have ever thought something as simple as smiling could make you healthier? Research shows that a genuine smile releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that invokes positive emotions. This helps improve your mood, lower stress levels, boost immunity, and improve cardiovascular health. So, just let loose and smile a little.
2. Disconnect to reconnect
It’s becoming increasingly normal to be glued to our phones — so much so that we tend to forget the world around us. Also, even though technology helps us stay in touch with others, the quality of conversation leaves much to be desired. Studies show that taking some time off from the phone and interacting in person, helps build deeper conversations and healthier relationships, improves productivity, boosts memory, and also improves sleep.
3. Breathe easy
Practicing controlled breathing techniques will help you take control of your emotions and the way your body reacts to different situations. For instance, we tend to take short, fast breaths when we’re stressed or anxious. Taking long, deep breaths will help relieve stress and lower blood pressure.