Feel Sick and Tired
If you are feeling sick and tired from the whole day, maybe you’re recovering from an illness. Maybe you’re just feeling overworked and underpaid. If you’ve been struggling to overcome that “blah” feeling, here are six ways to feel better both physically and mentally.
1. Get More Light
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) strikes during the long gray days of winter. It can also crop up in office and factory workers who don’t see a lot of sunshine. The good news is that it’s treatable with light therapy, also known as phototherapy or heliotherapy, and all you need are a few special lamps made specifically to combat SAD.
You don’t have to cross your legs and hum. Meditation is about breathing and relaxing, and there are dozens of techniques that you can try until something feels comfortable. You can also look into mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) techniques that are very similar and medically proven to boot.
3. Learn Something New
It doesn’t matter if you’re browsing a trivia book or signing up to earn a medical technologist degree online. Studies have shown that learning can create, expand and even change neural pathways in the brain, and this isn’t including the work-and-reward cycle that generates feel-good hormones for a job well done. For a better brain, crack open a book.
4. Try Some Quinoa
This superfood is all the rage for its fat-busting benefits, but it’s also good for your day-to-day health. It’s full of complex carbs that will slowly break down in your bloodstream to give you a stable and reliable source of energy, so say goodbye to all of those sugar highs and caffeine crashes after lunch.
5. Take a Walk
You’ve probably heard those exercise releases endorphins, but were you aware that you don’t have to sweat at the gym to trigger them? A simple 30-minute walk can be enough to give you a boost of serotonin and dopamine. That doesn’t require anything more than a stroll around the block during your lunch break.
6. Stop and Smell the Roses
Studies have shown that people who develop a “gratitude habit” have more positive outlooks and lower levels of stress than their non-grateful counterparts. This is because there’s a scientific link between gratitude and well-being. Simply put, counting your blessings is good for you.
These are just six ways to improve your mind and body with the power of science. Whether you’re looking to build lifelong habits or just get yourself out of a weekday slump, use these tips to create a happier, healthier you.
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Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.