Happy April friends! Lot's going on this month, so I have to set myself up for the coming weeks.
Joining SP has been such a great tool for me, helps me keep things clear in my head for what I need to do to stay on this journey to health.
So, I am sharing a few nuggets of info. Sure, they're probably not new bits of info for many of you, but I am hoping that it helps me stay on track and maybe, just maybe it will help others too.
Being a psychologist, I know a few things about the mind. That said, I still don't understand my own, but then again, it's always easier to apply what I know to others than it is to myself. There are 3 generic components to a healthy lifestyle: the cognitive, the physical and the social.
Social: Well, if you are reading this, you may just have this one covered. Research suggests that those who have a social network are healthier. So call that friend and chat, grab your spouse and talk about your day, stop and really listen and interact with your kids about their day (don't just go thru the motions). For me, I need to do this more. Sure I have friends, but my connections need to be deeper. This is a goal in April for me, to reach out and connect more.
Physical: Just move! It doesn't need to be a ton of minutes everyday. The benefits of physical activity are many!!! Park farther away and walk, take your dog or yes, even your cat around the block. If you take your cat, make sure you have him/her on a leash, I would hate for you to lose your cat!! Look at your local Parks and Recreation programs and find an activity you might be willing to try.
Cognitive: This is just a fancy way to say to keep your mind active. Do puzzles, turn off the GPS and read a map (even if the map is on your phone, lol). Write a short story or blog more while you track your own journey. Read a book (I really want someone to read "A Dog's Purpose" so I can chat about it with them). Do math with your kids, this is one that I struggle with, I suck at math. You get the picture.
That's it. So, I hope that what you do includes these components! If not, maybe you can find ways to incorporate them