Mens sana ‘in corpore sano’ is a Latin phrase, usually translated as “a healthy mind in a healthy body”. The phrase is widely used in sporting and educational contexts to express the theory that physical exercise is an important or essential part of mental and psychological well-being.
Once you develop a lifestyle of constant creation, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, burned out, or headed for a breakdown. This is why it’s important to maintain a healthy physical and mental state.
Exercise is a must to keep the body in good shape. However, many have this notion that exercise means going to the gym and build muscles. While going to the gym is great to keep oneself fit, it is just many of the ways one can do exercise. Especially for those who do not have the time to go to the gym on a regular basis, it is enough for one to do simple exercise routines at home like stretching, sit-ups, or push-ups, as well as jogging or brisk walking. Anything to get yourself worked out each day means a lot already.
A person needs to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Drinking lots of water not only helps to keep your body’s water needs in order; it also can be very helpful to help alleviate problems such as hangover and even fevers while cleansing your body from toxins.
FOLLOW A HEALTHY DIET
There is no doubt about it: food is the most important factor that can directly affect your health. Whenever you eat something that has gone bad, your stomach aches or you feel nauseous. This happens because, when food acts as a poison, it causes inflammation, which alters the balance of hormones, nutrients, and neurotransmitters. Ultimately, this affects your body’s ability to manage and heal from stress or illness.
Think about sugar for example. High sugar consumption results in blood sugar fluctuations, provoking anxiety, headaches, irritability, mood swings and even increased depression. It is also linked to decreased intake of essential nutrients associated with obesity, diabetes, inflammatory disease, and joint pain.
This is why it is extremely crucial to choose food that is beneficial for your body. Greens, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouts are excellent options. They are packed with phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients. Try to eat at least one complementary raw meal per day. If you are struggling, contact a specialist.
GET ENOUGH REST
Rest is something that is admittedly hard to come by, especially for artists who have packed schedules from creating music to promotions to performances happening almost every week, if not almost every day. Still, it is important to find time to get some good rest. Rest helps your body recharge so you can do what you need to do and get the work done. The lack of it can prevent you from doing what you should do, causing physical breakdown which may lead to serious conditions later on.
There are positives to staying up late, particularly if you find that you’re more productive or creative during late night hours. However, in general, the majority of people are most productive in the early morning hours. In addition, though, waking up early and adopting a morning routine that prepares you for the day helps you start each day off with the optimal state of mind to tackle problems and make decisions, something incredibly useful for everyone no matter what your profession. So, if you’re not already, see what waking up a little earlier does for you.
Another great practice is meditation (and mindfulness). Taking ten minutes in the mornings and evenings to sit in silence and focus on your breathing helps center your body and bring it back to homeostasis with your mind. Practicing regular meditation can help you declutter your thoughts by focusing only on the present moment. If you don’t know how to get started, there are many different online resources and lots of apps out there that can help you with guided meditations.
Being in the studio all the time can feel like you’re just confined to one place which may be a factor to depression and anxiety and possible health issues as well. If you find yourself feeling anxious, make it known to others. Also take time to know better the people you meet and earnestly connect with them. They can be a source of encouragement and help down the road.
Psychotherapy or counseling is one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health, and may be essential to eliminate the distress experienced with severe anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other serious problems. Having someone to talk to who can give you the tools to improve your mental health is just as valuable as going to the doctor when you break your arm.
Enjoy the journey of becoming a healthier and better you. Exercise moderately, eat a balanced diet and think positively. Healthy living is about respecting your mind, respecting your body and remembering that what goes into your body, can affect your mind. Everything’s connected.”
Create the habit of Mens Sana today, a healthy mind and healthy body!