Let’s be honest, the majority of us do not live in a waterfront villa off the coast of Bora Bora, ski in the Swiss Alps with supermodels, while saving endangered animals in the Amazon on the weekends -- despite what we see on social media platforms. Real life for many is routine. Monday comes around, there is a knot in our stomach, and we think, “It’s back to the grind.” This “grind:” this constant hustle for another dollar, to put food on the table, and clothes on our back is the reality for many. If you’re lucky, the weekend comes around and one can enjoy a little; but, Monday always lurks around the corner of Sunday. How can I find daily happiness? Can every day feel like Friday?
People abuse substances for different reasons. It could be self medicating, habit, even boredom. When recovering from addiction, cravings and triggers are the toughest challenges. When the urge is so strong, it may feel like the only option is to give in. Being stronger than the urges could seem almost impossible, especially if we’re feeling down and we know the substance can pick us up. The truth is, it is possible, we just need to pick ourselves up.
Imagine being in a good mood all the time, getting a more restful sleep, holding your attention longer, and retaining your focus. Isn’t that the dream? We would feel great, get more done, and live happier productive lives. You can make your dreams come true and turn this into reality. Believe it or not, all you have to do is change your diet. Our diet has an affect on our mental health and wellbeing. It can either pick us up or bring us down. Here’s some simple changes and suggestions to live a healthier life at an optimum level.
Sleep is vital to living a healthy lifestyle and supporting proper bodily functioning. We need the restful energy during our waking days and our bodies need the nightly downtime to heal and repair itself. Sleep isn’t only important for feeling energized and alert, but our organs need that energy as well. Sleep is proven to decrease inflammation and boost our immune system. This is how the body protects us from illness and diseases.
While sugar makes everything tastes amazing, it’s the culprit for many issues. Not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. We’re aware of the health risks that too much sugar can increase, like obesity and type 2 diabetes, but we don’t always acknowledge the effects it has on mental health. Yet we all feel its effects casting a spell on us, that’s for sure. Maybe we don’t notice those feelings or relate them to sugar.