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Tips to feel mentally and physically healthy

It’s quickly becoming that part of the year when you might be starting to feel meh all the time. The fact that this is the actual school year and summer is long gone has settled in, the temperature is getting colder, and you may be starting to feel just eh all the time. When you’re trying to focus on school and maintaining your grades, a social life, and most likely, an after school job, it can be difficult to focus on yourself and what you need. A lot of what you need to feel healthier and get rid of that meh feeling are simple things, and it’s not just exercise. Did you drink enough water today? Did you eat and was it fairly healthy? Are you sleeping enough? Sometimes it’s difficult to find time for these things, especially when you’ve got so much to do, but they really do make a difference if you put in the effort. 

  1. Each day you should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 100 pounds, drink 50 ounces. 
  2. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, as much as possible. This helps put your body into a circadian rhythm and can help you sleep better and more consistently at night. 
  3. Focus on your mental health as well. Each day try writing three things that you are grateful for and write one goal or intention for the day. This helps to put yourself into a positive mindset and gives you something to work on, especially if you do it first thing in the morning.
  4. Get some type of exercise each day, even if some days it’s something simple. You could easily go for a run or even look up a youtube video to follow. 
  5. Watch what you’re eating. Make sure you are getting some fruits and vegetables and avoid eating the greasy, fried foods. However, don’t try and cut out all the harmful things at once. Take it slow by setting one or two food goals for the week and slowly add on. 

Maintaining a physical and mental healthy feeling can be harder some days than others. The important thing is that you make the effort and try. Don’t feel pressured to try and do it all at once and don’t get discouraged when you slip up. Makinsey, a nutritionist specialist, told me the biggest mistake she made with her sisters was giving them too much to focus on at once. Take it slow, but also be persistent and put the focus on you and your own health.