When you think about it, the days when you have been most productive have probably been days when you have been able to get to the gym the night before, eaten well and had a good nights sleep. This isn’t just a coincidence, eating well and exercising have a direct impact on your mood and mindset.
Our brains need a constant steady supply of nutrients, as our brains utilise a large number of calories constantly and doesn’t store any of the fuel it needs. So if you want your brain to work properly and efficiently, then we need a good supply of quality nutrients from fruits, veggies, good quality carbs and good quality protein to ensure we are staying productive and not feeling lethargic or lacking concentration. It may also help to keep our mood up and remaining positive.
Adding in exercise is a great way to improve your mood, as exercise stimulate the release of our feel good hormone serotonin. This helps us to feel great, which will also will help boost our productivity at work and general energy levels. Also, moving at regular intervals during the day will help to keep this all topped up.
To make sure 2019 starts well, we need to acknowledge how important mental health is and make sure we are taking the necessary steps with our exercise and nutrition to ensure our mental health and mood stays in tip top condition. However, if you are just starting your journey towards a healthier and happier life, consider this:
DON’T GO TOO CRAZY. If you haven’t set foot in a gym since last January or haven’t run since summer start slow. Do NOT try to go from the couch to a 5k in a few days.
There is a time and a place for everything. Recovery and sleep have a place in your program too. Do not punish yourself for anything with exercise or excessive food restriction.
Being well starts with building the connection between a healthy body and a healthy mind. So if you take care of yourself, it will be so much easier to take care of your mental state and mood as well.