Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.  Your body can move and do amazing things only if you take care of it. It’s hard to do both simultaneously. Life gets in the way and we sometimes forget to eat better, get enough sleep, and even be active.

Personally, I go through periods of time where I stop working out and tracking what I eat and I feel terrible. I sleep all day, I lack energy, and mentally I’m not happy.  Here are three easy ways to make sure you’re not only keeping your body happy but also your mind.

1.Sleep

It’s important that individuals sleep an average of 6-8 hours a night but for some people, this might be impossible. As a college student, I barely ever get 6 hours of sleep. This is because I am so stressed that I can’t allow my mind to calm down.

Some tips for getting better sleep are to not be on your phone or laptop 1 hour prior to you going to sleep. Also, make sure you aren’t drinking caffeinated drinks late at night.  Try to read a book, or drink some warm tea as you start winding down. I found that Celestial Sleepytime Tea works the best!

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2. Stress less

This one might be the toughest. But, overall you should avoid situations or people that make you unhappy.  Stress can make a person feel drained which causes them to not have a lot of energy. It’s important that if you are stressed to find something that makes you happy. For me, going to the gym is a huge stress reliever. Nothing makes me feel better than hitting a new PR ( personal record) or just getting a good workout in.

3. Slow Down

It’s important that you take time for yourself every once in a while. I call slowing down “me time”. Life can be crazy but you need to make time for things that me YOU happy not others. Take a weekend to just be alone and reflect on what’s going on in your life. Nothing is wrong with binge watching some T.V shows every once and a while!

Hopefully, these three tips will help you keep your mind and body healthy! It’s important to make sure that you’re not only healthy but also happy.

Heres to a week of slowing down, stressing less, and getting better sleep!

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