In these times, when we are in our house, we often ignore our responsibilities and stay idle. We may think that it is our way of relaxing- but it is not. Laziness can affect us greatly than we expect- it can cause excessive stress and physical disturbance. Also, this can lead to irreversible health damage. So, here are some of the practices you can nourish to put an end to your laziness.
1. Eat Good Food for a Better Mood
According to studies, there is a link between diet and mental health, not just specific foods or nutrients, which means that there is no superfood for mental health rather it is important to have a balanced diet.
So, eating a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, wholegrain cereals, legumes, low-fat dairy, lean meat, and oily fish will make you healthy not just physically but also mentally. Keep in mind that what is good for your mood is what good for your mind.
2. Neglecting Negative Thoughts
Whenever there is a negative thought creeping in your mind, yelling STOP mentally could help. Execute deep breathes. Saying Positive Affirmations. And relax.
Overcoming negative thinking will always be a daily struggle. If the above mentions could not help, certainly this interview can help.
“When you have a negative thought during the day, jot it down, and tell yourself that you’ll review them during NTT. Over time, you will gain control and negative thinking will stop.” -Julie Kantor, Ph.D., JP Kantor Consulting
NTT means negative thought time when you have 10 minutes every day to ponder your pessimistic thoughts.
3. Meditation for Concentration
Meditation is a mental exercise that trains concentration and awareness. A 2011 study from the Harvard Medical School shows a connection between mindfulness and processing new information.
“Mindfulness helps increase self-awareness by increasing the ability to examine one’s thoughts and feelings without judgment, which ends up improving self-esteem,” says Brian Wind, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Officer at JourneyPure.
To sum it up, meditating can help you finish your goals, process information easily, and can boost your confidence.
4. A Good Night Sleep to Keep You At Ease
Sleeping for 7-8 hours can help maintain your brain functionality. It helps your body to recharge to have a fresh and alive morning. When you are sleeping, the brain is reviewing your daily activities. It filters the important information that should remain, the reason why you have a clearer mind after you wake up from sleep.
In addition to this, taking a good rest can decrease the possibility of obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, poor mental health, and early death.
5. Using of Phone Responsibly
Using phones cannot be avoided since we are in technological times. People nowadays depends mostly on their cellphones, since it is useful in many aspects. However, smartphones make a good servant but a bad master.
For instance, using phones after you wake up. I know most of you develop a habit of doing this. Did you know that this can cause tardiness? You immediately go and check your social media to check for notifications but then get disappointed if nothing pops out. Having a bad morning can ruin your whole day. Sometimes, to relieve your sadness you will spend too much time on your social media which is very wrong.
According to Dr. Nikole Benders-Hadi, “immediately turning to your phone when you wake up can start your day off in a way that is more likely to increase stress and leave you feeling overwhelmed.”
In addition to this, a study conducted at Gothenburg in Sweden showed that high mobile phone use was directly correlated to increased reports of depression in both men and women.
Another example is using phones while eating. Using devices while munching on your food can lead to overeating because you are distracted and can lose track of just how many handfuls of chips you have devoured. It can also lose your appetite and compromise your eating habits.
And lastly is your habit of spending time with your cellphone during night time. Did you know that the blue light emitted by your cell phone screen restrains the production of melatonin? Melatonin is the hormone that is responsible for the sleep-wake cycle, making it difficult to sleep and wake up the next day.
Indeed, the five steps mentioned above can help you to be productive when you practice it. Did you know that being able to perform your responsibilities can increase your self-esteem? It also, boost your dopamine level since finishing a task can give you satisfaction. Bear in mind that “With self-discipline anything is possible”.