- Exercise - A dose of daily exercise is not only good for your health, but its good for your mental state. When you exercise, your brain releases two stress busting chemicals, seratonin and dopamine. The more you exercise, the more your body continues to produce feel good endorphins. If you're feeling good, there's less time to feel sorry for yourself.
- Proper Diet - A well-balanced diet will lower your cortisol levels. Complex carbohydrates, whole grains and fruits and vegetables are your go-to choices to reduce heart disease and to keep your blood levels balanced. Limit, or avoid, empty calories such as alcohol and processed foods. If you need help with selecting a lifestyle diet that's best for you, consult with a nutritionist or a certified health professional.
- Journal - Daily journaling has been proven to lower stress and help with depression. By having a place to write down your thoughts, it allows you a sense of release. Writing about what's troubling you is a form of therapy. It's also beneficial to also write about what you are grateful and thankful for, too. Writing is an emotional and personal experience. It enables you to take self-limiting thoughts from your mind and let them go.
- Sleep - Poor sleeping patterns have been linked to cortisol production. Production of melatonin, the sleep inducing chemical, also lowers with age. Taking melatonin supplements at night can help better enable you to get eight to ten hours of sleep.
The benefits of falling in love are good for your health. Studies have shown that couples that are in happy and loving relationships tend to lead longer, more active lives. There's no need to wait to find love to lead a healthy lifestyle. Make yourself your number one relationship. Get into the habit of living well now.
Contributed by Kimberly James, MatchMaster & Dating Expert, www.findyourplusone.com