When we think about health, the first things that come to mind are usually diet and exercise. However, wellbeing is about more than just your body and what goes into it. A healthy mind is also key to health and happiness.
With World Health Day taking place on April 7, Cancer Council Queensland is urging locals to take some time to think about the many ways we can support one another to raise our health and happiness – and reduce our risks of chronic disease into the future.
To get you started, here are six simple ways you can begin cultivating mind-body balance:
1. Try meditation to calm your mind.
When you meditate, you learn to think more clearly, by letting go of the negative self-talk that can interfere with your judgement.
2. Add more plant-based foods to your diet.
Nourish your body by ensuring you get at least two serves of fruit and five serves of fresh veggies every day.
3. Fuel your passions.
Try to spare some time to do what makes you happy. Sometimes we get so busy that we forget how invigorating it feels to cry in a romcom, or watch the sun set and swim in the ocean.
4. Sit less, and always stay active.
Incidental exercise matters. Make a conscious effort to stand or move around at work, while you chat on the phone, or when you watch your favourite television program.
5. Find someone who needs your help – register to volunteer.
Research shows that volunteering not only benefits the community around you, but also boosts feelings of wellbeing and provides a greater sense of purpose in life.
6. Find out about your cancer risks and develop a personalised prevention plan.
At least one-third of all cancer cases can be prevented, so take part in recommended cancer screening, quit smoking, maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, aspire to a healthy weight, stay SunSmart, and limit your alcohol intake.
And for those going through cancer right now, reach out for the support you need. Research shows that approximately one in three cancer patients experience ongoing psychological impacts such as anxiety and depression – although many won’t access the support they need.
For more information, advice or support, reach out to Cancer Council by phoning 13 11 20.