By Rhena Branch, Rob Willson

Part of CBT For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Making some easy lifestyle changes can help you to keep your health at its best. Here’s a short list of simple tips and suggestions that can help you reach and keep up optimum health. Take a look and give them a try.

  • Eat well and eat regularly. Avoid fast foods and junk foods. Feed your body with wholesome stuff. Make an effort to cook, or learn to cook.

  • Take lots of exercise. Find sports that you enjoy and join a gym or sports group. Do enough to work up a sweat: Exercise releases a lot of feel-good chemicals called endorphins into your system.

  • Establish a good sleep pattern. Develop a bedtime routine that gets your body into sleep mode. Try to get up at around the same time each day so that your bedtime also becomes pretty consistent.

  • Strike a work/life balance. Be sure to make time in your schedule for leisure activities.

  • Pursue interests. Get yourself absorbed in activities that you enjoy and find rewarding.

  • Look after your living environment. Make your home a place you like to spend time in – maybe do some essential DIY or redecorate.

  • Relish your relationships. Spend time with people and socialise on a regular basis. Pay attention to the significant others in your life. If your social circle is limited, make an effort to join clubs and meet new people.

  • Hold a self-accepting attitude. Give yourself permission to be humanly imperfect and expect the same from others. Turn down your perfectionist tendencies or unrelenting standards.

  • Aim high. Set yourself goals to overcome any emotional disturbance or for personal development. Many people find that they’re happiest when they’re working toward a desired outcome.

  • Have a laugh. Humour really can be the best medicine. Try not to take an overly serious view of yourself and life: Find the funny side in everyday situations.