Maintaining Optimum Health with CBT - dummies

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.