Sitting for prolonged periods increases chances of depression and anxiety, back and neck pain, cancer, obesity, heart disease, weak bones, and blood clots. Plus, doing more exercise helps your body to release more endorphins, also known as the “feel-good chemicals” that induce positive feelings.
3. Get Enough Sleep, Consistently
Not sticking to a routine sleep schedule can throw off your body’s internal clock which affects your circadian rhythm. When it comes to how to feel energized and motivated, getting enough restful sleep is a key factor.
Circadian rhythms, according to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences in the United States, are “physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a daily cycle.” Disrupted or irregular cycles can affect a person’s appetite and digestion, hormone release, body temperature, and other functions.
When left unchanged, your irregular sleep patterns can cause obesity, depression, diabetes, and other sleep and mental disorders.
4. Stay Connected
In psychology, Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a theory that explains how a person is motivated by five basic categories of needs.
When one need is satisfied, the person goes on to seek fulfillment of the next need. The sense of belonging is included in one category, and it has been found that feeling a sense of belonging is an intrinsic motivator. This means that a person is motivated to socialize because of the natural sense of fulfillment he/she feels after the activity.
Studies also show that having an active social life can help you live longer, enjoy better physical and mental health, and lower the risk of dementia.
5. Eat Right
Because processed food is full of artificial ingredients, you don’t get the right amount of vitamins and minerals your body needs to function. Processed foods are also high in sugar and/or fructose corn syrup. They’re designed to be addictive; hence you tend to eat more processed food.