More and more the results of long-term studies show, what helps us have healthy longevity is good for our whole being - brain, and body. One is, after all, housed in the other. We have all heard "garbage in/garbage out" an adage which can apply to both physical and mental wellbeing. For the lucky few this knowledge allows us to continue to make the same good choices and live the same way we always have, but only for those lucky few.
For most of is there is knowing and there is KNOWING. Tara Parker-Pope is here to help with the recent New York Times Midlife Tune-Up Guide. Here are some notable highlights:
Eat food -
As writer Michael Pollen put it "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants". OR try to eat foods as close to their source as possible; foods that grow as a plant and aren't made in a plant.
Both your body and mind need rest.
Practice good sleep habits
Build Resilience -
Take some time to reconnect with your partner, kids, friends, and parents.
Midlife is a good time to give some individual body parts a little extra attention. Eyes, Ears, Teeth, Skin, Heart and Brain.
These tune-up recommendations require some effort. Well(ness) is worth it!
For added inspiration see:
Jane Brody's article How to Increase Your Chances of having a Long Healthy Life.