5 Hot Health Tips for Recent Grads by Maria Dorfner

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Tomorrow, my niece and Godchild, Lauren graduates from college. I am SO proud of her.

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 It seems like only yesterday I was holding her in my arms.  As she graduates with Honors from Saint John’s University and embarks into the real world, I’d like to share a few hot health tips. 

1.  DEFINE YOURSELF BY YOUR VALUES

  • Remember the most important word in the English language is no
  • No to drugs, violence, breaking the law, cheating, lying
  • No to racism, chauvenism, discrimination, unhealthy behaviors
  • No to too much alcohol, abuse or bullying
  • Values include Heath, Honesty/Truth, Integrity, Loyalty, Commitment/Followthrough
  • Values include Family, Spouse, Friends, Helping Others, Giving 100% at every job you do
  • Values like Excellence, Accountability (the list goes on). Your core values are who you are
  • You can’t control the world around you, but you can control how you react to it
  • When you are healthy, centered and balanced you will remain calm and make better decisions
  • When you feel angry or anxious, step away and breathe instead of reacting
  • Healthy coping mechanisms: Make yourself a cup of tea, go for a walk, or call a friend
  • Stand up for what you believe in because one person CAN make a difference
  • If someone is ever mean to you do not take it personal
  • Do not judge as they may be going through something that has nothing to do with you
  • Be patient, kind and do not react. Treat others as you wish  to be treated

2.  FEED YOUR MIND DAILY

  • Keep learning.  “Today a reader. Tomorrow a leader.”
  • Read Biographies of people you admire (you will learn how they overcame obstacles)
  • Read history, self-improvement and inspirational books
  • Read the news instead of watching it
  • Read healthy magazines instead of celebrity gossip or glamour mags
  • Snack on brain foods to keep your mind sharp (walnuts, almonds, veggies, fruits)  
  • Eating nutritious foods daily will keep your mind and body healthy, energetic and fit

3.  KEEP YOUR SPIRIT POSITIVE

  • Get outdoors in nature daily
  • Turn off the TV and all your gadgets to quiet your mind and the information overload
  • Surround yourself with healthy, positive people who motivate and inspire you
  • Close your eyes and meditate daily, even if it’s only 10 minutes
  • Avoid gossip or negative and toxic environments
  • Remember you are beautiful just the way you are
  • Laugh every single day; builds your immune system
  • Believe in yourself: You can do anything you set your mind to

4.  EXERCISE YOUR BODY DAILY

  • Walk at least 30 minutes  a day
  • Stretch upon rising each morning and before turning in each night
  • Stay hydrated with lots of water daily
  • Find a sport you enjoy that doesn’t feel like exercise (soccer, bowling, tennis, swimming)
  • Turn up the music to make the time pass quicker when you exercise
  • Strive to be healthy longterm instead of thin
  • Make rest a part of your daily healthy  habits; strive for 8 hours a night

5.  BE YOURSELF

  • Don’t ever compare yourself to others
  • Be the best version of you that you can be
  • Remember, no one else in the world is exactly like you; you ARE unique
  • Develop your unique skills by doing; if you don’t know what you’re good at –ask friends
  • Take your job seriously, but never yourself. Everyone makes mistakes, so learn to laugh
  • Don’t ever be afraid to talk to someone if you have questions about something
  • Appreciate and see all the goodness and beauty in life, even during bad times
  • Find mentors you admire.  You can learn a lot from people you respect

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Congrats to all 2013 Graduates & my wonderful, intelligent niece Lauren,  future ace accountant. 

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Remember, health is your greatest wealth. Make a deposit EVERY DAY!!!  🙂

 

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