Tip Bild

Be mindful of your lifestyle

Having a healthy body and mind is also influenced by your lifestyle. Physical activity and exercise are fun and help to balance out the overstimulation caused by information overload, work-related stress and a faster pace of life. Relaxation is vital, too: focused breathing exercises and brief periods of relaxation in your day-to-day life can have a positive effect on your body and mind. A healthy lifestyle also includes getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet and only consuming alcohol and other addictive substances in moderation.

What’s your situation?

  • Do you have enough time for physical activity in your daily routine?
  • What's your favourite way to exercise? Swimming, hiking, running, dancing, yoga, gymnastics, cycling etc.?
  • Have you already done 30 continuous minutes of exercise today?
  • Which activities help you to mentally switch off?
  • Does your daily schedule leave you with enough time to unwind?
  • Which activities – such as writing, running or crafts – motivate and energize you?

A few ideas:

  • Get off the tram one stop earlier, and use the stairs instead of the lift.
  • Go for a stroll or take the neighbour's dog for a walk.
  • Meet friends for a game of football or boules.
  • Dance to your favourite music in your living room until you're out of breath.
  • At work, get up and move around at least once an hour. Take phone calls standing up.
  • Do whatever you enjoy doing, and do it regularly – ideally for 30 minutes, three times a week.
  • In the morning, make time to listen to the birds singing.
  • Imagine you are sitting in your favourite place.
  • Make time to do breathing and relaxation exercises, perhaps first thing in the morning.
  • Try out relaxation techniques – such as autogenic training, yoga, meditation or qigong – and build them into your daily routine.
  • Plan a weekend boat tour, a trip up into the mountains, or an afternoon spent reading in a sun lounger or on the sofa.