In Psalm 139:14, the psalmist writes, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”(KJV).
Indeed, the human body is wonderful; it actually becomes stronger with use! When we exercise, muscle tissue becomes weak and actually breaks down.
In order to heal this weak and broken muscle tissue, our bodies perform an overcorrection task by rebuilding the tissue stronger than it was before we exercised.
Exercise also helps our immune systems fight disease.
Stress management is another factor that can either help or hinder our health. It has been clinically proven that psychological stress is a contributing cause of many physical conditions.
How we approach circumstances in our lives determines whether they become stressful situations for us.
It is vitally important that we forgive both others and ourselves.
Feeding animosity and negative feelings can limit our ability to move forward in life. The effort exerted to forgive can have a much more positive effect, accomplishing peace and eliminating a potentially stressful situation.
Take the Apostle Paul, for example.
He was continually persecuted by enemies and even friends. In 2 Timothy 1:15 he says, “This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me;“ (KJV).
By choosing to forgive, Paul was able to have a long and successful ministry.
Our mind is unable to deal with stress properly if we are tired. To most people’s surprise, modern medicine recommends 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.
Taking time to breathe deeply in a solitary, quiet place during the day can also do wonders for your ability to handle stress.
If you are stressed about something try this breathing method to slow your heart rate and reduce your blood pressure:
- Inhale through your nose, filling your lungs completely in 4 seconds.
- Hold your breath for 7 seconds.
- Slowly exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds.
Do this 3-4 times and you’ll notice your heart rate slowing and your stress reducing almost immediately.
Let God Do His Thing
Philippians 4:6 advises us to “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (KJV).
Tell God about your problems — and leave them with Him!
The mental act of “giving” your problems over to God and trusting Him with the outcome is an extremely effective way to “let go” of things that are dragging you down.
Above all, eating properly is the number one way to a healthy lifestyle, but it’s not everything. Make sure you take care of the rest of your lifestyle to ensure that your good eating habits have the most impact for good health!