7 Ways to Manage your Mind & Time for Better Health

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1. Watch less news. It’s all horrific by design, bad news sells more than good news. You get almost nothing good from staying glued to the news media. On the contrary, it increases stress and promotes unwellness. Turn off your news notifications on your phone. Take a news fast at least one day a week – literally no reading, listening or watching the news for one full day.

2. When unexpected shit happens, don’t judge it as good or bad. That’s stressful. Sometimes things just are.

3. Spend 30 minutes of quiet time a day. This is critically important. “But Dr. Geo, I don’t have time for that.” BECAUSE you don’t have time is precisely why quiet time is important. Many people are busy… doing all the wrong things. That just increases stress. 30 minutes a day of quiet time helps you figure out if your actions are aligned with what matters to you. Incongruency between your beliefs and what you do promotes disease.

4. Control your social media use, or it will control you. I’m active on social media. But if I am not careful, I will get high on all the addictive “likes” and not work on the things that matter – which then increases stress and unwellness.

5. Train your body (exercise), EVERY DAY. ” What!? I am really signing off this page now!” I am dead serious. Exercising every day for at least 30 minutes, does several things; promotes mental health (mental problems among men is rampant, suicide rates high), reduces the risk of dying prematurely and, more importantly, daily physical activity make it a habit. Mix it up with stretching, running, yoga, strength training, shadow boxing, tennis, whatever. Just do it every single day, like brushing your teeth.

6. Sleep well. On average we need about seven hours of sleep ( not necessarily eight). While some people truly have clinical insomnia, many don’t. If you stay away from the news, especially at night, exercise, spend some quiet time, then you may sleep better.

7. Forgive yourself for screwing up. Stop beating yourself up. You’ve messed up because you are human.  Learn from your errors, do better next time, and move on. But really do better. Too many guys mess up, feel bad and commit the same exact mistakes over and over again.

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by Dr. Geo

7 comments… add one
  • Dumitru-Dan Teodorescu 11/05/2018, 4:36 PM

    I do not know if this is in answer to my email but I do all those things, however it does not answer my question.
    Sincerely,
    Dan Teodorescu

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  • Jill Osborne 11/05/2018, 5:54 PM

    I think we’ve surpassed that point where social media is healthy. I was talking about this in my latest support group meeting. Patients lose perspective. They read story after story of patients struggling without understanding that there are far more patients who are doing well.. atleast in the IC community. I’m now at the point where I’m just telling patients to get offline and stay away from Facebook in particular.

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    • Dr. Geo 11/09/2018, 4:56 PM

      Thanks, Jill. There are many good things on the internet including social media. The trick is how to discern whats good, important, life-altering and what is crap.

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  • Sarah Cummings 11/11/2018, 8:22 PM

    I agree! We should really control the use of social media. Rather than investing the time to scrolling up and down to our news feed, we can simply utilize it for our peaceful time. Great post! 🙂

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  • Dr. Mel J. Colón 12/22/2018, 6:12 PM

    Hi Dr. Geo,
    I am a Podiatrist in Atlanta. My daughter is the First Deputy Comptroller of NYC.

    Dr. Mel J. Colón, CEO, Owner and Founder
    International Medical Clinics for the uninsured and high deductible health plan community (Located in Atlanta, A One-of-a-kind multilingual, multi-specialty clinic in the U.S./Healthcare for multicultural, minority and majority communities)

    I love your field. I follow Dr. Joseph Mercola quite a bit.

    I was referred to you by Marc Greenstein MD, Urologist.
    I am only writing you here because I was hoping I could get to see you as a new patient/client
    while I am in New York City. I will be in NYC from 12/28 at 3:15 pm and I leave 1/1 at 1 pm.

    I am writing you here because I couldn’t get through on the phone and couldn’t find an email address.

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    • Dr. Geo 12/24/2018, 10:28 AM

      Hi Dr. Colon, Pleasure to connect with you through my blog and email. Please contact my assistant, Felicia at Felicia@DrGeo.com. Happy Holidays!

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