It is increasingly hard to eat healthily in the modern world. It is even getting hard to even know what healthy really means. US journalist and food writer Michael Pollan has written extensively on how we got so confused on such a basic facet of life and crucially, how to eat sensibly and enjoyably for life. His bibliography is extensive but we strongly recommend starting with either "In Defence of Food" or "Food Rules." Both of which are short and easily digestible (pun intended).
Alternatively he has a 4 part Netflix series "Cooked", which is excellent and covers much of the same material as the book. For a British spin on very similar ideas anything by Bee Wilson is also very worth checking out.
A healthy mental state will mean different things to all of us and in this regard there really are a million right answers. While a gratitude journal may help to ground one person it may become another stressful obligation to another. As a starting point however we recommend looking to Alain De Botton's School of Life, which produces outstanding material on living happily and well.
TEDGlobal | Alain de Botton
Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.
Additionally, some form of meditation or mindfulness can't hurt. For the sceptical, the angel investor and author Tim Ferris reported that over 90% of high performers he interviewed for his book Tribe of Mentors engaged in some kind of mindfulness or meditation each day.
Yoga with Adriene
The NHS recommends that "Adults should do some type of physical activity everyday. Any type of activity is good for you, the more you do the better."
This could well be the moment you choose to manifest your inner Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and become a fitness demigod. If so, Ross Edgley, of recent Great British Swim fame, has written The World's Fittest Book.
A more modest (and possibly sensible) place to start however might be with the advice to "reduce time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity."
TED2013 | Nilofer Merchant
Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a "walking meeting" -- and let ideas flow while you walk and talk..
The Work Break Timer
If even the prospect of standing up is too daunting then there is always desk yoga:
Yoga at Your Desk
Yoga at your desk is perfect for anybody who spends much time working at a computer or in a cubicle. This sequence is ideal for those who want to sneak in a quick yoga break or for those who are in healing and want to practice a little bit of opening with the support of a chair.
Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan famously led the world on less than five hours of sleep a night. They also suffered from dementia and Alzheimer's late in life. While the connection between neurological disease and lack of sleep is not definite, the connection between lack of sleep and poor productivity and ill health is. Mathew Walker is the world's leading authority on sleep and explains why lack of sleep is not the badge of honour that Thatcher and Reagan believed it was, but an avoidable and unenjoyable handicap.
TED2019 | Matt Walker
Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature's best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep -- and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don't.