Do you ever find yourself tired, drained, anxious or even overwhelmed? I think we all do from time to time. We live in a fast-paced world. We get a ton of emails and phone calls everyday. We have to keep up with busy schedules and balance our home lives with our work lives and our social lives with our home lives. We are expected to be everywhere at once, get it all done with a positive attitude and a smile on our face. A lot of the foods and products we use are filled with chemicals, preservatives and additives. The environments we are sometimes exposed too are down right unhealthy. It gets really crazy sometimes. So how can we stay healthy mentally and physically with such a high demand on our time and bodies without going crazy ourselves?
You create a healthy daily routine for your mind, body and soul. You take care of yourself. You make sure to create as much balance in your life as you can so that you may be best prepared for whatever obstacles you may encounter. Staying fit and sharp can make the difference between having a healthy and pleasurable experience in life or a poor one.
When you take the time to create a healthy routine that nourishes your whole body, inside and out, you create a balance that allows you to flow through life with a little more ease. Maybe even much easier. You can take on sudden changes without feeling out of control. You can breeze through your days without feeling like you are going to pass out by lunch. You will be able to create happiness regardless of the situation or circumstances you are in. It is simple. You take care of your mind and body and it will take you where you need to go. If you neglect your mind and body, it’s going to break down. It’s going to need repairs and it’s not going to run so great. Living your life without any kind of balance or order can kind of be like a circus without a ring master. I can only assume that most people would prefer not to live that way.
The best way to approach a daily routine is to start small. Start with one or two daily activities and make them part of you and what you do. As you begin to incorporate these smalls acts of balance, you will see your daily life slowly transform into something I think you’re going to like. Someone with the stamina, confidence and endurance to push through your day like a champion.
So let’s do this!
Let’s start out with what you are putting in your BODY. This also applies to the information that zips in and out of your head on a daily basis. It all affects how we feel inside and therefore we must sensor and regulate what is coming in and out of it.
1. Eat Healthy and Balanced
Eat a healthy balanced diet and limit your bad fat and sugar intake. I know this can seem damn near impossible these days but, as a general rule of thumb, if it isn’t natural. If it comes in a package or has a commercial.
Don’t eat it.
Don’t drink it.
Don’t consume it.
At least very little and in moderation. You never really know what’s in the food or drinks that you consume because even when all ingredients are disclosed on the package, the average consumer doesn’t know what Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate is or Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate Is. Nobody does. (okay, some people do) But, why? Why would you want to know what that is and why would you want to eat it? And, why should we have to? BTW (Both of those are additives in Betty Crocker boxed cake mixes and frosting and we wouldn’t put them in a homemade cake, would we?)
Just eat an apple.
Just drink water.
Just go for a walk.
All these things are organic and natural and literally have been around forever.
If you stick with the basics, you will never need to know what those things are.
When you eat less varieties of complex foods, it is easier to tell if something you are eating is upsetting you. Your body talks. You have to listen. When you are eating more complex foods that are part real and part designed in a factory and you are not feeling well, it is hard to say exactly what it could be.
Foods like sugar-free, low-fat, non-fat and diet. All of these claims are deceiving and are no better if not worse for you. In attempts to make something better for you, big companies were successful at doing the opposite. Stick to what is basic and in its most purest form.
I love Pinterest and find lots of inspiration from the millions of pinners around the world. If you need a little inspiration, here are some of my favorite healthy eating pins. You can also follow me on Pinterest here.
You’ve probably heard me say it before. Water. Drink your water. If you have clean water readily available to you then, you really should be grateful and on this principle alone. Drink your water because there are millions upon millions of people who have very little clean filtered water at their disposal, if any. But, in addition to this, water is our life source and the most essential driving force behind the evolution of any living life form. So it’s pretty great for you and a good idea to incorporate this into your daily healthy habits. I would even venture to say this is a great daily habit to start with. As soon as you wake up drink a glass of room temperature water to get your digestive system moving and continue throughout the day with even more water. Here is more info on the body’s relationship to water and the recommended amount you should be drinking.
3. Cleanse/Detox with Lemon Water
Drinking lemon water regularly can help naturally cleanse your body’s system and neutralize the acidity in your body. Drinking lemon water regularly can also help with improving digestion, help with weight loss and provide your body with many other amazing benefits. Along with your morning glass of water, sip on a cup of warm lemon water. For best results, you can add anywhere from a few slices of lemon, to the juice of half a lemon to 1 cup of warm water . There are others variations of lemon water, like adding honey and cinnamon. These are both great too but, all you really need in the morning is lemon and water. This is definitely a daily habit you’ll want to adopt too.
4. Exercise – Get Active Daily
Cars have only been around for what? 130 years. For thousands of years people were not sitting on leather heated seats, cruising down the smooth paved highway at an average speed of 60 mph. For thousands of years people have been walking. EVERYWHERE. Sometimes for hundreds of thousands of miles over a lifetime. People ate natural foods grown from the earth even before there were pesticides and crop dusters. We unfortunately lacked the aid of basic dental hygiene and modern medicine to prevent and control deadly diseases. And there was that whole lack of food problem as well. Other than that we (humanity) were pretty healthy. But now, now we live in a time where we have more freedom and choices. Too many choices. When it comes to choosing a lifestyle with longevity, keep it simple. Stick with the basics that are natural and have been around for thousands and thousands of years. They are tried and true and you just can’t go wrong.
Get moving! Taking 30 minutes to an hour a day to work on your body will benefit you not only now but for years to come. The benefits that you reap from even moderate exercise are many. And, when you start with moderate exercise you will eventually find yourself with the capability and desire to do more. The hardest part is getting started but, a body in motion stays in motion. There are many ways to get exercise into your day. If you aren’t sure where to start, there are thousands of amazing videos, tips and ideas on Youtube that you can follow along with. My favorite videos come from Popsugar.
Just remember to start easy if you are not used to an exercise routine. Build up to the harder exercises. Always stretch before you exercise and always listen to your body. I always recommend to start with walking and build up your endurance to do more from jogging and cardio to yoga and running. I also recommend and think it is very important to speak with your doctor or health care professional if you haven’t exercised in a while to make sure you are given a clean bill of health to proceed with a normal exercise routine. Just to be on the safe side.
5. Avoid engaging in negative conversation, thought and activities.
This one isn’t always easy. For some people it may be very challenging. It definitely takes a lot of self-discipline and persistence to get to a place where it comes more naturally. Negativity in your life, in any way can be damaging to your mind. Everything you see, hear and say is filtered through your mind. Some of it sticks and some of it doesn’t. This is where you play a vital role in the scenario. If the thought is negative, become aware of it. Tell yourself to stop and change the thought to a positive one. When a conversation with a friend or co-worker turns bitter and negative, recognize what is happening and either ask the tone to be changed to a more positive one. Or even better, walk away. Maybe not better but, whatever you have to do. You are in control of what you allow. Whatever the situation may be, if it is negative, you have the power to turn it around. It just takes being conscious of it and taking action. Once you put up that boundary and stick to it, it will begin to become natural. Some people are born to see the good in everything but, for many people this isn’t the case. You can change that though. Cleanse your life of anything that holds you back, doesn’t make you a better person or that is affecting your life in a negative way. Think of it as taking out the trash, metaphorically speaking.
6. De-clutter and Downsize
Stuff. We sure can accumulate a lot of stuff. When we fill our life with stuff, it can begin to take up residence in our mind as something that is really important. Stuff may seem important but, in reality it is not. We worry about it breaking. We worry about it getting taken. We spent a lot of time cleaning up all of our stuff. Keeping track of our stuff. Moving our stuff. We worry about losing all that we posses instead of worrying about the things that truly matter, the people and experiences that cannot be replaced. I am not saying you can’t have stuff. I am suggesting that you only have the things that truly matter and that you need to live or that you use often. The stuff that just sits there. The extra clutter. It just takes up time, space and energy and we don’t need it. Getting rid of extra stuff might be a daunting process to you but, I guarantee you that you will feel a weight lifted off your shoulder and a new found freedom when you remove the extra clutter out of your life and replace it with people and experiences. Make this part of your new daily routine by specifying a specific area at a time to declutter and reorganize. Take it one step at a time and one day at a time. Let go of what does not serve you and what you can live without. My favorite part about this process is giving my stuff to people who don’t have any stuff. Not only do I feel less weighed down but, I also feel happy to help someone in need.
7. Learn Something New
Our brains are pretty amazing. According to a statistic from Scientific America “the brain’s memory storage capacity is something closer to around 2.5 petabytes (or a million gigabytes)”. That is enough memory storage to hold 3 million hours of tv shows. You would have to leave the tv running continuously for more than 300 years to use up all the storage. Crazy, right? Nobody knows an exact amount but, obviously we don’t have to worry about running out of storage. We can learn something new everyday and not come close to filling up our brains. Make it a daily habit to learn one new thing. It could be anything. A fact. A new quote. A new statistic. Take it a step further and learn something bigger and more interesting. Read entire books on subjects that interest you. Do something for your brain. Expand your mind. Just imagine all of the knowledge you will accumulate by making this part of your daily routine. “Oh my, that is one big healthy brain you have there. You must learn something new everyday.”
What are you passionate about? Do one thing everyday, just for yourself that you love and that makes you happy. Taking care of yourself doesn’t just mean making sure that your basic needs are met but, also your personal needs, so you can stay fulfilled. You will be no good to others around you if you are unhappy, imbalanced or drained. Whatever it is that brings joy to your heart, you should make it a priority to do it. It could be taking a long, quiet, hot bath without any interruptions. Reading a book. Painting. Cooking. Gardening. Yoga (even though this is a part of exercise it can do wonders for your body as well as state of mind.) Golfing. Playing various sports or team activities. Dancing. Outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking and swimming. Drinks with the girls/buddies. Whatever you can do for yourself that allows you to be yourself, fully without limitations and expectations. Just you and what you love. Make time for YOU and without the guilt. It is okay and beneficial to make sure your needs are being met in addition to everyone else’s.
9. Attitude of Gratitude
Wake up everyday with a heart of gratitude and the intention to be better than you were the day before. It is healthy to take time and show gratitude for everything you have. If you are breathing and reading this then you have one thing to be grateful for. Go from there. What else do you have to be grateful for? If you can remember that someone always has it worse than you, and you can use your imagination to think of what worse could mean for you, then you can see that your life is not so bad after all. You should never have trouble finding something to give thanks for. It is really wonderful how showing simple gratitude for all that you have can totally change your whole attitude and miraculously you get better results as opposed to when you focused on what you don’t have. When we are ungrateful we begin to manifest this in the form of fear and worry. When you can sit back and look at your life for all that it is and pick every thing you can be grateful for, you will see that at this very moment you are okay. You are alive and today your basic needs are being met. You probably have some form of shelter. You obviously have an internet connection. Some clean water. Focus on these things and you are the richest man in the world. Too many have less than that. Life’s not so bad is it? When you wake up everyday with a happy and grateful heart it will directly affect your attitude and mental state for the rest of your day. Make it a DAILY habit and watch it transform your life.
If this seems like a lot to do on a DAILY basis, just think about the DAILY activities that you intentionally partake in that don’t benefit your health or enrich your life. It certainly won’t hurt to incorporate a few if not all of these into your daily life.
My final tip for making the most of your days. Life is a balance and sometimes a little indulgence is part of a balanced life. There is no one way for everybody, so don’t lose your mind. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Nothing and no one is perfect. We all have flaws. We all struggle and face obstacles. It is okay not to be perfect. Just do the best you can and enjoy everything for what it’s worth. Think of it as a learning experience. You are growing!
Good Luck and Best Wishes to you on your Wellness Journey!
Peace and Love,
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or nutritionist. These are only my opinions and suggestions and not medical advice. I highly recommend seeing a nutritionist who can address your needs from a natural approach and start from the foods you eat and not by simply prescribing a prescription medication. ***Anytime you read health advice and information on the internet, you should always use your best judgement to decide whether or not the advice is right for you and/or consult a medical professional.