We tend to think of good health as either something we have or are hoping to regain. The truth is that good health is an ongoing process that requires the attention of our minds on a daily basis to realize good, better and, ultimately, the best health that we can attain.
We must learn to observe our feelings as we go through life and learn to diffuse and decrease stress. We must eat nutritious foods as we give our bodies what is needed and eliminate what is not.
Here are some simple tips to get in flow with the process that creates the energy for a healthy body and clear mind:
10 Steps on the Road to Good Health
1. Don’t Skip Breakfast! You’ve heard it before, but breaking the overnight “fast” is what your morning meal is about. Be sure to put thought into what foods your body can readily utilize for brain power and body energy.
2. Prepare Your Food With Mindfulness: This applies to each and every meal. Enjoy the process of preparing healthy foods. Slicing fresh fruits, chopping fresh vegetables and other simple tasks can be “Zen-like” and feed your mind and soul as well as your body.
3. Digest Slowly: As you would “chop wood, carry water” with mindfulness, connect with the people you share meals with and the food you are eating. Digest your food and digest your life…slowly.
4. Don’t Multi Task! Whatever you are doing, enjoy the singular process of it. New studies are causing us to rethink the effectiveness of multi –tasking, which splits your attention and fragments your thoughts. With the idea that mindfulness contributes to “flow,” allow yourself the luxury of slowing down to the speed of life.
5. Take Time for Tea: Speaking of “slowing down,” afternoon tea can provide a much needed pause in the day to relax and rebalance. For many, the caffeine in one cup of tea seems to be effective at this time of day without disrupting sleep patterns when bedtime rolls around.
6. Drink Water: This tip never goes off the list! Since water connects every cell in our bodies, keeping your body well hydrated contributes to better memory for your mind and better coordination for your body.
7. Keep Moving: Get some exercise so that your muscles retain efficiency and use calories efficiently to reduce risk of diabetes and heart problems. Walk 15-20 minutes per day and use the time to focus within.
8. Understand Circadian Rhythms: There are certain laws of nature that can’t be ignored. Observing our biological patterns of activity followed with rest for recharging contributes to better overall health. Experts are recommending about seven hours of sleep each night.
9. Recharge in Nature: Just as your body needs nourishment from the foods you eat, your mind needs nourishment from natural settings. Plan your activities to include some time relaxing and recharging in nature; the payoffs are readily noticeable. Sunshine, fresh air, greenery, blossoms and animals are gifts from our world that “naturally” refresh and stimulate our senses, keeping us in touch with our source and keeping us “in flow” with the best that life has to offer.
10. Close Your Eyes and Relax: Even the simple act of resting your eyes can help you to stay focused on what is important in this moment. Closing your eyes reduces sensory input and quiets the nervous system. Develop a “library” of resources such as videos, websites and books with ideas to help you to take meditative breaks in your day.
As you can see, good health is actually an ongoing process that requires your attention and focus to attain the best energy and function that you can. Enjoy!