My community offered free yoga classes all day at the pedestrian bridge overlooking the Wabash River today.
I was so happy to greet the morning, sharing Sun Salutations with others.
To Your Health!
How much time do you set aside for self care? While studying to become a Holistic Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition ,self care was one of the first topics we discussed. Yes, even before we went into the details of nutrition, fitness and more.
I’m dedicated to being mindful of Primary Food as part of my lifestyle, which focuses on Quality Relationships, Physical Activity, Career Satifaction, and a Spiritual Practice as core elements to overall wellbeing. All four equal self care.
What’s self care, you ask? To me, it means taking the time to do things that are good for your body, mind and spirit. Because, it’s true, if you’re not happy & healthy on the inside, you are definitely not going to be happy & healthy on the outside. It’s just how it works!
Some of My Favorite Ways to Practice Self Care
Deep Breathing, Meditation, Prayer
Set aside a quiet space, and time in your day where you can sit in silence and tune inward. Deep breathing and focused concentration slow down the brain waves and make them more organized. This helps us to have presence, peace of mind and a practice of gratitude. If giving thanks is part of your practice, your inner light will shine!!
Sleep, Sleep, and more Sleep!
Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles.
Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.
Eat Nutrient Rich Foods
This does not mean adhering to a strict or unchanging “diet”. It means eating in a conscious, simple way that is also more broadly varied. Try experimenting with fresh and colorful fruits and vegetables for a feel-good, clean meal.
The foods you eat become your blood, affecting the quality of your cells, tissues, organs, and your mind
It’s no surprise that drinking enough water affects your health. Backache, headache, fatigue, and digestive problems are all linked to dehydration. Understanding the significance of proper hydration will help to advance your health.
Move Your Body
Involve your whole body. Ditch the gym and exercise outside in the fresh air whenever possible. Stretching and deep breathing are vital for health.Walking, swimming, bicycling, and gardening are excellent.Meditative exercises such as yoga or tai chi are both gentle and effective.
Spend Your Time and Energy with Supportive People
Limit and cut toxic relations. Explore forgiveness. If something is not working, it’s time to change directions. One of the biggest lessons I learned was that trying to make something happen is counterproductive. A rejection is just a re-direction in life. Whether that is a job or relationship or anything for that matter, something even better is on the way. Believe that, and surround yourself with others who do too!
When I make loved and trusted ones a priority, I deepen my ability to surrender and let go of things/people that my heart isn’t aligned with. Spending time with positive people allows you to give and receive *vital for wellbeing!
That’s right, I said it! I mean it too. You know that old adage, an apple a day?Well it applies here too. As long as you feel safe, empowered, loved, respected, and sexy. Besides increasing a strong body/mind/spirit connection, we benefit from touch, massage, loving connections, and especially orgasm on the physical, spiritual and emotional level.
Every loving couple should enjoy the rejuvenating effect of sensuality and sexuality – all of which affects marriage, commitment,emotions, diet,career,and social life etc…
Those who want cookies and ice cream all too often may be craving a different type of sweetness. We can eat an awful lot of green leafy veggies and not get anywhere near the healing effects that come from having great sex!
Use A Health Coach
Why could you benefit from a Health Coach? Making changes necessary to support your health can be a challenge – making them last can be even more difficult.
I work with busy men, women and families to achieve and/or advance health and wellbeing goals by providing do-able practices. I’m here to energize, promote, and council you to reach and maintain meaningful changes in diet and lifestyle.
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I also recommend reading this article Why Self Care Isn’t Selfish to get more comfortable with idea of self care.
Ahhhh, simplicity! Give your body what it wants – Good Food, Good Water, Good Air, Good Exercise, Respect and Love.
To Your Health!
I’m sure many of you have heard about writing out a gratitude list and keeping a gratitude journal. And I’m also sure that although you know that this can be powerful stuff, you just haven’t begun to.
The question is: Why not?
What usually stops us from doing these types of exercises is often caused by the fact that we just can’t imagine how this will help us in any way. You need to pay your utility bills or they’ll be shutting the power off… how does writing in a journal help in any way?
Well, to be honest – writing out a gratitude list won’t help pay the bills.
What it WILL do is help you to shift your focus away from scarcity and worry, and instead help to create a focus on gratefulness – and hopefully you will begin to see the large amount of abundance and prosperity that you already have in your life. Expressing gratitude is a perpetual gift that uplifts the spirit. The more you find to be thankful for, the more things come your way that you can be grateful about and happy for… round and round it goes!
You see, when you’re so focused on the lack of money or the lack of anything for that matter, that is ALL that you can think about. You fall into an anxiety-producing depression with a “why bother?” mindset, and so any idea that may be presented to you will be dismissed as “too hard,” “not doable,” “impossible to accomplish.”
You can incorporate gratitude and positive thinking into your life in many different ways.
A simple way I promote daily gratitude is by asking people “What’s new and good?” and share with them what’s going well in my life.
By creating a gratitude list each and every day, you can shift your perspective.New possibilities begin to open up.
Notice how you create your own reality. When you practice positive thinking, your world begins to look brighter.
In any case, just give it a try for one month. Just for 30 days. See for yourself how powerful a gratitude list can be when you commit to writing one at the end of each day consistently.