Human beings are interesting when it comes to health and wellness. We know that we need to look after ourselves and eat good food and exercise. However, it is often when our health care practitioner tells us that our body system is not working optimally or we have developed a complaint that requires attention, that we sit up and pay attention to how we are looking after ourselves.
Good health and wellness is always different for everyone. No one thing will work for everyone. But that’s exciting! We’re all on our own journey to feeling and functioning the best we can. Looking after oneself does take time and dedication – taking a small amount of time (every day) can help you to reach your health goals.
Our world of ‘hurry up and do this… so that we can do that’ – the ‘going and doing’ never ends. That’s a one-way ticket to illness, not good health.
Get rid of the ‘quick fix’ mentality and begin to make small changes. If you started the year with a commitment to improving your health and have fallen off the wagon or feel you need a little bit of motivation then read on and think about the following guidelines – they may help you to keep on track. Remember your health is a process that YOU must engage in, it doesn’t happen by itself and your health won’t improve overnight.
Start by thinking about how you are feeling at present. Is there someone or something that is pushing your buttons? It’s these subtle (or not so subtle) emotions that we tend to sweep under the carpet that we really need to pay more attention to. If you have a continual nagging feeling reoccurring then you need to address and rectify it. As things like this, no matter how small you think they are, can be draining on your energy resources and therefore draining on your body systems.
You have 2 choices:
+ If you can do something to rectify the situation then do so
+ If you can’t, then let it go.
Worrying never solved anything; instead it usually makes you uncomfortable and can make you ill.
However, this is sometimes easier said than done. It’s important to look at where you can help yourself. I have always found that a little “ME” time to chill out is always beneficial and a great place to start. It doesn’t require a lot of time as little as 15-20 minutes per day can do the trick. You will need to find a quiet space and sit quietly and concentrate on your breath. When you breathe in, start to relax and when you breathe out think of this as the time to let go of any frustration or concern. This process can help you to relax your mind and also help you to put more oxygenated blood through your circulatory system.
It will also help to clear the mind and slow down the chitter chatter that we experience from too much thinking. You can also us tune into your intuition, which we so often ignore. We never give ourselves enough credit. No one knows us better than us – only we can make decisions about what we should do and what’s best for us. A calmer mind can help us to think clearly and tune into to what we really want and need.
Of course being committed to improving our health would be nothing if we did not eat healthy food and exercise. Anything in moderation is fine as long as we can maintain the ‘moderation’ (and this is coming from a reformed chocoholic!). It’s not easy but awareness of what your weaknesses are is a good starting point. Whatever your weakness is, only you can work out a solution that works for you. Mine was ‘don’t eat it’ – but that was a process – I had to start somewhere to begin to see any results.
One important thing to note is – there is no point in someone else telling you how to do this! We all have our own way of doing things. The important thing is that whatever you choose to do make sure it is achievable and you are motivated to do it for yourself. Think of it as your ongoing commitment to your health. This also relates to exercise. Work out something that you can do 4-5 times per week that you will continue to do – something that you like to do. Make sure that it’s not something that you are going to dread or try to make excuses not to do it. Also if you have a reoccurring health problem that is affected by exercising, then you need to review the type of exercise you are doing and speak to your health care practitioner to discuss solutions.
Don’t let the problem get out of hand. Know your limitations. You need to work to maintain good health but that ‘work’ can be defined by you, to suit you. Think about what is important to you.
While we are looking at our lifestyle, let’s look at how well balanced our life actually is. Take some time to sit down and ask yourself:
Is my work, rest and play time well balanced?
How many people work themselves to the point that they continually feel tired, have no energy and just can’t be bothered. The next step is usually feeling unwell, possibly experiencing reoccurring infections, coughs or colds etc. Ask them what they are doing in their spare time and their reply is generally ‘What spare time?’ Sorry, but you do have choices! If you choose to work yourself into the ground maybe you should be a little firmer with yourself and ensure that you take some time out to have fun. Do it (just) once and you’ll enjoy it so much that you will want to make it a regular part of your life.
Health, believe it or not, is also related to your creative self. I am not referring to your artistic ability, we all have a creative side. Just think about how you do your job, what skills you need to co-ordinate the day to day running of a family and household and for the single person the day to day running of their lives and what gets them through their day. It all links back to your creativity, what you ‘create’ on a day-to-day basis.
Finally, good health can also be improved by having a good laugh! We can all be too serious sometimes, which winds us up and stresses us out. If you feel it’s all ‘too hard’, find someone or something to have a good laugh at/with – this alone will help to release a lot of built up tension and leave you feeling calmer and happier almost immediately.
Working towards better health (even just a little bit everyday) can help you to give your body the best chance to perform at its peak, all day every day.
In Good health,