Having the end of January sneaking upon us already it is time to reflect on my new year resolutions and any progress I might have been making. If you read my blog on a regular basis then you know that I promised myself to get healthier this year, focusing on a balance of my mind-body & soul. (read about it here).
Well, my subject line suggests tips on getting healthier, so lets dive into the topic, yay! As it also suggests it is for dummies, like myself (no offense), so please keep in mind that I’m no professional, these are only my experiences. Feel free to comment, add any tips, suggestions or a link to your health/balance journey! Namaste…
- #WALK2014 – walking is a very simple and gentle way of taking care of yourself. Make no mistake, it is not just for your body, but also refreshes your mind and calms your soul. Since last November I’ve been gradually building up my walking habit, which by now has become a solid part of my daily routine. (read about #walk2014) I keep track of my distances with the NIKE Runner app, which works even underground, so I can count my miles everywhere. The only disadvantage is that I constantly have to turn it on/pause or stop, whenever I take the escalator, hop on the tube or stop walking for a longer period of time. Therefore, I’ve decided to buy a pedometer, which should to make life and especially counting easier. So far, since 1st January I’ve walked 117km (still 1,897 km to go to keep my resolution)! My body is very grateful – I’m much more fitter already, less tired, can do more and I’m more motivated.
- YOGA – another wonderful way to balance your trinity of mind-body-soul. You don’t need to go to the gym or pay zillion money for classes – although it might help having a master guiding you through the poses at the beginning. I’ve been doing yoga on and off for years now (more off than on), and it’s been 5 weeks now that I’m practicing either the 5 Tibetans or the asanas. Not every day, though, but I aim for at least 4x a week, in the morning. It feels good to stretch my body, preparing myself for the day.
- WATER – Drinking is extremely important, so I always carry around a small bottle of water wherever I go, and aim to drink at least 1.5 l during the day. It may sound a lot, but if you keep doing it, your body will learn to “accept” it eventually and will work better. Lack of quality liquids in your organism can cause many unpleasant symptoms such as headache, muscle spasm or bad breath, just to mention a few. So, drink up! (alcohol, coffee and sweet beverages do not count)
- POSITIVE THINKING – Now, don’t take me wrong, I do not mean that you should force good mood onto yourself or pretend that all is fine when it is not. BUT! By recognizing negative thoughts and attitudes it is one step further towards a better self, especially when willing to change them and use them wisely. I don’t know about you, but I have lots of negative thoughts, which then influence my mood, my beliefs and eventually add up in anxiety or occasionally depression. I’ve come a long way to where I am today, and even though I’ve grown in many ways, it is still a lot to improve, learn and let go of. One way to keep myself inspired are the mantras – small affirmations with beautiful energy that I mumble upon every day (when I’m not over-thinking, worrying or letting negative thoughts to invade my mind). If you’d like to get daily mantra updates, follow me on Facebook.
- CBT – also known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Now, before you freak out, let me just say, that you do not need to have any mental problems/illnesses whatsoever in order to complete a therapy. This has been proved to be very effective (and less spiritual, but hey, we are all different, and that’s just fine) for enhancing your mood, thinking and making beneficial changes in your life. CBT focuses on how you act and react to life, and makes you accept your flaws, while giving you tips on how to improve yourself and your life. I started CBT couple of weeks ago, in my case to treat my anxiety and panic disorder (read about it here). So far I’ve made small changes and gently progressing on my path to become a better and healthier person. Amen to that 🙂
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