Making healthy habits a priority will enhance your life.
And making time for self-care saves time, enables greater success, ensures a better immune system and leads to a healthier life. Spring is the perfect time to put healthier habits into place and to move forward with your health.
Spring is perfect for new beginnings.
We lead such busy lives. Because of that, self-care often takes a back seat to everything else in our life. Long-term unhealthy habits begin to drag on our body, our approach, our relationships, our leadership, our mood, our results and on how we feel.
Sometimes, we forget how important our health is.
As a result, we start to ignore our body and how we are feeling. What we are missing is that making time for health promotes joy, brain power, resilience, productivity and our relationships. It builds our immune system and keeps us well. Despite what we might think, it does not take that much time.
What are the advantages of great health?
- Improved cognitive functions like decision making
- Stronger concentration and memory
- Capacity for creativity and innovation increases
- Improved communication skills
- Stronger relationships
- Increased self-awareness
- Better resilience, mood and energy
- Greater skill at navigating complex situations
And best of all, “it feels good to feel good”.
8 Key tips to Spring forward with your health:
1. Every day when you rise
Look in the mirror and ask your body “How do you feel?”. Then get quiet enough to listen. Long before your toxic load topples into illness, your body will talk to you. Adjust to how you feel daily.
2. Keep a gratitude and victory journal
Writing down your accomplishments from the day before, big, and small, and then 3 things that you are grateful for at that moment frames your new day in a positive light. Do this daily. This not only keeps you in the now, it also starts off your day on a positive mindset. Make sure you share your gratitude with others in your life.
3. Eat real live food and cook
Plan to have plenty of organic fruits and vegetables on hand, washed and at eye level in your refrigerator so that eating the rainbow and real food is easily accessible. 75% of what you eat should be organic non-starchy plant food. Start off eating healthy breakfast food, organic eggs with veggies or organic oatmeal with organic berries. Then for lunch, make ball jar salads twice a week to grab on your way out the door for lunch. Store them in the fridge. You make your dinner meals on Sunday and freeze them so that healthy food preparation is quick and easy when you walk in the door. Eat meat that eats his own specific diet- grass fed grass finished beef, pastured chicken, and lamb. And finally, stop eating fake, processed, fast food that gives no nutrition to your body but adds toxins. Food quality matters.
4. Control your stress- utilize 3-minute stress busters several times a day
Stress is hard on every organ in your body and chronic or toxic stress accumulates.
First, utilize breathing exercises as part of your daily stress busters. Then interchange with 3 minutes of movement. Do one mid-morning and one mid-afternoon.
- It could be as simple as standing next to your desk and bouncing for 3-minutes
- It could be doing Andrew Weil, MD’s 4-7-8 breathing exercise which takes 3 minutes to do 4 rounds. You can do it with him on You Tube until you know the exercise.
5. Get 7 hours of quality continuous sleep
Sleep matters to your mental, physical, and emotional health.
Quality sleep improves concentration and improves cognitive functions like memory, decision making, creativity, and communication during the day. The 7th hour is when plaque is swept out of the brain promoting cognizance.
6. Practice Mindfulness at some time during the day
Mindfulness improves creativity and makes you aware of what others in your environment are feeling. Centering oneself and becoming mindful of your emotions and environment promoting new solutions to the problems of the day.
Whether you walk or do a different form of exercise, movement is important to enhance flexibility and to fine tune your heart.
8. And finally, examine your posture during the day
Sitting, standing, walking, and sleeping, your skeleton is like a tree and your internal organs hang off it.
Bad posture places organs in unnatural positions causing stress which then leads to chronic illness. Posture also directly impacts liver health.
Cheryl Meyer AKA Cheryl M Health Muse
Cheryl is a health coach, award winning internationally best-selling author and host of the It Feels Good to Feel Good podcast on RHG TV/VOICE AMERICA.