Living your life in balance is a pretty big order. I believe living your life in balance is an on-going practice versus a destination you arrive at. Day-by-day with conscious intent you are able to bring your life more and more into balance. When it gets out of control, and it will, simply bring it back again and again, until one day you will notice you bring it back quicker and easier than ever before.
When I notice things are unbalanced in my own life I quickly make the needed adjustments… without guilt. I then easily move back into balance. (We will talk more about guilt next week). This is the second article in a series about living a balanced life.
Today’s excerpt is about your body from the mind, body and soul series.
Five Easy Steps to Honor Your Body:
Eat foods that energize you. You notice I didn’t say healthy foods, because somewhere along the way these foods have gotten a bad rap. When I say “Healthy Foods” you think carrots, celery and hunger. Right? So let’s say foods that energize you. What comes to mind? Each person needs to find what works best for them. For me I learned a long time ago that I need a lot of protein. I need protein with each meal or I get sluggish. Check out Dr. Oz’s; The Ayurvedic Diet: Eating for Your Body Type. I will be looking more closely at this myself. And drink plenty of pure clean water daily. Here are the daily recommendations from the Mayo Clinic.
Move your body. This will be different for each person. Start where you are…knowing where you are is perfect. Then each and every day do a little bit more. If you are already very active you might want to challenge yourself to a mini-triathlon (my daughter-in-law just completed one and will do two more in August). If you sit at a deck all day and never exercise, then start by getting up and walking the long way to the rest room… often. Take a short walk after work. Build slowly! Always ask your doctor what is best for you. What if you joined a belly dance class? Belly dancing can assist you with your exercise goals while it adds to your joy! My favorite ways to move my body are Yoga and hiking.
Pamper your body. Be your body’s best friend. Get regular full body massages to relieve stress and loosen tight muscles. This is especially needed after exercise. For those on a tight budget you can always enjoy a long relaxing bubble bath. After toweling off cover your body with a scented moistener. I love the refreshing scent of eucalyptus and spearmint. Since we are in summer here in Central New York why not treat yourself to a pedicure. Looking at my red painted toes always makes me smile.
Get regular physical checkups! This one surprises me about many of my clients. They often do not get regular checkups. Time goes by as one year folds into the next. Before they know it they are overwhelmed just thinking about going. A yearly checkup will not only put your mind at ease, but it will give you preventive care. What is the old saying? “An ounce of care is worth a pound of cure.” Ok. I am dating myself. While visiting your physician don’t forget to check on a good exercise plan for you. Regular checkups also apply to your dentist and eye doctor.
Create a plan you can stick with. Don’t just think about your body goals. Actually write them down. One of the best incentives is to make a goal spread sheet you can check off. Each time you exercise, eat right, get a checkup or pamper yourself simply make a check mark next to the item. Do you want more motivation? Then get a box of gold stars. Add a gold star instead of a check. You will soon have so many gold stars that your spread sheet will glow. And so will you. A healthy you is a glowing you!
By now, you probably are starting to notice, that we cannot completely separate the mind, the body and the soul. What is good for one is good for the whole. We will look at this more next week when we talk about the mind! One of my favorite topics!!! You might want to add last week’s soul goals to your spread sheet also. We can never get too many gold stars!
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~Buddha