Last week I spoke about the emotional aspects of mindfulness. I shared ways to manage your emotions in a way that allows you to stay in control of your energy.
This week I want to talk about the physical aspects of mindfulness.
To keep it simple, I am breaking it down to 3 major areas of our physical health and well-being, as I see it:
In my experience, the quality of foods we eat and beverages we drink impact our physical health more than anything. Again, I speak of this in more detail on page 16 of my book Reclaiming Joy. Meantime, as it relates to mindfulness, we really are what we eat. The quality of food we put into our body directly impacts everything from our thoughts and our ability to think clearly to the energy we have to enjoy life.
Nutrition Mindfulness Tip: Have at least one meal per day slowly and in silence. Pay attention to how you feel during & after you eat. What was the experience like? Did you enjoy the food more? Taste it more? Is the food "right" for you? How much is "enough"?
Most of us are sleep deprived. We are turned on, and unable to sleep even when we are exhausted. Did you know it takes energy to get restful sleep? What I will say about sleep, as with food, is that it is the foundation to all aspects of our well-being. Without consistent adequate rest we are causing harm to our physical body. When we sleep, our body recovers from the day. Think about when you are sick-- your body naturally wants to rest. Same is true on a daily basis as our body undergoes the stress of living...we need to give it time to recover.
How much sleep do you need? For me, 8 hours per night, sometimes 9 is what I need.
Sleep Mindfulness Tip: How much sleep do you require? Be honest... Work toward it if you aren't there already, and notice what improves? Are you making better food choices because you don't feel so tired? Having more fun? More energy to exercise?
PS: One of my intentions after the Tulum Retreat is to create a deep sleep retreat :)
Think about it. One of the best ways to "move" stress/anxious energy, relax our mind, and keep our body strong is movement. There is no way around this so it's best to find what works for you. Over the years I went from a gym rat to someone who does almost everything I can outside: bike, run, swim, walk, yoga, hula hoop, whatever. If it's way too cold, I do yoga or dance indoors. Move your body 5 times per week!!!
Movement Mindfulness Tip: Notice how you manage stress when you commit to consistent movement. Do you feel happier and more energized? Maybe more positive? Find ways to have fun with movement.
New Workshops & Programs Next Month!!!
Stay tuned for my new upcoming workshops & programs that integrate body, mind, and spirit. They will include nutrition for body, mind, and spirit to help you prepare to bring in 2018 ready to THRIVE!!! If you want to be informed, email me here.