Spotlight on Ultimate Health Secrets: Part 1 of 4
There are four aspects to our health. They include:
- Physical health
- Emotional and mental health
- Spiritual health
- Financial health
If any one of these areas of our life are out of sync, it can wreak havoc on the other aspects. When we are physically tired, for example, this can impact our mood. When we aren’t spiritually connected and grounded, physical illness or disease can manifest; like a 2×4. When our financial health is out of wack, the stress can impact the other three areas of our health and life.
In part one of this series, we’re exploring our physical health. Some of the things we’ll discuss may be obvious to you and others not so much. My goal with this series is to get you thinking about your health from a holistic perspective.We are all connected and all parts of our health are connected. It takes all parts of our health to make it work. Click To Tweet
Self-Care. We know we should be good to ourselves and spend time taking care of ourselves. Sometimes we’re good about it and other times…not so much. Stress can have a serious impact on our physical, emotional, mental, financial and spiritual well-being.
“Harmony is the inner cadence of contentment we feel when the melody of life is in tune. When somehow we’re able to strike the right chord – to balance the expectations of our families and our responsibilities in the world on the one hand with our inner need for spiritual growth and personal expressions on the other…Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to think, time to contemplate what’s working and what’s not, so that we can make changes for the better… Learn how to pause.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
I don’t know about you but when I am super, over the top busy is when I need to exercise *and* exercise the most self-care. It’s also the time when I tend to fall out of these habits. It’s the worst thing we can possibly do! It’s almost like the busier we get, the more stressed we get and the less time we take for ourselves. I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of this from time to time. The truth is… If you aren’t taking care of yourself, there will be nothing left for anyone else. As one of the important self-care techniques, spiritual self-care means connecting to a Higher Power and find a meaning for our lives. Just as it is necessary to keep care of our body and mind, we also need to nurture our soul. People all over the world are realizing the importance of the spiritual self-care.
Taking even five minutes a day on a self-care ritual will help your overall well-being. Here is a list of things you can do to improve your overall physical health:
1. Get enough sleep.
7-9 hours of sleep a night is what most people need. If you aren’t there yet, start with getting an extra ½ hour of sleep a night. Also, you’ll get a better rest the earlier you go to bed. Getting to bed before midnight (between 10pm – midnight) is best.
2. Take deep breaths throughout the day.
Breathing has a profound impact on our health and stress levels. Setting your timer every hour and taking a few minutes to take five deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth will shift your energy and help you feel better.
3. Take a walk.
Walking and being with nature has a positive impact on our health. Combine this with taking deep breaths and you’ve got a winning combination!
4. Exercise and drink enough water.
It’s no surprise that there are numerous benefits to exercise. Cardio, weight training, Pilates, yoga and other modalities have profound affects on our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Find something that works for you and just start. Even 10 minutes a day helps. Once you develop an exercise habit, your body will crave it. Thank me later.
5. Reduce time on the computer and/or TV…and don’t eat while watching TV.
Studies show that eating while watching TV results in overeating. This is because we are almost unconscious when we eat and watch TV simultaneously. Another huge tip around TV is to eliminate watching the news. The news is one big prayer request and your subconscious mind is most powerful in the minutes before going to sleep. Watching the news before heading to bed is the worst thing you can do for yourself. Turn off the TV or watch/read something positive and keep it light so you can fall asleep easily.
6. Eat slowly.
7. Enjoy a bubble bath or a hot bath with Epsom salt.
This is something you can do an hour or two before bed to relax and unwind. Take a book with you and read or take time to meditate.
8. Get a massage or give yourself a foot or hand massage.
If you can swing it, massage is an absolutely fabulous stress reliever. The more relaxed your physical body is, the better your brain works.
9. Park your car further away from your destination to get a few extra strides in.
Here’s a sneaky way to get more exercise in your day. Another tip is to take the stairs rather than the elevator whenever you can.
10. Avoid alcohol right before bedtime to give the body time to metabolize it.
By avoiding alcohol a few hours before bed, you give your body time to get it out of your system and allows you to get a better sleep.
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Next up, we’ll cover all things related to emotional and mental health.