Today I want to focus on steps you can take to improve your life. They don’t require a lot of time but the benefits are enormous. Make time for yourself and implement small changes that will positively affect your health.
Sit in nature and meditate. Studies show that as little as ten minutes a day can dramatically improve your mood and the health of your brain. Being surrounded by the natural world has a calming effect on our nervous system. It helps us clarify our thoughts and stimulates creativity.
Step outside of your comfort zone in everything you do. The brain is not challenged by routine. You can create new neural pathways by learning skills that require the integration of multiple brain functions simultaneously. Dance and learning a foreign language are great examples of activities that challenge the brain and can stave off degenerative brain diseases.
Make time for social activities that enhance your mood and inspire you. You have to make time to play. Whatever that means to you. Surround yourself with inspiring and uplifting people. Sometimes this part of our lives needs a serious overhaul. It is natural to outgrow friendships and important to reevaluate existing connections.
Make an effort to learn how your body works. Do you know the functions of the vital organs in your body? What can you start doing today to improve your health? This is significant knowledge that very few of us revisit after we graduate from school. Get back in touch with your body and how it operates.
Get moving. We were not meant to be sedentary. When you exercise regularly you will be inclined to eat healthier foods. Exercise should not be a routine. Find new ways of moving that challenge your body and brain. This will keep you excited and motivated to continue your fitness lifestyle.
Lastly, remind yourself to be appreciative for this life. I don’t speak of possessions because materialism is not who you are. You are an abundant being. You are a creator. Your capacity to give and receive love is boundless. Take a moment to digest that. Wellness is more than being free from illness. When we are healthy, we are living in our optimal state and that’s when we thrive.