There are very simple things that we can start doing today that will have significant impact on our health and well-being. If you start at least one of them today, your tomorrow means your health is richer than today, and as the Chinese saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a simple step.
I am listing practical steps in these seven areas where you choose your first step to start today:
- Eating Habits
- Medication / Being Still
- Home Practices
- Eating every meal should be a pleasurable experience. Why not admire your food, be creation with its presentation, and take in the difference aromas.
- Before taking the first bite, relax your mind and regular your heart beat by taking 3 to 5 deep slow breathes, then give thanks to your God for providing you with a meal while there are millions going without. Also why not bless the hands that made the meal even if it’s yours.
- Chew every mouthful of food for at least 30 seconds until it’s like liquid in your mouth.
- Know your body is the temple of God, so take time to learn it, to give it the honour and respect it deserves. Do this by learning what strengthen it or what food weaken it. Some fads diets work for some, but we are all biologically individual, so find out from your body what it needs and can’t handle.
- Have gratitude everyday even for the smallest of things. Science is now recognising that people with more grateful dispositions are healthier than the others. Gratitude impacts not just your spiritual and mental health, but your body also greatly benefits from it. So every morning, write down at least 5 things you are grateful for and remember them throughout your day.
- Romans 12:18 says to live peaceably with all men (and women) as much as possible, but we need to pay extra special attention to your loved ones, friends and colleagues. Even if they are not around you everyday, take time in your day to contact one or more of them even if it’s just to say hello, even by text, email, social media, etc. This will help you change the world around you and help alleviate the epidemic of the skyrocketing number of lonely people around the world. World Health Organisation (WHO) says that loneliness has significant impact on our health and well-being.
- Who do you have ‘a beef’ with? Try to take steps to resolve and make amends with them. According to John Hopkins Medicine, “studies have found that the act of forgiveness can reap huge rewards for your health, lowering the risk of heart attack; improving cholesterol levels and sleep; and reducing pain, blood pressure, and levels of anxiety, depression and stress.”
- Get your blood circulating by scrubbing your whole body with a hot damp cloth (rag/washcloth), in the morning or evening.
- Everybody talks about eating healthy but we forget that we also need to pay close attention to what we use on our skin, even in our hair which affects our scalp. Always bear in mind that your skin is your largest organ and everything your put on it travels to your blood stream. Be aware of the ingredients in your soaps, creams and perfumes, most of them are packed with dangerous chemical and artificial ingredients.
- Your skin also needs to breathe, so wearing 100% cotton is good and as much as possible, avoid synthetic fibres as much as possible like polyester, acrylic, rayon, acetate, nylon and Teflon. Use more natural fibres like silk, linen, hemp, wool, cashmere and bamboo. Click here to find out more.
- Being generous with your time and resources is a great attitude, but only give from a genuine desire to serve and only when you can afford the energy and time to do so. Giving out of emptiness is being abusive to the very source of the generosity, yourself.
- We tend to suppress or even try to ignore or hide our negative emotions, but they are still significantly harming your health and well being. Don’t suppress or ignore, instead you need to invest time and love for yourself by feeling them but working out the root cause of the negative emotion. They are simply strong indicators of deeper issues that need to be resolved so you can become your authentic positive self.
- Express joy in practical ways like singing or dancing to your favourite music. My go-to in my JoyKit is gospel music, you can choose any music that brings you joy. Create a playlist for your JoyKit.
- Developing a sense of humour is also a powerful tool for your JoyKit. Proverbs 17:22 says a joyful heart is good medicine, so laugh till it hurts. Everyday, find or create positive reasons to laugh, like positive comedies on television, funny books, or even call that comic of a friend that keeps you laughing.
- Always walk with your own sunshine, a positive attitude, wherever you go, especially into those negative environments, you might even save someone’s life.
Meditation / Be Still and Know
- Psalms 46:10 says to be still, and know He is God, Exodus 14:14 says that the Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still; Psalms 62:5 encourages you to recognise that you should wait in silence for your hope comes from God alone. Many people find it harder to meditate/be still and know, than to worry and stress. Be different today, start your day acknowledging that all you need, to make successful and healthier choices and decisions throughout your day, is wrapped up in God’s guidance. You receive that guidance only when you are willing to be still and drown out all the noise of your negative thoughts and emotions. Ten to fifteen minutes at least every morning to be still, be quiet and listen.
Exercise / Movement
Yes, exercise, but don’t stop reading yet. I’m not talking about going running or joining a gym, though extremely beneficial, I am talking about increasing your physical movement every day to boost your energy and vitality so you feel good in your body. Here are some helpful tips:
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
- Walk or ride a bicycle to nearby places instead of using the car or bus.
- Do some stretches before taking a shower and throughout your day during your breaks
- Go for a walk with friends instead of a drink or night out
- If you have a desk job, set an alarm to remind you every hour (at least) to get up and do some stretches or desk presses.
- Instead of slouching in front of the television, why not do some leg lifts, press-ups, or marking time, all while watching the TV.
- Put on some music and dance with friends and family as often as possible.
- Your external environment, like your home or office, is a reflection of your internal environment, so be sure to keep it clear and tidy. Cluttered room or space encourages cluttered mindset.
- Oxygen quality of the air you breathe in is vital, why not keep large green plants in every room.
- Minimise your use of technology, oh yes I went there. It is not just about the radiation from your electronic devices, but they can be distracting and quality time wasters.
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