Health is not just about what you eat and how much you exercise. Health is very much about awareness. Awareness on how you feel, what you are thinking , whether or not you are living a life that you love, whether you receive enough oxygen from nature, sleep enough and of course what foods you are putting into your body. Health is happiness. Here are 5 things simple things that you can do everyday, that do not take much time and that can truly benefit you in your life towards ultimate happiness.
Meditation has been proven to benefit you in so many ways. You don't have to be a yogi and it is not a religious practice but rather it is an opportunity sit quietly for a few moments to increase your awareness, focus on the present, reduce negative emotions and enhance a state of peace and calm. First thing in the morning because it is always better to start your day off on the right foot, take 15 or 20 minutes just to sit quietly and focus your mind. You do not have to be practiced at it, you can begin today. You can focus your mind on something in your environment, the sound of the birds singing, a candle or on your breathing. It doesn't matter what it is that you focus on just as long as you do it.
2. Be aware of your thoughts
Once you have sat quietly for long enough and through daily practice, you will begin to become aware of your thoughts. Literally become aware of what you are thinking about on a moment to moment basis. The practice of meditation can help you to direct your thoughts to think the kind of thoughts that benefit you. As you become more practiced, you will begin to correlate your thoughts to your feelings. Being aware of your feelings can help you on your journey to happiness and health. You can decide what kind of person you like to be and what kind of life you want to live by simply practicing this kind of mindfulness.
3. Eat nutritious foods
Make healthy choices at every meal. Whatever your health goals are, whether you want to lose weight or develop your internal energy and strength, the simple rule of thumb is to make healthy choices at every meal. Initially it can be difficult as you have to reset your mind and your body and ultimately your life, but as you progress it really does get easier and easier. My secret is to cook at home in my own kitchen as much as I can and in this way I have control over what goes into my body. Not in a 'controlling' kind of way, more in a way that I want to give my body exactly what it needs and enjoy my food at the same time. I make everything, from the almond milk that goes into my tea, coffee and smoothies right to the pretty in pink hummus and seed crackers.
This is really one of the most important things that you can fit into your life. It doesn't have to be a visit to the gym on a daily basis - you can of course visit the gym - but move your body. Do whatever you can - find something that you really enjoy doing. I find going for a long walk on the mountain (the benefits of living in a nature rich city) on the weekends does wonders for keeping my act together. Grab a yoga class here and there, just move your body.
5. Get proper sleep
If you are not getting enough sleep, you can no longer ignore this point. If your whole day is going well, you are meditating, being aware and directing your thoughts, getting good nutrition and exercising but not sleeping properly or enough, you are not as healthy as you can be. Try to switch off from technology by 8pm everyday, and give yourself time to rest and allow your body to prepare for sleep. Do whatever you can to be in bed asleep by 10pm. It takes a bit of adjustment but sleep is your body's way of regenerating. of assimilating the daily intake of foods and events, processing your emotions and in essence is an opportunity for a deep meditation which is a quietning of your mind.