Pillars of Health we Live by
While our dietary habits can help nourish our bodies and manage weight but it’s only one piece of the puzzle that makes up a healthy lifestyle. I strongly believe that there is never just a one thing that works, but there is always a sum.
No 1: FILTER OUT THE NEGATIVITY We get it regularly from everywhere: media, coworkers, bosses, friends, family and strangers on the street. Refuse it. Get away from it. Try to surround yourself with people who support your wants and needs, encourage you and wish you only the best in life. Negative thoughts are toxic. Remember.
No 2: STRESS We live in a society where our lives are so fast-paced and hectic that it almost becomes a competition to see who is the ‘busiest’. However, when trying to be the ‘best’ at everything, we are likely to put our health on the back-burner. I know from the frenzy of everyday life that it’s not always easy to find time each day to escape and rejuvenate, but even closing your eyes, connecting to your breath and observing the mind for five minutes a day can dramatically transform the way you approach your daily life. Making time for yourself is important.
No 3: MINDFULNESS Learn how to manage your thoughts instead of being overwhelmed by them. Being more engaged in the present moment can support your attention and concentration and give you more insight into your emotions, which will do wonders for your wellbeing in all areas of life. When you feel like life is taking over, stop, rest and rejuvenate.
No 4: LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY The power of love plays a vital role in the body’s natural healing process. Give more importance to valuable relationships in your life and become comfortable with the idea of self-love. Look at it as a matter of unconditional self-acceptance, appreciation and compassion for oneself. You are good enough, just as you are.
No 5: SLEEP Aim for at least 8 hours most nights. Establish a relaxing bedtime routine and try to stick with it – going to bed and waking at the same time each day can be very beneficial to your well being. Your body loves regularity.
No 6: NUTRITION Be reliant on wholesome foods nourishing your body from the inside out.
No 7: MOVE YOUR BODY IN WAYS YOU LOVE Daily exercise and other forms of your favorite activities are important not only for your physical but also the emotional wellbeing, but don’t take it to extremes! There’s no need to push your body to the limits day after day. Exercise can be simple, such as getting off the subway or bus one stop early. The key is to stay active. Choose the form of exercise that puts a smile on your face. Move your body, because you love it. Not because you hate it.
No 8: NATURAL SKINCARE Adopting a more natural approach to skincare and what we put on our body’s largest organ is a natural extension of choosing to eat more healthily. Parabens, chemically manufactured preservatives, thickeners, colourants, fragrances, fillers, alongside many more ingredients, are packed into so many of the everyday beauty products that we use on a daily basis. As consumers we must keep an eye on what exactly we are putting on our skin. However, remember when it comes to beauty, what’s on the inside counts. If you only focus on what foundation to wear, but don’t care what you are putting into your body, then you are left with beauty that is ultimately unconvincing and unsatisfying.
Just a small switch opens the door to greater changes.