Tip of the Day - A few things you can do to get healthier faster

Friday, September 11, 2009

Tip of the Day - A Few Things You Can Do to Get Healthier Faster

No matter where you are in your path to greater health and wellness, slowing down can help you get there faster. It may sound strange, but when you slow down you can pay greater attention to what you're feeling. You get more in tune with your own body, and you start to notice things that you may not have seen or heard before. Maybe you notice that certain foods don't agree with you, making you feel heavy and weighted down. Or perhaps you discover other foods that give you more energy and lightness of being. When you slow down, you learn to have better awareness of your own energy and hunger signals. And you may even find yourself daydreaming or feeling creative when you take time to just be.

Here are three ways you can slow down:

1 - Just eat: turn off the television, news, radio, and computer. Stop reading the newspaper or magazine. Spend time with your food. When was the last time you just enjoyed looking at your plate? Enjoying your food makes it taste better. It also helps you digest it better - when you are relaxed, your body is better able to break down your food and use the nutrients in it.

2 - Schedule "me" time: if this is a foreign concept for you, then you'll need it more than anyone. Open your planner, Outlook or PDA, and find time in your schedule to do something for yourself. Spend time on whatever you want that you've been putting off. Then, make sure you don't cancel your date with yourself. If it's in your book, it counts as a real appointment - honor it.

3 - Breathe: Take a deep breath whenever you remember to do so. Most of us don't breathe fully. But you need oxygen just like you need food or water. Oxygen helps you digest better and integrate nutrients more fully into your system. So practice taking deep breaths, inhaling as deeply as you can and exhaling as completely as possible. Whenever you remember to do so, pause and take a deep breath.
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    We all need reminders like this from time to time.

    Thank you!
    3483 days ago
    Wow, this is really sound advice. Thanks for sharing, sista.
    3483 days ago
    Excellent point ... so often we forget the simple things!
    3483 days ago
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