As a health practitioner and a curious woman, I am always looking for an easier way to keep up with maintaining balance in my life. I know, I know... there is no quick fix, right? For the most part, I would agree, but recently I've realized that there are definitely "simple" activities we can do each day, to help us stay healthy and whole. So maybe not a quick fix, but an easy fix if we choose to participate in our own health. When you decide to take part in making your health a priority, these techniques, once done regularly, will make a difference in how you feel mentally and physically.
4 DAILY ACTIVITIES
1) Journaling: If you don't like to write or have a hard time expressing yourself on paper this can seem like a challenge. Most of us think of pulling out a leather-bound book, scribbling down our deepest thoughts and then hiding it under our bed, for fear of others finding it. K. Let's not be so dramatic. Here's another concept: how about carrying around a small note-book for jotting down your random thoughts or pulling out your phone to take photos of inspiring things in your day? Once you have these small moments collected, you can review them and use them as fuel to keep you going when you've had a stressful or overwhelming day.
2) Exercise: When you read this you might think, "This is not EASY and it takes up too much TIME." I understand that if you have a busy schedule (like me), finding an hour or two to work out can be a struggle. Instead, let's shift our thinking to an easier approach. Do you garden? Clean the house? Or take the dogs for a walk? Since these are things that need to be done anyway, why not incorporate a small routine of stretches, core work and balancing movements into your chores. The biggest thing to remember, is that you don't have to sweat profusely for your muscles and mind to reap the benefits of exercise.
3) Meditation: Yes, this one can be tricky, but the key is to combine it with another hobby or interest. Think less of sitting on a mountain and "ohming," and more about engaging in an activity, where your mind can stay focused for a while. I find that when I write, my mind goes to a place of quiet, where I am in "the flow" and where nothing else matters, except releasing all the creative thoughts trapped inside my head. You may prefer calming your mind with going for a walk, reading an inspirational book or simply laying down for a few minutes and consciously breathing. Whatever activity you are doing, really focus on all areas of what you are involved with. This means you will be single minded in your actions, not multitasking, which causes more stress.
4) Music: If the above activities are not of great interest to you, most of us can find a way to connect with music. There is something really delicious about driving around or hanging out at home and having the perfect music playing in the background. The music should be positive, light and inspirational. No, I don't mean religious music, as that can be mundane and boring, but whatever genre allows you to feel alive and free. In order for this to be effective, tune your ears, close your eyes and begin to appreciate all the unique sounds, instruments and vocals creating an environment of peace, joy and surrender.
SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE
I love the fact that all of these activities are easily accessible and when done, even in small doses, they are effective. I am always amazed that when I get stressed, my husband "sends" me to my yoga mat and within minutes of me breathing, moving and surrendering to the moment, I feel better. These techniques will change your life for the better. Maybe even for the best. So give them a try and see what happens. I guarantee you'll be surprised by how simple activities, done each day, can make a big difference.