Live your best life. What a wonderful thought and it’s what we all strive for daily. A sailor uses a compass to navigate the rough SEE-S (Seas) and human beings try to use good judgment to navigate through life. Sleeping, Eating, Exercising and avoiding Stress, I believe we all fall short when it comes to using good judgment, going through life not recognizing all the tools we have to help us navigate the rough SEE-S. Not knowing when it’s enough, not enough, too much or too little.When there is harmony in our lives, when our health is good, we’re getting enough sleep, eating right, exercising and reducing stress, then and only then will harmony manifest and be seen by all who enter into our scared space.
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. I recently read the following on the National Institute of Health’s website and I was really amazed: Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). When you don’t get enough sleep, your level of ghrelin goes up and your level of leptin goes down. This makes you feel hungrier than when you’re well-rested. WOW! By just getting a few more hours of sleep I should be able to get rid of at least 25 pounds easily. I don’t know about you but I never stay in dream land long enough to feel thoroughly rested. Now that I have a better understanding of the chemical impact of not getting enough, it’s settled for me, more sleep less pounds. I like the way that even sounds!
Eating gives our bodies the “information” and materials we need to function properly. If we don’t get the right information, our metabolic processes suffer and our health declines. If we get too much food, or food that gives our bodies the wrong instructions, we can become overweight, undernourished, and at risk for the development of diseases and conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. Imagine that our bodies need information…food, not just any food but the right food. Eating better can be very challenging especially when you’ve gotten accustomed to eating fast and ready foods. The taste of fat and sugar has become pleasing to our senses. We crave all the foods that help make the image in the mirror look like that of humpty dumpty’s twin, ok maybe not his twin but close enough. Eating a balanced meal consists of something from every food group in a predetermined portion size, one portion not two.
Exercising, researchers agree that active people live longer than their couch potato counterparts. The reasons for this are fairly straightforward: exercise boosts your immune system, makes you happier, and reduces your risk for a series of health conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. The compass keeps turning back to the big “D” (diseases)… navigating the rough SEE-S can be very challenging. Exercising 3 to 4 times a week for at least 30 minutes can make a big difference in how you feel and look, will boost your energy and help you slide into your clothing without the help of those SPANX that have become a staple in our wardrobes. Your exercise regiment should consist of aerobics, muscle toning and strength training. If you are new to the world of exercising please consult your physician before taking the plunge. As we mature we must be careful not to assume anything about our bodies. Once you’ve been cleared by your doctor, I suggest you start walking, whether on a treadmill or outdoors, I prefer the fresh air it makes you feel alive and invigorating, but you decide. Just make the commitment for you and your well being…On Your Mark Get Ready Get Set GO! You will begin to feel amazing…
Stress this is big for me and for many of you I believe. I never realized how much stress can affect your health and wellbeing. People who don’t manage stress well can have headaches, stomach pain, sleeping problems, illness, and depression.. Stress can cause your good eating habits to diminish or cause you to overeat, good or bad! The scary thing about stress is that we never connect it to our health, our well being, but there is a direct connection. When the average person recognizes that he or she is stressed, the first thing many of them turn to is food, drugs or alcohol. This only exasperates the feeling of despair, withdrawal and sometimes disgust with oneself. I know that it’s easier to talk about this than it is to take action but you can help manage stress by exercising, (stretching, doing yoga, walking ), journaling, meditating, talking to others, or engaging in a hobby and of course by getting enough sleep. Stress is a part of life, and you can’t always avoid it. But you can try to avoid situations that can cause it, and you can control how you respond to it. After you know what is causing your stress, try making some changes in your life that will help you avoid stressful situations. I mentioned these above but they are worth mentioning again and again:
- Get enough sleep. Our bodies recover from the stresses of the day when we are asleep. Stop worrying and if you think you might forget to do something important the next day, make a note of it before going to bed…CALENDAR IT IN YOUR SMART PHONE!!
- Find a balance between personal, work and family needs, remember you are an important part of the family equation.
- Have a sense of purpose in life. Connect with your spirituality, volunteer, interact with family and friends.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet and limit how much alcohol you drink.
- Exercise, even moderate exercise can help reduce stress.
In closing it has been said that Sleep is considered by many to be one of the most important aspects of health-“more important than food,” argued a recent article in the Harvard Business Review! This is because our quality of sleep directly affects so many other parts of our wellbeing: our mood, energy levels, appetite. So it’s crucial to develop good “sleep hygiene” and ensure that adequate sleep (researchers say 7-9 hours a night for most adults) becomes a part of your daily routine. (Excerpt from web page).
Use your compass (good judgment) to guide you to making better decisions about your health and wellbeing.
Get healthy, Eat well, Don’t give up…Chris