A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO A HEALTHIER YOU.
Today's Healthy Monday is a little bit different. Instead of doing a healthy recipe I thought I would write about the importance of keeping ourselves healthy beyond our physical needs.
Let's begin by talking about what would happen if I were to ask someone to describe a healthy person. They probably would immediately start describing someone who takes care of his/her body, eats healthy, exercise, etc.
These days the new trend is a gluten free diet, Organic everything. Society is telling us that to become a healthier version of ourselves, we must buy overpriced grocery items. These healthy labeled items promise a healthier, thinner version of ourselves. Music to our ears.
Don't get me wrong. I have seen the effects of a gluten free diet in people's lives and I think it's awesome.
I'm in when it comes to eating healthier and taking care of our bodies.
However, I am curious to know why the emphasis is made on our diet and not on our minds and souls' health.
In a world where we can see the rapid increase of addictions, violence and disturbing crimes against innocent people. I believe we should pay more attention to our mind's health and our souls.
I would like to share with you a few things I believe, could help us all become healthier minds and souls.
TAKE TIME TO MEDITATE
I think morning time is best, but really any time of the day you can find some peace and quiet; will work just fine. Take time for yourself. Think about the things you want to accomplish that day. Take the time to be grateful for another day of life. Reflect on whatever is going on in your life. If times are hard, name 10 good things happening in your life.
The other day I was thinking about all the things that have gone wrong lately. Let me tell you, that as soon as I started naming my 10 things, my attitude changed completely.
Just having been given the opportunity to live another day became a very obvious reason to feel grateful.
I was grateful that I was not only alive but healthy. But wait! My husband and children were also healthy.
We have a roof over our heads. Not just a roof but a cozy warm house we call home. The list of things to be grateful for went on and on... forever.
SMELL THE ROSES, NOT THE HORSES.
Take the time to breath in the good things in life. Realize that while we live in a world that is contaminated with evil and will most likely only get worse. There is also a world filled with kindness, lovely people to meet and amazing places to see.
I hold on dearly to that last thought.
STAY AWAY FROM NEGATIVITY.
This is a big one.
When people think about staying away from negativity. They often think that this means staying away from people who are constantly complaining or whining about life.
While this may be the obvious answer, sometimes staying away from negativity; also means staying away from things that affect our life personally.
With so much social media available for us to share part of our lives with others and vice versa, sometimes we can lose ourselves and the essence of who we are. We are able to experience at full power the energy of those who surround us in our "virtual" lives. Many times affecting our every day life in a way that we don't even notice.
Learn to walk away from situations or people that make you feel upset, uncomfortable, small, unappreciated or unloved. Both in real situations or in the virtual world of social media.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH INSPIRING PEOPLE YOU ADMIRE.
I recently discovered this one.
I never thought of how much of a difference it would make in my every day life.
Have you ever heard the phrase: "You become like the five people you spend the most time with, so choose carefully".
Well, it's the same concept. It applies to people you interact with the most, outside of your home.
Whether it is through social media or face to face.
I have discovered that I am happier and in a better mood when I allow others to inspire me with their creativity and their amazing way of living life. Most importantly, I start to put it to practice in my own life.
CREATE YOUR OWN HAPPINESS.
A while ago, I ran into a picture that said...
"People are unhappy for two reasons: They are living in the past or they are living observing others."
It took me a second to understand what it meant. But when I did, it hit me hard!
To live in the past means you are living with regret. Whether you regret your life choices, the things you didn't get to do. Whatever it may be. A lot of people find themselves unhappy for the things they wish they did or didn't do.
Realizing that those missed opportunities belong now in the past can be hard.
Make it a life lesson and begin opening yourself to new life experiences and opportunities.
This will keep your mind sharp, healthy and open to new adventures.
Observing others is a big one.
This one is particularly dangerous with the use of so many social media sites.
You must ask yourself two questions.
How much time do you spend observing others? and... How much time are you spending building your own life?
In a world where so many people have exposed their creativity, talents and beautiful enriched lives over the Internet, it is easy to fall into a surreal place created by our imagination. It's easy to observe and live through amazing pictures, pinning things all day that we hope we will get to do some day, absorbing as many things that we want to apply in our own life.
This is all great. We should strive to be better people with each passing day.
BUT...be careful! Know when it is time to stop observing and admiring the beautiful things others are creating, and when its time to put it to good use and start creating your own stuff.
That DIY project you pinned the other day isn't going to magically appear in your house. :)
I made this my last subject on purpose. This is where all the the previous pointers come together. Taking the time to meditate will help you see what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong. This really works, as long as you are honest with yourself.
Taking the time to breathe in the good things in life will keep you excited about creating your own happiness.
Staying away from negative thoughts, people or situations that make you unhappy will free up space and energy in your mind that you may be wasting by giving this negativity, undeserved attention.
Surrounding yourself with people who inspire you will help you stay sharp and motivated to work on your own life and your own projects. Just know when to stop observing and when to start creating.
Working on becoming a healthier mind and soul will benefit no one but yourself and your family. Which in return will help you become everything you can be, and a much happier version of yourself.
HAPPINESS IS THE GOAL!
THANKS FOR VISITING! ;)