Quiet Mind, Healthy Body, Simple Life
“Everyone is breathing, but not everyone is aware that they’re breathing.”
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh, How to Sit
Mindfulness is a simple yet powerful practice that can help us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings. It's about paying attention to the present moment—without judging it or getting caught up in overly-emotional reactions. Practicing mindfulness can be done throughout the day, from making your morning cup of coffee with increased awareness, to taking a mindful break during a stressful meeting at work. It involves slowing down to notice how you're feeling both physically and emotionally, and then being gentle towards that experience.
Forest therapy, also known as forest bathing, is a growing trend of taking time to immerse yourself in the peace and beauty of nature. This practice is believed to help reduce stress, improve mood, and boost general well-being. It involves breathing in the fresh forest air and mindfully engaging with your natural surroundings while walking slowly or sitting amongst nature's embrace. Well documented in Japan as Shinrin Yoku, it combines mindful moments along with natural elements such as temperature change, sounds and smells that can be quite therapeutic for us humans. Taking regular breaks into forests or green spaces provides numerous benefits. Even just a short session can provide an enjoyable change of pace from the hustle and bustle of everyday life allowing us to reclaim our sense of harmony and balance.
Exercising is great for our overall health and wellness, both mentally and physically. Whether you go out for a run, do bodyweight exercises at home, or challenge yourself to lift heavier weights, how much or when you exercise doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you move your body in some way each day to raise your heart rate while still paying attention to any restrictions your doctor has laid out. From running errands on foot instead of taking the car, doing yoga stretching before bedtime, or just dancing around the house – each of these activities associates movement with something pleasurable and can benefit anyone's physical and mental wellbeing. The key is to find an activity that works for your lifestyle, one that gets you excited about moving your body each day.
Simple living is like taking a breath of fresh air, providing us with independence and the opportunity to free ourselves from bulky, outdated traditions. It's about removing ourselves from the hustle of everyday life, finding creative satisfaction in small things, and exploring what "living slow" really means. Simple living centers around intentionally choosing freedom over conformity - letting go of our possessions, understanding the importance of having only necessary items, investing in experiences rather than commodities - all while keeping in mind that simple doesn't necessarily mean sparse. At its core, it’s about appreciating each moment without getting caught up in societal expectations or materialistic desires.
When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, eating right is key. Eating well-balanced meals with plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains is important for maintaining a healthy weight and getting the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay strong. Incorporating healthy favorites like guacamole, salads with grilled chicken or salmon, brown rice stir-fry dishes, and oatmeal are great ways to get your daily servings of all the nutritious foods you need. Incorporating them in enjoyable flavorful meals can make eating healthily more interesting without sacrificing taste.
Leading a productive lifestyle can be tricky, but having a few key habits in place can go a long way. Habits such as breaking large tasks into smaller chunks, getting plenty of sleep, setting healthy boundaries around your work-life balance and taking regular breaks are all important to ensuring productivity is kept afloat. Planning ahead and dedicating specific times for different focuses like when you’re writing an article or returning emails also helps break down any daunting task. By staying organized and having these base habits installed early on it will help get more done while avoiding potential burnout.