Mind Body Simple

Quiet Mind, Healthy Body, Simple Life


“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day - unless you're too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.”

~ Zen Saying

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. 

Nature therapy, also known as ecotherapy or green therapy, emphasizes the benefits of spending time outdoors in natural settings such as forests, parks, or gardens to improve overall well-being. Research has shown that exposure to nature can reduce stress levels, improve mood, and promote relaxation. In addition, nature therapy has been linked to reductions in symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. By immersing oneself in the sights, sounds, and smells of the natural world, individuals can experience a sense of calm and connection that can enhance their mental health. Nature therapy is increasingly being recognized by healthcare professionals as a valuable complement to traditional forms of therapy for promoting emotional healing and psychological resilience.

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is like taking a breath of fresh air, providing us with independence and the opportunity to free ourselves from bulky, outdated traditions.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.