Well-being is the center of personal success, if we feel down or sad then nothing gets done or it’s sloppy at best. When our mind and body are happy then we become more efficient and organized, and nothing can stand in our way. It’s important to keep good habits that work with us, not against us.
When performing a task, concentrate on the job at hand, don’t try to multitask. Contrary to popular belief our brains are not designed to think about several things at once, so we end up jumping from one thing to another, which often results in sloppy results. When working towards a goal, it is important to take small predetermined steps to reach that goal, or else risk feeling that your end goal is unattainable and giving up. The feeling of an accomplished mini-goal will keep you motivated for the next step.
-Do you sometimes feel stressed out and overwhelmed?
A quick time-out will help put everything back on track. Even a few minutes of peace and quiet can help you take a step back and look at the big picture of the tasks you’re dealing with. When the brain is stressed, its ability to make sane and logical decisions is hindered. Taking a few minutes to relax and stop thinking altogether will reset your thoughts and make room for sane and healthy choices. Any successful organization owes its success to teamwork and the same goes for households. When there is too much for one person to handle at home, get a helping hand! You can always help in return.
-Are you sometimes having trouble falling asleep?
Most often it’s simply due to over-excitement. When the mind is racing, trying to picture individual limbs falling asleep one by one can help. Feeling and gradually relaxing your fingers, arms, toes, legs, will help relax your mind too. Another great option is valerian root tea which has a calming effect. For more serious insomnia, a gram or two of melatonin will help but it takes time for it to reach your blood-flow through the stomach.
If you feel like you may be getting a cold, the best defence is chicken broth. It’s been shown to possess anti-inflammatory properties as well as keeping you warm and cozy.
-Have you been feeling tired lately?
The best energy boost can come from a cup of good green tea which contains energizing phenols and theine. Sugars aren’t a great idea because of the “low” experienced after a sugar “high”, leaving you bummed out. Better yet get some sun which will give you a feeling of bliss if you’ve been indoors all day.
-Feeling constipated once in a while?
The reason fiber is so important is because it pushes everything through the digestive system. Foods that are rich in fiber like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and even beans will help soften that stool and bounce you back to regularity.
–Craving chips or candy?
If you have a craving for some junk food, it’s because your mind is telling you that you are. Distract yourself until you’ve forgotten all about it. Call a friend or go for a walk, or get busy with your to do list. Or if you really need a little something then go for a little square of dark chocolate (70%+) it’s good for you and when you let it melt on your tongue you can really stretch the pleasure.
-Are you suffering from constant headaches?
Most headaches are due to dehydration, drinking a glass of water should get rid of that headache within an hour, otherwise simply take some ibuprofen, which is gentler than aspirin, and will help blood-flow (200mg of Ibuprofen for lighter headaches or 400mg for more painful ones. Always read label directions). Smoking tobacco cigarettes also dehydrates the body, but because it’s so hard for smokers to quit “cold turkey” some doctors now recommend quitting smoking using e-cigarettes to gradually wean off tobacco.
–Do you experience aching muscles?
Muscle aches are best dealt with using Bengay or tiger balm, unless the ache comes from a recent trauma in which case ice packs are best to numb any pain and help reduce swelling.
Have you been feeling weak and unmotivated?
Try these energizing foods, they’re a great way to keep your body happy and in motion.
-Including celery in your diet can help prevent buildup of a plaque in the brain that causes Alzheimer’s.
–Chili peppers are known to speed up the body’s metabolism.
-Boost your immune system by eating more garlic, which increases the production of defensive white blood cells.
-If you’re feeling stressed or anxious try eating more wheat germ, it’s rich in vitamins and nutrients like vitamin B6, just add it to cereal or yoghurt any time of day. Some types of nuts, like walnuts, contain biotin, which nourishes nails and hair, as well as omega-3 which helps reduce wrinkles.
–Water is the source of life, if we let our body become dehydrated, it slows down our metabolism and other essential bodily processes.
-Theanine in white tea increases brain wave activity and improves attention.
-Drinking fruit and berry juice rich in vitamin C (not from concentrate) will strengthen the immune system to help it fight off outside viruses.
-Real cherry juice contains melatonin, a hormone that helps to regulate the body’s internal clock.
-Blend your own juice with anti-aging vegetables and fruits like spinach, cucumber, celery, ginger, parsley, apple, lime and lemon.
Routine Must Do’s
-Muscle building burns calories, so it’s good to do some weight training a couple of times a week for at least 15 minutes.
–Cardio exercises are even more important to keep your body functioning properly and feeling great. Even a half-hour walk can do wonders when you’re working at a desk for most of the day.
-Cooking with coconut oil will fuel your ever-thinking brain.
–Sleep well by blocking out light with an eye mask, while resting your nervous system.
-Get some sun! Sun rays help our bodies absorb vitamin D which plays an important role in cell division. We age when cells can no longer divide.