This is Tip #1 of a 5-part series on how to lead a happier and more fulfilling life:
- Tip 1: [You Are Here] – Treat Your Body With Respect
- Tip 2: Random Acts of Kindness
- Tip 3: Take Baby Steps to Improve Yourself
- Tip 4: Choose to be Happy – Happiness is a Choice
- Tip 5: Live Life to the Fullest
Your Body – The Daily Miracle
“Your body is a temple”. This is a well-known phrase. However, through the trials and tribulations of daily life, we can often find it petering out against the hustle and bustle. If we start listening to this phrase, understanding and acknowledging its meaning, we can start making steps towards treating our bodies with the kindness it deserves. Our bodies, after all, are the admirable physical being that encompasses all of who we are.
It is really quite astounding just how much we put our bodies through, and yet they stay totally regular, working tirelessly to support us with the decisions we make each day.
The relationship we have with our bodies can be a roller-coaster. One minute I can be totally appreciative of the wonderful things my body does, the next, I am overwhelmed with insecurities and negativities. The next minute, I can be completely in tune with what my body is telling me, then all of a sudden, all communication breaks down and my body and mind are working totally out of sync. It can feel so confusing trying to communicate with yourself!
Our bodies, however, are remarkably responsive, letting us know when we need to tweak aspects of the way we live, or if we need to make substantial changes. Be receptive to what your body is telling you, unite your body and mind and get to know your beautiful body again. The more we listen to our bodies, the more we can fine tune our lives, paving the pathway to a more complete you.
Experience And Be Comfortable With Your Own Body
Experience your body. Take a minute to clear whatever may be on your mind. Think about your body, feel its absolute reliability, appreciate and bask in its resilience to the things we do. Dedicate the choices you make each day to the wellness of your body, stay strong and follow through your decisions.
Simple Ways to Treat Your Body With Respect
Breathe deep, controlled breaths. Listen to your breathing, understand its pattern, and identify with the natural consistency it provides you. Use your breathing to relax and calm your body.
Breathing exercises can help you keep control and change your pattern.
2. Your View
Change the way you view your body. Look at the beautiful and unique characteristics that make you who you are. Take the time to allow these positives to be absorbed by your mind. Keep reminding yourself of these, take ownership of complimenting yourself instead of finding flaws and imperfections.
3. Diet and Rest
Ensure your diet is filled with goodness to keep your body working to its full potential. We all know trying to squeeze in your “5 a day” can be a challenge, but remember, food is the fuel your body needs. Drinking plenty of water keeps your body functioning, and your skin glowing.
Give your body the rest it deserves. Life can be so busy that finding “me time” can be a chore in itself, but your body needs to rest and recuperate. Listen when your body tells you to take it easy for a day.
Your body is strong, adaptable and responsive to change. Take the positive steps to change your body, the way you view it and the relationship you have with it. Become whole and at one with your body, and feel yourself being one day closer to happiness.
My Top 5 Habits To Live A Healthier Life
1. Drink Lemon Water Every Morning
Drinking a glass of lemon water in the morning is a great way to start the day. By adding some lemon juice, your ordinary water transforms into a natural energy drink, packed full of vitamins and antioxidants. Aiding your digestive system and making getting rid of waste products from your body easier, lemon water means you feel less sluggish throughout the day. It is also has natural antibacterial properties, heightening your immune system and improving your general health. Lemon water is also great for the skin, preventing wrinkles and acne, and causing your skin to glow beautifully.
Meditation is relaxing for the body and mind. Giving you the rare opportunity to sit, in total calm and quiet, to focus your mind. Explore your spirituality, explore the corners of your mind, expand your thoughts, and gain peace of mind. Meditation will reduce your blood pressure and slow your breathing, reducing your feelings of stress.
3. Go Outside
Try and make the time to go outside for a short walk at least once a day. Even 10 minutes outside can improve your mood and your physical body. Getting fresh air into your lungs means that your body is getting more oxygen than if you were inside. Oxygen makes sure your body is working to its best, and also increases your seretonin levels. Seretonin is the “happy hormone” that will leave you feeling naturally happier. Go outside, embrace nature, take in the sights, sounds and smells.
4. Create An Exercise Routine
Introduce an exercise routine to your morning. This can be anything from 20 push ups or sit ups, to 20 times up and down the stairs, to a 20 minute run. Find out what works for you. Exercise increases our seretonin (“happy hormone”) levels, meaning you might even start enjoying mornings! Exercise also makes you feel more alert, and stretching your muscles releases tension. There are also an extraordinary health benefits from regular exercise, including reduced blood pressure.
5. Replace Caffeine For Green Tea
Green tea is extensively researched and well documented for its wonderful array of health benefits. It’s full of antioxidants, and similarly to lemon water, it has medicinal properties, increasing your overall well-being. Green tea also increases your metabolic rate, meaning that if your trying to lose weight, green tea will assist you.
5 simple things to integrate into your life, and you will be on the pathway to becoming a happier, healthier you.
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Katie S is passionate about aiding people to choose a more positive life, and wants to inspire people to make changes in order to reap the benefits of being happy. She enjoys travelling the world, soaking up new cultures and learning things from the people she meets along the way. She is passionate about nature and being outdoors. Katie S lives in North Devon, England, and loves nothing more than watching the waves sweep over the sand of her local beach, her place of inspiration.