One way I like to keep myself healthy is to be sure to stick to some mind body tips I used to overlook. I never allowed myself to enjoy life, much less my own body. I was always trying to change things, and never really at peace as a result. Not being at peace with yourself ends up manifesting as addictions, relationship problems, stress, digestive problems, and so many other negative consequences. To end the madness, all you need to do is follow a few mind body tips to help get you back on track. Here are my favorite, but I’d love to hear yours too.
1. Take a Deep Breath
One of the easiest, yet most effective mind body tips is to start taking more deep breaths. As easy as this sounds, you’d be surprised how hard it can be to remember and practice daily! Anytime you feel incredibly stressed, your heart rate picks up, breath becomes shortened, and cortisol rises. Your whole body is under a tragedy of stress. This can cause digestive problems, disease, and so much more. Take care of your body, and yourself, by just breathing more. You’d be surprised how this one small tip can make such a huge difference. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth and hold 5 seconds while breathing in, and then release. Do this three times to relax your breath and your whole body will function better.
2. Listen to Your Hunger
It amazes me how easy it is to ignore this one beautiful gift we naturally have. Most of us either eat when we’re not hungry, or don’t eat when we are. We might eat by the clock, or forget it’s almost dinner and we have hardly eaten a thing. Our hunger is one of the best senses we are given to check in with ourselves and listen to our metabolism. By eating when you are truly hungry, and not just bored, you allow your metabolism to work at its natural pace. Never go without a meal when you’re hungry. And, never, never, never skip breakfast. Everyone can eat something, even if it’s a piece of fruit, cup of yogurt, or simple bowl of oatmeal.
3. Do Less
This tip is so hard for me, yet so important. We need to be doing less these days, even though I know it’s so hard. Doing less and enjoying just being still in life can really help your whole body function better. It gives you time to reflect, allows you time to check in with yourself, and allows you to escape all the madness of society, work, family issues, and more. Just taking a walk outside, lying still in the quiet, or even sitting outside during the day are all great examples.
4. Find Your Exercise Niche
Not everyone’s a treadmill junkie, a yogi, or a HIIT enthusiast, and that’s okay! Try anything to get your body moving that you enjoy. Forget how many calories you’ll burn, and just do something fun! Dancing, hiking, and even Tai-Chi are all great examples. Find something you like and do it daily. My favorites are simple walking and yoga. I finally gave up feeling like I needed to run to get in a good workout, and my stress levels went down tremendously.
5. Get Rid of Addictive Foods
Excess caffeine, refined sugar, refined grains, most forms of dairy, sugary snacks and processed foods, fast food, and even some restaurant foods can all be truly addicting. You can’t think clearly when your body runs off these foods because it’s under constant stress trying to detox your system from them. Getting rid of them is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, but it’s also one of the most freeing, rewarding, and amazing gifts you could ever give yourself.
6. Get Grounded
This tip might sound strange, but it works like a charm. If you’re the anxious type like me, you tend to have a hard time sitting still, getting things done when you want, and can’t ever seem to relax. Your brain is on constant “to-do” mode all the time. Sound familiar? I learned a tip a few years ago that taught me the importance of being grounded. Don’t worry, this isn’t like when you were grounded in high school! Instead, this means to relax your body with a few grounding tips. These include doing more stretches, yoga, deep breaths, eating a balanced mix of hot and cold foods so you don’t become overheated or too cold all the time, and eating more root vegetables. Root vegetables have a very balancing, grounding effect. They calm you, satiate you, and cleanse your mind and body. Cooked greens do the same thing, as do high calcium foods like almonds, almond milk, leafy greens, and organic yogurt. All these are wonderful ways to ground yourself and help calm and clear the mind.
7. Letting Go of the past
In order to really have peace with yourself, you also need to let go of the negative parts of your past. Everything about negative experiences in your past will eat away at you until you deal with them. Learn to accept them, forgive them or yourself, and let go of the past. It’s not part of your present, and it’s time to move on to have true peace in your mind and your body.
8. Be Honest with Yourself
You also need to be honest with yourself about many things. For one, be sure you’re honest about any issues that need to be resolved that aren’t serving you. Addictions, unhealthy habits, bad relationships, etc. All of these things do not serve your ultimate goal for wellness. Deal with them, and be honest about them to yourself. We can lie to ourselves all day long, but that won’t change what’s really at the core of our problems.
9. Sleep More
Sleep is so important, and it is often one of the number one recommended tips for a number of health issues for a very good reason. Sleep resets your hormones, activates certain neurons in the brain, increases your digestive strength, clears your body from toxins, helps you age better, and can normalize your appetite. It’s also the number one way to fight stress each day. Do whatever it takes, but get at least 7-9 hours every single night. Your mind and body will feel brand new each day. If you can’t sleep, try a simple magnesium supplement, which works like a charm when taken 30 minutes before bed.
Being at peace with your mind and body will truly change your life. Do you have any mind and body tips to share of your own?