I'm running around like a lunatic these days. We have a lot of work going on, we spent time traveling for work and play, and overall we're on the go-go-go. Whilst running around, I am very much learning what's good for my mind and body. I try to be aware of how I'm feeling, be it tired, worn down, and essentially ineffective. I don't much like feeling like I'm chasing my tail so I've narrowed down a few things that help me through and if nothing else, would like to document what works/doesn't in my never ending quest to live a fulfilled, dedicated, and balanced life.
-Turn the sound down. That's right; I'm going against the age old "throw the windows down, turn the radio up" recommendation for living in the moment. I suggest silence. Or incite gentle chatter among copilots. Marveling concept I know; enjoy the company you keep. Either way, it's just nice to hear the sounds of traffic around you, of the wind flowing along with you, and simply listening to the right now.
-Step away. A short drive, a brisk walk, a basic stretch. This is nothing new or earth shattering in the well being and healthy living advice department. Never the less, worth a millionth mention.
-Loosen up. Pay attention to your body's tension. I struggle with holding stress/anxiety in my shoulders and back and I'm amazed every time I catch myself how I'm not waltzing around hunched over and miserable. Treat yo self to some basic TLC by lessening the physical strain you hold on your body and you will find a beautiful existence on this side of the coin.
-Eat well. For god's sake, do it already. So many ailments stem from poor nutrition and it's time it stopped. It does not have to cause a million dollars and it is not unrealistic to do so. It's worth the positive effects it induces. Read labels, scout the best establishments for sales and prices (farmer's markets, locally owned produce/meat vendors, etc), and find people who inspire you to do all this. Here are some of my very favorites who continuously help me learn about and develop for this path I'm on:
........Along with about a 100 other amazing and informative humans sharing about their experiences with living healthy, balanced lifestyles.
Til we meet again,