Today we’re adding to yesterday’s six ways to boost your health with six more habits to start building into your life. We just love these – this is the pathway to truly good health! Thanks to our contributor Miriam Kerins from The Awakening for this two-piece post – if you love it as much as we do, why not print it and stick it up somewhere you can see it every day?
7. Crowd out
Eat less meat, dairy, sugar and processed foods; consume less coffee, alcohol and tobacco: Add in more vegetables, add in more fruits, add in more whole grains, add in more water, add in more meditation, add in more exercise, add in more sleep… and eventually you will naturally crowd out the more processed foods, the sitting on the couch all evening, the fatigue and the low mood.
8. Develop easy self-care habits
People get so wrapped up in their busy lives that they forget to take care of themselves. This can be something as simple as a relaxing bath, walking in nature, body scrubbing, reading a book, taking a yoga class, getting a massage or sleeping!
9. Have healthy relationships
Vitamin L – I call love the ultimate superfood. A loving, supportive relationship can nourish your soul. What’s more is when you feel love and happiness you are more likely to eat better. Reach out to people who make you feel loved and nourished. Start firstly by loving yourself.
10. Find physical activity
You don’t need to spend hours at the gym. What gets you moving?
11. Find work you love or a way to love the work you have
So many of us spend 8 hours a day in a job that is unfulfilling and end up stressed out which leads to a host of health problems. Ask yourself if your job is aligned with your core values. Do you bring your soul with you to work?
12. Develop a spiritual practice
Connect with yourself. Give yourself permission to stop, pause, listen, reflect, feel, breathe and be. Finding a spiritual practice can help you slow down and appreciate the non-material things in life.
You don’t need to follow the steps in order and you can do one step a week. Pick the step that you are most interested in trying. Have you wanted to try Qi Gung, pilates or a yoga class? Ever wanted to paint, take up photography or go to music lessons? Go for it! Maybe you’ve wanted to experiment in the kitchen.
I also recommend that you don’t do it alone. Everyone has someone in their life that also wants to improve their health. Who is that for you? You can be each other’s supportive coach and hold each other accountable for making the small changes to improved health.