I was once speaking to my grandmother and our regular conversation became a life changing one. She was being her regular engaging self, but my mind was elsewhere and my answers curt. After a flurry of “yes” and “okay” as answers she realized something was wrong and she said something that has stuck with me. She said, “Share your problems with me, maybe I can carry the things you can’t.”
We all know how important it is to eat healthily, avoid processed foods, added sugars, and get some exercise in, but to be truly healthy, you need more than just that. Since moving to America these past two years, these things have been a focus of mine. This focus has helped me stay physically healthy but there is much more to overall health then your sugar intake! I have found that many of us are constantly taking on project after project. Whether, like my mother says, it’s in our genes; or it’s the pressures of society that cause us to constantly be on the go, this way of living is not sustainable or healthy.
Over the years I have regularly taken on more than I could chew, and my health has suffered for it. I have learned that, like my grandmother showed me, it is alright to ask for help and support. Health and wellness are far more than what you put into your body, it’s also how you treat your mind and your soul. I have learned through my success and failures that I am loved, capable, beautiful and a survivor who is lucky to blessed with a wonderful and helpful support system.
My message to all of you is to treat your bodies with kindness and respect, remove yourself from stressful situation and relish in your happier moments!
Here a few tips from me that can help you learn to lean into the happy moments, and set a base of health living for yourself:
- Get a good night rest. You’ve heard wrong, you can’t catch up on sleep, so make sure you’re in bed at a reasonable hour nightly!
- Eat a balanced diet. This is not to say eat only leafy greens, but practice portion control, and make sure you are getting your protein and nutrients in! Don’t worry about indulging once in a while, you deserve it!
- Take time away from technology! Put the phone down every now and then, pay attention to your surroundings, and be unplugged for a while.
- Take time for you! Be a little selfish every now and then, it’s allowed and necessary!
Whether it be a morning at the museum, a day at the spa, or just breakfast in bed, take the time to do things you enjoy.
Learn to live a vibrant life, and thrive!