Six Principle of Wellness to Help You Look, Feel, and Perform at Your Best.
The thinking practice:
It is human nature to imagine the worst possible outcome. This tendency helped us survive thousands of years ago. But nowadays, this pattern of chronic stress thinking can break us. Research shows that stress is the leading cause of cancer and disease.
The best tool that has helped me become more aware of my thoughts is through meditation. There are many methods out there for meditation. But the simplest one I have come across is to simply sit or lay down and start becoming aware of your breathing. Many people think meditation is difficult because you have to “stop” your thinking. But your brain is designed to think, and I am grateful for my thinking brain. Instead of stopping our thoughts. A more practical way is to observe our thoughts like we’re sitting on a hill side and observing all the cars passing through while not letting any car pull us with it. There are many apps out there that are great, such as Calm, Insight Timer, Oak Mediation, Brain.fm, and more!
The Breathing practice:
proper relaxing breath
A proper relaxing breath is to use our main breathing muscle, the diaphragm, to breathe. Incorrect breathing happens when we breathe with our chest and do not expand our belly. This sends a stress signal to our brain, making our brain think that we’re in a dangerous stressful environment when we are not. These stress signals then cause our body to constantly be in a chronic stressed state. Later on, this stress can show up as headache, arthritis, insomnia, constipation, sleep issues, low energy, chronic pain, and more.
The eating practice
Track your food:
The hydration practice:
Here are some common questions I receive regarding hydration:
Sleep is mother nature’s best medicine, and it’s free! Research has shown that most people need at least seven to nine hours of sleep to function at their best. Sleeping eight hours may not help if the quality of your sleep is poor. This includes waking up multiple times or having a hard time falling asleep. Good quality sleep is indicated by feeling refreshed and not tired throughout the day, and by not relying on caffeine or other stimulants to push through the day.
practice for a good night of sleep:
Here are some questions I ask regarding sleep & tips on how to improve your sleep:
Sitting is the new smoking. A lack of movement tells your body that you don’t need to use it. When we exercise a muscle, we break it down, which tells the muscle that it is needed. However, when we don’t move much all day, that tells the body that we don’t need it anymore. When your body thinks you don’t need it anymore, it is not going to continue to function properly. As we age, it is more important to stay in motion to keep our joints healthy.