Sitting outside today, the sun is soft, the breeze is gentle, and the chimes are "singing" joy! Yes, really. I am drinking a smoothie, and thinking how grateful I am to be in this spot.
Just a little over 5 years ago, I was exhausted from job burn out - just a constant struggle for funding; truly feeling stuck - even though I did love the mission; full of anxiety - due to financial worry; over weight - a life-long challenge. You get the idea. My work life was consuming me, and yet, when I thought of retirement, I was scared. I don't like uncertainty! But you know, I was more worried about not living a long life for my family than I was about an uncertain future.
So, today I spotted this little errant pansy who had squeezed its teensy self through the cracks in the brick....to come to life again.
That's how I feel. Like I squeezed through some hardships to a place where I can now breathe. I knew that making my health and wellbeing a priority was the best thing I could do. Why? Because it turned things around so that living vibrantly was the motivation for all things that are important to me.
Can you relate?
Here's my top 5 Health Keys to Living Your Best Life
1. Gratitude: By filling my first thoughts of the day with positivity, my emotional level is already lifting my spirits, giving me a peaceful outlook, helping me make good choices, inspiring me. Setting up the day to share with others a better side of myself. Whether you speak affirmations or pray, the vibration of gratitude is like a big breath of clean air.
2. Hydrating: In the first half hour of waking, I drink 16 ounces of warm filtered water with either fresh lemon or a couple drops of lemon essential oil. I have to admit the #1 reason is that it tastes good after waking up with a dry mouth. (you know we sleep with our mouth open, right?) It is very hydrating and aides in furthering the elimination process your body goes through as you sleep.
3. Eating organic, whole foods: Seriously, who wants to eat pesticides and not real food? I came from the midwest and many things I ate growing up came from a box, and yes, that's when McDonalds made the scene. So, with a short growing season, eating local vegetables was short-lived. Today, it's a different story. The groceries are more and more carrying certified organic foods - some fresh and some frozen. I now live where fresh fruits, vegetables, and grass-fed meats are nearby. I put aside thinking organic is too expensive and make my health the #1 reason to eat the best I can.
4. Movement: I mix up my exercise with cardio (I dance all out), walk/hike, and do yoga. I know the experts say 30 minutes every day, but I strive for 5x a week minimum. Why, because it is a goal I can reach, and some days my body just needs rest. (You know there is always cleaning and such to do).
5. Sleeeeep: Can I really say that I sleep at least 7 hours solid...YES! The first day I "retired" I woke up after a long sleep without a thought in my mind. IT WAS GLORIOUS. Sleep rejuvenates and restores your body. It is necessary for repairing tissue and growing muscle. It REVITALIZES. Some research suggests that poor quality sleep increases the risk of blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. As we age, many women will be affected by one or more of these conditions. So getting sleep is a huge deal.
When I consistently follow these 5 steps, I have great energy, feel motivated, can play with my grandchildren, can make it through my daily life easily, and feel in control of the life I want to live.
Where are you struggling? I'm here to help you "find a way to the light and BREATHE".