5 Things EVERYONE…despite disease, disability, and pain…can safely do NOW to create a happier, healthier life. No need to wait until after Christmas or the New Year. Let’s make some positive changes!
- Eat healthy
- Bike or swim
- Yoga and breath practice
- Meditate and pray
- Create and help others
Eat healthy: Many of you will skip this explanation because you’ve heard in a thousand times. I hate to beat a dead horse but seriously…eat the produce aisle.
Bike or swim: I don’t care what physical deficits or injury you may have. One of these two will work. In severe cases (those with para or quadriplegia or wheelchair bound) assistance may be required and the pool may be the only option. The benefits of elevating the heartrate are phenomenal for hormonal balance, happiness, heart and lung health, and a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
Yoga and breath practice: If yoga is too difficult, begin with breath practice. If you are conscious and breathing, you can perform breath practice. Research beginners breath practice, slow steady breathing, diaphragmatic breathing, or breath awareness practices. Breath practice is a standalone practice or a great addition to a yoga practice.
Meditate and pray: Again, if you are conscious and breathing, you can meditate and pray. Incorporate this into your daily life. A little bit of research on the internet or iTunes will get you plenty of free resources to use.
Create and help others: This is the most important of the five. We must perform work to complete our human task. It’s essential to health and wellness. Holding a formal job is not necessary. Each week commit a minimum of 1-2 days focusing on giving back. Giving back creates an environment of enablement as oppose to the tangled forest of a disablement, disease, and dysfunction. Your work can be in the form of a blogging, letter writing, and any kind of art creations to give away or sell, volunteering anywhere, or making phone calls to relatives that need social interaction.
Your schedule may look something like this:
Monday: Bike or swim 10-20 minutes. Eat Healthy
Tuesday: Create for others (your work), meditate. Eat Healthy
Wednesday: Bike or swim 10-20 minutes
Thursday: Meditate or breath practice. Eat Healthy
Friday: Yoga, create for others. Eat Healthy
Saturday: Have fun
Sunday: Have fun