Day 15 – Find (aka Make) time to Meditate, Pray, Reflect, etc.
Whatever suits your religion/belief/lifestyle, give it a try. Some health benefits of prayer and meditation are:
- Lower blood pressure
- Sense of Inner Peace
- Increased longevity
- Reduced symptoms of depression
- Alleviation of anxiety, stress, and pain
- Help with insomnia and physical symptoms associated with chronic illnesses
The time you take to pray or meditate can be your time or time you share with family. Personally, my prayer time is strictly my time. It’s personal time I have with God each and every day. And it has been my “practice” to pray every day since I was a small child. But, even throughout my busy teenage years, I maintained my prayer time. And I can’t imagine not having that time each night. It’s the time I take to reflect on the day and to be thankful for all of the people and things and abilities I have been blessed with. And most of the time I go to sleep with a clear head and heart.
Your time does not have to be prayer if that is not your believe. But you, too, can take the time to reflect on your life or your day. To be thankful for what you have or to look forward to what’s to come. What’s great about meditation and prayer is that it’s your time and you can make of it what you want.
If it isn’t something you normally practice, try it for a week. See if you get clarity and joy and inner peace or strength. At least take the time to reflect.
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Day 12 – Get Your Steps In
It’s Saturday. Get outside and take a walk or a hike or a run. Hit the dance, floor with your friends, dance around your living room, do some yard work, go to the gym, roam around the mall. Just set yourself a goal and get moving.
Did you know that even just a few minutes of exercise can boost your mood? So go ahead and make Saturday a great day!
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Day 2 – Create a Healthy Daily Habit
Whether that means going for a walk in the morning, drinking your coffee black, taking the stairs, sneaking in more greens, or spending time off-line and engaging more with others (or yourself), commit to making it (whatever *it* is) a part of your daily routine and stick with it. Remember that it takes time (about 21 days) to form a habit so don’t give up in your first week.
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Day 1 – Drink Your Water
Water is the most important nutrient. After air, water is the most important factor to human life. Accounting for about 60% of your body weight, we can survive for weeks without food, but only days without water. We need approximately 30 ml of water per kg of body weight per day (approximately 2.3 liters of water for 170 lb person). Every organ and cell needs to stay hydrated in order for the body to function at its best. Staying hydrated is important for both physical and mental health. So, from today on, make hydration your daily goal. I admit that, although I’m really great at drinking water throughout the day when I’m at work, on my days off, I don’t drink nearly enough water. I sip here and there but I doubt I drink even a third of my daily recommendation. Making hydrating while home/on the weekends is going to be a priority for me.
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