I’ve said it before, I believe nature has a cure for everything. Just listening to the news everyday and being aware of what is going on around us, is enough to make anyone ill. I seriously believe that the body’s ability to protect itself from illness can be enhanced by a number of factors actually – the way you think, the way you deal with stress and the nutrition you receive. I’m game for trying natural therapies that really work like yoga as I’ve previously mentioned, but aromatherapy is also gaining my interest. I suppose as a nature lover, its because aromatherapy is where pure essential oils are extracted from plants for fantastic therapeutic purposes.
The oils all have their own aromas and healing properties. I’m thinking of rose, geranium, camomile, eucalyptus, lavender, jasmine and rosemary among others. The oils are absorbed into the skin to treat things like anxiety – something I’m sure we’re all suffering with. What I love is that you can use them in your bath, in inhalers and in massage and they’re pretty safe as I’ve since discovered that they are beneficial for people of all ages. I’ll share more about them in the future, but just do research in the meantime before using them.
Possibly like a number of people I am struggling to feel positive with the world right now. The atrocities and murders in last month have you wondering what is the point. The cacophony of feeling I have, hurt, anger, distress, confusion, sadness, the list goes on. All of that will be nothing compared to what the victims, their family and friends are feeling. I honestly cannot see any stars in this darkness.
There again you have to look don’t you? If you walk with your head to the ground you will never see the stars. You have to make the effort. Nothing is easy these days but you can look for the good, in fact you have to, it will not come knocking on your door. My wife and I had not planned to visit our family In India this year but decided we want to. Skyping is great but we want to feel the physical bonds,hold each other be in the same space. If we had known we would be going I guess we would have aimed to be there for Diwali but just being there will be enough. Whichever time we choose we would have to organise a loan, in advance of us going, so we can organise and purchase the tickets, I found an online company that we are favouring, their loan application appears very straightforward.We plan to go after the Christmas travel is over some time in January, dates not set as we both want to spend some affirmation time at my Ayurveda school and don’t know of the availability yet.
Sometimes knowing who or what your stars are helps; mine are my wife, my family, my faith, ayurveda & yoga; making time to be with them, enveloping myself in the familiar warmth of my beliefs helps me cope in a world that feels like it is getting darker everyday. Who or what are your stars? What is getting you through the darkness?
I can’t believe that we have already entered count-down mode, when we’re all beginning to say – next year I’m starting with a new diet, I’m going to give up smoking or get more exercise. Oh sure, we’ve all tried before, but despite best intentions, like me, most resolutions disappear before the middle of the first month of the year. Remember that every day is the beginning of a new year so if a snack binge does break your diet on January 15th, make a new resolution effective from January 16th for weight loss.
Plan ahead, set realistic goals, never say never and don’t give up. Don’t strive for the impossible and remember too that far off goals only invite procrastination. It is far better to promise a 2kg loss by January 15th than 4kg. Remember to also have strategies in place to deal with temptation too. The coming of a new year is a great opportunity for self-improvement and its a time of second chances and of hope. Remember you may be down, but you’re never out. Don’t be the backslider who feels bad and discounts the importance of making personal changes. Lets make a special effort in 2016 to make our new resolutions stick like crazy.
Continuing with our last post, where we talked about importance of having positive people around you to keep you motivated to keep going, we continue with the next part in this post. So here is the part 2
Living healthy would never mean doing any single thing. Living healthy has a whole lot of aspects. One very important aspect is eating right. When you shop yourself, you do so with a limited amount of information and try to rush and finish the entire shopping process at the quickest. This is the very reason why having a grocery shopping partner is a boon.
Having a grocery shopping partner would help you understand your choices better. You would be discussing products, the health benefits and what not. If your shopping partner and you have the same ideals, health benefits is just a stone throw away.
The questioning best friend
The best way to get anything done is to tell someone very close to you. For example if your goal is to drop junk food, telling your best friend this would really help. Simply because she will remind you about your goal again and again till you eventually get driven to do it!
Getting up in the morning and pushing yourself to go for a jog is a chore in itself. Having to do it alone, only makes it worse! No matter how self motivated an individual maybe, it gets tiring having to wake up and jog or swim alone. This is the very reason why surrounding yourself with like-minded people who share your passion is important.
Achieving optimal health is a process with many pit stops. Usually doing the right thing is never easy. Having the following type of people around you is always a plus.
It is wisest never to exercise alone. If you are a person who jogs alone to spend some alone time, pick up a neighbor or friend who likes doing the same. The two of you could go on your morning or evening run lost in your own thoughts, but together. This will ensure that you have someone waiting for you to wake up so that they can get their jog done. This gives you a sense of responsibility and positive peer pressure.
Another way to optimize your work out is to do group work outs. Joining Pilates or kick boxing classes would encourage you to make it to your work out on time. Along with that, an automatic support group is formed because everyone there is doing the same work out or perhaps aiming towards the same goals as you are. Having a group of friends to look forward to meeting would push you and motivate you to reach your work outs on time.