Monday, March 4th, 2013
Stay on Track Toward a Healthier 2013
Here comes March and I know we’ve all had great intentions of getting or staying healthy in 2013. We made resolutions to exercise, to get more time with our families, or to put a few more green items in our diet. By green items, I don’t mean cans of Mountain Dew! Around this time of year, I start to waiver on my new-year goals, but I want to make a concerted effort to stay on track and encourage you to do so as well.
Here are a few highlights of some things I’m trying to do to stay healthy:
- Eat my veggies. Nature provides the best fuel for my body. I’m a huge fan of Juice Plus+, my concentrated fruit and vegetable capsules.
- Drink water…drink more water…drink more water…I admit I have a weak spot for coffee, but will otherwise choose water any day over sodas, sports drinks, or other beverages. The brain contains a high percentage of water. When I dehydrate it, I don’t think very well and it shows! ? I also have a natural tendency to produce kidney stones, so drinking water is all the more needed for me. I need to drink 60 oz. of water a day.
- Laugh a lot. Laughter really is good medicine for the soul! Laughter releases stress and helps maintain healthy perspective on my emotional well-being. I laugh most with my family. Tyler, my son, is naturally funny and cracks me up every day through our daily conversation. Lexy keeps a sweet, sunny outlook on most things and just generally warms my heart. I also love to laugh with good friends over meal or a cup of coffee.
- Love a lot. Focusing more on others and less on myself keeps me out of self-centered pity parties. When I give my life away in service to others, I find that my problems don’t seem as looming or insurmountable. Currently. I serve on school committees and volunteer groups in and around western North Carolina. Additionally, I serve as the facilitator for the Women’s Business Exchange that aims at coaching female entrepreneurs and professionals in my area. These opportunities are so valuable to me because I am able to serve others by using my experiences in business to equip the individuals and organizations I work with for success. I am passionate about serving other and enabling them to achieve far more than they believe is possible.
- Talk to my journal. Pen to paper is an excellent way for me to process my thoughts and gauge how I am doing in every area of life. Writing helps me to get my worries, ideas, and to-do’s out of my mind so I am able to see exactly how I am doing and take the necessary steps to move forward in areas where I need some work.
- Get outside. A brisk walk on a sunny day lifts my spirits and provides great physical benefits. I am healthiest when I’m spending time outside. It is a high priority for my well being to enjoy nature.
- Don’t forget to rest! This is my weakest area and I’m working hard this year to get an adequate amount of sleep each night. Although, most of the time, I do not get enough sleep. Even when I go to bed early, I seem to wake up several times per night. Limiting my screen time before bed has been helpful in attempting to get my mind off work and developing a routine to cultivate a healthier sleep pattern. In addition, especially during periods of travel, I use the White Noise app to create a consistent noise for my sleep environment. It is extremely important for healthy living to get ample rest.
I hope you’ll consider these tips and keep moving toward a healthier 2013. What new habits are you working to implement into to your life to move you toward a healthier 2013? We would love to hear from you!