“Even if I can battle the never-ending swarm of health information and actually understand what it is I’m really supposed to do to be truly healthy, and then let’
s pretend I can accomplish doing those things in my busy life and keep doing them… why? Won’t I die eventually anyway? Isn’t life painful anyway? Isn’t all that effort taking me away from things I could be doing to just enjoy my life? What does being unhealthy mean anyway – I feel fine, right? Why should I bother to be healthy?”
I started imagining my readers asking these questions each time I posted an article with wellness tips. I could also hear them in the minds of so many people I encountered. And I realized that YES, this is the starting place.
Our moms first, then our doctors, the media, and now everyone it seems, is asking us to be healthy. It seems like so much work, doesn’t it? What the heck for? We all seem fine enough and does it really make a difference?
The problem is we live in a world now used to the dramatically quick, obvious and tangible, and not in the world of the potently subtle. What? Another words, we tend to act from a place of, “if I don’t die a painful death immediately from doing something then it’s probably alright for me to do.”
But the reality is that health is long-term and subtle. Things from our childhood can creep up on us at any time. Stress builds like underground lava and only our digestion and nerves can show signs of being off… until much later when systems shut down.
And now you’re saying, “Ok, ok, so this is even more reason for me not to care, right? Trouble is far down the road and hard to see?”
But we do have an impact on our health with our choices.
BUT while we are told by our health care professionals that working to be healthy now – eating right, exercising, and managing our stress – will prevent disease later, and this is true, it is certainly not a motivator.
I’m here to tell you something so much simpler and better to motivate you to be healthy. And when you hear it you will better understand what being healthy is. And the immediacy of the rewards sustains that motivation.
Here it is, the reason to make efforts to be as healthy as you can:
It literally makes each day easier to get through.
While trying to take care of our health impacts our long term wellness, it most certainly and noticeably impacts our daily wellness. Working on your wellness actually makes you have happiness each day -even in light of things that typically piss you off. And the kicker? It doesn’t take as much effort, pain, and time as you think. Health is simple. (You needn’t have a nutrition degree and spend hours reading up on the newest exercise trends and toxins to avoid.) And the benefit after that? It enables you to be the best and brightest YOU which inspires people to do the same. You are free to pass on your joy and radiant health like a contagious smile.
Don’t understand? Don’t believe me? “I can’t believe I just spent my time reading this much of the article for that empty crap?”
Stay with me.
Example: My kids drive me nuts. When my kids drive me nuts then my husband is suddenly much less cute and humorous. The dirt in my house becomes my enemy. I am crabby. My back hurts. My shoulders are tense. I have a headache. I haven’t pooped yet today. I’m gassy. I crave sugar. I can’t remember laughing. I tried going for a run the other day but it was just depressing and my legs are like jelly today. I nodded off at work and couldn’t get my brain to focus.
Healthy version? I found myself with more patience for my kids and I enjoyed their spirits, shenanigans and all. My hubby made me laugh when I broke a glass on the floor that we really didn’t need. My body feels looser and taller, and flowing free. I am checking out a new yoga class just because it sounded fun. I don’t need any prescriptions of any kind. I am focused and have energy, and feel ALIVE. And you know what? I have the patience to be kind.
So how does that work?
The basics? (with suggested minimum time spent) Note that these cover ALL areas of your health – body, mind and spirit – because BaredFeet deeply believes they are intertwined and you will get no where if you only work on one area.
- Breathe consciously once a day (2 min)
- Connect with your body once a day (I have feet!) (2 min)
- Move (flow) your body once a day in ways YOU ENJOY (10-15 min, even 2 min intervals)
- Use (strengthen) your body once a day (10-15 min, even 2 min intervals)
- Feed yourself, simply, purely, when you are hungry (this is not hard – PROMISE)
- LOVE something (feel it for 20 sec a day)
- LOVE someone (feel it for 20 sec a day)
- HUG someone (look for 5 hugs)
- Listen to yourself (before you go to bed, how was your day? ANGER, HURT, SAD, JOY) (2 min)
- Listen to someone else (forget about yourself and find out how someone else’s day was, no judgement or advice) (2 min)
- PRAY – can you see a bigger picture? (2 min)
- Let it go and see what happens (in the heat of the moment)
Total time daily (not including eating): 41 minutes
Start with one or two. Look for the immediate tangible BENEFITS, no matter how small, and see what happens over a week or two – see what changes build. See what starts to domino positively. Two weeks until something is a habit. A habit means our brains and bodies crave it, making it easier to keep up with. One new habit can create more.
We don’t have to be perfectly fit to be healthy (“fit” is not necessarily healthy). We have minds and spirits that overpower that – HOW DO YOU FEEL (sense and emotion)? That is the key. Grow health from the inside out and it becomes HAPPINESS. We all deserve that! And it can be EASY! Then we choose health because it feels awesome instead of like a chore.
And, most importantly, working on your health can help you FEEL AWESOME every day. Plus all that long-term benefit stuff we talked about before! Yes you will die of something eventually. But you won’t have to care about that. You have easy good days and are too busy enjoying life.
Don’t believe me? TRY IT.