By Theresa Brawner
“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” – Jean Shinoda Bolen
How to Keep Your Body and Spirit Nourished
If you’re looking at it from a holistic perspective, your health isn’t just the absence of disease – it’s actually a state of vitality, wellbeing and complete wholeness.
You are healthy when you’re able to normally digest everything you consume and extract everything nourishing from your food and eliminate everything that doesn’t serve your health.
And this includes everything from food to your personal relationships.
On the other hand, illness will develop where there’s disruption – just imagine a great blockage in the flow of nutrients in your body or circulation of information in your mind.
A symptom of sickness is your body’s signal that you need to eliminate all of your blockages and restore the balance in your body and your mind.
Start Exercising Every Day
As you’ve probably heard by now, regular workouts not only benefit your body but your mind as well. Because the matter of the fact is, exercise keeps your body young and healthy, plus promotes your emotional wellbeing. And thanks to Dr. John J. Ratey, the research is there to back it up.
According to Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, certain physical will spark some biological changes that will increase your ability to learn and adapt to new situations. And if that’s not enough, exercise will also eliminate any symptoms of depression and stress.
Making Changes in Your Diet
When we talk about most important body function, eating is right there, only behind breathing. But why do so many people eat anything, without too much thought? Most people still use excuses not to make any changes in their diets, and a busy schedule is the most popular one by far.
However, even if you don’t have enough time to do your shopping, there are services like that deliver fresh groceries to your door every week. Simply put, you need to stop with all of those excuses and start paying more attention to what you put in your body.
Taking Time to Quiet Your Mind
Finally, if you actually want to restore the balance of your body and mind, you need to start meditating. This is because, in meditation, you reach a state in which your body is completely rested, whereas your mind is awake.
Recently, researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital published a study which revealed that it takes only around 8 weeks of meditation to produce dramatically changes in your brain. This includes areas of your brain that are associated with sense of self, empathy and even memory.
Last but not least, to maintain keep your mental and physical health at optimum, you should try to cultivate as many loving relationships as you can. This will keep you from feeling isolated from society and make you feel good about yourself.
Close relationships aren’t just a good source of advice; they also represent a great distraction from anything that’s bothering you. Even if your network of loved ones and friends is somewhat small, make sure to cultivate each relationship whenever and as much as you can.
So what do you think about our advice? Do you think we missed out on a couple of crucial things? If you have anything to add, make sure to leave a comment in the section bellow.