10 easy ideas for wholesome residing for holistic well being and wellness | Jodi Walker
You have to take care of yourself in every area of your life and honor yourself.
A best friend is someone who loves you and takes care of you. So becoming your best friend is a lifelong journey of inner discovery.
Every day you learn something about yourself and what you need to develop: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
How do you start How do you become your best friend when it comes to health and wellness?
Here are the 10 ways to healthy living that will open the doors to becoming your best friend.
1. Take care of your physical side.
Taking care of yourself is a must. Nobody knows you better than you do.
The physical side of your life includes your diet and exercise regimen, your surroundings, and the people you surround yourself with.
2. Don’t neglect your diet.
The food you eat affects your entire body and state of mind. Blood sugar and hormone levels really go up if you don’t eat appropriate foods.
Leave the processed foods in the store and spend most of your time buying lean meats and fruits and vegetables. Many people call this the “cavemen” diet.
Essentially, this means eating only natural foods that come from the ground, a tree, or an animal.
Processed foods can make you feel tired and sluggish, and some can even be addicting. After eating certain foods, listen to your body and investigate what works for you.
3. Drink enough water.
Don’t negate the very real power of water. It will keep you adequately hydrated and you cannot survive without it.
Do you drink enough water every day? A good rule of thumb is to drink eight glasses of water a day.
Having a glass of water before you eat can also help curb your appetite. Sometimes when you think you are hungry, you are actually thirsty.
Choose water over other beverages for its health benefits and the fact that it does not contain any calories.
4. Have an exercise program.
Fitness experts now say we need to be active for at least 30 minutes each day of the week. If you can’t do seven days, stick with five.
It can be as simple as cleaning the house, mowing the yard, or organizing the garage. The point is to get your body moving in some way each day of the week.
You need to find the right balance and type of exercise for you.
For many people, sleep is what they most often neglect. They think you can make up for the loss of sleep when it is actually very difficult to do.
On average, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Try to go to bed at the same time each evening and get up at the same time each morning.
6. Create an environment for physical refuge.
Your physical environment is the space in which you live and spend your time. It has to be a haven after a long day at work – a place to look forward to and where to recharge your battery.
One thing worth mentioning is that clutter carries negative energy.
Take a tour of all the rooms in your home. What are some things in your home environment that are necessary, loved, and cherished?
Just keep these things and have the rest recycle by passing them on to friends, family, or goodwill.
Be ready to let go of things that you no longer cherish or use. By doing this, you are helping someone else and clearing your home and life of negative energy.
7. Surround yourself with the right people.
Who are the people who represent your sphere of influence?
Take the time to examine each of your relationships for mutuality. This means that every relationship is a give and take: a 50/50 partnership.
Are your relationships healthy and growing, or are they stagnant and unfulfilled? Can you chat and improve these things, or is it time to let go of a relationship that may be unhealthy for you?
Can you set healthy boundaries with others and say “no” when you cannot meet certain duties or expectations? Do you feel guilty when you say “no”?
How do you feel with these people?
In Anatomy of the Spirit, Caroline Myss, Ph. D. describes how we absorb other people’s energy fields and absorb their energies. It can even make us sick.
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It’s also interesting to note that your intuition is at play when you’re uncomfortable with someone. Sometimes it is a warning that this person may be unhealthy for you.
Take the time to listen to your intuition and don’t be afraid to honor the feelings you are experiencing.
8. Deepen your primary intimate relationship.
The significant other in your life can help you soar to new heights or possibly take you to the lowest possible levels.
There is no substitute for a good selection process when choosing your partner. That person should be your best friend and greatest cheerleader.
If you’re already married, take time out on your primary relationship and find things to do together.
If you are single and still searching, take the time to look at every aspect of your life as we are discussing today and see how a person would be a good fit for you in each of these areas.
9. Make sure that you have a good professional fit.
A job that you don’t like can drain your energy significantly. This is why it is so important to find out what you think your real purpose is to be here and find the job that gets you done.
Take the time to find a good career as it affects every other area of your life.
10. Forgive the past.
If you’re being honest, you probably have something from the past that you would like to forget.
Once you can forgive, you can look back and thank these people for all the lessons they have given you.
In particular, you need to be willing to forgive yourself your very human mistakes and lack of certain knowledge that you may not have had at this point.
Forgiveness unlocks the key to your future.
Becoming your own best friend affects every other part of your life. To become your best friend, you have to honor yourself and those around you.
Dr. Jodi Walker has been a wellness coach and trainer for women for 15 years. To learn more about her and her coaching, visit the Coaching Cafe Club.