Our health has a lot to do with managing our level of stress. In particular, we tend to spend a lot of time and energy stressing over money and material possessions.
We need money in order to survive, and some stress is normal (even healthy), but where we get into trouble is when we spend too much time and energy trying to obtain things that we don’t really need. We end up sacrificing some of the more important things that we have (health, relationships) in order to obtain things we think will make us happier, but usually don’t.
Our health (physical, mental, and spiritual) is our greatest source of wealth. If we have our health and the bills are paid, we are rich. We need to take a closer look at what we really need in order to survive and be content. Most of us probably need less than we think we do materially and more in the area of overall health and well-being.
Here are 10 things you can do every day to improve your health and well-being:
- Spend time alone in silence ie; meditation/prayer. Be thankful for what you have.
- Keep a journal of your thoughts. Write down whatever comes to mind.
- Eat healthy food and drink clean water.
- Get 30 to 60 minutes of exercise. Mix it up throughout the week, lots of walking, some strength training, joint mobility exercises, and other activities that you enjoy, such as running, swimming, yoga, etc.
- Go to bed early and try to wake up naturally, without an alarm. Most people need around 8 hours. Some high-performance people sleep as much as 10 hours a day (Einstein supposedly slept 10 hours). Some people only need about 5 or 6 hours, but they are by far the minority, only about 4% of the population is in this category.
- Try to live in the moment. Don’t dwell on the past or the future too much. Focus on your breathing, this will help to bring you back to the present. Avoid holding conversations in your mind.
- Turn off distractions, especially when talking to people, working, meditating, etc. Keep background noise and entertainment to a minimum.
- Read, listen, or watch something funny. Or be around people who make you laugh.
- Spend time with someone important to you, your spouse, children, parents, etc.
- Read something interesting/educational, preferably a book that makes you see things from a new perspective or causes you to contemplate your purpose in life.